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The TRUE definition of Patriotism?

Yes or no?

"PATRIOTISM, n. 1) The inability to distinguish between the government and one's 'country'; 2) A highly praiseworthy virtue characterized by the desire to dominate and kill; 3) A feeling of exultation experienced when contemplating heaps of charred 'enemy' corpses; 4) The first, last, and perennial refuge of scoundrels."
—Chaz Bufe

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:30 AM on Jun. 3, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (9)
  • NO! Chaz Bufe is an anarchist. What is it with people posting stuff by anarchists today?

    Answer by onthegoturbo at 11:33 AM on Jun. 3, 2010

  • The word patriotism comes from a Greek word meaning fatherland. For most of history, love of fatherland or homeland was an attachment to the physical features of the land. But that notion changed in the eighteenth century, when the ideals of democracy, socialism, and communism strongly emerged into political thought. Patriotism was still a love of one's country that included connections to the land and people, but then also included its customs and traditions, pride in its history, and devotion to its welfare.

    Answer by onthegoturbo at 11:35 AM on Jun. 3, 2010

  • NO. I find this "definition" disturbing. Particularly #s 2 and 3. No doubt some idiot here on CM will agree, though....

    Answer by DusterMommy at 11:36 AM on Jun. 3, 2010

  • I think it's more of an idea than an actual definition. Everyone has a different view on what is patriotism.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:37 AM on Jun. 3, 2010

  • Good definition,onthegoturbo. That is something we can all get behind and appreciate.

    Answer by gertie41 at 11:37 AM on Jun. 3, 2010

  • I much prefer THIS definition, thanks all the same!

    devoted love, support, and defense of one's country; national loyalty.

    Where in the world did you ever find that twisted definition in the OP?

    Answer by 29again at 11:40 AM on Jun. 3, 2010

  • An anarchist definition of patriotism as presented by an anon..... interesting..


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:04 PM on Jun. 3, 2010

  • Nothing new. Some patriots have a genuine and meaningful love of country. Others are scoundrels who will wrap themselves in the flag to gain cheap political advantage.

    Answer by janet116 at 3:19 PM on Jun. 3, 2010

  • since when is Chaz Bufe Mr. Webster? no. duh

    Answer by figaro8895 at 3:33 PM on Jun. 3, 2010

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