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 Patriotism vs. Nationalism

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September 11, 2017, 01:01:31 pm
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Offline Leto Atreides II

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Patriotism vs. Nationalism
« on: September 11, 2017, 01:01:31 pm »
Not only is the alt-right not conservative, they’re not even patriotic. How can you be a patriot, and yet march with a Nazi flag?

I've seen this a few times already, even before the Charlottesville debacle.

Most of us identify as Nationalists, not patriots.


a person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors.

And while the dictionary definition of "nationalist" makes it essentially a synonym for "patriot", doing so belies the origins of the word. A Nation is not, by definition, a country, a geographical territory defined by boundaries, a name, and a common governmental system. No, a Nation is a People, a Race.

Someone who realizes that they would not exist if their People did not exist to give rise to them, and realizes that this merits some degree of loyalty towards that People... that is a true Nationalist. That is a patriotism which makes sense.

Someone who believes that, because they were born within the confines of the politically defined boundaries of a geographical region with a name, a flag, and a government, which issues them a social security number and uses them to generate tax dollars which will typically be used ultimately to their detriment is not a true Nationalist. That is a true Idiot. That is a patriotism that lulls one and one's people to their graves.