An opinion piece in The Australian takes a hefty stick to the cult of multiculturalism – Multiculturalism has failed: let’s cut immigration, refugee intake. For anyone even vaguely familiar with the talking points on the nationalist right over the past few years there is nothing here that is new or surprising. In fact, quite a bit of the article is either incorrect or half-baked.
The age of empires was over. What replaced it was the nation state. Empires over two centuries broke down into independent countries with their own flags, anthems, emblems and jurisdictions.
Hardly. The age of empires replaced the nation states that were consumed and subverted by the empires. The failure of the empires saw a return to what had existed before, which was the nation state. It’s also critical to keep in mind that the term nation refers not to borders drawn on a map, but to a homogenous body of people sharing family ties, a shared history, religion and customs, and culture.