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Truthdigger of the Week: Colin Kaepernick, for Refusing to Stand During the National Anthem

In his act of protest against racial injustice in the U.S., the San Francisco 49ers quarterback has taken a lot of hits. But he’s not backing down and has succeeded in igniting an important debate.

Posted on Sep 3, 2016 READ MORE



I Have Never Stood Up for the National Anthem—and Never Will

No country is worth pledging blind allegiance to. Patriotism, nationalism, anthems, flags and syrupy words about “love of country” are constructs aimed at fostering unquestioning obedience from people lucky enough to be deemed citizens.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE


The Five Principles of Patriotism (Video)

By Robert Reich

We talk a lot about patriotism, especially around July Fourth, but we also need to take to heart its five basic principles.

Posted on Jul 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


The Emerging Choice in 2016









Posted on Jun 30, 2016 ENLARGE



This Fourth of July Let’s Choose Patriotism That Stands for Inclusion Over Exclusion, Hope Over Fear

We hear a lot about patriotism, especially around the Fourth of July. But in 2016 we’re hearing about two very different types of patriotism.

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Budweiser Is Renamed ‘America’ for the Election Season

Belgian-owned beer company Anheuser-Busch’s announcement has met with mixed reactions.

Posted on May 11, 2016 READ MORE



The Lie of Patriotism

A U.S. ranger who served in Afghanistan and a Marine who was in Iraq put light on the dangerous myth that America has built around its “warriors.” Now, in acts of civil disobedience, they are determined to right the wrongs of war.

Posted on Apr 3, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Is Right-Wing Populism the New Normal?

While it might be tempting to view the political success of Donald Trump as something uniquely American, Guardian journalist Gary Younge explains that “most Western nations have their own Trump: a racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic demagogue appealing to a mix of nationalist nostalgia, patriotic myth, class grievance and economic insecurity.”

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Paying for Patriotism

The Pentagon shells out millions for sports leagues to “support the troops” with cheap stunts.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



How to Thank a Veteran on Veterans Day

Please don’t call us “heroes.” Honor our service by telling us you participate in our democracy.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



Your Fourth of July and My Fourth of July

Your Fourth of July is invasions and wars. Mine is the pure sunbeam of peace.

Posted on Jul 4, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Let’s Talk About the True Meaning of Patriotism This Fourth of July

True patriotism isn’t simply about waving the American flag.

Posted on Jul 4, 2015 READ MORE


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The Big Dick School of American Patriotism

The BDSP is based on a bedrock belief in how America should work: that the only strength that really matters is military and that a great country is one with the capacity to beat the bejesus out of everyone else.

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 READ MORE



Ten Commandments for a Better American World

My suspicion is that what’s right and moral is also what’s practical and realistic. In that light, let me offer Ten Commandments for a better world in general.

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Obama Derangement Syndrome

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s comments about the president have opened up a fire hose of nonsense from the Republican Party.

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 READ MORE



Burying Vietnam, Launching Perpetual War

How do you commemorate the Vietnam War, the signature catastrophe of the 1960s? You probably know the answer: leave out every troubling memory and simply say: “Let’s honor all our military veterans for their service and sacrifice.”

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 READ MORE



Why There Is No Massive Anti-War Movement in America

I.F. Stone’s sign-off, that medic’s song, and my letter all are documents from a time when Americans could be in opposition to, while also feeling in service to, their country. They are documents from a lost world and so would, I suspect, have little meaning to the young of the present moment.

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A Message for Patriots of All Persuasions

When the flags fly proudly on the Fourth of July, I remember what my late father taught me about love of country. Much as he despised the scoundrels and pretenders he liked to call “jelly-bellied flag flappers,” after a line in a favorite Rudyard Kipling story, he was deeply patriotic.

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Kneeling in Fenway Park to the Gods of War

In sporting events across the country the religion of sports fuses with the religion of war—a mark of all militarized societies. Games at Fenway are as much about venerating the military as the Red Sox.

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Before and After: Reflections on the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

The events of Sept. 11, 2001, form a pivot point in our history and collective imagination, separating what we recall, however naively, as the relative quiet of the late 20th century from the endless war on terror that still grips and shapes the 21st.

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Facial Hair, Patriotism and the Enemy in American History

Here are good mustaches and beards and bad mustaches and beards as imagined in American popular culture and war propaganda, as a way of contextualizing today’s hero-worship of the backwoods conservatives of “Duck Dynasty” and villainization of the backwoods conservatives of the Taliban.

