Simplistic political doctrines cause a lot of strife and suffering in the world. Positions both for and against nationalism are probably chief among such doctrines in that regard. The Ajat Institute seeks to develop and articulate progressive approaches to questions of national identity, diversity, and international cooperation.
Nationalists often identify with their nation to the degree of unwarranted devaluation of every other, and frequently underestimate the value of international cooperation. Internationalists and anti-nationalists, on the other hand, are frequently dismissive of valid concerns from native populations who wish to determine their own laws and culture. Please note that this is not a simple Left/Right distinction, as socially progressive agendas are frequently pursued by those primarily concerned with their own society, and Internationalist disdain for national boundaries encompasses both the extreme Left and the advocates of Globalist Capitalism (AKA Globalism).
Our approach to this tangled issue is to express a simple, new, archetypal identity – The Ajati – and to flesh it out in specific ways which illustrate its value.
In ancient Sanskrit, “Ajat” means the unborn, uncreated, or self-creating. We use it to denote a people who have defined themselves, and who constantly strive to better exemplify that definition. These people are not born as Ajati, they voluntarily become Ajati to the extent that its ideals call them on, over time. Furthermore, the Ajati are – as part of that definition – dedicated to certain principles which hold national self-determination to be a sacred right, but one balanced by a proper responsibility to peaceful cooperation with all other nations who would have their own rights so respected in turn.
To the extent that this rule is held true, the basic demands of reasonable Nationalists, Internationalists, Leftists and Rightists are all met. The only people whose demands are denied as invalid are those who would impose their own preferences upon others, beyond the basic demands of peace and respect.
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