Nation and Anti-nation

Ukrainian soldiers have added to the traditional greeting of “Glory to Ukraine” a new line which rhymes in English, too:

Glory to the nation and fuck the Russian Federation.

Note the use of the word ‘nation’ which offers a contrast with Putin’s efforts dating back many years to cancel the word “Russian” and substitute it with “a citizen of the Russian Federation.” (It’s one word in Russian and doesn’t sound clunky.)

People who say that Putin is a nationalist are. . . very, very confused. In Ukraine, the nation-state is fighting against whatever comes next. To understand how these Putin-Trudeaus think, try to eliminate the word “country” from your way of thinking. There are no countries for these people. “But he’s destroying Russia’s economy.” “But this are Canadian citizens he’s calling fascists and terrorists.” There’s no Russia and no Canadian citizens in this way of thinking. These are all annoying imagined communities with arbitrarily drawn borders and stupidly entitled masses that bleat about rights and democracy, and wave meaningless flags.

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