Posts tagged "nationalism"
“It isn’t necessary to be anti-national to be deeply suspicious of all nationalism, to be anti-nationalism. Nationalism of one kind or another was the cause of most of the genocides of the twentieth century.
Flags are bits of coloured cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people’s minds and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead.
When independent, thinking people begin to rally under flags, when writers, painters, musicians, film makers suspend their judgement and blindly yoke their art to the service of the nation, it’s time for all of us to sit up and worry. ” - Arundhati Roy
“Our collective survival lies in recognizing that religion is not the solution; neither is nationalism. Both are divisive, embedding within us false notions of superiority and arrogant pride that are difficult to erase.
We have but one choice: the path of secular humanism, based upon the principles of logic and reason. This alone offers the hope of providing everybody on this globe with the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” - Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy
“In all stages of education the influence of superstition is disastrous. A certain percentage of children have the habit of thinking; one of the aims of education is to cure them of this habit. Inconvenient questions are met with ‘hush, hush’, or with punishment. Collective emotion is used to instill certain kinds of belief, more particularly nationalistic kinds. Capitalists, militarists, and ecclesiastics co-operate in education, because all depend for their power upon the prevalence of emotionalism and the rarity of critical judgment.”
- Bertrand Russell
Goddamnit Bukowski! Awesome as ever.
Quote by: Hamilton Nolan, Gawker. Regardless of the context of the article, this is so true, how “patriotism” is used to shut up media, skeptics and pacifists alike.
“Patriotism is the conviction that your country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.”-George Bernard Shaw