How will nationalism evolve?

By Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

September 2010 EDITORIAL
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The biggest trick that the nation-state concept has pulled on modern man is the proposal that there is an essential line between the external and the internal.Sovereignty over precisely demarcated physical territory is the underlying notion. It is here the nation-state is most easily understood. And so, in all countries, the Home Ministry and the Foreign Ministry are powerful institutions, alongside the Defence Ministry. Here lies the hardware of the nation-state, where protocol and ceremony blend with threat of violence...

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Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His latest book is Signals in the Noise: Notes on Penang, Malaysia and the World (Singapore: Faction Press) Homepage: