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Patriotism: Definition 
10th-Jul-2005 12:10 pm
It seems too often forgotten: patriotism has two halves in its definiton.

Adam Smith (no milksop liberal he) gave a typically balanced 18th century definition of patriotism when he wrote, "the love of our country" rests on two principles: a respect for the constitution and a concern for the good and happiness of others. "He is not a citizen who is not disposed to respect the laws and to obey the civil magistrate; and he is certainly not a good citizen who does not wish to promote, by every means in his power, the welfare of the whole society of his fellow-citizens." ["Theory of Moral Sentiments"]

Both halves, please.

Hat tip to Vernon Dent
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