“By encouraging the formation of a single ethnic identity, the state could in turn claim that it existed to defend and promote the unique interests and values of its people.” (1)
In the U.S. today, the power lies in the hands of white men, for now…although even the ‘now’ is questionable, as the demographic landscape transforms before us. But white men are desperately trying to hold on as an ethnic group, as Americans.
But the irony is that white Western countries have abused so much of the earth that they have created the conditions that cause many non-white people to seek asylum and shelter in the only safe place they can see: white Western countries! And now many whites struggle with this influx, especially as they see the demographics shift in their own countries.
And right now it happens again, as the U.S. administration undermines democracy in Venezuela. Sanctions and other U.S. efforts have destabilized that country, and now the sharks close in to feast, to install their preferred candidate, one who is sympathetic to corporate interests and willing to sell out his people and exploit the natural resources of the land.
What will result? As we see so often, when corporate interests are promoted above human rights the masses suffer, populations are decimated, poverty explodes and refugees flee for their lives. And the U.S., or at least the current administration, will keep them at bay, all the while speaking words of righteousness.
Notes: O’Neil, Patrick H., Fields, Karl, and Share, Don. “Cases and Concepts in Comparative Politics.” W.W. Norton and Company, New York, NY. 2018, p. 62.