Sunday, August 26, 2007

Faux-News Items From 50 and 100 Years Ago are Reported to Break Down Loyalty

We're told of an old lynching or a 100-year old race riot, not from whimsy, but to damage the loyalty which citizens have towards each other. The nation cannot mean less than that we owe loyalty to fellow citizens over against the foreigner, whose entry inside the borders raises the level of aggression here. The propaganda to the effect that America is evil has the purpose of breaking down this exact loyalty. To test the truth of this, observe in which contexts the propagandistic anti-American items are brought up, then ask them whether this means we don't owe loyalty to citizens over foreigners. Also consider the meaning of wanting people to feel that their nation is wrong by its very identity, and that the least that this identity can mean is the particular loyalty as described above. The left and the moderate right would seem to have long since concluded that resistance to aggrandizement of power is genetic, so that their only hope for a solid tyranny is to change the population by immigration or differential breeding of the tyrant-tolerant subgroups.
Additionally from an earlier post:
When Negative Facts from American History are Brought Up, This Must Now be Interpreted Also in a New Way
Whatever happened in the faraway past, all of us still owe loyalty to fellow citizens over against the foreigner. Events from far back are brought up so as to cause this loyalty to break down. It is often done this way, not only relative to foreigners, but also relative to the net taxpayer versus those on net public subsidy here, citizens or otherwise. When a journalist, professor or official brings up some lynching from 100 years ago, apropo of absolutely nothing, the first question must now be what loyalty is he trying to release himself or others from, by mentioning some remote incidents?

2 comments:

Audacious Epigone said...

Or the newest putative reincarnation of that oh-so dark past, New Orleans after Katrina. NPR's Morning Edition cannot seem to go a single day without some story about the misery and haplessness of these poor souls abandoned by the American populace and the government they elect.

John said...

That's not the best example of what I'm talking about, since it doesn't work to break down loyalty.
That is, unless it's to break down loyalty to the net taxpayer over against an often-hostile sub-population. Are we supposed to forget how they shot at rescuers, more like Iraqis than Americans.