Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Patriotism

From Mark Twain's notebook (1896): "Talking of patriotism what humbug
it is; it is a word which always commemorates a robbery. There isn't a
food of land in the world which doesn't represent the ousting and
re-ousting of a long line of successive 'owners,' who each in turn, as
'patriots' ... defended it against the next gang of 'robbers' who came
to steal it and did -- and became swelling-hearted patriots in their
turn."

Quoted in Ron Powers, Mark Twain: A Life, Free Press, 2005, 81%.