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Thread #52026   Message #795457
Posted By: GUEST,Amos
02-Oct-02 - 10:25 AM
Thread Name: BS: Patriotism -- what is it?
Subject: RE: BS: Patriotism -- what is it?
Patriotism is a misnomer, based on the LAtin patria, a word which means lineage. It has a male-lineage root because lineage (inheritance of name, possessions and family identity) was patrilinear in Roman and Greek dominant societies.

It is a misnomer because it does not really have to do with love of country except on a shallow, rhetorical basis.

It is the defense and perpetuation of a set of agreements which one believes will best serve his well-being in the future, and the well-being of groups with whom those agreements are shared.

Being an American, however, has much less to do with loving a territory than it does with having a strong preference for the social agreements that define the group.

Obviously, those agreements prosper when they have territory on which to be implemented, so defending the land is a natural close concomitant.