"Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it." -John Adams

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Don't be the first person to stop clapping.

Or be seen clapping too slowly.

Will Grigg writes talks the totalitarianism of what passes for conservatism in the United States.

To paraphrase and sum up Will's closing...

Patriotism is the love of the particular, the love of one's people because they are ones own. It is in no way exclusionary of other people similarly loving their own people. Patriots of different peoples can deal with each other in good faith.

Nationalism, in contrast, is a variety of bellicose exclusivist collectivism. American Exceptionalism uses the language of nationalism to justify imperialism.

American exceptionalists view the country as something to be used, not something to be preserved.

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