“For those who do not yet understand the UK perspective, do not be misled into thinking that those of us who are presently on the edge of despair for what remains of our country would not fight the last good fight to save it.”
Posted by permanentexpat at March 15, 2008 02:37 PM
This came from Samizdata …
… and is about this business. While at this last link just here, please go to all the comments and especially the one by the Finn whom his government has its eye on.
Many Libertarians, especially those who come to us from what I suppose I have to call “The Left”, despise patriotism, perhaps because they have been “educated” by unbearably-misguided people such as “Terry” Eagelton, and other such alleged “academics” whose names I can’t remember on a Saturday evening and have not the urge to wiki so as to correct my defects (you can do it yourselves.)
These mistake the urge to want to be of and with one’s own kith and kin both in belief and in nearness, with suppposedly outmoded and atavistic urges which (they aver) have no place in Utopia. This position seems to contradict the seemingly instinctive drives of such things as nationalism.
Indeed. This is a small digression, but I wonder sometimes whether “Militant Islam”, as described by those who aspire to govern us here, is in fact a purely nationalistic impulse (rooted as it is in [more than one, but a bit less than many more than a few] nations which are closely associated historically and ethnically) which happens to be particularly self-confident at this moment, and so is therefore doing well in the increase-of-population-stakes? There are even those who would contend that Islam is not a religion but a pre-capitalist desert-regions-survival-guide. I do not know.
However, nobody who is in favour of free seech ought to be othe than fanatically opposed to any efforts of the Finland “govern”-“ment” to limit access to “racist” sites overseas or even in Finland.