Robin and Sonja have been challenging me for years to think more objectively (or Objectivistly) and I have been fortunate to have shared many glasses of wine at their place in that time, especially for their regular philosophy sessions. This month, I received the following that I thought that I might invite thoughts, feedbacks and comments from:
So close to Australia Day, the topic has to be patriotism. Which of
the following quotes do you agree with, and why? Is patriotism an
unconditional virtue, a conditional virtue, or no virtue at all? What
makes it a virtue or a vice?
- Patriotism … is a superstition artificially created and maintained through a network of lies and falsehoods; a superstition that robsman of his self-respect and dignity, and increases his arrogance and conceit. – EMMA GOLDMAN
- “My country, right or wrong” is a thing no patriot would ever think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying “My mother, drunk or sober.” – G. K. CHESTERTON
- Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it. – GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
Beyond this, with the decline in meaningful international barriers, the rise in globalism and technologically driven value creation that is geographically ambivalent and the increased need for us all to appreciate and respect differences, what does patriotism really mean? If patriotism is to nations, what is the term for loyalty to our ‘culture’ beyond our nation-state?