The Crisis of Our Times

"Not by force of arms are civilizations held together, but by subtle threads of moral and intellectual principle." -Russell Kirk

Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

G.K. Chesterton on the Patriotism of the Empire loving Rudyard Kipling

"He admires England, but he does not love her; for we admire things with reasons, but love them without reason. He admires England because she is strong, not because she is England."

G. K. Chesterton

The brilliant Chesterton's words help remind us about those among us who have no patriotism for their country, those who can barely muster up enough love for their wife or husband--if that. Just as many of these people--more in my experience--have the tendency to call theirselves "conservatives" as they do "liberal", so these words have little meaning any more. Let us now be divided into the Patriotic (lovers of our Country) and the Unpatriotic (admirers of power and haters of their land).


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