I once took a friend of mine from Germany to a Milwaukee Brewers baseball game. He was greatly bothered by the pre-game custom of presenting the flag and everyone standing to sing the National Anthem. Such patriotism, he said, is wrong, is dangerous! I realized then that his society has had a very different experience with patriotism–and thousands of people gathering in stadiums to sing hymns to the fatherland–than our has had.
Postmodernist academics condemn all “totalizing” discourses and ways of thinking–that is, ideologies or religions that attempt to account for all of life–along with all “meta-narratives” (stories that explain all other stories). Why? Because of the Nazis.