Nationalism and Antinationalism: The Quest for Perfect Propaganda

Nationalism is hot news with the new president of the US for 2017.  It's a funny thing really.  What is nationalism exactly?  According to some it's a theory about the way the world works in which everyone is born into a certain tribe of people that they must choose above every other.  Oddly enough Jesus Christ advised precisely against supporting one's family/tribe/close ones over strangers describing it as hypocrisy.  Is nationalism hypocrisy then?  It's an interesting question to say the least.

Nationalism, according to anti-nationalists, as an idea seems to revolve around the concept that we must support a particular brand of support that excludes the idea of universal brotherhood/sisterhood and enables a particular group free reign to privilege over others.  But is even this actually true?  Can one be a nationalist and still be true to a higher faith in all of humanity?  Of course, you must realize, the answer must be yes that you can.

It is unwise to abandon the idea of nationalism simply because some people have associated it with negativity.  This in and of itself is propaganda.  I will not take sides on this issue because both "left" and "right" are guilty of propaganda.  Lies distort the truth until one losses all sense of what is real.  This is the sad state of affairs for many in our world and nation right now.

Nationalism must be looked at as an idea of loving one's nation.  Anything other than this concept is foreign to what is just and good about our experience in this regard.  Loving one's nation does not preclude loving those of other nations.  If nationalism is worth saving as an idea from the clutches of the negativity which has been built around it we must return to the true spirit of nationalism in order to understand the predicament we face as a nation.

The trouble with nationalism is that it is one form of identity in which one's must know one belongs to a particular order of people.  Tribalism leads to sectarianism, which leads to breakdown of nations.  There are those who would demand that no sectarianism or tribalism be possible.  Those who would deny such choice are also in the wrong.   Nationalism is alot like marriage in that we can be serial nationalists without too much trouble depending on how we feel about our nation.

The question leads us to the local issue of the moment here in the United States of America.  Are we still Americans?  Do we still believe in America, the nation?  This question is a matter of choice before the broad public.  Many on both the left and right may be willing to say they belong to new nations.  The emergent California succession movement is an example. Of course, it is not just the "left" that is the cause of secessionist rancor, there were not a few in Texas who were quite ready to jump ship if Hillary had been crowned president.  You see, Americans have grown sick of each other.

Yet a free people have a free choice.  There are many questions to be asked and many that need answering before people decide that the American experiment is over for them whether they are left, right, center, or something confused.  Even Pat Buchanan recently discussed this feeling in one of his essays asking if we can remain a united nation with the "culture war" as he describes it.  He seems to have grave doubts.

Yet inevitably the problem begins that America itself must be claimed.  The other side will always be the trying to steal the national soul or some other such baloney.  You see it's like a bad divorce where the parties start lying and hating each other and fighting over all their possessions including what they call themselves.  I'd like to think that in the quest for the perfect propaganda to justify our bad behavior we would be above such petty kindergarten name calling and other crap.  Sadly, I don't see that as the case on the nightly news with everyone grabbing for their piece of the holier than thou propaganda pie.

Now obviously right this instant those radical secessionists are a pitiful minority that are clearly not supported by the whole nation because after all, why would our nation break apart?  Don't we still love the good old U.S.A.?  Or have we lost it somehow in our pettiness and misunderstanding?  It's still to early to tell but the news hasn't been good, and I get that sinking sensation in my stomach that this is it.  We may be going our separate ways from here on out.   It's a scary thought.  I'm not sure anyone is ready for that.  But look at the "left" and look at the "right" and tell me where is the middle ground here?  The center cannot hold.  I wish I could say otherwise, but things look grim for our great nation.

Can a national greatness conservatism, presumably what the new president will try to implement as this has been the dream of a few of the conservative visionaries included among his advisors, work to bring this divided nation together?   I think the fault lines of the bigger picture will make this difficult to actualize.  For one there is a great anti-capitalism among the "left".  Capitalism and nationalism only work together if everyone is getting rich in some reasonable proportion of income ratios.  There will be those who would challenge the ascertains of our leader on various grounds in the media.  Yet if the media is silenced then the center cannot hold as such a thing goes against the very core of American culture.  It is a catch-22, an unwinnable situation.  The media must be allowed to speak clearly and freely on the issues. Political censorship would cause an unfixable breach in public trust that would spiral into an unstoppable crisis.   Yet the new president must be given a chance to demonstrate respect to the media institutions before he is declared anti-democratic by the left.

