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I tried to find what you refer to, and this is the best I found:

The Pharisees of Patriotism | Heretical Ideas Magazine

There is a great apocryphal conversation between Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine, where Franklin allegedly said to Paine that "Where liberty dwells, there is my country." In other words, a love of freedom and the American Revolutionary ideals is something that ought to transcend mere nationalism. The best part about this alleged conversation, though, is Paine's response.

"Where liberty dwells not," he said. "There is mine."

In other words, Thomas Paine believed that he should fight for liberty, everywhere.

The essay the quote is from, BTW, is also topical.

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

by DoDo on Thu May 21st, 2009 at 07:07:40 AM EST
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