It’s been a while since I looked up the word ‘patriotic’. Depending on which dictionary definition you use it could be: “showing love for your country and being proud of it”, or it could mean: “having or expressing devotion to and vigorous support of one’s country”.
Synonyms for the word patriotic include “nationalist” and “nationalistic” and it relates to words such as “chauvinist”, “jingoist” and “fervent”. Jingoist means having or showing excessive favouritism towards one’s own country.
That said, the original Amateur’s Code published in 1927 says that:
The Amateur is Patriotic. His knowledge and his station are always ready for the service of his country and his community.
The 2022 ARRL handbook says:
The Radio Amateur is PATRIOTIC…station and skill always ready for service to country and community.
The ARRL website is slightly different:
The Radio Amateur is PATRIOTIC…His/[Her] station and skills are always ready for service to country and community.
Based on the meaning and connotations of the word “patriotic”, I think that the sixth clause of the Amateur’s Code is a political statement. It came at the close of World War One and in that context it makes sense.
I will also note that the word “patriotic” means different things to different people. For some it’s a positive concept, for others it’s the opposite and I think as a result it’s a problematic concept in the world today.
If that’s not clear to you, consider the notion of patriotic to a person living in the United States of America versus a person living in Ukraine, or a person living in North Korea, Sudan, China or Japan. Each of these countries have different concepts of the idea of patriotic which might not actually be compatible with each other.
Should we as a global community encourage cohesion or encourage incompatibility?
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