“Ultra-nationalism” stands naked as nothing but a euphemism for the worship of violence in service of autocratic goals. Liu Xiaobo

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Author: Liu Xiaobo. Origin: From No Enemies, No Hatred: Selected Essays and Poems, pag.83

“Ultra-nationalism” stands naked as nothing but a euphemism for the worship of violence in service of autocratic goals – be they the terrorism and holy war of Islamic fundamentalists or the refusal of dictatorial systems to accept political democracy.” Liu Xiaobo

Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波, 28 December 1955 – 13 July 2017) was a Chinese writer, philosopher, and activist for human rights, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Author of numerous books, he was imprisoned as a political prisoner. In 2017, he was released due to health problems. After a few days, he died.

Original passage:

“In recent world history, the worship of violence has always found convenient pretexts: for colonialism, the expansion of Western “civilization” was the rationale; during the Second World War, it was the Communist ideal of one-world harmony; and now, for China, it is ultra-nationalism. In our new century, when freedom, democracy, and peaceful development have become the main tendency throughout the world, “ultra-nationalism” stands naked as nothing but a euphemism for the worshiip of violence in service of autocratic goals–be they the terrorism and holy war of Islamic fundamentalists or the refusal of dictatorial systems to accept political democracy”. (pag. 83)

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