Remember back when I would post links to interesting things and would sometimes provide comentary? Yeah? I barely do, but let's see if we can do it again.
The article HERE at the soccer blog No Short Corners is about nationalism and soccer. Or is it about national identity and the fact that here in the Oh Ten nations are slowly beginning to look more and more like each other and even to act more and more like each other till eventually there isn't really that much that you can say makes the nations different?
Basically we are in the future. In the past there may or may not have been actual differences in different nations/states. I can see that, and I don't necessarily think we're necessarily past that point. In the battle between nature and nurture I see both of them having their own place, and I see the place you're from having some effect as well.
I have to admit to having never been outside the US, and what discussion I've had with non Americans is very limited. I did once ask a Scottish guy and and English guy who were in town for business about the drink we know as an Irish car bomb, and they said that they too have that drink, but they certainly don't refer to it as such. I'm not sure if that's true. Perhaps they were humoring the honky.
Either way the article is worth reading.