"Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind." - Albert Einstein "Nationalism is hunger power tempered by self deception." - George Orwell I'm becoming more and more convinced that it's time for nationalism to be abolished in badminton and only used in the anachronistic areas such as in the Olympic and Commonwealth games and similar events. The issue is with nationalism, is that in the current climate, you've already lost. The forseeable future is a future of China's dominance. For me, this is indisputable. We may see a few talents emerging from other states, but China has played it's hand and it's dominance in nation-based competition is well publicised. The only thing stopping this is themselves. They have the population, they have growing resources - they're only going to get bigger. So why don't we have a situation where individual teams and singles players as free entities can compete much like they do in tennis. This way, instead of having nation-states dictate who wins and who loses, there's at least some form of a player's self-determination - and also the exciting possibility in doubles of players from different countries playing together. Nationalism may have it's place, but increasingly I think it's maybe not akin to measles, but it's certainly a blight on the landscape. What do you think?