Posted: 8 Jul 2008
Date Written: January 2008
Constitutional patriotism is a form of political loyalty combining a commitment to universal principles with a love of a unique object of loyalty, and with a special connection to a constitution. This paper outlines a version of constitutional patriotism with three distinctive characteristics. First, constitutions are not the object of the loyalty, but its most important expression. Second, constitutions are seen as commitments to a certain form of moderate politics. And, finally, constitutional patriotism can be directed toward many different objects of loyalty, but only when it can be simultaneously directed toward a universal civilization. Constitutional patriotism seems to be the best possible form of political loyalty, and hence the form we should adopt. Loyalty is not necessarily always a virtue. But a certain form of loyalty (constitutional patriotism)-to individuals and groups, institutions and causes that deserve loyalty-is a virtue. There are many conceptions of constitutional patriotism; this paper argues in favor of one that expresses a passionate, ambitious, and militant moderation.
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Soltan, Karol Edward, Constitutional Patriotism and Militant Moderation (January 2008). International Journal of Constitutional Law, Vol. 6, Issue 1, pp. 96-116, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1156636 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icon/mom035