For me, July 4 is special because it celebrates what Lady Liberty symbolizes — our shared immigrant roots.
From Einstein and Emma Goldman to Tolstoy and Mark Twain and Howard Zinn, with John Lennon and others in between.
How flag-waving hinders us from tackling the two issues that threaten the Earth.
On this Independence Day and for many a year, we’ve lost any clue about what it means to be independent: to be self-governing, and free from repressive rule.
When I explained why I was anti-patriotic, people told me to leave the country and threatened me with bodily harm.
Nationalism is the egg that hatches fascism. And patriotism is but the father of nationalism.
On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.
This coming weekend is the Fourth of July, and let me tell it like it is: I love this country. I love the Rockies mountains, I love The Roots, I love the beautiful people in ugly situations from DC to Oakland. I love America -- almost as much as I hate how it doesn't live up to its promises. Freedom and justice for all? The record hasn't been that pretty. It's up to we, the people, to hold the country to its highest standards. America's greatest poet, Langston Hughes, says it best in this piece, as read by Danny Glover: "Let America Be America Again."
The American Revolution was not a simple affair of all of us against all of them. And who actually gained from it? Not the Indians.
It’s the Fourth of July in America, and a U.S. citizen sits in solitary confinement in New York — and he hasn’t even been convicted of a crime.
(In memory of George Carlin.)
It’s July 4th again, a day of near-compulsory flag-waving and nation-worshipping. Count me out.
Spare me the puerile parades.
Don’t play that martial music, white boy.
And don’t befoul nature’s sky with your F-16s.
You see, I don’t believe in patriotism.
It’s not that I’m anti-American, but I am anti-patriotic.