On July 4, 1776, the fathers of the United States of America formally declared our
independence from British rule. Lacking a stable government and financial resources, our
predecessors marched on an endless grid of bloody battle fields with the vision of a new
nation---a nation in which they shared a love not for what it was, but for what it had the
potential to be. This was an era of absolute allegiance, when little boys paid homage to
our politicians and hoped to one day be a leader in a free and equal nation. Such
love--such nationalism--has never been so potent as that critical moment in history.
Unfortunately, our nation has seen a regression in patriotic deeds. Politics are
disregarded and, likewise, politicians are deemed as fools. Paul Goodman addresses this
issue in the excerpt, “Patriotism” , from the novel, Growing Up Absurd. In this piece,
Goodman attempts to identify some of the key factors which have contributed to the
decline of patriotism, ultimately placing the responsibility on many of society’s affluent
institutions and beliefs.
Goodman first places the responsibility on parental guidance within the home.
“....patriotism is the culture of childhood and adolescence. Without this f
What does it say abouta nation when its people are misinformed The purpose of the government is to representthe people, yet, the people are unaware. On the contrary, the creation of suburbia leads to the menof the communities commuting to and from their professions, thus, taking away from theconcept of "True Fatherhood" and the focus of assimilating youth into the community. This idea of exclusion is again discussedwithin the text of the Beatnik movement. Goodman respects the Beat movement"tmsattempt to form a sense of patriotism within its own subculture, but fears that it takesaway from overall patriotism. Zhivago and thespring theatre festival. This dilemma supports the recent issue of voter turn out duringAmerican elections. Throughout his essay, Goodman attempts to pinpoint the key factors which haveled to the decline in patriotism. This, according to Goodman, led students to become cynicalabout politics. The investigations of Dies, McCarthy, and Feinberginstilled fear into the professors to the point in which they were unable to effectively teachthe growing generation. The article explains a case inwhich a Black family attempts to move into a suburb of Chicago. News was againwithheld from the American people with the secret nuclear testing and the withholding ofa wavelength of a satellite for strategic reasons (Goodman, 1962). In this manner, Goodman is able to mark patriotism as the "new religion".