Ivor O’Connor

January 2, 2009

Quotation on Patriotism by Howard Zen

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 4:08 pm

Howard Zen:
“Patriotism is not supporting the government. Patriotism is supporting the principles that the government is supposed to stand for.”

The above quotation is from Howard Zen on DemocracyNow today. It’s the first positive quotation I’ve heard describing “patriotism”. All the other major quotations on patriotism have negative overtones. Like the following. So the next time, if ever, the topic of patriotism ever comes up I’ll reply “Patriotism is supporting the principles that the government is supposed to stand for”.

George Bernard Shaw:
“Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.”

George Jean Nathan:
“Patriotism is a arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.”

H. L. Mencken:
In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favorite device of persons with something to sell.

Mark Twain:
The nation is divided, half patriots and half traitors, and no man can tell which from which.

Ralph Waldo Emerson:
When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and the purity of its heart.

Samuel Johnson:
Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.

Theodore Roosevelt:
To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.

Bertrand Russell
Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.



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