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Difference Between Nationalism and Patriotism

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Nationalism and patriotism both show the relationship of an individual towards his or her nation. The two are often confused and frequently believed to mean the same thing. However, there is a vast difference between nationalism and patriotism.

Nationalism means to give more importance to unity by way of a cultural background, including language and heritage. Patriotism pertains to the love for a nation, with more emphasis on values and beliefs.

When talking about nationalism and patriotism, one cannot avoid the famous quotation by George Orwell, who said that nationalism is ‘the worst enemy of peace’. According to him, nationalism is a feeling that one’s country is superior to another in all respects, while patriotism is merely a feeling of admiration for a way of life. These concepts show that patriotism is passive by nature and nationalism can be a little aggressive.

Patriotism is based on affection and nationalism is rooted in rivalry and resentment. One can say that nationalism is militant by nature and patriotism is based on peace.

Most nationalists assume that their country is better than any other, whereas patriots believe that their country is one of the best and can be improved in many ways. Patriots tend to believe in friendly relations with other countries while some nationalists don’t.

In patriotism, people all over the world are considered equal but nationalism implies that only the people belonging to one’s own country should be considered one’s equal.

A patriotic person tends to tolerate criticism and tries to learn something new from it, but a nationalist cannot tolerate any criticism and considers it an insult.

Nationalism makes one to think only of one’s country’s virtues and not its deficiencies. Nationalism can also make one contemptuous of the virtues of other nations. Patriotism, on the other hand, pertains to value responsibilities rather than just valuing loyalty towards one’s own country.

Nationalism makes one try to find justification for mistakes made in the past, while patriotism enables people to understand both the shortcomings and improvements made.

Summary:

Patriot: Expresses the emotion of love towards his country in a passive way

Nationalist: Strives for independence and the interests and domination of a nation and expresses his love or concern for the country in an active political way.


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  1. Nationalism, aggressive?

    Nationalism IS NOT Fascism.
    Do not get the two mixed up; if you do you end up with communist idiots like yourself writing sub-par pseudo-political articles such as this.

    Here’s an ‘Difference between’ for you good sir, the difference between this and other articles is that this is laughably shite; shite of the utmost shitest quality.

    Try harder, little red writer !

    • Craig McCulley,

      My thoughts exactly. You are a Nationalist and a Patriot, as am I! I salute you and your country! Live long and prosper!

    • You are stuck in the 50s faggot.

      Nationalism is a disease preventing mankind’s progression into the future. This coupled with religion spells our fate as a doomed species.

      Your country is a land mass which you just happened to be born on. Your implemented barriers promote isolation and foster ignorance of other cultures and leads to friction.

      Enjoy jerking it to your flag buddy, while your government robs you of whatever “freedom” you have left.

      • Hahahahaha poor baby.

        Nationalism is the disease killing the world? Nationalism isn’t even a strong force in the modern world! Seriously, I think you’re the one thinking in cold war terms here bro. Nationalism ( Which isn’t Fascism, as I explained in my original post, but you seem to have difficulty understanding) has no real power in today’s globalist society and mist certainly isn’t preventing anyone advancing anywhere.

        It’s people like you who hinder mankinds progression, ultra-liberal atheist fundamentalists ( Worse than Nazis in my opinion).
        You say I, as a nationalist am ignorant of other cultures, yet your own ideology promotes the destruction of national identities and cultures all over the world, you also actively discriminate people on their religious beliefs on a scale never taken upon by any religion ever seen in the past.
        Really, it is you, who is ignorant of culture and hinders the progression of man kind.

        Finally, your argument of my country is just where I happened to be born, is hilarious! People don’t just appear in random nations across the world, that’s not how childbirth works LOL!! I didn’t appear anyway, I can trace my ancestry in Scotland back to 500sAD, around the time Celtic prehistory ended. Thus indicating the line could go even farther back in time.
        I didn’t just ‘happen’ to be born here, my genes, my lineage, has been here for thousands of years, it is my land, my heritage

        Your argument is as retarded as the ideology you follow.
        If I were you, I would bite my tongue when conversing with followers of an higher ideology – and oh, if you’re trolling (which I hope you are, the thought of people like you actually voting sends shivers down my spine!) then please, don’t do it again, your not very good at it!

