(Courtesy of Erin Wilson)
"Every patriot believes his country better than any other country . .
. In its active manifestation—it is fond of killing—patriotism would
be well enough if it were simply defensive, but it is also aggressive
. . . Patriotism deliberately and with folly aforethought subordinates
the interests of a whole to the interests of a part . . . Patriotism
is fierce as a fever, pitiless as the grave and blind as a stone."
—Ambrose Bierce, Collected Works