Guess what. Jonah Goldberg is worried about the “Dangers of Unchecked Nationalism.” Well, yes, I suppose it could get to be a problem.
It could get to be a problem if our ruling class bankrupts the country by funking the urgent task of reforming entitlements. Because in the aftermath, the people might easily vote for a “strong leader” who promised to solve the problem by taxing and expropriating the rich.
Unchecked nationalism could also be a problem if the ruling class ran the country into a big financial crash by subsidizing home mortgages so that, when people started to lose their overleveraged homes, the whole financial system came crashing down. Then a leader might appear to teach the “greedy bankers” a lesson.