We must still look at them as individuals if we want to avoid racism and nationalism, Paul. Saying that nations have rights is little different than saying that racial groups have rights, and this is incorrect in both cases – only individuals have rights. Because only individuals think, only individuals feel pain, feel joy, have experiences. And as monolithic as some groups may seem, in any large group there will always be exceptions. For instance:
The fact that as you say, national identity can be a mutable characteristic, is all the more reason to think of people first and foremost as individuals, even those who happen to share ancestry X, place of birth X, and/or cultural identity X. They don't have to make these the things that define who they are or how they live, and many do not.
Love & Liberty,
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