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Summary: This case argues that nationalism enables countries to act independently, thus best promoting the pursuit of truth. Nationalism holds to the national values even when they conflict with those of the world.
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This case argues that nationalism enables countries to act independently, thus best promoting the pursuit of truth. Nationalism holds to the national values even when they conflict with those of the world. In doing so, nationalism can make the correct choice even when the globe has made the wrong one.
The value in this case is Moral Agency, which means you’ll be advocating for a government’s freedom to follow its conscience and it citizens’ morality. This promotes your reason to prefer of Pursuit of Truth because there are times when the globe has made the wrong choice. In those situations, governments can and should use their moral agency to act on what’s right and true.
The applications illustrate such dilemmas. The UNCRC is a situation of the entire world infringing upon parent’s rights, and one country using its moral agency to stand in opposition. Slavery was an example of an atrocity being morally accepted worldwide, until we accepted the truth of slavery’s injustice, one nation at a time.
When arguing this case, it’s important to keep in mind the moral motivation in political decisions. Every action a government takes is connected to some part of that government’s worldview. Thus, whenever interests or actions conflict, a moral conflict lies underneath.
Opponents might try to paint your position as moral relativism. They might claim your argument holds all nations as “correct” and reject absolute truth. You must be quick to correct them. Your argument is not that we can’t find truth. On the contrary, your argument is that we should pursue truth, but we cannot blindly trust globalism to do so.
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