        • LOLOL other than McCarthy and the whole civil rights thing, what exactly do you find wrong with the 50′s?

        • Typical of the Christians, shifting the blame onto non-believers. Next thing you’ll know they’ll claim that the Muslims and Christians were all Atheists were all Atheists who wanted to make religion look bad.

          • Nationalism is what the “N” stands for in NAZI. The American National Socialist party defines itself as the American Nazi party and say they are “committed to bringing American National Socialism out of the past.”

        • Sir, you just made my day. I knew there were wise people like you, and I hope that everyone would be like you and have the skill to right as beautifully as you do. Have a really good day sir(/ma’am) =)

        • Excuse me Mr. McCully. Why do you asume that someone bashing religion and nationalism has to be an atheist. I am a Christian, and I’ve read in the New Testament that the Gospel of Jesus is NOT pride for country, or love for money, or hate against others who think any different, but LOVE!!! If you are not a Christian, please ignore my comment altogether, for I respect whatever you believe, since Jesus NEVER condemned anyone, not even the romans who tortured and killed him. He even asked the Father to forgive them. But if you ARE a “Christian”, in the name of Jesus I rebuke you! For being the exact example of why so many souls are being twrown to hell, since for “Christian” examples like yours, they turn atheists or satanists. The Bible itself teacher that “thou shalt judge them by their fruit”. What fruit are you giving??? The one of hate, pride (Lucifer’s sin) and violence??? Jesus said that the foremost commandment was to love God with all you mind, heart and strength and your neighbor as yourself.

          I agree Nationalism is not Fascism, but is it any better? The English Empire murdered thousands, yet, it wasn’t Fascism. Nevertheless, it is the doorway to it. Do you think the German soldiers who died in WWII had any different reasons for fighting than any other “nationalist”? They did so for “God, Freedom and Country”, as they were indoctrinated. Just like the poor American kids being sent to a war were they’re taught to kill a satanized enemy, causing millions of innocent deaths.

          I’m sorry if I offend you, and I’m sorry if I’ve hurt your heart, but please learn to discern from the lies of Satan and the world. This is the TRUE gospel: Love. If you don’t love, please don’t call yourself a Christian. I’ll pray for you, and leave you with 1 Corinthians 13
          New International Version (NIV)

          13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

          4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

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        • I think you’ve misunderstood assas’s arguement about being born into a particular society or culture.. lol.

        • You have to be a troll. I refuse to believe people are this dumb. I especially found the part where you said you can trace your heritage to 500 AD, that’s good stuff.

          • This may shock you Scott.
            But just because you cannot trace your line back that far within your own country doesn’t mean I cannot either.

            Ever heard of records? Good stuff.

      • You are the same as those who crowd into city streets and chant “end racism, end prejudice!!!” whenever any law that considers anything that may possibly affect immigration in such a way so as to reduce it; or whenever a law meant to wedge your nation’s borders open as wide as possible meats any scant opposition. You are simply a maggot; a clone of the many millions of brainless fools just like you.

        I think your nation is not falling fast enough as you want- you should go and hasten its demise as your kind so desperately strive to do.

    • Excuse me Sir. Why do you asume that someone bashing religion and nationalism has to be an atheist. I am a Christian, and I’ve read in the New Testament that the Gospel of Jesus is NOT pride for country, or love for money, or hate against others who think any different, but LOVE!!! If you are not a Christian, please ignore my comment altogether, for I respect whatever you believe, since Jesus NEVER condemned anyone, not even the romans who tortured and killed him. He even asked the Father to forgive them. But if you ARE a “Christian”, in the name of Jesus I rebuke you! For being the exact example of why so many souls are being twrown to hell, since for “Christian” examples like yours, they turn atheists or satanists. The Bible itself teacher that “thou shalt judge them by their fruit”. What fruit are you giving??? The one of hate, pride (Lucifer’s sin) and violence??? Jesus said that the foremost commandment was to love God with all you mind, heart and strength and your neighbor as yourself.

