December 29, 2005

WHO NEEDS 'EM?:

Patriotism is back in intellectual fashion (David Green, 27/12/2005, Daily Telegraph)

Can an intelligent person be patriotic? Or is national loyalty a base emotion, fit only for the tabloid-reading masses? In the 1940s, George Orwell remarked that Colonel Blimps and highbrow intellectuals both accepted as a law of nature that patriotism and intelligence were divorced.

England was, he thought, the only great country whose intellectuals were ashamed of their own nationality and felt it their "duty to snigger at every English institution". [...]

Patriotism as Orwell defined it - "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" - is making a comeback among members of the intelligentsia.


What does intellectualism have to do with intelligence?

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 29, 2005 8:46 AM
Comments

What does liberalism have to do with Neolites? Same answer.

Posted by: Genecis at December 29, 2005 5:59 PM
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