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A blog by Leon Oudejans

From nationalism to imperialism

At the recent UN General Assembly, several countries accused the Russian president of imperialism (eg, 2022 invasion of Ukraine). It has been a long way for Russia: from imperialism to communism to nationalism and back to imperialism. I presume Putin will be proud of being called an imperialist.

The countries accusing Russia of imperialism know what they are talking about as both are former imperialists (ie, France, Germany). Moreover, both countries invaded Russia (ie, 1812 vs 1941) like Russia is invading Ukraine in 2022. Hence, it takes one to know one (eg, phrases, Wiki).

Note: diagram and list also explain the various labels for Russia.

My diagram is a simplification of the complex political trends of several centuries:

My diagram is (currently) using federalism as the “opposite” term for imperialism. The key difference is the degree of voluntarism. Imperialism is a forced upon by (military) power. Federalism is voluntary cooperation. However, both aim to strengthen their competition with other powers.

In my view, that (future) federalism can already be witnessed in the international sanctions against (imperial) Russia. Allegedly, it has prevented China from supporting Russia. Iran (eg, drones) and North Korea (eg, ammunition) are having less scrupules with supporting Russia. Both have nothing to lose.

The European Union is another example of voluntary cooperation or federalism. In my view, this project would (finally) fail once the EU would make a power grab by proposing a merger, similar to the constitutional federal republic of the United States of America.

“My general plan would be to make the states one as to every thing connected with foreign nations, and several as to every thing purely domestic. But with all the imperfections of our present government, it is without comparison the best existing or that ever did exist.”
A quote by Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), the third president of the United States (1801-1809).

It’s A Long Way There (1976) by Little River Band
band, lyrics, video, Wiki-band, Wiki-song

And it’s a long way there
It’s a long way to where I’m going
And it’s a long way there
It’s a long way to where I’m going

Note: all markings (bolditalicunderlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.


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