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Dean Salzberger

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Can we abolish nationalism and live in a globalized society?

The holocaust is an integral part of education in Israel. And for years Israeli students are attending programs and are going to Poland to learn and go through an emotional process, which usually ends in an educational message. Some messages are Zionist, some talk about democracy and humanity; others grow nationalization in students and encourage them to join the army.

A lot of years have passed since the holocaust and it seems people are starting to forget around the world. The world turns more and more extreme and nationalism grows like a disease. I never truly understood why Palestinians and Jews cant live in the same land [and no, I do not discount this conflict like many people in the world do].

And I assume most of you here are global minded humanists, but don’t think racism and hatred is only among us silly Middle Eastrens, your cultures and you and I personally tend to generalize groups with out even noticing.
That’s thought led me to a kind of depression. All my family died in the holocaust for what? For the countries to continue hating one another?
I know this banal statement directly leads you to think im some kind of a weirdo not practical hippi, and believe me; im not.

But I would like you to the following question in a creative and original way [“this is human nature and we cant do nothing about it” is not an answer].

Can the world live with out extreme nationalization, with out borders, with out hatred between different groups? Can the world be fully globalized?

P.S this is my first Ted question :) hopes it will lead to an interesting debate.

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    Dec 16 2011: Hi Dean
    Your question about borders should include a question of sovereignty. This is on the minds of many who see governments signing free trade acts world-wide that open the door to a completely losing any sense of national sovereignty.
    Zbigniew Brzezinsk stated in his 1971 book "Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era",
    “The nation-state as a fundamental unit of man’s organized life has ceased to be the principal creative force: International banks and multinational corporations are acting and planning in terms that are far in advance of the political concepts of the nation-state.” [In other words, he flushed down the drain the basic concepts of nation-state, national sovereignty and the role of the government in society, to champion a vision of a world governed by the banks and transnational corporations.] We see this today. This is about the Trilateral Commission which Brzezinsk co-founded with David Rockefeller. Except in a few situations borders which were defined after WW2 really have little consequence to the decisions of the elites vision of control. " ...without hatred between different groups?" You know as I do there are huge profits made, especially when the chaos, hatred turns to war.
    • Dec 16 2011: HI lucky :)

      I liked your answer a lot, yet i think capitalist globalization is doing a lot of harm to the world on this topic and not only good. The gaps between poor and rich globaly are growing and growing, hate towards other groups still exists, so yes, there are white, red, yellow and black bussines mans, which are "global citizens", the world holds no borders to them. But what about the regular people?

      And as you said, wars are bringing a lot of profit, but can we stop the racist violent mentality within the people?

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