“A nation is an extended family.” By Caleb Stegall - June 3, 2009 9 Reading Time: < 1 Facebook Twitter Email Print Quick quiz … who said/wrote the above quote this week? No Googling! RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Nightstand “Ordered Toward your Becoming”: On Natalie Carnes’s Motherhood: A Confession The Nightstand When Home is No Home: On Becoming Native to a Changing Place Region & Place Fitting into the Bigger Picture Short Hidden Wound, Living Bridges, and Local Food Processors The Stump Not Throwing Away My Shot: Alexander Hamilton and the Militarization of the American Police Education & Liberal Learning The College and the Community: A Strange Saga in Tallahassee 9 COMMENTS I don’t know the answer, but I’m curious if a city is a nuclear family. I think an American city is a dysfunctional family. If a nation is an extended family, is the State our case worker? Pat Buchanan, in this weeks syndicated column. Patrick J. Buchanan, on his blawg. Was it Abraham Lincoln? Probably showing my ignorance. . . Pat Buchanan in his most recent column. Sounds like Hillary. But that’s probably wrong. I’ll bet it was one of the “good guys”, whose image now (like most good guys) will be irreparably marred in my mind…. But the more I think about it… I think it is about right. That America doesn’t happen to be an “extended family”, and never less so than now, means merely that America is not (and perhaps never was) a nation, but rather an empire, which… is about right. Ah, I googled. Surprisingly unsurprising. When a greater idea is brought into the service of a lesser one, it is always to the detriment of the greater idea. Comparing a family to a nation can only help to further undermine the significance and nature of families. It is a strategy of detachment rather than one of attachment. Comments are closed.