patriotism

Why do we pledge allegiance to a flag, ignoring the Founders’ instructions?

Summary:  We need to return to basics in order to reform America. Devising complex technocratic solutions are a snare and dead end, building castles in the sky while the 1% gain strength.  We need to return to the fundamentals of the American project, both the symbolic and conceptual designs. Today we look at the Pledge, …

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Poetic patriotic propaganda, suitable for humming while being stripped of your liberties

Summary:  The 17+ thousand comments on the FM website are a window into the thinking of America.  An astonishingly high fraction reflect the intense indoctrination to which we’ve been subject during the past few decades from both the Left and Right.  Many appear to be credulous consumers of lies. A few, too many, come from conservatives who seem …

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A small incident that tells much about America – a flag gets lowered in a classroom!

Summary:  This is a picture of America today, a snapshot of why we might be a nation in decline.  It’s a small incident, but typical of so much that takes place today — many times per month (week?  day?) around the nation.  Perhaps above all, it is about adults acting as children. (1)  On August 29 a right-wing …

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