Myth #1: Like
patriotism, nationalism brings out the best qualities of a
Myth #2: It is
unthinkable to expect any nation to act unselfishly of its
own accord in dealings with other
Myth #3: There
aren't any negative, unintended consequences when foreign
policy leaders always insist on putting their own national
Myth #4: The term
"the global village" is primarily a concept concerning
communications and economic opportunities which does not
include fundamental social responsibilities of all its
global citizenry toward everyone.
Nationalistic selfishness is not inherently evil.
Myth #6: Only
large, developed nations suffer from selfish pride.
Myth #7: There is
no incentive for federal governments to discover how they
could improve their stature at home and in the world
Myth #8: Criticism
of U.S. hegemony by non-Americans is based solely on envy of
America's superpower status.
Myth #9: There is
no risk of U.S. nationalistic attitudes and behavior
undermining the very values which made her the most admired
nation in the world.
Myth #10: The
precepts: "love thy neighbor" and "love thy enemy"
have no place in foreign policy initiatives.