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Donald Trump's lead in the race for the Republican Party's nomination as its presidential candidate in November has caused consternation.Some even see Trump as a potential American Mussolini.Or, to take another example of great leadership, Nelson Mandela could easily have chosen to define his group as black South Africans and sought revenge for the injustice of decades of apartheid and his own imprisonment. Instead, he worked tirelessly to expand the identity of his followers both by words and deeds.The next president will have to educate Americans about how to deal with a globalization process that many find threatening. National identities are imagined communities in the sense that few people have direct experience of the other members. For the past century or two, the nation-state has been the imagined community that people are willing to die for, and most leaders have regarded their primary obligations to be national. In a world in which people are organized primarily in national communities, a purely cosmopolitan ideal is unrealistic.
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