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December 07, 2004


Julian Elson

What about pride in how proud you are? One sometimes gets the impression that this is a source of pride among many American conservatives, who write things like "while post-modern, post-national Europe's ratings in patriotism and national pride have been in long-term decline, there is a widespread revitalization of patriotism in the United States among younger generations." (not from any specific article: I just made it up, but it's the kinda thing you read.)

That's a rather specific and peculiar sort of pride, perhaps less motivating to great feats of achievement then some, but less harmful in motivating belligerence than others.

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