Patriotism, on the other hand, is local; it looks inward to a community with local
traditions. Patriots see the nation as a means to protect local communities that compose
the nation. Patriots are members of local communities and their primary desire is
simply to be “let alone.” Patriots view people residing outside of the nation’s borders as
possible trading partners in which they can engage in voluntary exchange—an
exchange in which both sides gain. Patriots rally to the flag to defend the nation
because the nation is necessary to preserve and defend local communities.