If you are a patriot, what is the basis of your patriotism?
Is the basis of your patriotism ethnic or ethnolingual? Or tribal? Or cultural? Or religious? Or ideological? Or is there any other basis?
Or is it that there is no particular basis?
Or is it that you don't know why you are a patriot?
Or may be you are a patriot solely because of environmental influence?
I must admit, I'm not really a patriot, prolly because I'm german . However I don't think patriotism is a bad thing...
Ever heard of a principle called subsidiarity? It means, that a country should do little, only the really really important thing, and leave most of the stuff to decide to lower instances (like the state, then the region, then the city, then the community).
Being similar brings groups together, not a bad thing either. We need a place where we belong, where we feel at home, know what to expect. Nations do not just suppress us and force us to conform to their image (at least in the west ) , they give us the infrastructure, the culture, everything we do often not even consciously realize we base our life on.
People always think the rich west is so rich because it suppresses the rest of the world. To a degree that's true of course. Seems even more so in the age of globalism. One should note though, that there is something new in this age of globalism: the nations of today falter before the power of multi-national companies like google or amazon... Nations are losing power, because the politicians let themselves be bought. And not just the politicians, also the people themselves, the consumers always wanting the cheapest, and wanting all the luxury that this system can give.
But before we come to the conclusion, lets look at another side: the development of the west, the riches of the west are not just built on the backs of others, they are also shared with the others. Yes, 100 years ago 90% of people lived by 1 $ a day in today's dollars. This is no longer the case. Despite the fact, that the population has multiplied, almost all of us are better off than our ancestors 100 years ago. Not just in the west, in most countries. Except the ones were corruption is not the exception but the rule... If you want some data on the incredible human progress we made get yourself a copy of Steven Pinker's Enlightenment Now.
My point thus is, that being proud of your group and nation, and putting America first (for example), is a good thing. If you're not rich yourself, you have nothing you could share! And riches are always created – yes, especially with the scientific progress, creating riches is exactly the right term – locally, in working communities, well regulated (= little regulated but in the right places regulated) states. And if multi-national companies are not limited a bit, by nations becoming more powerful again, and by consumers buying less products on which stands "made in china" – that is made in a corrupt country that suppresses all of its citizens, not just the ones fighting for democracy – then you also cannot share.
The people need more power, and this power needs to be taken from the powerful traders, those that buy nations... The subsidiarity principle needs to be empowered again, making the local community the place of the greatest power, then the city, then the state. Multi-National companies should be banned, lets put an end to globalism, an end to materialism, and of course lets fight communism too, which is centralism, which is dictatorship...