      I agree Nationalism is not Fascism, but is it any better? The English Empire murdered thousands, yet, it wasn’t Fascism. Nevertheless, it is the doorway to it. Do you think the German soldiers who died in WWII had any different reasons for fighting than any other “nationalist”? They did so for “God, Freedom and Country”, as they were indoctrinated. Just like the poor American kids being sent to a war were they’re taught to kill a satanized enemy, causing millions of innocent deaths.

      I’m sorry if I offend you, and I’m sorry if I’ve hurt your heart, but please learn to discern from the lies of Satan and the world. This is the TRUE gospel: Love. If you don’t love, please don’t call yourself a Christian. I’ll pray for you, and leave you with 1 Corinthians 13
      New International Version (NIV)

      13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

      4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

      • If you want to be this kind of Christian then please continue to do what you do and please preach this to more Christians. This is totally cool with me. You’re not putting your beliefs on anyone else and who knows…maybe you’ll win some of us over. Kudos to you.

      • That is confusing I understood a couple of sentences
        Is it bad to love someone that does not believe in religion
        God wants us to love but he wants us to worship him to?

        • Question #1:

          “Is it bad to love someone that does not believe in religion”

          I think you should ask yourself: “Is is bad to love someone who does not LOVE God”, and if it is so, the answer is yes. It is bad, because that person will bring you away from Him, or will eventually become a thorn on your back. The Bible states:

          2 Corinthians 6:14
          New Living Translation (NLT)
          The Temple of the Living God

          14 Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness?

          You shouldn’t believe in religion to start with. The word “Christian” is already tainted, stained with the evils of religion. Think of yourself as a follower, an imitator of Jesus. If you read your Bible, and obey the New Testament, trying to keep yourself sin-free; and if you keep a personal relationship with the Father, keeping Him as #1, and ignore the world’s hate and criticism against you, then you are a Jesus follower, and NOT a religious person.

          If you’re just a church goer who lets his/her religious leader (Priest or Pastor) do the thinking and Bible reading for you, and just follow what everyone else does, adopt a religious jargon, and keep appearances, but live a sinful life as soon as you leave the temple, but criticize and condemn anyone who thinks different than you, then you ARE a religious person, and another hypocrite, for atheists and satanists to blaspheme against our Father.

          Question #2:
          “God wants us to love but he wants us to worship him to?”

          Yes, he does. But worshipping Him is nothing more that loving Him as #1 in your life, nothing ritualistic about it.

          Matthew 22:34-40
          New Living Translation (NLT)
          The Most Important Commandment

          34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they met together to question him again. 35 One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”

          37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

          God bless you.

          • An “imitator of Jesus” would practice Judaism, worship the Torah and celebrate passover. The last supper was Jesus and his disciples getting together to celebrate passover.

    • This article writer is confused a bit. They are correct about Nationalism; it is a belief that ones Nation and way of life is superior or exceptional in the world.
      Patriotism, however, is the love of one’s culture, history and customs, as well as a love of the principle of Sovereignty; the right of a people to make their own decisions for themselves.

      Patriots of the American Revolution quietly (couldn’t jump in and support because they had just won a war with the support of the French Crown) supported the patriots of the French Revolution because they were fighting for political sovereignty and democracy.

      Nationalism IS one of the pillars of Fascism by the way. Along with Conservative-traditional social values (different depending of the Nation) an elevation of the Soldier, superiority of ones culture and or race, and a corporate alliance or dominance of government.

      Read a book, don’t just regurgitate talking points.

  2. Was not all convinced by the article. All I read was the difference between “nationalism” and “nationalism-lite”.

  3. I like the way and the points you differentiated the two:nationalism and patriotism

  4. I like the answer

  5. the differences displayed between nationalism and patriotism was simple and easily understandable!!!!
    superb!!!

    • Yes, but completely false. I am an nationalist, but now way am I aggressive, nor do I think others are inferior. But yes, I would like Finland to be mostly for Finnish people, and I think Finnish heritage is way superior to somali, jews or gypsies.

      • If you feel your way of life is superior, than you think other’s way of life is inferior. There is no way around it. You are simply a Nationalist. But I do happen to agree that your country has many superior qualities to my own (usa).

