It is this which explains nationalism: the principle so strange and eccentric in the age of agrarian cultural diversity and the 'ethnic' division of labour that homogeneity of culture is the political bond, that mastery of (and, one should add, acceptability in) a given high culture ... is the precondition of political, economic and social citizenship.
The utopia of the Populists was in the past, not in the future. According to the agrarian myth, the health of the state was proportionate to the degree to which it was dominated by the agricultural class, and this assumption pointed to the superiority of an earlier age.Richard Hofstadter
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