- I support the country of my birth
- I support the country that I have migrated to live in
- I support the country of some of my ancestors
- I support the country of my favourite player
- I support the country of my club player
- I support the country that is the best
- I support the country that is the underdog
I'm sure you can think of other types. I wonder what this says about our broader political and philosophical beliefs. There are some people (neanderthals) who simply support England, no matter what, until the death. Are they more likely to vote BNP? Or Tory? Are free-marketeers more likely to say "Brazil" are the best, I like to see that rewarded. Are those who plumped for Honduras (or Slovakia) anarchists?
On another note, I'm hoping readers that understand more about the politics and culture of Africa can enlighten me. I find it offensive and patronising that British commentators all seem to think that African's were all supporting Ghana last night, that "that was a goal for Africa". It's not as if I'll be supporting Germany today simply because they're European.
But is this naivety on my part? Is the sense of continental solidarity stronger in Africa (and the sense of national sovereignty weaker) on account of the arbitrary colonial interventions? Are the civil wars and rivalries caused more by outside influence than any endogenous tensions between African nations?
In short, are commentators being patronising when they infer that all Africans will support other African nations ahead of anyone else?
No. 8: I support the country that has the largest population
This is the utilitarian impulse that was the reason I wrote this post in the first place...