ON PATRIOTISM AND NATIONALISM

I was intrigued by a friend’s response to something I wrote about Uncle Sam in light of the Fourth of July celebrations, particularly her assertion that patriotism is good but that nationalism is bad. I know this is largely a question of semantics, but I have always argued that nationalism is good but that imperialism is bad.
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Ladydale Diary

This morning, as I gave our son Leo his breakfast, I pulled down the statue of St. Elizabeth of Portugal and placed her in a prominent place in the kitchen in honour of her feast day. She’s a favourite of mine, a queen who has something of the fairytale princess about her (not of the Disney variety!). I bought the statue several years ago during a visit to Lisbon to give some talks.
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