Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. - Oscar Ameringer
I can't help but be amused by the definition of nationalism since nationalism has been a cause of many civil wars and revolutions. Nationalism is the blind belief that everything outside of one's nation is a detriment to it and must be kept out or made the same as their nation - hence its links to racism, xenophobia, isolationism, expansionism, and obsession with soveignty.
Depends on your point of view. A patriot is usually a member of that happy state. A nationalist is not always the extremist, war-mongering imbecile that you portray. A nationalist can sometimes be a freedom fighter, battling against oppression, battling against an invader, a foreign puppet government. Are these just names we subscribe to people we like and then to people we don't?
How would you term the Kurds? Pre-war Israelis/Palestinian Jews? OKay, you can't lump the whole population into one of those categories, but you could argue that they were dirty stinking nationalists if they attacked your ally's stuff, but true blue patriots it they were fighting against a common enemy.
People who accept things blindly are not nationalists, they're just stupid.
patriotism is the goal
What's the goal?
I would call myself a nationalist, but due to the political structure and history of the UK, I don't think I could call myself a patriot. I'm not a xenophobe, I have no need to expand my nation, no need to isolate myself from the rest of Europe (or the World), but I would like to see an independent national government. Stereotypes and labels. Patriots can afford to be patriots - how very cosy.
"Every photo he takes, appears instantly on my computer.
what a douche."
—spontaneously quoted by myself.
behind this quote there's a bit of a story: a tourist in Dubai got mugged, thief stole her smartphone, thinking himself pretty smart. He's been using that phone for himself, and being taking pictures of himself and his friends, obviously not realizing that the phone was still uploading those pictures automatically to the tourists pc.
not only that, but the moron found her info (name and such) through the phone, and tried to hit on the girl.
(the quote above is the girls ;) )
she's been keeping track of our heroes exploits and experiences in the world of photography. for all those who want to see a real dumb-*** at work: Click Here
As long as organized and powerful churches, pretending to hold the keys of heaven and hell, denounce every person as an outcast and criminal who thinks for himself and denies their authority, the world will be filled with hatred and suffering. - Robert G. Ingersol
When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy'. They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life. - John Lennon