Tuesday, October 08, 2013

On Patriotism

Why Many Americans Are Averse to Unironic Expressions of Patriotism - Conor Friedersdorf - The Atlantic:
...Says Sajak, "Why do so many seem blissfully unaware of the opportunities America has provided to countless millions?" In fact, there is widespread awareness of those opportunities, but celebrating them in no way requires draping oneself in politicized patriotic symbols, nor does it imply that Americans ought to be blind to the country's flaws or unwary of invocations of patriotism. In my opinion, America does more good than bad in the world, but the proportions, whatever they are, don't change the fact that we have many specific things of which to be proud and many of which to be outraged and ashamed.

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