Sunday, February 3, 2008

"Don't Teach Children Patriotism" in the UK?

I stumbled across this indication of the demise of Britain.

Patriotism should be avoided in school lessons because British history is “morally ambiguous”, a leading educational body recommends.
Our Blogfather (or someone using his name and writing style) stopped by to put in his opinion on the subject...
Brutality and carnage have been a part of history since the first cells divided. Great Britain, more than any other nation, brought civility, decency, a genius for organization and a committment to fairness to a world without any of these things.

These transcendental values were manifested from the slime by a self-confident and fundamentally decent people whose philosophical, linguistic and commercial children are, almost alone, the shining success stories of the world. Where there is freedom, prosperity, security and law, there you will find the English language.

To throw that heritage away will be the only crime Britain needs to feel guilty of.
Personally, I find it another example of what Evan Sayet explained about the leftist mindset. Apparently, Britain can't be allowed patriotism, because it didn't end slavery, racial discord, poverty and all disease, ushering in a new Age of Perfection, the very moment James VI of Scotland ascended the English throne to unite all of Britain under one ruler. Or something like that. I suspect that even had that been done, the leftists could still manage to move the goalposts to point out any remaining imperfections, which of course would be exactly the same as the Holocaust, "honor killings", and other ills promulgated by other nations.


  1. I can see why Bill would have been moved to comment on that. It is very reminiscent of one of the points that he responded to in his post back in December from "american":

    1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism. From the prominent displays of flags and bunting to the ubiquitous lapel pins, the fervor to show patriotic nationalism, both on the part of the regime itself and of citizens caught up in its frenzy, was always obvious. Catchy slogans, pride in the military, and demands for unity were common themes in expressing this nationalism. It was usually coupled with a suspicion of things foreign that often bordered on xenophobia.

    Must be terrible to hate your country like that, huh?

  2. Exactly. Again observe the leftist mindset: "Nazis were bad. Nazis were patriotic. Therefore patriotism is bad." (Except when exhibited by a "freedom fighter" like Osama bin Laden.)


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