Patriotism versus Nationalism

There is a difference between Nationalism and Patriotism, as explained below by George Orwell.
“Nationalism is not to be confused with patriotism. Both words are normally used in so vague a way that any definition is liable to be challenged, but one must draw a distinction between them, since two different and even opposing ideas are involved. By ‘patriotism’ I mean devotion to a particular place and a particular way of life, which one believes to be the best in the world but has no wish to force on other people. Patriotism is of its nature defensive, both militarily and culturally. Nationalism, on the other hand, is inseparable from the desire for power. The abiding purpose of every nationalist is to secure more power and more prestige, not for himself but for the nation or other unit in which he has chosen to sink his own individuality.”
Many of you are nationalists. If you support American intervention, it’s nationalism, not patriotism. If you support the worship of a flag in a uniformed way, it’s also nationalism. Patriotism is loving the land and the ways, but not forcing others to abide. Nationalism IS forcing others to abide, against their will. The majority of Americans are nationalists, as in, supporting intervention in Iran and Syria, even if there are no boots on the ground. Supporting intervention in needless wars and imaginary harm also qualifies as nationalism. In other words, forcing people to think and act a certain way because you think it’s best for them is nationalist ideology.
There is a broad difference between nationalism and patriotism.

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