Thursday, May 31, 2012

"Notes on Nationalism"

At about the same time as I was reading the posts anent the ChiCom propaganda I referred to in my previous post, someone posted to Facespace a link to an article on some progressive website in which some libtard idiot demanded that "We take back memorial Day from the Military!"  In conjunction with the commie whining about Memorial Day being full of "excessive patriotism", as quoted on Daily Pundit, the Red propagandist actually quoted George Orwell's "Notes on Nationalism".
By "nationalism" I mean first of all the habit of assuming that human beings can be classified like insects and that whole blocks of millions or tens of millions of people can be confidently labelled "good" or "bad." But secondly -- and this is much more important -- I mean the habit of identifying oneself with a single nation or other unit, placing it beyond good and evil and recognizing no other duty than that of advancing its interests. Nationalism is not to be confused with patriotism. Both words are normally used in so vague a way that any definition is liable to be challenged, but one must draw a distinction between them, since two different and even opposing ideas are involved. By "patriotism" I mean devotion to a particular place and a particular way of life, which one believes to be the best in the world but has no wish to force on other people. Patriotism is of its nature defensive, both militarily and culturally. Nationalism, on the other hand, is inseperable from the desire for power. The abiding purpose of every nationalist is to secure more power and more prestige, not for himself but for the nation or other unit in which he has chosen to sink his own individuality. 
(The initial emphasis is in the original; I added the underlining.)

Not actually a lot of support for your claims that there's something wrong with us there, Comrade; perhaps you should ask the people of Nepal and Tibet how they feel about how feelings of nationalism "can lead a country to impose their way of life on others."

Seems to me that patriotism is something we--still--have in abundance here in the US of A; nationalism, on other hand, is in short supply, and is suspect when it does arise.  (A current exception may be what Orwell describes later in the essay as "negative nationalism", which seems to exist to excess on the political Left.  cf #OccupyWherever.)

Once again, "THEY" fail utterly to understand us.

I like it like that.

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