Patriotism

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Overview

Definitions of patriotism include:
  • love for or devotion to one's country (Merriam-Webster)
  • positive and supportive attitudes to a 'fatherland' (Wikipedia)
  • love or devotion to one's country or homeland (Conservapedia)

There seem to be two main varieties of patriotism:

  • Broad patriotism is the support of one's country towards a goal of being a better country, recognizing that it may yet have serious flaws.
  • Narrow patriotism is taking the side of one's country in any disagreement (i.e. supporting the idea that our side should win), regardless of which side may have a morally better case.

Both forms are willing to defend a homeland against unprovoked attack, though for subtly different reasons.

Narrow patriotism equates to "My country, right or wrong!", an attitude which broad patriots often find morally reprehensible.

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