Monday, 11 March 2013

QUOTE OF THE DAY: On patriotism

“Each of you, for himself, by himself and on his own responsibility, must … for himself
alone decide what is right and what is wrong, and which course is patriotic and which
isn't. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide it against your convictions is to be
an unqualified and inexcusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country…”
            - Mark Twain


  1. I noted in your (+other authors)book, "Twisting of the Treaty", that none other than Winston Peters is displayed and labelled a patriot! Don't think Twain would have agreed with someone so dishonourable and dishonest could be a noble honourable patriot.

  2. No. You're right. I'd like to disavow all responsibility for that caption.

    I blame the editor.

    Mind you, while I'm in general agreement with much that the other authors say, there are plenty of other things in there too with which I disagree.

    I suggested to the editor we include a bit of boiler plate somewhat along the lines we used to use in The Free Radical Magazine: "he contributors appearance here in no way indicates agreement with all the views of the magazine, or with each other. Or vice versa."


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