Some people, who already love clean energy but are skeptical about patriotism, don’t see how it helps spread solar power more rapidly around the United States by calling it “patriotic.”
So, I had filmmaker Sam Stoner make this book trailer video for The Solar Patriot.
The video asks whether patriotism in America is only for warmongers and people who don’t like immigrants, and offers as Exhibit A in the case against patriotism Dr. Johnson’s famous quip about patriotism, last refuges and scoundrels.
The answer, of course, is No.
The trailer briefly explores the rich history of activist movements in America from the Revolution up to today that all appealed to Americans’ sense of love for country.
When champions of good causes wanted to get the public on their side, they weren’t ashamed to wrap themselves in Old Glory. From freeing slaves, to winning votes for women, to protecting rights of workers, the biggest political movements in our history have all claimed that they were acting not just to benefit some minority group or special interest, but instead, to make America better for everybody.
The book trailer is short, but it’s got great images from the past of creative activists going full-on patriot. I especially like the shot of the two women’s suffrage leaders wearing cocked hats and dresses tailored to suggest a Continental Army uniform.
After you watch the video, you can get a sample of the book on our free downloads page. Every chapter of The Solar Patriot is now available to download at no charge.
— Erik Curren, The Solar Patriot