Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Patriotism

I'm back from a desperate couple of days in bed, if not quite back in the saddle then at least plodding down the proverbial path leading Dobbin by the reins.


It was back in May when I published my shortest post ever.

Three Things I Never Want To Hear Again

Protecting the American people.
Supporting the troops.
Patriotism.

End.


Shabby words uttered by shabby Pols for shabby political ends, even though I write this six years to the day of that tragic event in New York I cannot help but reflect to what degree that first short sentence has been misused and abused and employed to further the transparent agenda of the worst administration in American history.


The second phrase is but just more shabby rhetoric used by equally shabby Politicos. The troops are expendable cannon fodder, always have been always will be, history attests to that.
It would be well to remember exactly the role of any soldier, having taken the King's shilling and picked up a gun, his job then is to use that gun when called upon to kill people and sometimes be killed in the process.
And never should it be forgotten that coalition forces are an invading army in an illegal war and as such are an illegal force occupying a foreign country.

And lastly we come to patriotism, what a dangerous and delusional word if ever there was.

Never was a patriot yet, but was a fool.

– John Dryden

A patriot is a fool in ev’ry age.

– Alexander Pope.

Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.

Samuel Johnson

In Dr. Johnson’s famous dictionary, patriotism is defined as the last resort of a scoundrel. With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer, I beg to submit that it is the first.

– Ambrose Bierce

Patriotism is as fierce as a fever, pitiless as the grave, blind as a stone, and irrational as a headless hen.

– Ambrose Bierce

That pernicious sentiment, “Our country, right or wrong.”

– James Russell Lowell

“My country right or wrong” is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying, “My mother drunk or sober.”

– G. K. Chesterton

Patriotism which has the quality of intoxication is a danger not only to its native land but to the world, and “My country never wrong” is an even more dangerous maxim than “My country, right or wrong.”

– Bertrand Russell

Patrioism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.

– George Bernard Shaw

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.

– George Bernard Shaw

You’ll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.

– George Bernard Shaw

Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy.

– George Bernard Shaw

Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it.

– Denis Diderot

To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography.

– George Santayana

The Athenian democracy suffered much from that narrowness of patriotism which is the ruin of all nations.

– H.G. Wells

Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. “Patriotism” is its cult. . . . Just as love for one individual which excludes the love for others is not love, love for one’s country which is not part of one’s love for humanity is not love, but idolatrous worship.

– Erich Fromm

One of the great attractions of patriotism–it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat, Bully and cheat, what’s more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous.

– Aldous Huxley

Many studies have discovered a close link between prejudice and “patriotism” . . . Extreme bigots are almost always super-patriots.

– Gordon Allport

It seems like the less a statesman amounts to, the more he loves the flag.

– Elbert Hubband

Patriotism varies, from a noble devotion to a moral lunacy.

– William Inge

Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts, as a last resource, pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and glad to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.

– Arthur Schopenhauer

Patriotism is the passion of fools and the most foolish of passions.

– Arthur Schopenhauer

Patriotism corrupts history.

– Goethe

Into the cultural and technological system of the modern world, the patriotic spirit fits like dust in the eyes and sand in the bearings. Its net contribution to the outcome is obscuration, distrust, and retardation at every point where it touches the fortunes of modern mankind.

– Thorstein Veblen

The standardization of mass-production carries with it a tendency to standardize a mass-mind, producing a willing conformity, not merely to common ways of living, but to common ways of thinking and common valuations. The worst defect of patriotism is its tendency to foster and impose this common mind, and so to stifle the innumerable germs of liberty.

– J.A. Hobson




Unfortunately I failed to take note of the compiler of this list, so who ever you may be, a tip of the tit for. Tomorrow patriotism and religion.

2 comments:

The Barefoot Bum said...

Don't forget: "When fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in an American flag and carrying a cross." —Sinclair Lewis

Anonymous said...

Patriotism is a religion, the egg from which wars are hatched. ~ Guy de Maupassant