Writes Muller: â€œA familiar and influential narrative of 20th-century European history argues that nationalism twice led to war, in 1914 and then again in 1939. Thereafter, the story goes, Europeans concluded that nationalism was a danger and gradually abandoned it. In the postwar decades, Western Europeans enmeshed themselves in a web of transnational institutions, culminating in the European Union.â€ Muller contends that this is a myth, that peace came to the Old Continent only after the triumph of ethnonationalism, after the peoples of Europe had sorted themselves out and each achieved its own home.
Rather than seek to halt the inexorable, we should seek to accommodate it and ameliorate its sometimes awful consequences.
So, what is to happen to America, with its extraordinarily diverse population? Is the answer America will find: secession, amalgamation, war… or are Buchanan and Muller wrong?