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Book Weighs the Pros and Cons of Nationalism

In The Nationalist Revival, journalist John Judis examines the resurgence of nationalism around the world and what aspects of it are necessary to a democracy.

Donald Trump Speaks in Houston
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Pres. Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Houston on Oct. 22, 2018.


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At his rally in Houston this week, Pres. Donald Trump re-emphasized his America-first philosophy, calling himself a nationalist. It's a reminder of the resurgence of nationalism – not only in the United States but also abroad.

The Nationalist Revival - Book CoverThat resurgence is the subject of a new book by journalist John Judis called The Nationalist Revival: Trade, Immigration, and the Revolt Against Globalization. It examines where the global wave of nationalism came from, the ways it's often misunderstood, and how leaders on both the right and the left have missed opportunities to meet the needs of people who often espouse it.

Judis predicted a lot of this a few years back in his book The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics.

He's coming to Houston for events with the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30.

In the audio above, Judis explains to Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty the origins of this current wave of nationalism around the world.