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were not "discredited" but literally hunted down

Okay, there we go. I'm quoting you again. Just to clarify: I'm not a native speaker and may not always feel the nuance that you see. I know they were hunted down but I thought 'discredited' would be strong enough to describe how they and all opponents of government were treated (or risked being treated).

But patriotism, which you also appear to conflate with unchecked nationalism...

I happen to know a case of fierce patriotism combined with progressive attitudes (as you describe them). I don't know how representative my experience is. Therefore, I try to learn more about this phenomenon.

by Lily (put - lilyalmond - here <a> yahaah.france) on Sat May 30th, 2009 at 05:18:48 PM EST
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