Proper Governance: Patriotism is Not Enough

Olympic competitions divide the world along nationality. In a world where notions like “internationalism” and “multiculturalism” dominant global affairs to the point “nationalistic” thinking nearly qualifies as immoral, the patriotic fervor of the Olympics can be almost refreshing. On the one hand, the patriotic spirit of the Olympics offers people a chance to take pride in the accomplishments of their fellow countrymen and their national achievements. On the other hand, it also offers insights into the behavior of leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Erdogan, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and many others.

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