Yet things aren't all neat and clear and the media is guilty of many corruptions of its own.  It cannot hide behind the concept of freedom of the press for other mistakes it may have made.  These glaring omissions, which have been visible from the "right" side of the political spectrum for as long as I can remember leave the media at risk of being hammered due to its own hypocrisy, immorality, treachery, denial, greed, etc.  The problem is our new president is very astute at spotting the dark side in others and exposing it when it is in his interests.

One such glaring omission is that the concept of free speech we are familiar with, one that is totally free from censorship, is a relatively new concept in American history.  This was created by the Warren Court during the 1970's if my memory serves me correct.  I learned this from Pat Buchanan and a few other conservative writers that decency standards were not considered censorship until this radical "cultural revolution" emerged in the 70's from "liberal" "cultural marxists".   While I do not consider myself a leftist or rightist, I was actually sympathetic to the idea that decency standards are acceptable so long as political speech itself is not violated, though honestly I tend towards thinking that even certain types of political speech is questionable as well.  For instance, I would not defend the right to call for genocide and would argue anyone calling for genocide probably belongs somewhere where their speech doesn't cause harm to others.

So then if the media is willing to harm society in order to protect the extended media right to, say, put out nasty hard pornography, or justify radical ideologies the promote harm to others, then the media is corrupted and call be called on it.  This leaves the media with very little room to maneuver.  It leaves us all, actually, with every little room to maneuver.  To understand the nature of the injustice committed here is something rather vast and difficult to wrap one's brain around easily.

If everyone is guilty then no one has an argument.  Hypocrites have no moral grounds to justify their own grievances.  If they refuse to look at how they are destroying the nation themselves, they cannot claim anything in terms of nationalism.  This applies to both sides.  Militarism, on the right, has the same destructive effect.  The right cannot destroy the nation on the ground of militarism for the sake of, say, certain military industrial complex interests.  It is all quite visible to the left you know.  You can't hide your hypocrisy in their hypocrisy and claim you're an angel selling death to the children of the world.  The stench of evil here is quite clear.

Has America become evil?  Have we lost our way still in the quest for that perfect propaganda to hide our wretched hypocrisy so we don't have to look at our own personal shadow self sitting there lying and covering up our selfish loathing and dirty desires?  Perhaps we can blame the Mexicans for this or the "rednecks".  You see no matter what this bullshit is quite old already.

I must agree that women have gotten the worst end of it compared to men because they have been the weaker party.  I support the women of the world rising up taking up their place as men's equals and betters.  This is something good.  Surely a nationalism worth keeping will acknowledge this, but then where are we going with nationalism?

What is America?  Where is this thing now we call America?  Is it a nation of people or is it just the slaves of a distant far removed unaccountable agency of control in Washington?  These questions brought our current president to power, so they are most relevant to our predicament as a nation.  Perhaps some think that being ruled from a New York boardroom on Wall Street would be less odious and oppressive than Washington.  Does that honestly even sound remotely reasonable?   Something is rotten here and has been for a long, long time. It didn't just get this way in 2017.  It's been this way as long as I can remember.

Personally I don't like to serve any masters other than my own.  It's my preference for being free.  I still believe that this is a free country capable of making the right choices on these difficult questions ahead.  I can't honestly see the American people bowing down to dictators for much longer whether they live in this city or that city, whether they are left or right, female or male, corporate or governmental.  It goes against the spirit of the age of Aquarius thing that so few ever paid enough attention to makes sense of.  The American people are ruled by Aquarius if you believe in astrology as the national chart of the US has the moon (the people in a national chart) in Aquarius.  I personally find this a hopeful sign despite the fact that the American people are not really supported by the system which they live in.  Luckily for them, there is a catch!

