Sunday, February 8, 2015
A good American is someone whose emotive responses to the names of characters in the international American drama (e.g., Putin, Israel, Ukraine), on a scale from us ("if you so much as harm a hair on that child's head...") to them ("destroy it like Babylon"), reliably covary with those characters' portrayal in American media as innocent victims (or other good-by-definition notions) or monstrous killers thereof (or other bad-by-definition notions). Whether those characters are portrayed as innocent victims or monstrous killers thereof reliably covaries with American geopolitical interests, as determined by a handful of higher-ups in the empire business, which, as a feature, not a bug, kills innocent victims. American geopolitical interests are determined by who has what, who helps who get what, who stands in the way of who (and to hell with whom) trying to get what, and so on. They are not in any way the product of an assessment of who does what violent thing to who to get what and how often, with virtue on the side of non-violence and villainy on the side of violence, where the most violent humans are assessed villain points so that steps may be taken to reduce the amount of violence they carry out. No, geopolitical interests are not that. Not even a little bit. Not even the hypothetical space between your preferred political party and its rival. A good American does what's best for America, as determined by a handful of actors that no one, not even their own mothers, trusts, and whose every known behavior suggests a desire to redistribute the whats of the empire business, which, as a feature, not a bug, kills innocents, to themselves. A good American supports the killing of innocents so that a small group of professional wealth redistributors can take what from who and pass it back to...who else? A good American opposes the killing of innocents, and may anyone who touches a hair on that beautiful child's head suffer the wrath of God. A good American supports the slaughter of innocents, and may anyone who opposes the slaughter of innocents suffer the wrath of God.