Monday, July 04, 2016

What's a Patriot to Do?

I was thinking about Born on the Fourth of July. I did not react well to the depiction of Ron Kovic (played by Tom Cruise) the first few times of watching the movie. His suffering seemed to be expressed as self-indulgent whining. As I've gotten older, I've come to sympathize with him a bit more; he lost much after being duped into imperialism, not patriotism, and his loss was sufficient to provoke a crisis of faith (he seems to have rejected his Catholicism) as a part of existential crisis. Did he ever return to the Catholic faith? Does he offer a solution to war that is not statist? If it is not statist, is it more like an alternative (or false) religion or spirituality with a utopian vision of humanity?

‘Born on the 4th of July,’ Ron Kovic’s Searing Vietnam Memoir Turns 40
‘Born on the Fourth of July’ vet’s account disputed by comrades

If patriotism requires localism and a true community, then violence may be needed to protect the community -- are more wars likely if the number of self-ruling communities is increased? Even if that were the case, would these wars reach the scale of war-making attained by the industrialized nation-states of the 20th century?

VD: What Independence Day
For the fourth of July let’s mourn the Constitution. It’s dying.
American Counter-Revolution by Clyde Wilson
The Fourth Of July Is Beloved Of Americans–But Not All “Citizens” Think Of Themselves That Way
The Virginia Ratifying Convention and the Birth of the Tenth Amendment

No comments: