Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Patriotism vs. Nationalism

There is a sharp difference between nationalism and patriotism. Patriotism is "the wholesome love of one’s land and people." Nationalism, on the other hand, is an "unhealthy love of one’s government, accompanied by the aggressive desire to put down others – which becomes in deracinated modern men a substitute for religious faith." Patriotism is necessary for people who wish to preserve their freedom; nationalism is not. In fact, it is always a great enemy of freedom.