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The nation state is a stage of transition into which larger trading states evolve For example the European monetary union of today is enabling a group of countries to trade as one nation They form the largest trading unit that has ever existed The benefits of large organisations are obvious they can demand better value and set higher prices for their own goods If Britain wants to succeed in the world economy she must unite with other nations therefore reducing her own sense of national identity and pride The Royal family and politicians are no longer our icons we are not united in our respect for them and we are not in awe of them British stereotypes of either the man in the bowler hat or the man in a string vest with a hankie on his head are laughable and no longer traditionally acceptable Food is now international and the high cultural music that we enjoy is from overseas We are slowly losing our Britishness and becoming European At such close quarters it is more difficult to define the reasons behind our changing attitudes Without the realisation of individuals the hegemonic voice has slowly changed our ideologies and perceptions The united togetherness which followed the Second World War was a time of solid national identity Current perceptions probably began to change during the political confusion of the seventies Thatcher steered the nation away from communism towards wanting individual benefits and everyone willingly agreed Although there are still a minority that stick to the traditional British ideals most would call them racist pompous and prejudiced Once an individuals ideological view has changed because it is accepted as common sense it cannot be changed on a whim The frighteningly successful hegemonic voice can manipulate nations to unite or disband can change what appears to be an obvious common sense view into a ridiculous notion Therefore perhaps it is wrong to blame individuals or entire nations for
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