He defines nationalism and patriotism well, but then he throws in that nasty little word, 'jingoism'. What the *^%^@%!#(&^)(&(_&*&%@%!!! blazes is that word??? People throw that around like its worse than Nazism, a seeming reaction to someone who boasts of the accomplishments and virtues of their country, a reaction that is one of revulsion and dismay and shock.
I hate that word!! Its thrown into every conversation of patriotism for the last 30 years...and its usually mouthed by someone of European/UK origin.
posted on 10/29/2001 6:41:46 PM PST
I think "old-fashioned British jingoism" expresses the meaning he had in mind pretty well. It's no more perjorative than the other forms he discusses.
The context of the coining of jingoism was British foreign policy of the late 1870s: the Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, favored sending in gunboats to halt the advance of the Russian fleet out of their own waters into the Mediterranean; this gave rise to a music-hall song, written in 1878 by G.W. Hunt, the refrain of which went: "We don't want to fight, yet by Jingo! if we do, We've got the ships, we've got the men, and got the money too"; opponents of the policy picked up on the word jingo and used it as an icon of blind patriotism
posted on 10/29/2001 7:49:12 PM PST
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