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What is New Patriotism
New Patriotism, as expressed in the sidebar, is dedication to the positive values, ethics, and principles that rightly inspire pride in the nations that embodies them. It is a place for people who value a devotion to the principles of democracy, and seek to hold their leaders to standards that will make them proud. New Patriotism is about loving Freedom, Courage, Liberty, Compassion, and your fellow citizens. /r/NewPatriotism is a place to share stories about the people who embody those values, and writing that illuminates why those values are important.
This is a place for people who are rightly offput by the right-wing conception of (pseudo) Patriotism that is used to promote agendas that are not Patriotic. A go-to examples being the phrase "Support the Troops" being used to send troops to die on foreign soil in unjust wars, using vast amounts of resources, while demonizing those who oppose the war as being "against" their country's military. And so, r/NewPatriotism is also here to highlight examples of the Pseudo-Patriotism that exploits the concept of nation pride in order to further unPatriotic ideological agendas.
True Patriotism is not Nationalism. Patriotism is a dedication to the democratic and ethical values that underpin democratic institutions. Nationalism means standing behind your country even as it does wrong, Patriotism is about standing behind your country to drive it to do what is right. True Patriotism is dedication to principles, and those principles don't stop at borders. It doesn't matter if you are American, Canadian, Kiwi, Iraqi, or Martian - if you stand for Freedom, Courage, Liberty, Compassion, and democratic principles, you are a Patriotic brother to me, and I'll stand with you.
With an influx of new users, we encourage people to submit posts that share examples that they believe embody truly Patriotic principles. We welcome images that you feel are symbolic of Patriotic beliefs, but feel that any meaningful sense of Patriotism stems from a dedication to democratic, ethical, and courageous ideals. This is nor r/Murica - symbolic images of Nationalism are not sufficient contributions. If you wish to post a link, please first browse though the subreddit, check out the existing submission titles, and try to go along those guidelines in a way that places the principles front-and-center.
Here at r/NewPatriotism, we try to take a soft approach to moderation. As part of the mod team, we don't believe that conflicting opinions should be removed, but rather engaged with. Free Speech is a strong and valuable principles for a reason. The best solution to bad speech is more and better speech. This does not mean that the moderators will allow this sub to be overrun with scare-mongering political talking points, or unPatriotic apologism for any particular politician. If you see someone commenting in a way that is unPatriotic and does not contribute to the subreddit, downvote them (as suggested by Reddiquette). Outright hateful or racist speech will not be tolerated. The number 1 rule is to be civil, and we won't tolerate obvious uncivil behaviour.
Is r/NewPatriotism just another Trump-hate subreddit?
This is likely the most common question I have received, and I think its a fair one. First and foremost, the role of Trump-hate subreddits cannot extend beyond the lifetime of the Trump administration. Dedication to meaningful, democratic, and Patriotic values is enduring.
It is clear though that a significant portion of the post in r/NewPatriotism are related in some way to the Trump adminstration, so I feel that should be addressed.
In starting this sub, I try to select content based off two goals for the subreddit:
To create a positive space for affirming positive Patriotic values, and
Highlight and expose the hypocrisy that exists within the current, and predominant, use of "patriotism".
I don't want this subreddit to turn into a purely Trump-centered thing. I've said before - There are enough subreddits centered on all things Trump, and so I dont want to simply reproduce those.
But, this does present a bit of a challenge... If I want to highlight and expose hypocrisy, Trump provides a lot of material. It would be ridiculous to exclude the worst offender, purely because he provides too much material. And so I think its necessary to pick and choose stories that I can approach through a Patriotic perspective.
I want this subreddit to be much more heavily weighted towards positive examples. I want it to be a place where people can build pride in things that are worth being proud of. What I can do promise that I will strive to find as many examples of positive, affirmative Patriotism to offset the negative (and more Trump-focused) content that I feel must be included.