In our monthly podcast series We Need to Talk About … we tackle the big issues shaping the world. In recent months we have discussed climate change, protest, and public health provision, and our next topic for debate is equally pressing: the rise of nationalism around the world.
These podcasts feature the experiences and questions of Guardian members, and the expertise of a special panel of journalists and guests. You ask the questions, we try to supply the answers.
Nationalism, and particularly questions around progressive nationalism – does it exist, what does it look like, why might we have to even ask these questions – are among the issues we are wrestling with inside the Guardian. We wonder if you might also be considering this issue, and invite you to get in touch with your thoughts.
Is there a presumption by some – perhaps by the media? – that nationalism is necessarily a bad thing? And is that perception tied to location? Members in Scotland or Catalonia, for instance, might feel differently from those in England.
We would like to hear from members on what you think is driving the current political surge. Is there an extent to which you think it is about people feeling disenfranchised and ignored; like politics no longer represents their best interests? Could you argue that it is a reaction to an increasingly unequal society? Where does identity – personal and national – come into this?
Making this podcast series, I have been inspired from the start by the curiosity, breadth of views, and depth of knowledge that members hold, and we are keen to showcase more of these. So please do not hold back. Nationalism is on the rise across the world, and we welcome the views of members everywhere. You might like to ask the panel to delve more deeply into questions around Trump or Brexit, for instance, or get them to tackle nationalism in Northern Ireland or Wales.
Or you might want to talk about your personal experience: if you are attracted by nationalist parties or causes, we would be interested to hear whether it is something newly awoken or that has been on your mind for a long time but without sensible outlet. If you are a member who has recently changed their voting habits, we would also love to hear from you.
You can send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org briefly outlining your main questions or points, or fill in the form below. We would like to record your questions and experiences – we do that on the phone at a time to suit you – so we will give you a call or email to organise that. Please include your phone number with your submission.