the Chinese nation-state actively aids ethnic Chinese over those who are not. Now that’s just uncalled for, and not at all how we do things in the West. You don’t see Dutch troops aiding the Afrikaners, do you? At least not while there’s still a single Moroccan in the Maghreb. Perhaps The Economist can explain that modern European states, contra Chinese doctrine, exist to advance the welfare of non-Europeans. You have to actually be a Westerner before Western governments will despise you. So really East and West are equally particular about their people.
Nation-states are uncomplicated concepts. Which is why such a formidable disinformation apparatus is necessary to obfuscate them. States are the political and administrative expressions of their nations. Countries are the geographic boundaries of each. A state exists to advance the interests of a nation and protect the integrity of its habitat. The florid language of founding charters exist more as testaments to authors’ vanity than actual pledges of allegiance to abstractions.
For instance, saying America was founded for “freedom” means precisely nothing in practice, though it persists as irresistible boob-bait. Of course we all prefer abundant freedom for ourselves, though very little for those who wish to harm or take from us. This is native to the human condition, and thus adds very little in describing the functions of government for any particular state.
Ask a freedom advocate in good political standing if that includes the liberty to associate or…
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