Sunday, April 22, 2012
The bell tower and local patriotism
"The local protective character of the American political system is a culture built not on family but on law and masculine adult agreements. The Italians call local patriotism 'campanilismo' : seeing life from one’s own bell tower.
"Machismo and campanilismo are blood brothers. The masculine inclination to form territorial groups is the biological basis of Aristotle’s contention that man is by nature a political being… Masculine patriotism needs a public manifestation in daily life. Young men want to swagger. Wise men will teach them to do it for the bell tower.”