The Fading Concept of Nationalism

Younger Generations Are Moving Beyond the Myths of National Obligations

After suffering through years of government education and socialization, a fair amount of sympathy for nationalism is predictable.

From early on, teachers pass on patriotic myths to elementary school children in songs glorifying war and fairy tales presented as history, wherein government actions account for all success, wealth, and peace.

In the United States, students express obedience to the nation through the Pledge of Allegiance, unquestionably recited from memory at the beginning of each school day, while facing the American flag found hanging in every classroom.

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