…[N]othing is more essential, than that permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular
Nations, and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded; and that, in place of them,
just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated. The Nation, which indulges towards
another an habitual hatred, or an habitual fondness, is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its
animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its
interest. […] [A] passionate attachment of one Nation for another produces a variety of evils.
Sympathy for the favorite Nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest, in
cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other,
betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter, without adequate
inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite Nation of privileges denied
to others, which is apt doubly to injure the Nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily
parting with what ought to have been retained; and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition
to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious,
corrupted, or deluded citizens, (who devote themselves to the favorite nation,) facility to betray or
sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity;
gilding, with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for
public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition,
corruption, or infatuation.

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