It’s a sad state of affairs when you hear left-wingers, neocons and Trotskyites denounce any strain of “nativism” that they might perceive. In an almost 1984 fashion, they have taken one of the highest virtues and transformed it into an alleged vice. They have also bolstered a left-wing idea, the “proposition nation” (i.e. only ideas are fundamental for the survival of a nation), and attempt to peddle it as a virtue.
The word ‘native’ is related to the word ‘nation’ because both come from the Latin nasci, implying link by blood. Any true nation will be based in blood and soil, kith and kin, and genophilia (instinctive attachment to family and tribe). ‘Nation’, as the Latin suggests, is a group of people ancestrally related. Thus, ‘nativism’ is nothing more than support of an authentic nation. Any true patriot will be a nativist. I’m proud to be a nativist.