History offers no respite to countries that set aside their sense of identity in favor of a seemingly less arduous course. But nor does it assure success for the most elevated convictions in the absence of a comprehensive geopolitical strategy. (Source)
Worth reading. Seems a a major problem showing now is many countries lack a “sense of identity.” A multicultural nation may identify with its ideals, but the variety of cultures within it will cause the ideal to suffer through different interpretations and competition between the various cultures, which usually are little more than ethnic groups.
I can envision a future world without strong borders wherein political “nations” are based on psychological types organized via electronic media. I can also envision a future world wherein every place is culturally like Ukraine—many groups, attitudes, and types but no coherent vision among them for anything.
The USA is not at Ukraine-levels of disarray but it does appear that whatever “identity” we have as a nation is weak and that fewer people than ever even know what traditional fundamental American values are, let alone agree on them.
Some of this is due to multiculturalism, but there are many additional factors, chief among them being excessive non-democratic control at the top—new world order types guiding the ship of state without democratic input.