For what were all these country patriots born?
To hunt, and vote, and raise the price of corn?
Man, throughout was exploited in the name of religion (not by religion), in the name of relationships (mostly of blood), in the name of country, state, and ideology, especially of nationalism. All exploitation was mostly driven by economic/material motives. Rousseau has so rightly observed: "Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains. One man thinks himself the master of others, but remains more of a slave than they." The Social Contract (1762).
Now why did man allow man to exploit him? The question is very simple. The answer, however, is not. Men, being social animals can not escape interdependence. Therefore, man accepted his exploitation in the hope of paying it back. Now it remained to chance that he could or could not materialise his ambition. Mostly he did not. In this way, his surrender to collective good was deliberate. His acceptance of the exploitation of the state/society/religion/ideology was selfish not selfless.
The consequence, however, was that societies flourished and individuals suffered. States prospered and citizens languished. The world developed and humanity ruined. Civilization conquered culture.
The time is up when man should either be privatised or denationalised. If that does not seem prudent or expedient man needs to desensitise himself. If he wants to survive with some dignity on the planet, we call mother earth.