“The Highest Form of Patriotism”

I write about personal finance—money basics, investing, and behavior. I generally avoid ideas like patriotism. But this blog acts as my creative outlet in additional to an informational outlet. Writing here allows me to flesh out ideas and share opinions. In that way, this site is personal. It’s my own.

That’s why I dabble in current events and politics. I wrote about Senator Burr after his shameful insider trading came to light. I wrote five different pieces on COVID-19, including some that had little to do with personal finance. Money is contextual, often requiring examination through the lens of the other events.

I’ll publish a post tomorrow that seems fairly out of context. It’s informational, sure. It deals with COVID (again). But it’s blind to the civil unrest occurring right now in my United States.

You can’t be neutral on a moving train

But that doesn’t mean civil unrest isn’t on my mind.

Tomorrow afternoon, I will be peacefully protesting in Rochester, NY.

Why? Namely:

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.

People everywhere have the same right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. When the government becomes destructive of that, then it is patriotic to dissent and to criticize.

Howard Zinn

Has our own government become destructive to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? If not yours, then perhaps someone else’s? I believe it has. I’d be interested to hear your answers.

What can you or I do? It feels Sisyphean, but we all possess the ability to take action. Because…

If people could see that change comes about as a result of millions of tiny acts that seem totally insignificant, well then, they wouldn’t hesitate to make those tiny acts.

-Zinn, again

I hope you’re safe and healthy and happy and free. I share that hope for all people.

If you share that hope, consider how you should act on it. Maybe I’ll see you out there.

Thanks for reading the Best Interest.


About Jesse Cramer

Jesse Cramer created The Best Interest to explain personal finance and investing in simple terms. His writing has been featured by CNBC, MSN, The Motley Fool, and other national publications. He resides in Rochester, NY with his girlfriend and their dog. Follow him on Twitter: @BestInterest_JC
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4 thoughts on ““The Highest Form of Patriotism”

  1. Road my bike to the White House on Tuesday morning and blasted a protest song, “Pride”, by U2 on my boombox at the cops guarding Lafayette Square. They started bopping along to the beats and seemed to appreciate the message.

  2. Thank you for the post, and good for you for protesting! I went to the Ft. Lauderdale one on Sunday.

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