It seems that Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull made some disparaging comments recently about American flag-waving that he’s since come to regret. There’s an interesting article on his website. Stars, Stripes, and Union Jacks – The Official Jethro Tull Website:
“Patriotism is the good guy: fraternal, supportive, the paying of respects particularly in the face of adversity. Space shuttle disasters. 9/11. Commemorative anniversaries. Flags are great.
Nationalism is the bad guy: protectionist, isolationist, triumphalist, buccaneering. Flags seen in this context are, I maintain, likely to be resented. “