Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Anarchy in the U.S.A.

Anarchy has always been an essential streak in the American psyche, and the verity that it’s fading may be the strongest evidence yet that our country needs stimulation.

Does that statement surprise you? Did you write off all of these words as some romanticized, populist tribute to nationalism and xenophobia? I could understand if you have – between the haughty subtitle and my omnipotent soldierisms, that reaction is probably an inevitability. And yet …

Like most good patriots, I have an anarchist in me aching to blow up something, anything, that can be described as important, historical, or even remotely attractive. I believe that’s the Minuteman in us lashing out – part of us hates any person, ideology, or institution that would ever dare impose on the most beautiful of concepts: liberty. Thomas Jefferson famously stated that every generation needs a new revolution, and while that might get expensive, we’d at least maintain our freedoms. (If only through continued relenting of them followed by continued rediscovery of them.)

But I’m no Nihilist; I know there are essential truths and base morals, even if they do take a lot of suffering and anguish to find and comprehend them. Furthermore, just because I understand the temptations of anarchy doesn’t mean I’d ever advocate it. It’s really more than unrealistic, it’s silly. This isn’t some small Incan village, or some town hall in Vermont. We’re the most powerful industrial nation in a world continually devoted to globalism. No government at all? No power or control at all? Replace your “u” with “dys,” and now add in the “topia.” Have you people ever seen Mad Max? We’d all be trapped in a landscape where the Latin Kings, the Italian Mob, and Pacman Jones’ entourage engaged in shootouts over the wave pool at water adventure theme parks. Not a good place to be, and don’t get me started on what that would do your local Krispy Kreme franchise.

Tyranny continues to be an ever-present threat, though. Only an active and politically-conscious citizenry can combat it, and anarchic tendencies of disengagement is the ultimate trump card for those on the side of liberty and freedom. Viva la Revolutionaries, if not the Revolution itself – history can only handle so many fights at a time. The Revolutionary can’t help when and where he is and isn’t born. There’s always a fight worth fighting, whether it’s pure in nature or not. Our grandparents had such an overwhelmingly clear and just cause to fight in World War II, that Americans tend to measure all causes by that impossibly translucent calling. History shows us that causes are hardly ever that obvious. Nothing since has been, at least. So it’s up to the individual to make do with what history yields him or her, and seek out something noble in an otherwise ignoble world.

Did I really just reference Thomas Jefferson, Mad Max, and the Latin Kings in the same rambling expose with a subject matter of anarchy?

Huh. I may need a beer.

8 comments:

grabmyattention said...

agreed. i've thought about all that, too, but instead of the Latin Kings, I had a vision of the Crips and the Blood running different sections of America.

Eric said...

Very interesting LT. I believe I will keep an eye on your blog.

Stay safe.

Hope said...

Dear wonderful young man,

To quote Senator Obama tonight, after "losing" to Senator Clinton by three percentage points: "YES, WE CAN!"

CPT said...

You "few, [you] happy few, [you] band of brothers...[And others]Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here, And hold their manhoods cheap.."

You and your men are noble.

Anonymous said...

You and Cpt are right. You write: "So it's up to the individual to make do with what history yields him or her, and seek out something noble in an otherwise ignoble world." Cpt quotes King Henry's speech "And gentlemen in England now a-bed, Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here, And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks, That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day." Do any of us know the true nobleness of the battle of Crispin of which he speaks? Would the basis of such battle withstand scrutiny? Or, is it, as you say, merely the nobility of the "few", the "happy few", the "band of brothers" that is of lasting importance? Keep on finding that "something noble in an otherwise ignoble world" Lt. And bless you and your brothers.

David M said...

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Anonymous said...

An intelligent and elegant rebuttal, Lt G.

BrianFH said...

That would be "Viva los ...". But the idealization of WWII needs a bit of tempering. You should look at the intensity of the anti-war, even pro-Nazi sentiment, in the US prior to FDR et al. leveraging the Pearl Harbor attack into a declaration on Japan, and then Germany's foolhardy declaration of war on the U.S. FDR et al. had done as much as they could finagle past Congress to support the Brits, but it was looking iffy. The public refused to be inspired enough to pitch in, regardless of the imminent risk of takeover of the entirety of Europe by Nazism.

The clarity came later, even retrospectively, I think.