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Yes, you can be a patriot in a nation-state... Patriotism is (originally) simply loyalty to the fatherland (rather than, say, to your religious affiliation, local noble, national or ethnic group).

There was a big nationalist/patriot spat in Europe in the mid-19th century, when the liberals started stirring up nationalist sentiments in order to cause trouble for the various monarchies of the time (whose borders were defined prior to the invention of modern nationalism, and therefore did not well accommodate it).

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed May 6th, 2009 at 04:28:27 PM EST
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