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Title: What Pride, Mr President?
Subtitle: On Pride and Politics
Author(s): CLAEYS, Martha
Journal: Ethical Perspectives
Volume: 26 Issue: 2 Date: 2019
Politicians often appeal to the emotion of pride in order to convince people of their programme. In the present contribution, I argue that the assumption that underlies the kind of pride that is being addressed determines whether the pride rhetoric is either polarizing or unifying. The emotion of pride can rely on two entirely opposite assumptions. One of inequality and competition, and one of radical equality. Acknowledging and paying attention to the role feelings of pride play, both in the politician’s rhetoric and in the voter’s decision, is fundamental to set apart intolerant demands from legitimate grievances.