Theories of the Obligation of Citizen to State (Classic Reprint)

Theories of the Obligation of Citizen to State (Classic Reprint)
Theories of the Obligation of Citizen to State (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from Theories of the Obligation of Citizen to StateOf all the virtues belonging to our ordinary moral code, there is perhaps no other which has received the hearty popular support given to patriotism. Yet it will require only a glance beneath the surface to convince one that patriotism, like many accepted valuations, involves a problem. Upon closer examination it would appear that there is no other virtue which reduces to such contradictions.It may easily be perceived that we are completely biased in our judgments by our nationalistic connections. We heartily approve of certain actions when performed by one of our countrymen for the sake of our country. Yet the same actions performed by a foreigner in the interests of his country will be condemned. As Professor Royce says, "War-songs call the individual enemy evil names just because he possesses the very personal qualities that, in our own loyal fellow-countrymen, we most admire. 'No refuge could save the hireling and slave." Our enemy, as you see, is a slave, because he serves his cause so obediently. Yet just such service we call, in our own country's heroes, the worthiest devotion." (The Philosophy of Loyalty, p. 109) Occasionally it is true, a more sportsmanlike attitude becomes apparent, but the extent of this attitude is always narrowly limited. To establish the fact that there is a fundamental distinction which is all but universal, it is necessary only to refer to some concrete instances. There is no heavier opprobrium than that which is attached to the enemy spy. And yet Nathan Hale is one of our national heroes. Sir Roger Casement, when he declares that in Ireland alone is loyalty to one's country a crime, is either a wretched traitor or an inspired patriot: it depends upon whether you look at him through English or Irish spectacles.Other contradictions are involved more intimately with the relation of patriotism to the rest of the moral code. By a few it is asserted that patriotism justly demands the support of the citizen only when his country is in the right.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.Эта книга будет изготовлена в соответствии с Вашим заказом по технологии Print-on-Demand компанией ООО «Книга по Требованию». Print-on-Demand - это технология печати книг по Вашему заказу на цифровом типографском оборудовании. Книга, произведенная по технологии Print-on-Demand (POD) представляет собой классическую печатную книгу с соблюдением всех стандартов качества, от офсетной бумаги и плотного картона до качественного клея, используемого при изготовлении. Черно-белая текстовая или полноцветная иллюстрированная книга (в зависимости от исходного файла, подготовленного к печати) может быть изготовлена в разных вариантах: - в мягкой обложке (Клеевое Бесшвейное Скрепление); - скрепление скобой (для книг с небольшим количеством страниц); - в твердом переплете с клееным текстовым блоком; Материалы, используемые при производстве книги: - бумага текстового блока - офсетная (белая или кремовая) 80 г/м2 - мягкая обложка - бумага мелованная 250 г/м2; - ламинация обложки - матовая или глянцевая; - твердый переплет - картон 2 мм, каптал, белые форзацы, прямой корешок - сверхпрочный полимерный клей; - каждая книга упакована в термопленку. Каждый заказ обрабатывается в индивидуальном порядке: каждой книге, напечатанной по технологии Print-on-Demand, присваивается уникальный номер.