From UnwelcomeGuests
(Redirected from 111)
Jump to: navigation, search

#107#108#109#110 Episode #111 - Patriotism and Hypocrisy
(Michael Parenti)



Sat 20 April 2002  Joel Kovel, Michael Parenti, Cecelia O'Leary
Listen to hour#1 in New Tab (Right Click + Save As... to download)Listen to hour#2 in New Tab (Right Click + Save As... to download)
Download Hour1 Download Hour2Patriotism (n): Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name. In Dr. Johnson's famous dictionary patriotism is defined as the last resort of a scoundrel. With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer I beg to submit that it is the first. (Ambrose Bierce)
HL Mencken defined the word Patriotism as follows:
Patriotism, though it is based upon the natural and indeed instinctive love of home, has been elevated in the modern world into an unparalleled congeries of imbecilities. What it demands of the individual citizen, as a practical matter, is that he yield not only his judgement but also his property and even his life to whatever gang of scheming politicians happen to be in power. The essence of his virtue as a patriot is that he ask no questions, once the band is set to playing.
Samuel Johnson's saying that patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels has some truth in it, but not nearly enough. Patriotism, in truth, is the great nursery of scoundrels, and its annual output is probably greater than that of even religion. Its chief glories are the demagogue, the military bully, and the spreaders of libels and false history. Its philosophy rests firmly on the doctrine that the end justifies the means--that any blow, whether above or below the belt, is fair against dissenters from its wholesale denial of plain facts. (H.L. Mencken)
★ Start a Discussion about this episode (Login Required)
#105#106#107#108#109#110 To link to this episode, please use the short, permanent URL: #112#113#114#115#116#117