What the hell is jingoism?
Hello Red a chorus from an ENGLISH SONG !....1870's
We don't want to fight but by Jingo if we do
We've got the ships, we've got the men, we've got the money too
We've fought the Bear before, and while we're Britons true
The Russians shall not have Constantinople.
Jingoism is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as "extreme patriotism in the form of aggressive foreign policy". The ready use of force, or its threat. Songs were used to whip up patriotic fervour but were ridiculed as JINGOISM by enlightened workers. During the American War of Independance some 23,000 sailors absconded whilst blockading American ports! Press-ganged ! With the abolition of the Press-gang other means were brought in an attempt to draw in the gullible to false patriotism ....i.e. CANNON FODDER.