From the January/February, 2006 issue of Touchstone
Friends, Foes & Countrymen by Michael E. Bailey

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Friends, Foes & Countrymen

Michael E. Bailey on the Problem of Patriotism

My subject is an embarrassing one for the educated and sophisticated, people like professors, college administrators, the editors and writers of the major magazines and newspapers, and those who produce our movies. It takes more courage among the sophisticated in the Academy and elsewhere to state without qualification that you love America than to declare yourself friendly to the United Nations, the idea of world government, or the ideals of socialism.

The key words here are, of course, "without qualification." It is perfectly acceptable to praise America—even in the Academy—as long as you make . . .


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