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I guess the modern take on the matter is something like this.

Patriot: I love my country.

Nationalist: I hate those fucking foreigners.

nice précis!

also, patriotism can be a quiet, unflamboyant sentiment, surfacing during peaks of ritualised behaviour, such as military funerals, flag waving and half-masting, anthems etc.

nationalism is always in your face pissed and mean right from the get go, except when it's sugar coated, like this BNP crapaganda, everyone knows what they want... a justification for a hatefest. stick a suit and tie on it, but underneath it's all about bovver and dustups.... testosterone, briefly forgetting one's own plight in surrendered thrall to the the sick blamegame.

the rabid right in the usa are playing the droids like violins, it stands to reason that it works (somewhat) for griffin and his evil ilk this side of the pond too.


'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed May 6th, 2009 at 06:22:45 PM EST
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