Patriotism and Nationalism
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This chapter discusses the limits to the circumstances in which it will be acceptable to make this distinction between the moral claims of compatriots and of strangers which are imposed by anarchism's egalitarianism. The philosophical controversy about the definition of patriotism begins when we turn to the task of explaining what sort of love is involved and precisely what is meant by 'one's country'. Anarchism is founded in a thoroughgoing and radical egalitarianism and consequently in a hostility to political authority. The hostility of anarchists towards patriotism is notorious, with several of the most ringing denunciations of patriotism being penned by anarchist writers. Anarchist communism evolved within the labour movement and of necessity developed intellectual and political tools to serve it. Some anarchist writers have therefore accepted that national communities play an important role in the lives of individuals and should be maintained and defended for that reason.