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Fascism in America 4: Symbols and Rituals

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In the previous posts in this series I circled around fascism, addressing elements of American society that are at least nationalist, but it’s easy for the line between nationalism and fascism to become blurry, and now we’re getting there. Continue reading

Fascism in America 2: Exceptionalism

exceptionalism

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NATIONALISM: loyalty and devotion to a nation; especially: a sense of national consciousness, exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture and interests as opposed to those of other nations or supranational organizations. Continue reading

To Respect Symbols Or To Respect Ideals

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Sigh. To those Americans who feel that football players who kneel during the National Anthem disrespect the troops or the country or the flag, you are hopelessly confused, and that’s understandable. When you’ve been made to focus so much–almost exclusively, even–on the symbols that (supposedly) represent the grand ideals of America, rather than on the ideals themselves, of course you’re going to lose track of what those symbols are symbols of. Continue reading

The Netherlands in WWII : Lessons Learned

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This is the eleventh post in a series about American high school students’ impressions on a presentation about the Netherlands in World War Two. Click here for the introduction to said presentation.

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Wil-who-mus?

When I was in school, it seemed that only private religious schools made the kids learn the Dutch national anthem. The rest of us  never learned, and so we didn’t get much further than the first two lines, and nobody cared.

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