Why I Don’t Celebrate July 4

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Gandhi was a nationalist too.

Gandhi was a nationalist too.

RedPill 294 days ago

Why do you stay here...find a

Why do you stay here...find a country that appeals to your need to be adequate.

Mojoan 295 days ago

Revised version-

Revised version-

Great article. If you think about it for 5 minutes -outside of the framework of propaganda that we've been spoon fed for years- it's obvious that nationalism is a divisive mechanism which causes fragmentation of society and brings about violence. Nationalism is a tool that has been exploited to propagate free market capitalism and ensure that the current system and business class that rules the country remains in place. If you are against it - you're not patriotic. Not to mention it fuels the fire that is America's superiority complex. Here we can also observe a link to fascism as nationalism is indeed it's central tenet. It's also correct that nationalism is a barrier to mobilization on issues such as global warming and environment since it's acknowledgement is in direct opposition to the narrative of the republican party. Evidence is clear that many of these problems are caused by corporations and implies that they need to be regulated. However such policies would undermine 'free market' principles and those who support them are 'un-American'. Finally, nationalism - much like like religion- serves as a barrier to rational thinking. "I believe 'X' because that's the American view." From a reductionist but valid standpoint, this equates to saying I believe 'X' because someone told me to. This is the belief that's been packaged and handed to me to take on faith without questioning - ie, not because I have reached a conclusion based on empirical evidence and analytical, creative thought. Unfortunately it seems to me that most people don't care to undertake the effort required for independent thought or don't have the capacity to see through the conditioning that we're all subject to and are just happy to slip into the bubble bath.

-Jonathan

Jonathan S. 295 days ago

Great article. If you think

Great article. If you think about it for 5 minutes -outside of the framework of propaganda that we've been spoon fed for years- it's obvious that nationalism is a divisive mechanism which causes fragmentation of society and brings about violence. Nationalism is a tool that has been exploited to propagate free market capitalism and ensure that the current system and business class that rules the country remains in place. If you are against it - you're not patriotic. Not to mention it fuels the fire that is America's superiority complex. Here we can also observe a link to fascism as nationalism is indeed it's central tenet. It's also correct that nationalism is a barrier to mobilization on issues such as global warming and environment since it's acknowledgement is in direct opposition to the narrative of the republican party. Evidence is clear that much of these problems are caused by corporations who need regulating. However such policies would undermine 'free market' principles and those who support them are 'un-American'. Finally, nationalism serves as a barrier to rational thinking. "I believe 'X' because that's the American view." From a reductionist but valid standpoint, this equates to saying I believe 'X' because someone told me to - ie, not because I have reached a conclusion based on empirical evidence and analytical, creative thought. Unfortunately it seems to me that most people don't care to of have the capacity to see through the conditioning that we're all subject to and are just happy to slip into the bubble bath.

Jonathan 295 days ago

I imagine you in a tin foil

I imagine you in a tin foil hat wallowing in self induced misery in your parents basement. Seek help or piss off

Jeremy the American dream more than 1 year ago

Amen to this! I am forced to

Amen to this! I am forced to pretend to celebrate this holiday by my family, who celebrates because it's "what ya do". I am bored stiff and disgusted. I am disgusted by this country and all that it stands for today, not what it was originally supposed to stand for. Everyone thinks they have a God given right to do whatever the hell they please and it all comes at a terrible cost.

Cindi more than 1 year ago

We can not celebrate,

We can both not celebrate, together. I'll celebrate when the US is actually the land of the free- not the materialistic and self serving hypocritical country it is today, both domestically and in regards to foreign policy.

Valeria Pedroza more than 2 years ago

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