Feeling proud to be a certain nationality is bullshit as it’s cheap appropriation of the achievements of others – just by dint of shared geography and ethnicity. It’s not only standing on the shoulders of giants but telling the world you’re proud how tall you are.

Hard to comment on anywhere else but in the US there’s a stack of smartly inculcated ways to gorge yourself on a surfeit of cheap easy pride.

(Ways!)

What’s also fucked up is the way identity plays out in the crucible of an all-pervading national paradigm. The very strength of the forces and numbers contained under the star-spangled banner is hard for Americans to compete against, when it comes to their own individual self-worth.

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