  6. This article misunderstands ‘nationalism’ and confuses it with ‘chauvinism.’

  7. I thought it was well written but it’s obvious you view nationalists as the enemy and patriots as benevolent. I’m a nationalist, so many I’m biased but it’s more centred on the strength of a nation than it is about butting heads with other countries and those who don’t agree with us. I think the fact we target nations we perceive to be threats to the state is what gives us a bad name. For instance, I would be in favor of annulling debt to china and sealing trade, but only because they are flooding our economy.

  8. Patriotism is live for your country for what it have done. Nationalism is love for your country no matter what it has done. Patriots defend their country loyally even if it wrong. A nationalist defends its country so he can be proved right.

    • I personally believe Patriotism is the ideology of the original patriots AKA the Congress-men. The ideology between the nation and the individual is best described not in the constitution, but in the declaration of independence.

      The belief that government is only legitimate with the consent of the governed. It’s highest priority is upholding the liberties outlined in that document. In addition is the strong belief that when a government fails to uphold those liberties, it is no longer a legitimate nation of said patriots.

      They are not Nationalists in any way really, the two are actually almost opposites. Patriots are Libertarians by nature, the nation ain’t worth a damn if it takes those liberties.

      Nationalists believe in the supremacy of the nation, this necessitates liberties being sacrificed for the benefit of the nation. Liberties themselves only exist to secure the rights of individuals. This doesn’t mean they aren’t important to every Nationalist, but when the choice is exclusive, they place The Nation above Individual Liberties. They can really place anything anywhere, as long as the nation reigns as the top priority.

      In addition as a few others have indicated the nation is defined by a group of people with shared heritage. This can be ethnocentric, racial, and/or cultural. It can be set in stone de jure, or even as loose as a “way of life”.

  9. i am 31 years old

  10. I think nationalism can be defined as supporting your country whether what it’s doing is right or wrong.

  11. I agree with other commenters that this article misses the mark, and is really just describing chauvinism. Far too simplistic an interpretation. What of civic nationalism? What of nationalists behind separatist movements (Scotland, Quebec, Catalonia, etc)–movements born more out of a want for self-determination than a sense of inherent superiority? Similarly, nationalism under occupation or aggression, like French nationalism during WW2, Native American nationalism during European/US expansionism, or contemporaneous Tibetan nationalism.

  12. This article is very illogical and shallow, as are many of the comments afterward. A reflection of public discourse in general in America right now? I think so. Very disappointing and sad.

    To say that Patriotism is “passive” is an insult to every POW, every veteran, and every soldier who has a white cross for a headstone or is represented by the Tombs of the Unknown Soldiers anywhere in the world.

    Some cultures ARE better than others. Any culture that makes it’s women wear burkas and takes them out of school seems to me to be inferior to ones where people of any race and gender can attend school and achieve on the basis of merit.

    No culture or heritage is ALL bad or ALL good, but some definitely are tipped toward the good side, including the one I live in now, The Republic of Texas.

    As far as Nationalism goes, it is good to have healthy boundaries, especially when facing other nations who want to kill you.

    When a culture, including America’s, does engage in something immoral, it should be checked and stopped. But that doesn’t mean everything about it is always “bad”. People are too emotional and reactionary, and the discussion on this thread is a perfect example.

    I think some people on this thread just enjoy imagining chaos and anarchy. I think these same people also enjoy the wishful thinking that our enemies are really our friends. Question: If you people who hate Nationalism do get everything you want politically, do you think the chaos will make you happy?

    Fences make good neighbors. Read Mending Wall sometime.

    Ciao.

  13. I WOULD LIKE SOMETHING MORE IMPORTANT WITH REGARD TO BOTH WORDS ,THAT IS THE RELATIOSHIP COMBINING THEM ,,,THE MORE INEQUILIBRIUM IN VALUES THE LESS PATRIOTISM &MORE NATIONALISM ,,THE WHOLE MATTER HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE IDEOLOGIES ,,,A PERFECT ,SOUND IDEOLOGY THAT IS IN HARMONY WITH THE HUMAN NATURE MEANS RISE&FLOURISHMENT IN PATRITISM ,THE REVERSE LEADS TO THE EMERGENCE OF NATIONALISM ,,,,NATIONALISM IS NOT NEEDED ,,WHAT IS NEEDED FOR ANY NATION IS PATRITISM

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