Month: March 2015

Englehardt: My War on Terror; Letter to an Unknown American Patriot

Tom Englehardt is a national treasure. He is a model of the Madisonian American steeped in “civic virtue”. Here is his recent piece. Please support TomDispatch.com financially if you can. My War on Terror Letter to an Unknown American Patriot Posted by Tom Engelhardt at 5:00pm, March 1, 2015 Dear American Patriot, I wish I knew your name. I’ve been thinking about you, about all of us actually and our country, and meaning to write for a while to explain myself. Let me start this way: you should feel free to call me an American nationalist. It may sound ugly as hell, but it’s one way I do think of myself. True, we Americans usually reserve the more kindly word “patriot” for ourselves and use “nationalist” to diss other people who exhibit special feeling for their country. In the extreme, it’s “superpatriot” for us and “ultranationalist” for them.