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Making Patriots

by Walter Berns

  • ISBN: 9780226044378
  • ISBN10: 0226044378

Making Patriots

by Walter Berns

  • List Price: $22.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 04/01/2001
  • ISBN: 9780226044378
  • ISBN10: 0226044378
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Description: Samuel Johnson once remarked that "patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels", but was he right? Recent events -- such as the bombing of federal buildings and the formation of threatening militias in the name of patriotism -- suggest that he may have been on to something. But the United States has also seen its share of heroes: patriots who, over the course of history, have willingly put their lives at risk for this country and, especially, its principles. And this is even more remarkable given that the United States is a country founded on principles of equality and democracy that encourage individuality and autonomy far more readily than public spiritedness and self-sacrifice.

Walter Berns's Making Patriots is a pithy and provocative essay on precisely this paradox. How is patriotism inculcated in a system that, some argue, is founded on self-interest? Expertly and intelligibly guiding the reader through the history and philosophy of patriotism in a republic, from the ancient Greeks through contemporary life, Berns considers the unique nature of patriotism in the United States and its precarious state as we enter the twenty-first century. And he argues that while both public education and the influence of religion once helped to foster a public-minded citizenry, the very idea of patriotism is currently under attack.

Berns finds the best answers to his questions in the thought and words of Abraham Lincoln, who understood perhaps better than anyone what the principles of democracy meant and what price adhering to them might exact. The graves at Arlington and Gettysburg -- and Omaha Beach in Normandy -- bear witness to the fact that self-interested individuals can become patriots,and Making Patriots is a compelling exploration of how this was done and how it might be again.

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