Friday, October 9, 2009

The problem with being an American

The problem with being an American and becoming disenchanted with certain of the country's actions and beliefs is that you can't say a word about it to anyone who isn't already thoroughly acquainted with your new worldview. Otherwise, the worst sort of person thinks you are on their side, and the best sort (well, second-best sort) thinks that you are their enemy instead of being a purified form of their own side. Friend and foe alike misapprehend everything you say.

You can't just casually say that America shouldn't be butting in on the affairs of every other nation in the world, because Americans and foreigners alike will believe that you mean, "When the twin towers fell, we should have APOLOGIZED to those poor terrorists for having upset them so much! 9/11 was probably an inside job anyway," or "It was terrible the way we kept threatening the poor Soviets, who really just wanted to live in peace with everyone and were only kidding when they stated that they intended to enforce communism on the entire world by military conquest," or some such madness. People who share these sentiments and people who abhor them will both believe that is what you are saying. You can only say it to traditionalists and paleocons who understand that what you mean is that we should have stayed out of World War I.

You can't casually say that you don't agree with the systematic export of the American way of life to every place in the world, for a lot of reasons. For one thing, the belief system we object to isn't actually an American invention. It was created by the Frankfort School, which was made up of German and Italian refugees who came here to spread their nonsense. Arguably, certain weaknesses in our own proper, native worldview, such as a faith in elected government, made us susceptible to the Frankfort School's propaganda and allowed them to incubate their plot here. Indubitably, they used the power and wealth which America would never have achieved without the labor of people who shared none of the School's insane notions to advance their agenda. But we were the first victims of these people, not unlike the carrier of some science-fiction virus which not only transforms the carrier but gives it a compulsion to spread the infection to others. Most of us who value this country believe that the American way is on the verge of extinction, while what's being exported is for the most part a later aberration. If the way of Little House on the Prairie were being exported, that would be all very well, but instead the way of Taxi Driver is what we're spreading through the world.

In short, the rest of the world did pick up the odious habit of wearing comfortable clothes from us, but we ourselves got it from hostile foreigners in a Trojan horse.

Criticisms of the way our economy functions will be taken as an attack on capitalism and property itself, by both those who hate those things and those who esteem them. I don't know of a succinct way to explain that while capitalism is necessary unless you want a half-starved populace without sufficient shelter or medicine, capitalism by itself will not magically transform a society into a moral one. I think that most readers of the monarchist blogosphere will understand this without my explaining in tedious detail, but not many others will. And, of course, those on the left have no comprehension of the fact that capitalism is swiftly vanishing from this continent. I have seen left-wing journalists write, in all sincerity, that "a little more government oversight" would have prevented the recent financial crisis. Um, no.

Focus your criticism on the elected form of government and nearly everyone currently alive, regardless of their nation, will be uncomprehending. History textbooks carefully gloss over the armed aggression by which America and the Soviet Union both forced elections upon Europe and Japan, and how America used military force to help deprive other New World nations of their rightful European sovereigns. That is why, when my other obligations ease a little, I am going to write that series of essays I've occasionally threatened, in which I detail how every country in the world lost its monarchs. Most Americans have no idea that Woodrow Wilson is to blame for much of the "democracy" in the world. Most people of all nations believe that the world just naturally became democratic as we ascended to our current dizzying height of enlightenment. This is on a par with late nineteenth-century books which blithely state that the world has outgrown war. (Also late twentieth-century books which blithely state that the world has outgrown war.)

When I criticize my beloved country, do not take me for one of them. In the words of Confucius, "One cannot be loyal to the sovereign without admonishing him."


MadMonarchist said...

It seems to be common, inside the US and outside the US that a great many think there are only two possible options: America is absolutely blameless or America is guilty of everything.

ZAROVE said...

I have the same problem as you. People have no actual understanding of my politician leanings, and assume I'm either hard left, or else insane. My overall values conflict with the died-in-the-wool American conservatives, because they tend to look with fondness on the American Founding Fathers and Revolution, that I claim was a mistake, leading them to, ironically, place me in the liberal category. This is Ironic since the left is far more interested in Revolutionaries and praises societies based on the abolition of class systems and traditional values, which I obviously fight for. I can't be liberal, and cant be on the left, simply because I don't want to see a workers revolution that ends the existence of a capitalist upper class. I want to revert back to having an aristocratic upper class, and focus on family values, tradition, and duty, which are considered conservative. I simply don't think elections and voting for our leaders yields us a good selection of leaders or is particularly wise as a form of Governance.

As a Monarchist and American myself, I understand the confusion, and it is precisely because of the veneration of "Our Founding Fathers" and how we link this to the conservative cause, and anything critical of them is linked to the left which without fail hates America, blames America with all the evil in the world, and seeks a peoples socialist republic.

I don't want America turned into a radical leftist dictatorship though. I just don't want it transformed into a rightest one either.

People have hard time grasping this though because Humans are surprisingly Binary. In the past we'd have been on one side and they the other. Loyalist VS Patriot, or more generally Monarchist VS Republican.

Nowadays, everyone has embraced Democracy and its a settled matter, and so its Conservative VS Liberal, with no alternative. As Humans we tend to divide things into easy, even categories and see things as two sided, as this makes it easier to understand the issues, by placing things in two camps. When somethings doesn't fit into those categories, its just not well understood.

I know this is cold comfort, but I am with you on this.

Also, sorry for not often responding. College calls.