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    Born in iniquity and conceived in sin

    Please help me analyze this quote.

    Born in iniquity and conceived in sin, the spirit of nationalism has never ceased to bend human institutions to the service of dissension and distress.


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    Re: Born in iniquity and conceived in sin

    Welcome to the forum.

    Please note that I have changed your thread title so that it includes some of the words you are asking us about. I have moved your actual request ("Please help me analyze this quote" into the main body of the post.

    Why do you need to analyse the quote? (Note that "analyse" is the BrE spelling of your "analyze".)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Born in iniquity and conceived in sin

    Nationalism has unpleasant origins and has always caused problems.

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    Re: Born in iniquity and conceived in sin

    The weird order struck me too.

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    Re: Born in iniquity and conceived in sin

    vrundap2002, I'd still like to know why you need to analyse the quote, as ems asked in post #2.

    Have you spotted the Thank and Like buttons in the bottom left-hand corner of every post? You can click one of these for every post you find helpful, so you don't have to bother writing thank you letters.

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    Re: Born in iniquity and conceived in sin

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertJ View Post
    The first part is all metaphorical, but you have to know the meanings of 'iniquity' and 'sin'. It's a rather creative and colorful premise followed by a very dogmatic statement, all opinion, of course. Frankly since conception normally comes before birth, I would have written it in that order.
    The writer is credited as being a Norwegian-American economist, so it's possibly not his first language.

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