• In our day the feeling of patriotism is an unnatural, irrational, and harmful feeling, and a cause of a great part of the ills from which mankind is suffering, and that, consequently, this feeling - should not be cultivated, as is now being done, but should, on the contrary, be suppressed and eradicated by all means available to rational men.

    graf Leo Tolstoy (1903). “Essays and Letters /by Leo Tolstoy ; Translated by Aylmer Maude”