I've noticed a disturbing trend of smart American kids identifying more with their long severed Euro ancestry (Often German but also Italians, English, Poles etc) despite usually heavy admixture with other European tribes aside from the one they identify with. I'm guessing this comes out of the bullshit assumption that America is somehow "less cultured" than Europeans. They also often have plans to move to somewhere in Europe, usually the place of their most substantial ancestry, under the assumption the people there are more traditional. That's a stupid assumption because it's pretty much the same situation there with traditionalists, big cities generally have liberal non-culture and the rural areas hold the true culture of the nation. Also, for a substantial period of time, Americans were often considered more conservative (probably a happy side effect of our religious roots) but I digress.
A lot of these people are exposed to ideas of cultural and ethnic pride through the education system. Through being educated into believing that a "white" identity is not good, they have started to develop an interest in their ethnic origins. The White American identity is also stronger in areas of the country where mixture is common and the barriers between people were not as strong as in the Northeast, for example. They are also less likely to have immigrant ancestors after a certain period of time because of the amount of time it would take to take part in an exodus from New York, Pennsylvania, etc. for the Midwest, American South, or the Mountains region. Ultimately, we will develop into a few distinct nations: a White, a Black, and a Hispanic as inter-ethnic boundaries erode. The Black nationality already exists, the White one is in the process of formation, and the Hispanic one may be formed.
Having been to Europe, they live the same global lifestyle in most of the cities and claiming to be anti-globalist or anti-American, live the same lifestyle as most urban dwellers on Earth. It is not just curious custom and language which forge a nation, but values, ways of life, and a connection to a living tradition.
I'm going to say something I would think is obvious, but American cultures are still in genesis, some have made more progress than others, such as for example Texas, Argentina, and Quebec which are fairly solid ethnic groups. Some areas like the mid-western US don't have much of a culture to speak of yet, and many are in between having something of a culture but not a very concrete ethnic group yet (The Southwestern US, Cascadia, Alaska etc.)
I am in agreement, but also believe that the process of heavy immigration and of an increase in consumerism during the later half of the 20th century disrupted the process of a national culture--and local cultures--being formed.
And before some smug euro or self hating american pussy starts calling Americans mongrels or what not, every European nation that exists now is made up of a mix of previously existing European tribes, dumbass.
It is easy to pine for a land far away. Working and fighting in one's homeland is a task hard for many people. It takes will, determination, and contempt of death. Europeans will learn this as well as the lower-class detritus of the Middle East continue to proliferate. We have the brain drain, you (Europe) are the sewer drain.
You can still see the puritan roots in large parts of the legal system. Sexuality in America has this weird dynamic with complete polar opposites being superimposed.
The outcome of the Sexual Revolution not being able to completely unseat Puritanism. This dynamic, however, is part of who we are and should be channeled into our identity. It should be used to develop a pragmatic, if conservative, view of sexuality and a strong family.
Or they thought: "Fuck it! This place sucks i'm going somewhere else". Its a mixed bag of criminals, outcasts, hustlers and adventurers.
Again, this is too simplistic. Many of the people who immigrated in the first place were freemen, nobles without an inheritance, venture capitalists, merchants, and so on. The criminals, hustlers, and adventurers would follow in due course, but these people are part of every society and at least one group is useful (adventurers).
Nevermind the fact that we can't even shape Metal culture into a halfway decent place.
Development takes time, will, patronage, and an appeal to crafting art against the masses craving the next Wolverine Blues.