The Framework of American Nationalism (re-post)

This excellent post describes in a very straightforward way what U.S. nationalism, in all its unapologetic madness, is really all about.


From the article:

“It was expected that there would be a universal American identity that all citizens would want to ascribe to. Much like their British predecessors, the American forefathers never once considered that any ideology other than their own could be right. They believed that everyone would want to ascribe to their philosophies. When they didn’t; America forced them. The problem is that American nationalism is about domination: dominating the inhabitants, dominating the economic market, dominating women, dominating non-White races, and dominating foreign countries. America may have begun as a crusader of oppressed people but somewhere along the line America became the very thing that the original colonists had sought to oppose.”



President Obama Makes Statement At White HouseAbove: Young people gather in front of the White House to celebrate the killing of a single anti-U.S. militant, Osama bin Laden, in spite of the fact that millions of Iraqi and Afghan civilians and thousands of American soldiers have died as a result of this so-called “War on Terror”. As far as I’m concerned, nothing that comes out of these wars can truly be a cause for celebration.

The Angriest Black Man in America

The Story
This tale begins with a revolution. Thirteen British colonies decided to reject the authority of Parliament and break from the empire. The motivation was a wave of liberal thinking that refused to support the aristocracies of Britain. This was the American Revolution which resulted in the Declaration of Independence and the establishment of the United States of America.
The ideology that fueled the revolution and set the tone for the national identity of the United States is best described by the philosophers of the time:
To understand political power right, and derive it from its original, we must consider, what state all men are naturally in, and that is, a state of perfect freedom to order their actions, and dispose of their possessions and person, as they think fit, within the bounds of the law of nature, without asking leave, or depending upon the will of any other…

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