The early decades of 1900s saw the rise of Hollywood patriotic films. Thus, they provide a counterpart to what sociologist Jacques Rancière's identified as dominant fiction." Burgoyne remarks that many of the most hallowed myths of nation have been challenged and criticized in feature films that contest the basic premises of American ideology" - the myth of manifest destiny, for example, or of the progressive extension of liberty to ever-increasing numbers of people, or of the power of national belonging to displace the lived identity or race, or of the existence of a single, homogeneous nation extending from sea to shining sea." See Robert Burgoyne, Hollywood Looks at US History (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1997), 7. Emmerich's Independence Day goes in the opposite direction.

If a Left version of patriotism tried to use any of these elements, the result would only deepen people's alienation and, by undermining the consciousness of class interests, make the attainment of our socialist goals all that more difficult. Using a runner of red, white, and blue, you can add candle sticks, a mirror, a flag, apples, and possibly a birdhouse all done in the American colors to add a special look to your fireplace.

The most important condition that must be met by each nation is a common mutual recognition of a group of people that constitutes a nation -these people must feel part of a nation and must recognise themselves as members of a nation (this partly mysterious national identity constitutes 'common sympathies', (Mill, 1991, p. 546 ff); this feeling of national identity has a pre-reflective character, i.e. the feeling of national identity and affiliation precedes reflection on it (Miller, 2004, p. 329).

If we are willing to work with labels, we could say that nationalism originates mostly on the level of a nation's social reality, in a space of conflict where material interests clash and there are struggles for power. There are almost no artistic works, events or figures in national cultural life anymore that become part of the general discourse because they are recognised and personally embraced by the majority of citizens.

Blattberg, Charles, 2003, Patriotic, Not Deliberative, Democracy," CRISPP: Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 6: 155-74. We drove from Milwaukee, Wis., to Kansas City, Mo., stopping along the way to talk to people about civic duty, national pride and the symbols often used as stand-ins for Americanness.

Of course, people can rebel against such indoctrination whether in religion or in patriotism when they get older, and many do, but where the ideological and emotional foundations have been firmly set down early in life most do not, or at least not easily, or completely.

Most people are proud of whatever nationality they are. Speaking of Black Americans' civil rights, he declared : We are confronted primarily with a moral issue. Patriotism is love for your country and loyalty towards it. For example, the American flag can be combined with another national symbol: the bald eagle.
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