it should be relentlessly emphasized that the notion of collective identity has various dark sides. the idea that if 'they' kill 'our' kids, 'we''ll kill 'theirs' back treats groups rather than individuals as moral agents. really, from collective identity would follow collective responsibilty: if the gov of the usa were our collective identity you'd be responsible for the drone program or for surveiling angela merkel. well, obviously shit is a lot more complicated than that even if we are all complicit through taxation. we are less complicit in that the taxation is compelled. then again, that's why it's laughable that it really is our collective idenitity.