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7 years, 3 months ago
|Phwoar, look at the imperialist symbolism on that!|
That bit in 'The Empty Child' when the Doctor talks about the "damp little island" standing alone against Hitler... when I first saw that I hurled a coat-hanger I happened to be holding at my television.
Okay, so: patriotism as progressive, yeah? "Don't forget the Welfare State" or whatever he says.
Hmm. You will unsurprised to learn that I have doubts.1.
There is sometimes an unwarranted elision of the idea of 'patriotism' with the idea of 'loving one's home'. This is an elision that many left-wingers have been guilty of, from Orwell to Billy Bragg. But it confuses distinct concepts. Moreover, it acquiesces in the ideological project of confusing these concepts, a project of immense utility to ruling classes going back to the very birth of the state. Patriotism isn't just
a cynical scheme of the rulers... though it is
that, amongst other things. The point here is that it is an ideological construction and a form of social practice which cannot be simplistically overlaid upon personal affection for one's origins and surroundings.
I love London. In order ...