• Nationalism and 4 more political terms to know

    By: Debbie Lord, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    President Donald Trump escalated his immigration rhetoric at a midterm rally in Houston, on Monday, accusing Democrats of “encouraging millions of illegal aliens to break our laws, violate our borders and overwhelm our nation.”

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    He also criticized so-called globalists, declaring, “You know what I am? I’m a nationalist.”

    Here’s a quick look at some of the  terms that have been, and still are being, bandied about on the political scene.

    Nationalism – Nationalism refers to loyalty to the nation. Nationalism is often reflected in an emphasis on the nation’s culture or other social factors. Some during the 2016 election used the term “white nationalists” to ascribe racist motives to others.

    Authoritarian – An authoritarian government is one that favors a concentration of power in a leader or in someone who is not constitutionally responsible to the citizens, yet wields political power.   

    Despot – A ruler who has absolute power over every aspect of the lives of his or her subjects.

    Fascism – Fascism calls for the needs of the nation be placed above the needs of the individual. A fascist government is centralized and headed by a dictator. Economic and social interactions are regimented and opposition is met with strong reaction from the government’s forces.  

    Oligarchy – An oligarchy refers to the rule of a nation by a small group, especially for corrupt and selfish purposes, according to Webster’s Dictionary. 

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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