A Look At Patriotic Lapel Pins

Since September 11, 2001 Independence Day for the United States on July 4th has been especially poignant. When Americans deploy to war, it is assumed that we are the good guys because we make a significant effort to avoid civilian casualties whenever possible. Cohen, Joshua (ed.), 1996, For Love of Country: Debating the Limits of Patriotism, Boston: Beacon Press. Believing this, most Americans—unlike the inhabitants of other capitalist lands—have had little difficulty reconciling their patriotism with their conscience.

When President Kennedy famously said to his fellow Americans, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country", he was tapping into this sentiment. Liberal leaders can harness nationalism to promote social inclusion and progress.

The ideologues of European unification were originally guided by the noble aim of seeking to prevent any further outbreaks of venomous nationalism, which they rightly blamed for the horrors of both the First and the Second World War. In 2012 the city organized the National Lei Feng Spirit Forum http://lookbook.nu/user/7669632-Delorse and received permission and funding to establish Lei Feng spirit research (Lei Feng jingshen yanjiu) as a special research topic in social sciences (Zhu Min, 2013).

However, since the mid-twentieth century, the acquisition of American citizenship has lost its appeal for intellectuals as a means to fashion themselves into Americans and to gain recognition. In retrospect, it is obvious that patriotism does not save a divided nation engaging in a civil war; each faction may claim to be more patriotic than the other but without a fatherland reduced into a mirage.

The other problem, right around the corner, so to speak, is that love for a country is not really just love of a piece of land; normally it involves attachment to the community of its inhabitants, and this introduces nation" into the conception of patriotism.

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