Friday, 19 July 2019

"The difference between patriotism and nationalism is the difference between the love a father has for his family and the love a mafia Godfather has for his 'family'" #QotD


"The difference between patriotism and nationalism is the difference between the love a father has for his family and the love a [mafia] Godfather has for his 'family'... Patriotism is a warm and personal business. Nationalism is another business entirely. It’s the kind of business Salvatore Tessio talks to Tom Hagen about after Tessio’s betrayal of Michael Corleone. Tessio: 'Tell Mike it was just business.' ...
    "Nationalism is not to be confused with patriotism… By 'patriotism' I mean devotion to a particular place and a particular way of life, which one believes to be the best in the world but has no wish to force on other people... Nationalism, on the other hand, is inseparable from the desire for power. The abiding purpose of every nationalist is to secure more power and prestige, not for himself but for the nation or other [ideological, theological, racial, etc.] unit in which he has chosen to sink his own individuality.
    "Sinking your own individuality into anything is not a prescription for happiness. Even if what you’re sinking it into is beer."

   ~ PJ O'Rourke partly paraphrasing George Orwell, in his post Patriotism v Nationalism
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