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August 09, 2005

George Monbiot Denounces Patriotism

There may be no higher emotion than patriotism — as evidenced by the sort of individuals who despise it. For example, consider George Monbiot, from whose name the word "moonbat" is believed to be derived. This British subject recently explained in The Guardian why patriotism is beneath him:

I don't hate Britain, and I am not ashamed of my nationality, but I have no idea why I should love this country more than any other. There are some things I like about it and some things I don't, and the same goes for everywhere else I've visited.

Obviously all cultures are not equal. No matter how hard you try, you can't fail to notice that the British, like Americans, have a great deal that they can rightly take pride in. Possibly due to Monbiot's French-sounding name, the first example that comes to mind is the fact that if the British didn't have a great deal more character than the French, both the British and the French would be speaking German right now.

But this has nothing to do with objective comparisons. Even if you really were so intellectually deformed by political correctness, multiculturalism, and moral relativism that you couldn't tell the difference between modern British or American society and cannibals bashing each other's heads in with rocks, even if objectively speaking, there really were no difference between civilization and barbarism, democracy and dictatorship, character and cowardice — even then there is one fact that not even an intellectual could deny, though those of Monbiot's stripe will never grasp its significance: Your country is your country.

Imagine if someone were to take Monbiot's superior tone and sniff:

I don't hate my mother, and I am not ashamed of her, but I have no idea why I should love that woman more than any other. There are some things I like about her and some things I don't, and the same goes for everyone else I've known.

You would think there was something very important missing inside of him. You would say he was a sociopath, and not a normal, healthy human being. You might even avoid turning your back on someone who say a thing like that. There is something truly disturbing about a human being who doesn't seem to have a soul.

Hat tip: Tim Worstall

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George Monbiot, whose very name means "moonbat."

Posted by Van Helsing at August 9, 2005 05:43 PM

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Imagine if someone were to take Monbiot's superior tone and sniff:

I don't hate my mother, and I am not ashamed
of her, but I have no idea why I should love that
woman more than any other. There are some things I
like about her and some things I don't, and the
same goes for everyone else I've known.



Excellent point!

Posted by: Michael K. at August 10, 2005 04:42 PM