Current Controversies Volume on Patriotism

The Current Controversies series has recently published a volume on Patriotism, which includes contributions by Eugene Volokh and myself. Mine is an expansion of this post, which argues that patriotism goes wrong when it leads us to value the nation for its own sake, as opposed to a means to the end of promoting the freedom and happiness of its people. Eugene’s chapter argues that patriotism doesn’t justify imposing a legal ban on flag burning.

The other contributors include well-known scholars like Michael Kazin, George Kateb, and Thomas Sowell. A complete table of contents is available here.

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