Friday, February 27, 2009

Is Patriotism a good thing?

Emma Goldman argues against patriotism. Anyone care to defend it with real arguments? Or is this something your shouldn't have to debate?

7 comments:

C said...

What do you mean by "patriotism"?

Blip said...

Patriotism is good because it is all about preserving your culture, and culture is important.

Anonymous said...

"My country, right or wrong" is a thing no patriot would ever think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying "My mother, drunk or sober." - Chesterton

Ilíon said...

Somewhat off-topic, but this is the best place for it.

I find this incredibly difficult to believe: Feds grant eminent domain as collateral to China for US debts. Could Obama and Clinton *really* be this stupid?

Could this be behind the recent declarations/assertions of sovereignty by several States?

Ilíon said...

Maybe that was just fools hyperventilating. Let's pray so.

C said...

I just read this:

"A proper patriotism is an attachment to one's people and country, and a willingness to defend its legitimate claims while fully respecting the legitimate claims of other peoples."

John Rawls, The Law of Peoples

Anonymous said...

I'm Bilbo, but I forgot my password, and I'm too lazy to go through the process of retrieving it or getting a new one. Suppose it is true that people in our government have sold our country to China. Would this be patriotic or unpatriotic?