Cognitive dissonance regarding ‘globalism’

I first heard the term “globalism” when I was in college in the early 80s. I was still very nationalistic in my outlook on the world and I saw lots of us-es and thems. And there were always so many more thems than us-es. It was 30 years ago. I wasn’t as free-thinking as I am now, and I have a long way to go. I bring up September 11th a lot because I see it as the single most significant turning point in world history since the BOMB. That’s how I view it. Others may see things much differently.

Growing up in the 70s we talked about “the year 2000” as this grand trip to a theme park of the future. It was supposed to be sort of a Jetsons ride at Disneyland. So when we got there we were in the recession from the 90s tech bubble and trying to regain the footing when WHAM. Then three buildings, a massive debris cloud, and 3 planes later we were chasing boogeymen in the desert and being fed truth, half truth, no truth, and their opposites about it all.

So coming up on 15 years after it all began I have to say I’m disappointed in the 21st century. I grew up expecting much better.

World_Map_Illustration_RabinkyArtThis is artist Maria Rabinky’s vision of it. Everyone’s perception is going to be different, but the way I saw the years we’re in now was something like this. A world of free and fair trade. Our social and economic issues being handled in a compassionate and equitable manner. And war a thing of the past. Instead of that, there’s Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, and now Syria. And the empire marches on.

afghanwarWhen I say cognitive dissonance regarding globalism, I mean that we’ve all been force-fed a dark and unpalatable version of the global village. We’re able to trade, sort of, and the world is a global LZ as far as empire is concerned. Will it, and when will it end? Not this century, and not for a number of generations.

What’s happening should be unpalatable. And it is to many. But humans have a curious ability to adapt to adversity. It allows us to survive but also has us tolerating way too much that we should throw off. Our answers are within. There is no savior coming to scoop everyone up and reset the world. It’s a cute idea on one level. But this is the life we have. Ideas about before and after are nothing but speculation. We have to take care of each other. Keep informing and encouraging one another. We have to reset ourselves. Eventually a generation will grow up that won’t buy the bulk of the anti-intellectual gruel from the so-called “leaders.”


Not in my name

I can’t fly. So I decided to quit parroting and think for my self.

This started out as a discussion of a few thoughts about nationalism in America. Then as I thought more about it, I realized I used to be one. I was an unquestioning nationalistic Republican for nearly twenty years and during that time I was also an evangelical Christian. I am no longer either. When I was younger I was quite susceptible to ideas without giving them much consideration. I suspect I am not alone in that. In late 1979 HeyIranwhen the hostage situation happened, posters, flyers, bumperstickers, and buttons featuring Mickey Mouse giving the finger, the American flag, and the words, “HEY IRAN!” were peppered across the country. I was a junior in high school then and we passed around those flyers for days. One of our history teachers had done some study of the situation and background, and he gave us a special lecture on it. We didn’t listen. Our heads were full of “They can’t do that to us! We’re America!” Then we moved on. And Lennon got shot, and Carter lost the 1980 election to Reagan, and Reagan got shot, and Sadat got shot, and so forth.

The point is, I didn’t learn anything for a long, long time. For years I kept supporting what I was supposed to support, opposing what I was supposed to oppose, getting angry when I was supposed to be, not thinking, and not questioning. 9/11 and the beginning of the Iraq war in 2003 helped start to break the spell. It’s taken several years and there are still little bits and pieces, thoughts and ideas that come up to be dealt with. Brainwashing and propaganda. It’s like dealing with a hex that is also a cancer. Cancers have a habit of metastasizing. They go into remission, and pop up somewhere else. I will probably be searching, researching, rethinking, and reexamining my beliefs and philosophy for the rest of my life. People who follow alternative media use the word ‘Awake’ quite a bit. Well I’m ‘awake,’ but I have a habit of nodding off from time to time.

My nationalism exists/-ed in the form of right-wing conservatism, which I adopted from spending a lot of time around folks in the Republican Party in, and after college. I believed we were the good guys…that our cause was right…that I was casting God’s vote when I went to the polls. I don’t think that way anymore, for the most part. But as I said a minute ago, it has a cancer-like quality to it. There are little things that come up and I have to deal with them.

American nationalists don’t like having our meddling in the affairs of other nations referred to as imperialism. They like to think that whatever our soldiers are being sent to do in these countries is some sort of mission from God. It’s as though we’re Israelites being sent to wipe out the Amalekites or some other ‘-ites’ in the Old Testament. Yes, the situations are “more complicated” than that, but I’m talking about the overall attitudes towards the policies, not their details. I’ve even heard religious radio hosts say that the reason we have been ‘successful’ in our ‘campaigns’ is because “God is on our side.” It’s really nothing more than religious, nationalistic jingoism. The ‘Warrior Christ’ whom many think leads our troops into battle does not exist.

President Bush wanted to attack Iran. He talked about it during his second term and possibly earlier than that, saying that ‘we don’t even want them to have the knowledge’ of how to enrich uranium or design warheads. As we’ve moved further beyond his presidency, and as a few of the un-reneged Obama promises have started to take shape, i.e. troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan, the nationalists have become more aggressive regarding Iran. Now the logic, such as it is, is never consistent regarding a country developing nuclear technology. We didn’t attack Pakistan or India when they developed nukes. There was no talk about blowing up enrichment facilities or my personal favorite, turning their countries into sheets of glass.

You would think, from listening to nationalist rhetoric, that every person in any of the countries we’ve attacked is personally guilty of what their governments are doing, and that’s probably what they really think. If you point out how Kermit Roosevelt, a relative of FDR, was a card-carrying agent of the CIA and worked in the early 1950s to overthrow the recently popularly elected Iranian prime minister Mohammad Mossadegh, and that maybe that and the flow of the oil dollars away from the Iranian people might have something to do with how many there feel about America, nationalists don’t want to hear it. They don’t want to hear criticism of any kind. We’re not to question. There is to be no dissent. They refer to it as “bashing” America. Pointing out mistakes isn’t bashing. Its purpose is to encourage some humility so that the person or group will stop making the errors.

Whenever we’ve moved into a country and are told that we’re ‘spreading democracy,’ I’ve said, “It’s their country!” That’s because I’ve come to believe in the sovereignty of other nations. I do not support the imperialist and interventionist policies of the United States, nor do I support the wars and occupations. Whatever actions the politicians take, whether it is in Iran, Syria, or in whatever other countries are on the globalists’ checklists, it is not being done in my name, even if all I can do is to state that, even if money regularly comes out of my checks to pay for it.

Bring our people home.

I really thought the creativity of these scams had reached its limit…

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I’m not a total pessimist but there are enough people in this country that someone will fall for it.