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Written on July 3, 2009, and categorized as Flip side.
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3. National Identity And Public Ritual

Nations are defined and maintained by their public rituals. On July 3rd 2008, I proposed that the world’s wealthiest nation, the United States of America, initiate a public holiday to be held on July 4th to lift itself out of the gloom of their financially-collapsed country.

Despite the fact that they now have a relatively conscientious leadership with all the added navel-gazing that requires, this display of fireworks, beer drinking, marching bands, macho posturing and unwanted pregnancies proved so successful that a July 4th celebration is to be held again this year.

Well done America.

The third in a series of proposals designed to make all our lives easier, more fulfilling, lovelier journeys.

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