Tuesday, July 01, 2008

On Patriotism to counteract Fourth of July rhetoric

In anticipation of the Fourth of July rhetorical explosions here are some quotes on Patriotism:

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
Samuel Johnson, [quoted in Boswell's Life of Johnson English author, critic, & lexicographer (1709 - 1784)]
Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.
George Bernard Shaw, [Irish dramatist (1856 - 1950)]
Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate [or perhaps oil] above principles.
George Jean Nathan, U.S. drama critic & editor (1882 - 1958)

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