There is a rather unfortunate essay going around the tech crowd titled

"The Refragmentation"
, describing concepts of nationalism and conformity in the US as centering around the Second World War. It is unfortunate, because this is a big topic with a lot of existing literature that is probably not commonly known in the tech crowd. It is also a very interesting topic. For any who want to persue it, I suggest
"Nations and Nationalism Since 1780"
by Eric Hobsbawm as a starting point.

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