|"Nationalism: seeing the future as the past" (Prof. Samuel Moyn)|
In early 2022, America has a President whom I used to think was kind of cute for ending every speech with something like: "God save our troops". That was during the war in Afghanistan which did not seem likely to escalate anywhere. The objective or everyody incuding the President was to get out of it. But now we have Mr. Zeleneky's selfish war in Ukraine which is much more dangerous because he is fighting the unshriven ghost of the former Soviet Union: Vladimir Putin's Russia, which still has a lot of grandfathered thermonuclear bombs. And now our President is doing his patriotism schtick going off script and saying that Mr. Putin needs to be replaced as ruler of that country which we messed up but did not clean up in the 1990s (we did not have a Marshall Plan for the Soviet Union so now we have Putin).
Small people who don't know anything better to do with themselves can always keep themselves entranced doing patriotism: wave the flag and then go die for it. A conveniently an old men like Mr. Biden can keep remembering dead hearos and doing thing to create more of them. So now his patriotism is no longer amusing. It's a threat to civilization in general and to me (BMcC[18-11-46-503]) in particular. He's proud because he loses control of his emotions for virtuous morals and Mr. Putin is a bad person. God is always with us whoever us is and Mr. Biden is also good at praying.
Men whose highest effective level of education is an NFL spectatorship get off in locker room gender apartheid public nudity (but what's the point since they don't bugger each other, or suck each other off – or at least I don't think they do but I can't be sure because I've never been there), and squabbling other similar meatheads in wars, and the women who are no better than them egg them on to do it with the promise of sex for sacrifice. Go team!
Your patriotism is dangerous because it can hurt me. If the NFL couch potato grads would keep it to themselves on a desert island it wouldn't matter. But they want to share their wealth, including levving corvée service involuntary servitude to everybody unfortunate enough to have a Y chromosome and be neithe ri a diaper nor an old age home: military conscription. Patriotism kills. If I had been a young an in the English North Amreican colonies south of the St. Lawrence river in 1776 I wouldnt have cared to be a hunk of meat for either the Crown or the Rebels. But I'd have been willing to a desk job for either side to pay the bills. Taxation without representation? Was King George denying me the right to read Timon of Athens? And I never yet have read Paradise Lost, so why not during a war? Or eveh try to learn the calculus?
Per Walter Ong, SJ, we know males are expendable and that women are the single point of failure in any nation. One woman can on average produce only one future fighter per year but one male can inseminate a hundred or more females to get their production process going. But why are the boys all gung ho about it instead of crying over spilt semen? Obviously because there is no higher value in their thick heads than fighting for the flag. They were childreared to be ashamed of being sissies and now they have a chance to prove they make the cut. Again, Go team!
N.b.: I do not wish to be misunderstood. I also oppose Russiaism, Ukraineism, Englandism, Indiaisn, Chinaism, Cherokeeism, Iboism, Christianityism, Muslimism, Judiasm, Feminism and all other patriotisms and tribalisms and all other isms, too. All patriotism is bad because it is partisanly divisive, not synthesizing to get above all parochialisms to fully universalizing culture where all persons are equal (no bosses or employees, etc.) and the happiness of each takes precedence over all or better, becomes the group agenda. No more celebrating dead heroes the celebrants sent to die! ~ My life is too valuable to me to waste on some God or nation state or tribe or whatever instance of any other idea (in Husserlian terminology: the noematic correlate of a noetic act). Yours, my reader?
Petty, small-mind Americans like our current wave-the-flag President Joe Biden are always boasting (whining?) about America's "exceptionalism". Like America was their Deity's gift to everybody else. Because those on this side of the Atlantic Ocean who would profit from it rebelled against the British Crown in 1776? Is the Zelensky an avatar of Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death!"? Please, folks! Let them both have with each wants: a grave to be buried in!
On India (WION) 24-hour news, the commentator says that India does not like being preached at by America, which she says America is always doing to everybody – instead of getting its own house in order. If I remember right, she also quoted Henry Kissinger that America is dangerous for its enemies, but disastrous for its friends. Not everybody likes America.
Nor I do understand why most Americans like it, since they are wage-slaves not peers in an anarcho-syndicalist civil society in which all men (women, others) would be relatively equals endowed by their Deist Creator with the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (not property) – not some wasting their lives doing meaningless low paying jobs to make ends meet, while the Bozos (Jeff, et al.) have fun being zillionaires who must be more intelligent and industrious than God to have made all their money so fast whereas it took God 6 whole days to just make the world. As John D. Rockefeller said: God would have made his home, Kykuit, if He had had enough money. ~ One reason most Americans "like" America is they know they have it better than some other Americans, and that if they misbehave their life will get worse here: instead of being middle class they can become homeless if they don't be patriotic enough.
Mr. Nathan Hale was a clever fox. He famously said he regretted he had only one life to give for his country, as if that would have meant sacrificing even more than he did by getting himself hanged by the Brits once. Wouldn't it have worked the opposite way? He would have lived longer. If he had two lives to give, then his hanging would only have cost him the discomfort of being choked but he would have recovered to do it all over again at a later date should he so have desired. A proto Alexei Navalny. Sort of like great wealth affords you the luxury of choosing voluntary poverty (but only for so long as you wish to enjoy it, of course). He should have studied the philosophy if David Hume if that had reached across the Atlantic Ocean yet. Death before dishonor!
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Bradford McCormick | New York
"We" need to get serious and stop amusing ourselves to death. America's Social Security and Medicare are a big Ponzi scheme: "pay as you go", with an increasing number of payees and a decreasoing nuber of payors. I would argue there are soluions but people won't like them: The higher your level of humanistic education, the less entertainment you should need because you will have rich imagery in your mind (soul). Instead of consuming stuff and being a mass[ive] audience, people need to rise up to find satisfaction is creating in the arts and sciences. Of course it is adsurd to imagine a society in which everybody got their satifaction in life out of creative endeavor not passive comsumption (which latter word used to refer to an wasting disease). But it would solve the problem. If everybody was absorbed in creative endeavor they would be making more while consuming less. And also reorganize the medical-industrial complex to maximize work satisfaction for medical professionals not profits for managerial overhead. There is an essay about all this, free on the Internet: "Individuality and Society" (Jan Szczepanski, UNESCO, "Impact of science on society", 31(4), 1981, 461-466) "Credo quia absurdum"
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