Today, nationalism affets everyone. Like it or not, every person has a national identity, creating the illusion of a absolute collective, in which everyone reads the same newspapers and worrying about the same political issues. Regardless, the question of the nation today is much more complex. It is possible to use nationalism as a way to silence other groups, or conversely a method for self-actualization. As a result, there are groups in nation-states that do not form part of national discourse and that resist the authority of the nation-state, in places such as Chechnya in Russia and Cataluña in Spain and France. In spite of their differences, in each case national identity formes a large part in their discourse. In this paper, I will explore the methods, successes and failings of using national identity as a method of self-actualization in decolonial moments through the analysis of three particular movements (L'OAS, the UNITA and the EZLN). I will explore how national identity is used in the context of this moment of decoloniality, as perceived by the resistance group.This moment allows for groups to change and realize their own national identity. Some groups use the moment to silence "others" (but not necessarily subaltern groups) to assert their national identity; others to give themselves a voice in an oppressive state so that they themselves can leave their subaltern position.
Starting in the 1970s the United States began to demonstrate an interest in expanding their economic market far beyond their national borders. This process soon got the name of Globalization. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is the third agreement the United States signed into effect. This free trade agreement liberalize trade between Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Before and after the negotiations much debate existed as to the potential success and the set backs of this agreement. To this date debate exists, however more evidence is available as to the success of this economic policy. In this paper, I explore the negative effects that Mexico has endured as a result of NAFTA. I examine the economic, public health, and environmental impacts of this agreement. Furthermore, I dive into a series of labor strikes that took place in the later part of 2015 and earlier part of 2016 around the Lexmark Maquiladora. I examine the reality that laborers in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico experience on a daily basis. I examine this case study through a post-colonial lens. Looking at the “left-over” entanglement from Colonialism. My goal in researching this topic is to analyze the potential effects that developing countries like Mexico, might face upon integrating their economy into the Global Market. More specifically what can a developing country suffer upon entering a free trade agreement with an industrialized, imperialist country like the United States.