The doubling up of patriotic symbols as fetishes occurs as the result of alienated political activity that transfers some of people's ability to organize their life together in society to a range of political products, including patriotic symbols, over which they have lost all control.
Finally, all the tactics mentioned above should be considered for use in all the places where patriotism is taught and spread —the media, the military, political parties, trade unions, businesses, the church, the family, most parades and expositions, and virtually all clubs and institutions (including progressive ones), but especially those in education and mass spectator sports, which I consider the main battlegrounds in the cultural war against this ideology.
If they are to vanquish illiberals rather than merely edge them Www.threadless.Com out in the next elections, liberals must mobilize nationalism to counter ethno-nationalism and reestablish their credentials as tough-minded, confident patriots. Despite great efforts by states to foster patriotism, it is the same doctrine as nationalism.
We must do everything we can, given the limits imposed by the capitalist structures in which we live, to supply other outlets for people's communal drives, other ways to satisfy (if only partially and in a necessarily distorted manner) our need to share, to belong and to show concern for others who are also concerned for us. Nationalism feeds on the absence of such outlets.