Put Away Your Flags?
Happy July Fourth. I think there are still good things about America and Americans, and I’m going to celebrate. Any holiday that involves beer, hot dogs, and blowing things up can’t be all bad. These are dark days for our country though, and some feel that maybe we should look at what our nationalism has wrought. I tend to agree. I found this article by Howard Zinn that expresses much of my thinking, and appears to have engendered lots of discussion. I’d repeat it in whole but it has one of those silly little copyright notices at the bottom, so I’m going to post the start and link to it. I wonder what others think of…
On July 4, Put Away the Flags
“On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.
Is not nationalism — that devotion to a flag, an anthem, a boundary so fierce it engenders mass murder — one of the great evils of our time, along with racism, along with religious hatred?”
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