In what is still the sole book-length philosophical study of the subject, Stephen Nathanson34—35 defines patriotism as involving: There is no great difference between special affection and love, and Nathanson himself uses the terms interchangeably. Although love or special affection is usually given expression in special concern for its object, that is not necessary. But a person whose love for her country was not expressed in any special concern for it would scarcely be considered a patriot.
Orwell, like Enlightenment and libertarian thinkers, saw liberty — the central theme of his magnum opus — as the lack of external restrictions on possible human choices; i.
Contrast this with the traditionalist, positive conception of liberty: In two essays I will explain why his argument fails miserably.
He notes that people are merely individuals and that national characters are non-existent. This thesis, for which Orwell provides no support except for saying that it enables false stereotypes, is opposed to the knowledge of Scripturehistory and science.
Not only does Scripture teach that stereotypes exist e. Orwell goes on to say that classification of humans leads to labeling millions of individuals together as good or bad. This is firstly an egalitarian assumption and secondly a deductive fallacy.
Also, no cultural Marxist has ever been able to explain to me why loyalty to soil is morally acceptable, while loyalty to kin is not. His argument is also internally inconsistent, for while he distinguishes nationalism from loyalty to a government or country, the former is indisputedly the main object of loyalty in communism.
He goes on to criticize communists for feeling it is their duty to justify their Fatherland at all costs, but is this error not also incentivized by the kind of patriotism Orwell himself advocates? It is Christian nationalists who, historically, have been at the forefront of opposing government tyranny.
Orwell terribly confuses Marxism and nationalism, not only in terms of their respective doctrines of nationhood, but also in terms of their views of history. This is a Marxist view of history which is to be sharply to be contrasted with a Christian-nationalist view of history.
Well, firstly, I myself am proof that Orwell is wrong. Secondly, it would in fact be very difficult for an Englishman who is not a nationalist to enjoy reading Kipling!
Thereby Chesterton allegedly lost his moral sense, since for nationalists actions are supposedly judged not in terms of their moral character but by who does them. Thus Orwell is in fact guilty of the very thing he accuses Chesterton of doing. While there may be a strictly materialistic and evolutionary form of nationalism that adheres to no objective morality, historic Christian nationalism has used the divinely ordained moral order to judge national characteristics, and has used this as a core argument against egalitarianism.
The traditionalism that has defended ethnonationalism since the Enlightenment also has as its core first principle a belief in a transcendent moral order, while it is the liberal internationalists who have relativized one moral principle after another. His arguments against nationalism also fail because he is surprisingly unable to grasp what nationalism truly is.
As a self-proclaimed defender of internationalism, Orwell ironically uses rhetoric and arguments suitable only against communism and not against its very antithesis, nationalism. He holds a PhD in Theology from one of the world's top universities.
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The problem with the internationalism of the Left is a boot grinding a human face forever. Nationalism is like the compartments of a ship.
If there is an influx of toxic ideology it can be quarantined by borders. Angelina Jolie on the rise of nationalism, and the role of UNHCR in the world. Nationalism and patriotism both show the relationship of an individual towards his or her nation.
The two are often confused and frequently believed to mean the same thing. However, there is a vast difference between nationalism and patriotism.