Created By: ilniaj on May 7, 2013 Last Edited By: ilniaj on May 7, 2013

No Intellectual Patriots

Intellectuals consider Patriotism beneath them.

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A work with no intellectual patriots has multiple intellectual characters who are all unambiguously unpatriotic. There are multiple reasons for this:
  • As intellectuals they've discarded patriotism seeing it as negative.
  • They're scientists who are reliant and relied on by scientist from around the world. Such interconnected support doesn't lend itself to people who think a certain set of people are better than everyone else.
Note that for this trope to apply all the intellectuals have to say or do something that indicates their unpatriotic. It may mean actively identifying themselves as unpatriotic or taking an accusation of being unpatriotic as a compliment. If their patriotism goes unmentioned than it does not apply.

Real Life
  • Dictatorships who use patriotism to give themselves respect while demonizing others tended to have this philosophy. Many intellectuals were hunted or banished to Ivory tower ghettos.
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  • May 7, 2013
    • Albert Einstein renounced his German nationality when he was a child because he hated the way the German government tried to instil its citizens with nationalistic values.

    I have a feeling Carl Sagan may have expressed a poor view of nationalism at some point in his career, but I can't find anything to back that up at the moment.
  • May 7, 2013
    Are there any fictional examples of this?