Wednesday, April 18, 2007
PATRIOTISM, NATIONALISM, GEORGE ORWELL AND HOWARD ZINN
In April 2007, Howard Zinn also makes this distinction clear (The Amy Goodman Chomsky-Zinn Interview) :
"The Government is set up by the people in order to fulfil certain responsibilities : equality, life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness.
"And according to the (American) Declaration of Independence, when the Government violates those responsibilities, then, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish the government.
"In other words, the Government is not holy. The Government is not to be obeyed when the Government is wrong...what's holy is human life and human freedom, and the right of people to resist authority.
"So today, for instance, the highest act of PATRIOTISM, I suggest, would be opposing the war in Iraq, and calling for a withdrawal of troops from Iraq, simply because everything about the war violates the fundamental principles of equality, life, liberty, pursuit of happiness; not just for Americans, but for people in other parts of the world."
The same applies here in England...
The days when you could dismiss the BNP by just hanging labels on them like 'racist' and 'nazi' are long gone. It was a lazy substitute for political argument at best. The BNP are sweeping ahead on all fronts and are fully expected to have MPs elected at the next General Election. You are only listening to what the media and the BNP's political enemies say about them. The one million British voters who voted BNP in the last Euro-Elections did so because they are addressing the problem which is causing ordinary people the most pain - immigration. Other parties daren't touch the subject, too frightened of loosing ethnic votes. Funny thing is, I know Black people (1970s immigrants from Ghana) who are going to vote BNP they are so angry about the unrestricted immigration. Funny old world. I have 30,000 Koreans living on my doorstep in New Malden. Since when was Korea part of the Commonwealth? I am living in a cosmopolitan city I don't like and for which I never voted. I wish the people of all nations well and enjoy the company of many but I want to live in ENGLAND not some International Airport Departure Lounge. Just don't let me hear politicians of the old parties say 'How on Earth did this happen?' when the first BNP MPs are elected.