I. Every Organization has a Wheel of Life
I have never thought of myself as a patriot. Nation-states are mythologies and governing has legitimacy only to the extent that it is rational. Every organization, including the nation-state, operates within a set of rules and may remain intact only until it bends those rules to breaking. After that, an organization then ceases to function; it loses utility and either withers away or is destroyed. The myths that underpin the abstract existence of nations are provocations to ensure deference for organized power and wealth. The many myths of a nation are particular, corny, and tiresome over time. Like paper puppets reused generation after generation, they become fragile and faded, showing the signs of the inevitable decline and breakdown of the nation that cannot adapt, a stagnant system cannot be sustained.
Patriotic myth in the United States can be as clownish as Uncle Sam, which has become a frightening caricature, or even Donald Trump, who is a sort of living icon of everything Americans would otherwise be ashamed of. But myths are also ideas and legends, such as the one that the United States is agreeably a ‘free’ country, and that while some other countries may also be ‘free,’ the United States is uniquely free. While that notion alone is impossible to understand and means nothing, it is however quite possible for freedom to exist within the United States. There is no contradiction in that reality, although its maintenance depends upon diligence that has nothing whatsoever to do with the myth. There is no nation, as nations are currently organized, that can guarantee freedom. It remains an irony that thought and work toward a political evolution in which only freedom could guarantee organizational stability at a national level is dismissed as utopian and unrealistic while the mere myth that the United States was founded on freedom is displayed among the nation’s pagan charms as the center.
Nation-states, as we state above are merely organizations like any other, and the governing body of a nation is always formed through coalitions and deal cutting, some of which is public but most of which is hidden. Rules define the purpose and efficacy of organizations and lack of visibility in adherence to rules leads either to flexibility and greater efficiency in promotion of its mission or to its corruption, sabotaging the organization itself and if left unchecked eventually destroys it. The myths that gave rise to an abstract and sentimental nationalism that used to define an ‘America’ both romantic and brutal are quite incomprehensible today. Our national conscience is dead; much of the nation trudges imperceptibly on the vapors of hope that are in tandem to coping against the dread of a portending collapse. The only real way to be happy and American these days, I would think, is to see yourself in the role of rebuilding and recreating the nation. As a reorganizer.
II. Deception Within the Constitution
No constitution lasts forever, and the United States Constitution has nevertheless lasted a very long time compared to most. The great Achille’s Heel to the Constitution is of course that it has no significant provisions for or laws constricting banks, cash, corporations, financial arrangements, foreign trade, or charters. I suppose that makes sense as it was drafted by landowners and capitalist financiers who would not have wanted any conditions imposed upon the financial freedom and powers they had already established through revolution. In essence, the constitution was drawn up as a military treaty amongst the leaders of loosely confederated states to ensure a safe territory for the exchange of land, goods, and labor, mostly indentured labor drawn from the landless American peasantry in addition to chattel slave labor. In any case, in the 1790s, very few Americans were in actuality free. When you think of the Constitution and the first thing that comes to your mind is the Bill of Rights, be aware that the creators of that Addendum were successful in a purpose that was nefarious to the document’s outward nobility. The Bill of Rights placates and lulls the public with lofty promises but without forcing the government to uphold them. In other words, the Bill of Rights was written for the class that created it, not for the common people. But the aristocrats were indeed afraid of the common rebels, and so hoped that the landless would think the privileges were meant for them as well. And for the most part, the ploy has been successful to this very day. An adaption of liberty and emancipation compiled from pieces from the Enlightenment, the Bill of Rights is lauded as evolutionary progress in liberty but is on inspection vague enough to accommodate any economic injustice or coercion deemed expedient to maintain the status of the rich.
Our federal constitution is mostly a charter for international business profiteering. It protects investment, trade, and its defense provisions protect
Nations are organizations that have logistical realities too that are not mythological at all and are very much responsive to and in adherence to a logical system. When that system is violated we call that corruption. In my lifetime, which included Watergate and the end of the Cold War, the rise of corruption to the point of threatening our national existence has never been this high.