In the World Cup, Nationalism Endures

Jun 8, 2014 | 13:00 GMT

In the World Cup, Nationalism Endures
The World Cup trophy stands on display in London in March 2014.



Nearly 70,000 fans will pour into Sao Paulo's Corinthians Arena on June 12 to watch the opening match of the World Cup. Die-hard soccer fans will be watching the action on the field, and fans of political affairs will be watching Brazil, but most everyone will be paying attention in some way because the tournament itself has become a celebration of nations as much as a sporting event.

The tournament reminds us of nationalism's persistence, not its obsolesce....

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