Reclaiming Patriotism: Nation-Building for Australian by Professor Tim Soutphommasane

By Professor Tim Soutphommasane

Affronted by way of the xenophobic nationalists who stalked the land through the Howard years, many revolutionary Australians have rejected a love of kingdom, forgetting that there's a patriotism of the liberal left that at various occasions has complex liberty, egalitarianism, and democratic citizenship. Tim Soutphommasane, a first-generation Australian and political thinker who has journeyed from Sydney's western suburbs to Oxford college, re-imagines patriotism as a beneficiant sentiment of democratic renewal and nationwide belonging. In available prose, he explains why our political leaders might want to draw upon the higher angels of patriotism in the event that they desire to motivate electorate for nation-building, and certainly convince them to make sacrifices within the tough occasions forward. As we debate the twenty-first century demanding situations of reconciliation and a republic, citizenship and weather swap, Reclaiming Patriotism proposes a story we need to have.

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We can understand these as the ideals that serve as touch- A N D An Australian patriotism involves two components – national val- P A T R I O T I S M Marseillaise’, and so on. What, then, might an Australian patriotism L I B E R A L be bound up with an understanding of la R´epublique franc¸aise, with 43 Such reservations show some of the difficulty involved in talking about values. For one thing, values are not easy to pin down as concepts. It can be unclear whether national values represent aspirations we should attempt to fulfil, whether they in fact represent a historic reality or whether they involve both.

16 In Horne’s view, any patriotic feeling bound up in the nation is dangerous because it inevitably appeals to an idea of ethnic unity and integrity. Entertaining it risks a return to White Australia, to the days when the masthead of the Bulletin would read ‘Australia for the White Man’ (which Horne himself eliminated while editor of the magazine in 1967). ’, ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ and ‘Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue’. This was a time when the following stanza had not yet been excised from ‘Advance Australia Fair’: When gallant Cook from Albion sailed, To trace wide oceans o’er, True British courage bore him on Till he landed on our shore.

Kristeva is one of the most influential modern thinkers in cultural theory and literary studies. Yet each of them is adamant that if you are part of the Left or identify as a liberal, you almost surely reject patriotism. This applies just as much to Australians, even if we do not tend to consider ourselves susceptible to national pride. The stereotype of flag waving (at least not until very recently). As an old boss of character that you would not know the words to ‘Advance Australia Fair’ and stumble your way through it.

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