By elephant84, May 27 2016 01:11PM
Romanticising the past is a common trait among those that consider themselves patriotic. The desire to get back to the good old days conjures feelings of warmth. Oddly enough the cultural institutions that have lasted for centuries some how retain a reassuring unblemished consistency. A link to a better time. The idea prevailing that without them life would be meaningless and if we empower them more than that time will come again.
The reason why social movements have had to fight in Britain is because life has been made shit for people by the property moneyed owning class. The Crown would murder 12 year old children or exile them to another land for steeling. It had been a time of conscription where boys were trained and armed to kill. Holding people at gunpoint to violently take land in the name of the Crown. Where women were traded as property of men. Where the church would be working hand in hand with Crown "authorities" to kill and recondition people in those lands in order to eradicate their relationship with the environment that was their home. Church and Crown participating in what is now known as Genocide for centuries. Only apologising once the gain has been made and crime largely wiped out of collective memory. Though it still goes on today. All those minerals and oil still under their control. Feeding an economy. Whole peoples destroyed whose offence was existing without the institutions permition. Wealth and land passed down through generations based on that acitivity. Institutions spread and planted having taken root all over the globe.
To this day the network of exploitation/slavery of the "developing" world creates the products for consumption for the "developed" world. A rough guide to the hierachy of the world order expressed in currency strength. The circulation of currency of countries worldwide gets siphoned into the Crown dependencies and other tax havens. "Developing" governments reliant on loans set up by institutions that were created by the colonial countries central banks. All Gods will accrding to the popular conditioned British myth. We will just ignore the pissing all over the teachings of their declared inspiration Jesus Christ.
What are people after when they romanticise about a time that Britain was proudly British?
A number of times I have asked this question and heard this question asked when people get misty eyed. It creates a space in the imagination that gives an aim, a purpose. It can feel good. A positive identity. Often we hate our selves for not being our idea of perfect and look for something that says we are acceptable. Life can feel lonely. An imaginative landscape is conjured that makes people feel a bit peaceful, relieved from the relentless mundane, infuriating, painful, confusing, joyful experience that is consciousness. On a level I can understand the desire to belong, to be part of the club. The adversarial-ism bred by disgust at those that are not like us is addictive and something we connect with other people over.
It makes us feel like we are winning on the grand chessboard? Winning what though? The game of megalomania? Are people holding the worlds population to ransom with nukes the saviors of civilisation? They are decendents of the same cultures that instigated world wars killing millions.
This is convenient for the domineering cultures because they then have a recruiting ground of protectorates of the symbols of that culture. The royalty, pound and the flag. The imaginative framework constructed in song, sports, tv/radio programming, theatre, film, even road signs and names of buildings. It ultimately boils down to the idea of superiority. The superior are stronger, wiser, experienced, profound. The creators of all that's good, the innovators.
The followers pay homage in coin, time and life. In the exchange for loyalty the subject is relieved of the burden of responsibility of their actions. The divine people knows best in its sacred duty plus they create the money and distribute it. Leave it to the officials and professionals. There is no need to question just be vigilant against threats to that social order. To question that order is to betray your own kind. To betray your own kind should be punished in order to maintain the order and avoid the unthinkable. Thus the accumulated wealth of people higher up in that order do not have to insist on its protection and can detach themselves from any harms they wish in pursuit of gaining more. Patriotism will see to that and so will the law.
Do you not see how the Crown culture had declared people as enemies at the time of their emergence then embrace the icon of their enemy later on? Suffragettes, Ghandhi and Mandela. Have we been wasting our lives trying to correct the wrongs of those who will take everything for themselves, by leaving them in power? Have we spent too much time nudging them in the right direction instead of just talking to each other? They were wrong on race superiority, they were wrong on slavery, they are wrong on nuclear weapons, they are wrong on debt, they are wrong on the environment. Under the stewardship of such a dominant culture we are in environmental decline and there are those that would see it accelerated for their wealth accumulation. They are prepared to poison the air, land and water. Which means you and others in your community.
Perhaps it is time we accept the Queen is no longer Gods chosen. That the reverence is a cynical lie to control people and used to excuse and whitewash all the harmful behaviours in the violent accumulation of wealth, resource and land for those classed as "owners". How much has that held progress back? Where the "owners" piorities have completely fucked over the majority of people.
In popular culture there is a lack of apreciation that there were movements fighting for empowerment "one man one vote" for hundreds of years before it came about. People classed as slaves were figting for freedom long before the Crown lost control and decided it would change the classification of those people from slave to subject. Still under the ownership of the Crown I might add. The word stock is how Ian The Murderer of Disabled Duncan Smith famously desribed the people who were on benefits. Whose stock?
Can we really wait that long now to adapt in the age of mass pollution and nuclear arms? What prick believes they have the right to destroy so many lives in one go in the first place?
Perhaps we may be able to prioritise other things if we were to replace the warped priorities of the Crown governance culture with ones that are actually respectful to the sacredness of life.