Nationalism is back in the news. 2016 was a hinge moment. Brexit in the United Kingdom, combined with the Trump and Sanders insurgencies in the United States, focused attention on populism and evolving notions of national identity. What does nationalism mean in our time? Is American nationalism a distinct variant? Is there a meaningful […]
"Preden se bo začelo obračati na bolje, se bo politična kriza v ZDA morala še zaostriti," pravi ameriški politolog Samuel Goldman, profesor na Oddelku za politične vede Univerze Georga Washingtona in direktor tamkajšnjega programa Polika in vrednote. Je avtor številnih knjig o iskanju ameriške identitete in vplivu 11. septembra na ameriško politiko in družbo. Poleg aktualnega političnega dogajanja in umiku ZDA iz Afganistana 20 let po 11. septembru 2001 sta z Andrejem Stoparjem govorila tudi o njegovi najnovejši knjigi Po nacionalizmu: Biti Američan v času delitev.O iskanju ameriške identitete, stereotipih o Američanih in o tem, ali so Združene države še obljubljena dežela je govoril ameriški politolog Samuel Goldman"Preden se bo začelo obračati na bolje, se bo politična kriza v ZDA morala še zaostriti," pravi ameriški politolog Samuel Goldman, profesor na Oddelku za politične vede Univerze Georga Washingtona in direktor tamkajšnjega programa Polika in vrednote. Je avtor številnih knjig o iskanju ameriške identitete in vplivu 11. septembra na ameriško politiko in družbo. Američani menijo, da imajo izoblikovano mnenje o sebi in svoji identiteti, a vse bolj očitno je, da to mnenje ni enotno. Po 11. septembru, ko se je do temeljev spremenila ne le Amerika, ampak ves svet, se je tudi v ZDA razdvojenost le še povečala. Kako na težavni umik 20 let po 11. septembru 2001 gleda nanj politolog Samuel Goldman? Spregovoril je o iskanju ameriške identitete, stereotipih o Američanih, o tem, ali so Združene države Amerike še obljubljena dežela ter o svoji najnovejši knjigi Po nacionalizmu: Biti Američan v času delitev.
In this episode we discuss After Nationalism: Being American in an Age of Division by Samuel Goldman. Next time we'll discuss On Decline: Stagnation, Nostalgia, and Why Every Year is the Worst One Ever by Andrew Potter.
In this episode, Matt and Sam are joined by political theorist and conservative intellectual Samuel Goldman—a very sensible and polite "enemy"—to discuss his brilliant new book, After Nationalism. Topics include: Goldman's punk-rocker past; the influence of Leo Strauss on his thinking; historical attempts to provide Americans with a coherent, enduring symbol of national identity; why these symbols have failed; what all this means for debates about teaching U.S. history; and what alternatives to nationalism its critics can offer. Sources:Samuel Goldman, After Nationalism: Being American in an Age of Division (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021)James Ceaser, Nature and History in American Political Development (Harvard University Press, 2008)
Who knew that that hottest new thing in the early 21st century would be an old thing—the nation state? Nationalism acquired a foul odor in the 20th century, but ever since Brexit and Trump upset the cosmopolites from Berkeley to Brussels, the idea of nationalism has crept back into favor, at least with many conservatives. I’ve written my own short overview of the issue a couple years ago now, but was delighted to spend some time talking with Samuel Goldman of George Washington University about his new book, After Nationalism: Being American in an Age of Division. Sam offers three portals into thinking about the character of American nationalism, and ends up settling on roughly the same answer I do—that a sensible American nationalism is best anchored in the creedal principles of the country, including especially the Constitution and all that has gone into our constitutional traditions. Needless to say, this legacy is under massive attack today. Sam is the executive director of the John L. Loeb, Jr. Institute for Religious Freedom and director of the Politics & Values Program at George Washington University. His first book, God’s Country: Christian Zionism in America, was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2018. In addition to his academic research, Goldman is literary editor of Modern Age: A Conservative Quarterly and a contributing editor at The American Conservative. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/powerline/after-nationalism-with-samuel-goldman/.Now become a Ricochet member for only $5.00 a month! Join and see what you’ve been missing: https://ricochet.com/membership/.Subscribe to Power Line in Apple Podcasts (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in Apple Podcasts or by RSS feed. Follow Power Line on Twitter (https://twitter.com/powerlineus) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/powerlineblog). Send any suggestions, tips, and fan mail to email@example.com.
