Creating Weaker Nations: Who Decides Who Belongs?


The Oxford Dictionary defines a "nation" as a "community of people of mainly common descent, history, language, etc., forming a unified government or inhabiting a territory. A second definition simply says that a nation is "a tribe or confederation of tribes of Native Americans."

The term derives from the Latin, and when it first appeared it explicitly entailed the idea of common blood ties or descent. As Walker Connor noted in his analysis of the term, it derives from the past participle of the word "nasci," which means to be born.

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