Personally, I think we would be a lot better off if we started abandoning nationalism/patriotism. I mean, really, it's just a trumped up version of tribalism. And while tribalism can be useful, building community and all that, it's also a good way to be in a perpetual war state---always trying to expand territory and get the most resources. The Us vs. Them mentality is inherently destructive. With the technology we have, an über-aggressive case of Patriotism could be fatal. For the entire world.
So maybe when you celebrate Independence Day this year, consider that the US being great doesn't mean other countries and the people who inhabit them are less great. It's not a zero-sum game.
I decided to keep my Independence Day Muxtape apolitical (you're welcome)---and so I focused on geography. Enjoy!
Bob Dylan– Mississippi
Steve Earle – Ft. Worth Blues
Loretta Lynn – Portland Oregon (Duet With Jack White)
Four year bender – New Orleans Lament
Bobby Charles – New Mexico
Neko Case – Train From Kansas City
Rocky Votolato – Montana
Neil Young – Albuquerque
Jay Farrar – California
Whiskeytown – New York Angel
Ray's Vast Basement – California's Gone
Sufjan Stevens – Chicago