: : I am confused as to how nationalism relates to Marxism. I keep reading that marxism is very nationalist but at the same time it seems that any idea that advocates communist ideals must intrinsically be antinationalist
: Where do you keep reading that Marxism is nationalist? It definitely isnt although some perversions of marxism use nationalism to try and gain support for the nation state and nationalisation, however this isnt really consistant with a genuine marxist analysis which insisted in the replacement of the state with a paris commune stlye system of government.
: Marxism is only one strand within socialism too.
The workers of the world are supposed to unite - the state is to wither away after a dictatorship of the proletariat - and then begins a benevolent anarchy. This is silly stuff to be sure. I am a Fabian Socialist, who believes that Capitalism must be slowly ground down. It will take generations to beat the beast. Unionization is the best tool to beat the McDonald leviathan.