• Reclaiming Patriotism in an Age of Extremes

  • By: Steven B. Smith
  • Narrated by: Mack Sanderson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)

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Reclaiming Patriotism in an Age of Extremes

By: Steven B. Smith
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A rediscovery of patriotism as a virtue in line with the core values of democracy in an extremist age.

The concept of patriotism has fallen on hard times. What was once a value that united Americans has become so politicized by both the left and the right that it threatens to rip apart the social fabric. On the right, patriotism has become synonymous with nationalism and an “us versus them” worldview, while on the left it is seen as an impediment to acknowledging important ethnic, religious, or racial identities and a threat to cosmopolitan globalism.

Steven B. Smith reclaims patriotism from these extremist positions and advocates for a patriotism that is broad enough to balance loyalty to country against other loyalties. Describing how it is a matter of both the head and the heart, Smith shows how patriotism can bring the country together around the highest ideals of equality and is a central and ennobling disposition that democratic societies cannot afford to do without.

©2021 Steven B. Smith (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing
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Everyone should read this.

After struggling with extremism, both right and left, this book was like therapy for my sense of what it means to be an American. It is timely, scholarly, easy to understand, yet educational. It provides a review of our history, lessons in civics, and hope for a future grounded in ideals for anyone who has thought deeply about where we have been, where we are going, and what it really means to be patriotic. It could form the philosophic basis for uniting a country that is. currently, deeply divided.

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What it means to be a patriot

Outstanding book. A good look at the philosophies that led to the founding of America and some important historical context. Our society needs more of this type of thinking.