Nationalism/patriotism is fine as long as it's not mistaken by the ignorant citizens (of their respective countries - everyone falls under this umbrella) for arrorgance. If you're going to force your cultural ideology on other nations at least have the decency to wrap it in a snazzy package. I mean, seriously...can you say no to the Spice Girls? Love your work, btw way.
YES! I'm wearing tri-coleur undies!
Lorin,Well...Yes... I mean, NO to the Spice Girls. (There wuz two I didn't fancy anyway.)Actually I think your'e talking about what we used to call - in my marxist days - 'cultural imperialism'. It always comes in a snazzy package - that's the problem.Matt,Don't get any skidmarks on our tricolour Y-fronts.
Be thankful you don't live here Mr. Ross ( a midwest city in the U.S. ). Imagine rednecks driving around in pick-up trucks with two huge American flags mounted on the back apparently stating, "I'm not just patriotic. I'm twice as patriotic as you."If any of the flag waving would result in a support of the constitution or the rule of law, then maybe I could get behind it.Much of it comes down to saying " We're bringing democracy to the world, but frankly, there's just too much of it here.""A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.” - Edward Abbey
Thanks for that trenchant intervention Mr Snider.I am a citizen of an old and declining imperial power. Our problems seem greyer compared to yours. It makes them a harder to see.Why are you out there in redneck country?In a sense, I am too. Here the South of France, with its balmy climate and sparkling sea, is considered to be a 'deep south'. And I take an intense interest in what my liberal, metropolitan French colleagues consider a redneck thing: la Course des Toros. Tomorrow I will go to see the Miura bulls at Nimes." C'est la dernière corrida, encore."
I have to admit I was born in a rural area near here and could be called a recovering redneck in a way. I might have been better off describing the flag waver above as intellectually impoverished instead.Why don't I move? My wife likes it here and besides I wouldn't know where to move.I have no more problem with bull fights than I do the slaughter of cattle for steak and hamburger. I wouldn't mind seeing either once , out of curiosity, but I don't know if I would want see it more than once.My brother once raised a calf to a bull and then took it to slaughter. I'm pretty sure he cried before he handed it over to the slaughterhouse. Rural people are generally more aware that animals are food. I suspect the bullfight is a ritual, rich with symbolism, stemming from a similar people.Enjoy the show.
Well, I didn't really.But I'll have to talk that one over, elsewhere.I hope you and Mrs. Snider continue to enjoy the the place you live in.
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