The concept of Patriotism has been around since before countries even existed. Tribes would protect their territory, which in a way, could be considered their country.
However, as tribes unified and formed larger regions, and eventually states, countries were born. However, patriotism has a dark past linked to imperialism, and fascism.
Many right-wingers claim to be “patriots” when really, they are imperialists. Unlike, left wing Nationalism and patriotism which is against invading other countries, in favour of only supporting the country you live in. Right wing Patriotism involves invading, conquering and attacking other countries.
The most notable examples of right-wing Nationalism and patriotism would be Nazi Germany, America, the British Empire and many others. These all involved enslaving, and occupying other countries for their own gain.
Even with America, there has been many examples of this imperialism. Modern day included. America continues to attack countries that it shouldn’t get involved in. Including Vietnam, Iraq, Syria etc.
However, with in the past, there has been many examples still, with the colonisation and genocide of Native Americans for many many years. Even though, America is a relatively young country compared to most, it has commited thousands of atrocities over the years, more than many other countries.
We have to ask ourselves, when will we stop allowing this fascism to continue? With the 2020 election just round the corner, we can only hope that Joe Biden wins, and stops this fascism, once and for all.
Wrote and Edited by: Frank Bordaine