Episode #64 | America "After Nationalism" (Samuel Goldman)
Foreign Policy ProvCast
Samuel Goldman (PhD, Harvard) talks about his latest book, After Nationalism: Being American in an Age of Division, with Mark Melton, who recently reviewed it in National Review. Even though some on the right have argued that the United States needs to return to a strong common national identity to survive, Goldman argues that America has normally not had this type of cohesion for most of its history. Instead, the Second World War and Cold War created a brief period when creedal nationalism became the dominant vision, but after a couple of decades this vision began to fracture.During the conversation, Goldman explains the history of America’s national identities by focusing on three that are present today—covenantal, crucible, and creedal—and why all three failed. He and Melton also cover how times of war allowed the government to coerce Americans into adopting a single cohesive identity. For instance, despite being an American born in Missouri, Reinhold Niebuhr’s formal education was fully in German until he began his Master’s degree at Yale Divinity School. But after the First World War this type of culture could not endure. (Niebuhr’s undergraduate college in Illinois did not print a catalog in English until 1917.) Goldman responds to critics of the book who say America must revive an Anglo-American or Anglo-Protestant vision (a type of covenantal nationalism) to have a future. Others who want to revive a common national identity also say identity politics is one of the greatest threats to America, which Goldman addresses. Many have also argued that the United States needs to teach history better to prevent disunity, including six former education secretaries who signed a Wall Street Journal op-ed in March 2021. Goldman explains why this type of program will fail just as other similar attempts have failed. According to him, understanding history can only tell Americans who they were, not who they are. Instead of promoting a common national identity, Goldman supports increased localism and federalism, which he describes further.Goldman is an associate professor of political science at George Washington University, and Mark Melton is managing editor of Providence.A rough transcript is forthcoming, which will be available here: https://providencemag.com/podcast/foreign-policy-provcast-ep-64-america-after-nationalism-samuel-goldman-podcast/To purchase After Nationalism, click here: https://www.amazon.com/Nationalism-Radical-Conservatisms-Samuel-Goldman/dp/0812251644To read Melton’s review in National Review, click here: https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/06/book-review-after-nationalism-sympathy-for-nationalists-but-little-hope/ Featured Image: A flag over the Vicksburg Bridge (carrying I-20) and the Old Vicksburg Bridge, which cross the Mississippi River in Mark Melton’s hometown. Source: Unsplash.
The "putsch" at the US Capitol, and Christian Zionism, with Samuel Goldman
The Religious Nationalism Podcast
Darryl Hart and Crawford Gribben talk to Samuel Goldman, who teaches political science at George Washington University, DC, about the "putsch" at the US Capitol, and Jewish and Christian Zionism. Samuel is well-known as the author of God’s Country: Christian Zionism in America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018) and of articles and op-eds in venues such as Modern Age: A Conservative Quarterly and The American Conservative, as well as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. His next book - After Nationalism - will be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in early 2021. You can follow him on Twitter at @SWGoldman. You can read more of Sam's work here: After Nationalism (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021) "The Putsch at the US Capitol," Providence magazine (11 January 2021) "Reflection on Election 2020: Conversation with Sam Goldman," Providence magazine (30 October 2020) "Nationalists Don’t See What Is Special About Our Biblical Nation," New York Times (9 September 2019) God’s Country: Christian Zionism in America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018)
CD 02 - Whither Brooks Brothers? with Samuel Goldman
When talking about classic men’s clothing particularly the American variety, one can’t talk long without bringing up Brooks Brothers. In 2018 Brooks Brothers celebrated its 200th anniversary. In 2020 Brooks filed for bankruptcy. My guest today, like me, is a decades long customer of Brooks Brothers, Dr. Samuel Goldman of George Washington University is executive director of the John L. Loeb, Jr. Institute for Religious Freedom and director of the Politics & Values Program. He not only is the literary editor of Modern Age, a journal founded by Russell Kirk, but he recently published an essay on the bankruptcy of Brooks Brothers in First Things magazine called ‘Lamb to the Slaughter.’ Join Dr. Goldman and me as we discuss his article, the history of Brooks Brothers, and its possible future. Samuel Goldman - 'Lamb to the Slaughter' Alan Flusser - 'Alan's Thoughts on Reconstructing Brooks Brothers' Bruce Boyer - 'Boyer On Brooks, 1981' The Triangle Club - The Ivy League Look Spencer Reece - 'The Clerk's Tale' Cultural Debris on Twitter
Polarization, Nationalism, and Religious Freedom, with Samuel Goldman
Samuel Goldman, associate professor of political science at George Washington University and executive director of the Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom, discusses the effects that political polarization, religious disaffiliation, and nationalism have on religious freedom.