On patriotism

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May 23, 2011
Fred On Everything
by Fred Reed  
Posted in Commentary, LAND Commentary

"When we say 'John is a patriot,' we mean 'John is a reliable member of our dog pack,' nothing more. The pack instinct seems more ancient, and certainly stronger, than morality or any form of human decency. Thus, once the pack — citizenry, I meant to say — have been properly roused to a pitch of patriotism, they will, under cover of the most diaphanous pretexts, rape Nanking, bomb Hiroshima, kill the Jews or, if they are Jews, Palestinians. We are animals of the pack. We don’t admire patriotism. We admire loyalty to ourselves." (05/23/11)


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