Major Magazine: ‘Oblivious’ American Patriots Are Part of a ‘Formula for Disaster’
From The Blaze
Secular humanist David Niose, writing in Psychology Today, argues that for many Americans, patriotism is sort of a knee-jerk reaction, an automatic instinct that is misplaced in the modern world:
It’s been called the last refuge of scoundrels. It is undeniably linked to “us-against-them” tribal impulses, rooted in emotion and often impervious to reason. It feeds nationalism and militarism, making it a potentially dangerous phenomenon in a world of modern weaponry. Yet patriotism—outward, vocal, and enthusiastic patriotism—is still considered a vital element in American politics, an aspect of our culture that we not only tolerate but encourage.
To many humanists, this is worth rethinking.
Niose cited the controversy over a picture of a baby wrapped in an American flag as evidence that patriotism is “getting out of hand in America.”..