Reflexive patriotism, last refuge of a scoundrel nation

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May 26, 2011
by Kirkpatrick Sale  
Posted in Commentary

"Of course one of the difficulties in putting across the benefits of, the need for, secession is the very deep-seated fundamentalism of we’re-number-one American patriotism. If there is no perception that the American government is thoroughly malodorous, corrupt, and iniquitous, if at the base of every brain is the belief in one-nation-indivisible (a phrase, by the way, created in 1892 by a socialist ideologue to brainwash young boys), and if there is no underlying sense that what we do around the world as a imperial power ranges from maladroit to evil, then there’s no way anyone could possibly comprehend, much less support, secession." (05/27/11)  


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