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Making Patriots

Walter Berns


Although Samuel Johnson once remarked that “patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels,” over the course of the history of the United States we have seen our share of heroes: patriots who have willingly put their lives at risk for this country and, especially, its principles. And this is even more remarkable given that the United States is a country founded on the principles of equality and democracy that encourage individuality and autonomy far more readily than public spiritedness and self-sacrifice. This book is a pithy and provocative essay on precisely this paradox. How is patriotism inc ... More

Keywords: patriotism, United States, equality, democracy, individuality, autonomy, public spiritedness, self-sacrifice, Abraham Lincoln

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780226044378
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226044514.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Walter Berns, author