G.K. Chesterton on Patriotism

G.K. Chesterton

This is a time when people are reflecting on issues of faith and patriotism. Jerry Salyer has written an article that looks to Chesterton in these confusing times.

The nature of patriotism is – or should be – a hot topic nowadays. How one sees the controversial Brexit vote, the immigration crisis in Europe, and the 2016 US presidential election depends in no small part upon the question of what patriotism is, and what (if any) weight should be accorded it. Globalists argue that patriotism is outmoded and barbaric, and should be superseded by a devotion to the planet and the human species as a whole. Within the conservative establishment, the consensus until recently has been that patriotism can and should be retained—provided it is redefined to mean not a local attachment to a particular land and people, but a commitment to the liberal democratic principles of equality and liberty. Just as they have little interest in marriage as traditionally understood, neither globalists nor conservative establishmentarians put much stock in patriotism as traditionally understood.
Iconic writer G.K. Chesterton saw patriotism quite differently, and his perspective warrants more reflection than it usually receives even in those Catholic circles which celebrate his work.

You can find the full article here.

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