We protest knowing all too well that it is going to come to nothing. Today resistances and protests are conservative actions whether they are performed by what we still futilely call ‘the left’ or ‘the right’.
Capitalist globalization has gone sufficiently far now to generate a yet-to-be-resolved conflict between its economic base and the political form of the nation-state. This conflict is another determining factor in nationalism as a highly overdetermined symptom.
World War I was fought not between nation-states but multinational empires; Richard J. Evans tells ILNA
The structure of great-power relations through the 19th century was unipolar, shaped by British global hegemony, but this began to be challenged around 1900, leading to the emergence of a bipolar system of alliances. World War I was essentially a bipolar conflict.