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Liberalism and conservatism are functionally identical only in the present age and a Western context.

As for the concepts of patriot and nationalist, I can readily see a difference in the specific case of a separatist movement not yet with a recognised state, and I see usefulness of recognising people wanting to separate positive and negative connotations of collective identities. In fact, that enhances the problem with the No True Scotsman nature. Even if you take the US version in its purest idea-based form, patriots believing in the ideals of Democracy, Freedom and the Rights of (Wo)Man can be made to bring destruction to people who never asked for them to come in far-away Asian countries...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu May 21st, 2009 at 06:12:52 AM EST
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