January 19, 2013

Is Patriotism Dead in the West?

Philippe Labrecque, The Commentator

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With the rise of the European Union, and its increasing integration and massive migration taking place, changing the face of countries in short periods of time, not only does the aristocratic duty of fighting for your country seem like an anachronism (in the Western world at least; the Chinese are on an exactly contrary course of hyper-nationalism), the very idea of the nation as defined by borders and cultural coheson is incredibly difficult to maintain and defend in the public sphere. It is ironic that the continent that gave rise to nationalism in its political sense, not in its Orwellian definition, may be the first to exit that very concept. Patriotism, barely alive as it is, could easily be going through its final throes in Europe.

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