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Concept.png Patriotism Rdf-icon.png
Type ideology

Official narrative

Boswell tells us that Samuel Johnson made the famous pronouncement that "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel" on the evening of April 7, 1775. The BBC clarifies in the opening paragraph of a 2014 article which asks What does it mean to be a modern patriot? that " One thing we can be certain of - Johnson by no means intended by this that patriotism was an ignoble emotion", asserting that "Johnson himself was a great patriot".[1]


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The War Prayershort storyNovember 1916Mark TwainMark Twain's scathing indictment of war, and particularly of blind patriotic and religious fervor as motivations for war. The piece was left unpublished at his death, largely due to pressure from his family, who feared that it would be considered sacrilegious. Twain’s publisher and other friends also discouraged him from publishing it.


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