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The Immorality of Patriotism

Our country is the world, our countrymen are all mankind. We love the land of our nativity only as we love all other lands. The interests, rights, liberties of American citizens are no more dear to us than are those of the whole human race. Hence, we can allow no appeal to patriotism, to revenge any national insult or injury. —William Lloyd Garrison, abolitionist, “Declaration of Sentiments Adopted by the Peace Convention” (1838) Most take for granted that patriotism is a virtue. We are taught at home, in school, and by the media that love and pride for our🔒

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Tony White, an attender at Pennsdale (Pa.) Meeting, teaches Philosophy at Pennsylvania College of Technology and Misericordia University.


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