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Thread #52026   Message #795568
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
02-Oct-02 - 01:05 PM
Thread Name: BS: Patriotism -- what is it?
Subject: RE: BS: Patriotism -- what is it?
One thing that is often tied in with patriotism is a certain small scale quality to it. I feel there's a sense in which you can only feel real patriotism for somewhere relatively small - a country or a region, not an empire.

I would wonder whether there is a different way that people in America might feel about their native state, and about the whole vast amalgamation of United States. I don't mean not feeling loyalty and all that, but maybe patriotism isn't quite the right word. That's seems consistent with what Amos said - "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."

I love my planet, but I'd question whether "patriotic" is the right word for that.