|Types of patriotisms
||[Feb. 16th, 2016|11:27 pm]
Quite an interesting listing of types of "patriots" here:
1. Cosmopolitanism (antipatriotism)
"'Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel', a convenient tool for elites to oppress the common people". A citizen must be well fed, healthy, and protected, and it doesn't matter what colored piece of cloth is waving above 'the main building' in the town a citizen was born in."
And that's partly me, yeah.
"What's good for a citizen is also good for the country. I.e. a true patriot must care the most about the level of prosperity, all the rest will follow. Just look at this small prospering country: everybody there is content and fed, rides bicycles and decorates their houses with flowers. Let's forget all that political nonsense, make peace with each other and live like people there."
In a way, that's me, too.
"There was The Great Country here before the state that exists now. It was an x number of decades (centuries, millenia?) ago, BUT... - we still remember it and keep loyalty to that Great Country unexistent now. The state existing now is but something random and all we can feel about it is despise, and nothing more..."
Ruskies. These are them, 100%.
"There're great countries out there, unlike this country, they're wise, kind, and civilized. We have to listen to their advice and follow where they lead us, even if it leads to the confrontation with our pitiful and shitty authorities. Actually, I wish there was an occupation, so we would be occupied and incorporated by a higher Nation. That would be much, much better".
That's pretty much like me. That's 99% me.
5. Lumpen patriotism
"We're drunk and ass-naked, we're stupid, thieving, and talentless. No other country's like that. But that's not important BECAUSE WE'RE THE BEST! Because paradoxically in this misery we're undoubtedly invincible!"
Russies again. 100%.
6. Traditionalistic patriotism
"We are the rich, most civilized, and most talented of all. We live fine, and our future's bright, we hardly have any problems. The countries opposing us (and they're, like, dozens or more) are poor, cruel, and are just about to collapse due to their inner conflicts. Citizens of those countries are just a mass of zombies. Anyone who even fucking dares to doubt in the above is either a mentally sick imbecile, or our enemies' spy and/or propagandist."
Soviet patriots and contemporary Ruskies, again.
"Our authorities are to timid and undecisive to rule the country in today's time full of dangers. Internal enemies must be arrested, condemned and sent to forced labour camps; external enemies must be bombed or crushed with our tanks' tracks. 'Diplomacy' and 'democracy' is but crooks' fantasies. Just give us arms and in a couple of years even a janitor in our country will live like a rich man, and other countries will beg us to be our loyal vassals".
Neostalinistic Ruskies, Commie/Nazi (and these do coexist) Russkies.
Of course this path might be fun, but down the road it ends in nothing but being executed silently and without any regards to one's achievements.
And also it's a naive Ultra Right movement here in Ukraine that I see.
8. Rational patriotism
"Our state needs our support, and no matter how shitty our general situation might seems, we're still responsible for our country. Some ideas like, "execute the enemies of the state", "surrender to the Higher Nation", and "build more cycling lanes" are ok to think over but to concentrate fully on one of these will crush the state, which is proven not only by other countries' history, but our own too. If you feel you're a professional, you have all rights to legally influence the state's decisions. But again, you have to watch that making your ideas real don't lead to fighting against the state itself".
Yes, this is the most balanced position of all. The most rational, takes little of everything, and follows its goal. Can't say it's fully me, but I'd wish it was fully me.