Nationalism vs Patriotism – The Deliberately Blurred Line

by Zen Gardner

With the infamous Fourth of July upon us, I began wondering about the emotional attachments implied in the ideas of nationalism and patriotism. Oddly enough, most people won’t be able to tell you the difference between these two concepts.

It’s not surprising.

The two ideas have been cleverly woven together to get as much control over your emotions as possible in a blind allegience to a central government.

While patriotism is the more benign idea, it too can be very misleading and has its own handle of control on the mass mind.

Here’s one breakdown I found interesting:

Nationalism vs Patriotism

“Nationalism and patriotism both show the relationship of an individual towards his or her nation. The two are often confused and frequently believed to mean the same thing. However, there is a vast difference between nationalism and patriotism.

Nationalism means to give more importance to unity by way of a cultural background, including language and heritage. Patriotism pertains to the love for a nation, with more emphasis on values and beliefs.

When talking about nationalism and patriotism, one cannot avoid the famous quotation byGeorge Orwell, who said that nationalism is ‘the worst enemy of peace’. According to him, nationalism is a feeling that one’s country is superior to another in all respects, while patriotism is merely a feeling of admiration for a way of life. These concepts show that patriotism is passive by nature and nationalism can be a little aggressive.”

Even here the distinctions aren’t clear. You start to get the feeling for each but there’s a lot of bleed-over (so to speak).

It goes on:

“Patriotism is based on affection and nationalism is rooted in rivalry and resentment. One can say that nationalism is militant by nature and patriotism is based on peace.”


Is that the picture you get in your mind? Doesn’t patriotism conjure up minutemen and the revolutionary war and some pretty strong passions?


“Most nationalists assume that their country is better than any other, whereas patriots believe that their country is one of the best and can be improved in many ways. Patriots tend to believe in friendly relations with other countries while some nationalists don’t.

In patriotism, people all over the world are considered equal but nationalism implies that only the people belonging to one’s own country should be considered one’s equal.

A patriotic person tends to tolerate criticism and tries to learn something new from it, but a nationalist cannot tolerate any criticism and considers it an insult.” Source

Again, not the image one would glean from American folklore or your image from the media.

Manipulated Mind Twist

Clearly there’s a mishmash of emotionally charged feelings and concepts that can easily be misconstrued and manipulated, just as they were on 9/11 and the ensuing so-called Patriot Act, Homeland Security and the plethora of liberty eroding laws and mandates that have ensued.

As far as I’m concerned, these are both dangerous “group think” ideas, especially when the foundational concepts have been so eroded through redefining language, imposed laws and an outright Orwellian implementation of societal controls.

Oddly enough, the very Patriot Act itself has led to those identifying themselves as “Patriots” or within the “Patriot Movement” as suspected domestic terrorists, just as they have done with returning military.

If that doesn’t say it all I don’t know what does.

They Don’t Need to Give Us Liberty – We Never Lost It

They just continue to make daily life more miserable through more controls. We have to realize they’ve redefined the basic terminology and turned everything on its head.

The mind flip people have to watch out for is asking the government for things they don’t have in the first place, and that includes your liberty as a free soul and spirit. They’ve positioned themselves as the providers and allowers of everything.

Don’t play into their little bullshit mind games and roll switching. Know we’re in charge and they are the lying supplanters.

Operate from that mindset.

And take it where you must from there. Just keep an eye out for these blurred lines, assumptive groupings, false choices and fake conclusions.

They lie very easily. We live in Truth.

Love, Zen


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