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The "nation" and the "country" are not quite the same, although nationalists have been doing their best to conflate the difference.

You can be a nationalist without being a patriot, and a patriot without being a nationalist. In point of fact, I would argue that the two are mutually exclusive: Nationalism is inherently a movement that seeks to fracture the state into numerous sub-groups, each of which aggressively defends its own privilege. Viewed in that light, it becomes hard to see how a good nationalist can also be a good patriot.

Of course, with that definition of patriotism, a jingoist cannot be a patriot either, because jingoism does not serve the interests of his country...

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu May 21st, 2009 at 04:49:29 AM EST
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