During the early part of the 1940's, Hollywood made a number of World War II movies that not only sought to entertain, but also to heighten the spirit of "patriotism" in the American people. While moral philosophers debate the standing of patriotism as an instance of the problem of reconciling universal moral considerations with particular attachments and loyalties, political theorists are primarily interested in patriotism as an ethos of the well-ordered polity and an antidote to nationalism.

In the cosmopolitan conception, nationality is seen as another deep contingency that is as sex or race morally arbitrary and therefore the criteria of justice cannot be limited by them. Patriotism is love of country, and we should delight in celebrating our democracy, individual freedoms, diverse culture, stunning landscapes and, as the song says, fruited plains.

Appearing as a primus inter pares, the scene is designed along the lines of an idealized patriotic American nation with a strong democratic missionary sense. Patriots will find this account of their love of and loyalty to their country alien to what they feel patriotism is all about.

The New Patriotism refers to the aftermath of September 11, 2001 that placed the United States at war with Iraq and escalated the fight of terrorism around the world. Calls for economic patriotism have given rise to efforts to create national champions designed to protect key strategic industries from foreign competition.

Included within the concept of patriotism is the concept of loyalty to the fundamental values and principles underlying American constitutional Democracy. One is patriotic and the other is nationalist. Being a unified nation and standing strong in unity against anything or anyone who threatens the freedoms that Americans have held dear since the birth of this great nation, is patriotism.

It did not apply to African Americans, not to mention Catholics and those many denizens of the colonies for whom German was the language of daily life. Independence Day (aka ID4) and Land of Plenty are also two American feature films directed by German émigrés.

By calling out the failure of America to live up to its lofty ideals, midcentury leaders summoned national pride in those ideals to mobilize a coalition for change. The nation in this sense figures as an abstract community, as something that holds or represents certain values.
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