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It's either ideals and idealism or Blut und Ehre.  Or a Kantian or Hegelian combination.

However France is really the first nation-state; when one looks at borders, demographics, and language.  The French revolution was pretty homogenous.  All of Europe was, especially in demographic maps - except the Balkans, the Balkans look like a polka dotted skirt.

French Republicans!  This is why the aristocrats patronized the German Romantics to write against Napoleon through folklore to propagandize the peasants to fight against their interests when Napoleon was setting up republics, especially in the Rhineland.  Their influence thankfully ended in the rubble of Berlin in 1945.  But Heinrich Heine was ranting about this

But that was supposedly the Great Experiment of the Enlightenment in the US, the beauty was that it was not a nation-state but rather a country made up of several nations.

I am not trying to defend anything here, which is reality today.  I just want to point out what the original purpose was and what a patriot meant.

Obviously, that failed when we had the first Constitutional Convention and they compromised on slavery, our original sin - the fruit of the tree so to speak.  Then it was even easier to sin further with the genocide of the Native Americans afterwards.

But yes, I agree, the Bolsheviks were indeed cosmopolitan in that they wanted a world-wide movement rather than a local national movement.

"Schiller sprach zu Goethe, Steck in dem Arsch die Fl๖te! Goethe sagte zu Schiller, Mein Arsch ist kein Triller!"

by Jeffersonian Democrat (rzg6f@virginia.edu) on Wed May 6th, 2009 at 05:57:50 PM EST
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