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As far as we go back, we see people dividing themselves up in groups.
And who is going to be willing to fight and die for a loose group of people no one cares about? Just look at Iraq today to see what happens to a country that has a weak sense of being nation. Not only that but the need for tribalism is carved into the human psyche. You just don't get rid of this. Remove the national tribe and people will revert to smaller tribes: political tribes (see the polarization, which both parties are happy to exploit), race based tribalism, etc... The country will rip itself apart.
The NY Times, however, seems to think we are immune to fundamental forces of history.