You see national charts are built around entities.  The United States of America is the chart and is not the American people.  While it is best and wisest to stick with the system one has been born in, if that system should ever prove too oppressive it can be slowly withdrawn from.  In fact you can even be with it while you are withdrawing away from it.  I suggest everyone stop fighting about it.  Long live the United States of America!  Our great government deserves that doesn't it?  I'm not joking either or trying to play you!  I'm quite serious.  How many hundreds of years has it been here in all its glory.  Even if the leaders of this system have made mistakes managing it.  If we are going to go our separate ways into new nations, I personally am going to honor the nation I was born in.  I'm an American by birth.

Now all you would be secessionists out there I know your hearts.  I say to you love your government with all your heart, soul, and mind.  That's right, love big brother!  Do it.  Love the United States of America.  I do.  I can say I'm not a hypocrite in that.  It's all what's inside you see?  Love thine "enemy", remember?  And it's amazing what happens because we are not going to let our system of checks and balances die either.  Freedom is within my friends.  America is not an idea that can be destroyed.  It is not a nation than can be defeated.  With Love, all things are overcome.   Perhaps we can put our differences aside momentarily before some of us go our separate ways to find whatever nation it is that we belong to now.  But those who have mastered this thing will never, ever be anything other than citizens of the United States of America even if they now Californians, Texans, Nebraskans, Floridians, and who knows what.

I don't know what the future holds for us.  It is because it is the consent of the governed that defines all social contracts.  Choice cannot be removed from the equation.  Some call this anti-democratic because people must have a choice.  But choice is about the consent of individuals not about the will of the majority.  Never confuse democracy with being free.  They are two entirely different matters altogether.   Having said that the fate of the United States of America will be decided by the people of this nation of their own free choice in whatever manner they so choose.  No instrument of power will have any say in this matter except and in so much as it respect the rights of those people to self determination.  You can check Woodrow Wilson on that one.  It is self determination that cannot be undone.  I know what I have chosen in this regards is to honor the system I was born in fully and also to honor the choices of my fellow citizens in their quest for greater self actualization through whatever vehicles of consciousness they choose.  Let Love decide the matter at last so that you can all know yourselves more fully than ever before.

In the end all propaganda must fail.  All lies must be broken.  All untruths revealed to be nothing more that echoes.  We must all choose our fate and our destiny.  No man or woman can tell us what that is.  We are free nation.  We are free people.  That is what I know.  That is our spirit.  It is the spirit of the land of those who were here when this nation was built upon the bones of their ancestors.  And they are still a free people.  And their spirit and our spirit will be, at last, the same.  There are no words to describe this place we are headed to as a nation.  Many will be afraid.  Many will resist.  But the free spirit of our people will not be defeated.  Whether they are women fighting for freedom from misogyny or rape culture or men trying to work against forms of tyranny both great and small.  A free people does not need propaganda.  A free people is not for sale at any price.  We don't negotiate with pirates here.  Here we are sanctified by the darkness and the light.

Let this then be our rallying cry as we rise up against oppression great and small in all the things and people around us and above all in ourselves.  Let America be that shining beacon of terrible beauty yearning to breathe free again.  And it will as it must for that is the nature of us.  Let the other nations look on and let us teach them what is to be a free people with a free spirit.  Let the world marvel and understand.  The days of oppression are over.  We are now united in our resolution to throw off our chains and be liberated.  This is a NO day, a day of NON, where NOTHING treads forward but the echoes of choice.  We are united in our agreement right now that we must all be heard, felt, and seen in our day of sanctification that our grievances be aired fully and that our demands and desires be heard clearly and that our choices be honored to the core of all that we are.  America resolves to do this, I can feel it. Thus, I, Chris Freely, do honor this and allow it to be without resistance from me.  And if you are wise you would do likewise.  But remember to feel and breathe in case you may have forgotten in our days of darkness to come.

It will not be easy.  But, in the end, I promise you that whatever this dark time delivers it will eventually be worth the price that must be paid.  Honor your agreements and relations to remain honorable and honest.  Honor your self and your feelings of course.  This is collectively as well as individually.  And remember to love and do your duty to the best of your ability.

Breathe and be free,

Chris Freely