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Patriotism: Signs of Saturation

Maddening that so many people can’t see through a selling technique that, while cleverly done, shouldn’t fool anybody. Sad to witness the Dependent Mind, the mind given over to authority and orthodoxy. Tragic that the young will learn to hate, fight, and die, and cause the reciprocal.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 READ MORE


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Remembering Why the Right Doesn’t Own the Stars and Stripes

Like many men who volunteered for the U.S. Army in World War II, my late father never boasted about his years in uniform. A patriot to his core, he nevertheless despised what he called the “jelly-bellied flag flappers.”

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Will Elvis Costello Dance on Margaret Thatcher’s Grave? (Video)

In a famous lament written at the height of the Thatcher years, the English musician expressed a desire to live long enough to see the brutal British leader die so he could one day “stand on [her] grave and tramp the dirt down.”

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Going Beyond the Tale of a Boy and His Horse

For all the spectacle of thundering cavalry charges, muddy trenches and wartime love and loss, the current popular storytellers of the First World War skip over the conflict’s greatest moral drama by leaving out part of its cast of characters.

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Let Steele Speak

The Republican National Committee chairman is a wonderful distraction, a constant source of gaffes, laughs, clarifications and denials. But it’s the Democrats reciting Dick Cheney talking points who should be embarrassed.

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Startling New Lyrics to ‘Star Spangled Banner’ Revealed

Get your fill of patriotic celebratory rituals over the July 4 weekend? Or maybe you’re kind of over it all, which would put you in just the right frame of mind to watch this rather irreverent little musical number conjured up by the Onion’s twisted humorists.

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


The New Black









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‘Born Again American’

TV legend Norman Lear is no stranger to philanthropy. His latest venture is an interactive music video that celebrates the “rebirth and re-expression of citizenship through informed and thoughtful activism.” Give it a gander after the jump, then make your own version.

Posted on Feb 12, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


To Each His Own Obama

President Barack Obama intends to use conservative values for progressive ends, and in doing so he will confuse a lot of people.

Posted on Jan 22, 2009 READ MORE


Country First? Hardly

Stripping away the partisanship, passion and propaganda, what about the veracity of the claim that the GOP puts this country first? Well, let’s just say it’s a little dicey.

Posted on Sep 11, 2008 READ MORE


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Mr. McCain Goes to Washington

John McCain, a lobbyist and fixture of Congress for more than 30 years, nominee of the incumbent party and self-proclaimed foot soldier in the Reagan revolution, tried to convince Americans Thursday night that only he could bring real reform to that wretched place called Washington. Updated

Posted on Sep 4, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Flag Worship

Leave it to the Grand Old Party to go from Martin Luther King to 9/11 in less than three seconds.

Posted on Sep 2, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


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McCain’s Warped Worldview

The world according to John McCain is one in which America is triumphant at home and abroad thanks to the Bush legacy, rolling to victory internationally and mastering its domestic economic problems. If daily news would seem to deny such a rosy scenario, then that only shows skeptics lack the courage that sustained McCain as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

Posted on Aug 19, 2008 READ MORE


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Toby Keith Comes Out as a Democrat

Is this the same Toby Keith who unleashed the cheese-slathered anthem, “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” (complete with fluffy golden retriever puppies and rippling flags in the video version), on the general public in 2002? Mr. “We’ll-Put-A-Boot-Up-Your-Ass”?

Posted on Aug 19, 2008 READ MORE


Wee the People









Posted on Jul 6, 2008 ENLARGE    


On Black Patriotism

The fact that African-American patriotism is never simple doesn’t mean it’s in any way halfhearted; to the contrary, complicated relationships tend to be the deepest and strongest.

Posted on Jul 3, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Happy Oil Dependence Day

As we head into the Fourth of July weekend of patriotic bluster and beer swilling—but before we are too besotted with ourselves—might we also for once consider our imperfections? Why not take a moment to heed the cautions of our founding father, George Washington, whose true legacy will most likely be ignored during the flag-waving weekend?

Posted on Jul 1, 2008 READ MORE


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McCain, Obama Rebuke Clark

Monday brought yet another round of political Mad Libs, which proceeds as follows: 1. (Insert surrogate name here), adviser to (candidate)‘s presidential campaign, slams (rival candidate) for lack/excess of (personal quality) on (major media outlet); 2. (Rival candidate) blasts (surrogate), hints that such antics reveal opposition’s true character; 3. (Candidate) distances self from (surrogate), who goes on to apologize and perhaps step down; 4. Repeat as necessary.

Posted on Jun 30, 2008 READ MORE


Progressive Patriotism

If the 2008 election is to be a debate about the true meaning of patriotism, then bring it on.

Posted on May 25, 2008 READ MORE


Obama

Obama: ‘Lay Off My Wife’

Barack Obama responds to the Tennessee GOP, which went after his wife,  Michelle, in a recent ad.

Posted on May 19, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on May 12, 2008 ENLARGE    


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