Happy July 4th

by Harry on August 8, 2007

Late, I know. But I thought I’d wish it, and provide a link to my recent radio appearance (with Daniel Schor, no less) on Here on Earth (July 4th show here). They asked me to talk about patriotism, in the light of the recent (and very surprising — I was shocked anyway) revelations that the CIA has sometimes engaged in nefarious activities in pursuit of the national interest. The question was “how can one be patriotic if one’s country has done such terrible things?” I have written abut the impropriety of promoting patriotism and national sentiment generally, so it was curious to be talking about the conditions on a morally clean patriotism, and in fact I drew extensively on Eamonn Callan’s recent paper “Love, Idolatory, and Patriotism” (PDF) (obviously in the vernacular). I was caught off guard by the presenter starting me off by asking me to respond to a caller who had said something especially irritating, and I was excessively harsh in response, but hope that I pulled back enough to seem more reasonable.



Kieran Healy 08.08.07 at 4:41 pm

When are you on in the show (what minute I mean)? I don’t want to listen to the whole thing.


harry b 08.08.07 at 4:50 pm

Around 40 minutes in (the last 20 minutes or so).


Kieran Healy 08.08.07 at 5:17 pm



vivian 08.11.07 at 9:48 pm

Ack, just saw this, will play it when I’m able to use speakers. Probably the comments will be dead by then, don’t want you to feel ignored or forgotten.

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