In The Herald this weekend we hear from Peruvian-Spanish Nobel-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa that ‘When nationalism becomes power, it is always very negative, very pernicious. It produces a provincial vision of social and political problems’ (‘Interview’, Arts,  The Herald, 9th June 2012 [summary of article by Jackie McGlone with readers’ comments available here]). Vargas Llosa’s central argument is that there is something fundamentally wrong with the very idea of nationalism: ‘The basic idea of nationalism is wrong. The idea that to be born in a given place is a value in itself is ridiculous. Totally ridiculous!’ If he were listening, now would be the time to ask Vargas Llosa what he might regard as generative within and towards his own sense of self as…