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The Books

Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World
Base Nation

How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World
by David Vine

No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes by Anand Gopal
No Good Men Among the Living

America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes
by Anand Gopal

Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country by Andrew J. Bacevich
Breach of Trust

How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country
by Andrew J. Bacevich

Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire by Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian
Power Systems

Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire
by Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian

Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam by Nick Turse
Kill Anything That Moves

The Real American War in Vietnam
by Nick Turse

We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People by Peter Van Buren
We Meant Well

How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People
by Peter Van Buren

Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War by Andrew BacevichWashington Rules
America's Path to Permanent War
by Andrew Bacevich


Dismantling The Empire: America's Last Best Hope by Chalmers JohnsonDismantling The Empire
America's Last Best Hope
by Chalmers Johnson


The Limits Of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism by Andrew Bacevich
The Limits Of Power

The End of American Exceptionalism
by Andrew Bacevich


Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World by Noam Chomsky
Imperial Ambitions

Conversations on the Post-9/11 World
by Noam Chomsky


Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism by Greg Grandin
Empire's Workshop

Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism
by Greg Grandin

A Question Of Torture: CIA Interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on Terror by Alfred McCoy
A Question of Torture

CIA Interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on Terror
by Alfred McCoy

Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Petroleum Dependency by Michael Klare
Blood and Oil

The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Petroleum Dependency
by Michael T. Klare

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July 08, 2015

Comments

As George Carlin said, "flags are symbols, and symbols are for the symbol minded".

This Confederate flag routine is just that, a routine. It's like being forced to watch the same lame Christmas play every year, it's just stupid and it sucks. liberals and Conservatives just love repetitive mindless conflict, the kind of conflict that a person can pour their entire heart into without a drop of thought.

This kind of stupid shouldn't be a surprise in a country that gleefully forces it's children to pledge their allegiance to a flag though. Making children who barely grasp what they're being forced to participate in at best, and pledge their allegiance to anything is as tacky as it is shameful. But an allegiance not to lofty principals or the Constitution or the like, but to a flag? Shit, why not a can of soup? I'll tell you why not, because the same two groups wrangling over the Confederate flag this month will be getting heated over whether or not the word "God" should appear in that very pledge next month. If it aint broke....

What I find truly fascinating is that while the Confederate flags history and various associations seems to be a well researched and an often queried topic with ample material available, there is an astounding lack of historical interest in the "so called" American flag. I say "so called" because America is a continent and not a country. It's not fair to associate Brazil or Canada with acts committed under the flag of the United States. The hippocracy (I spell it my way) of those expressing outrage at the use of the Confederate flag, while standing under the "Stars and Stripes" can only be rivaled by those who wave both flags in defense of freedom. But this hippocracy isn't apparent apparently.

Slavery was an industry grown and managed by the federal government, generating piles of revenue under the banner called the "Stars and Stripes". And you want to talk about some ugly roots, how about a false history taught in schools across the country about the origins of the flag of the United States to cover it's true origins. Wouldn't that make for an interesting story? The Betsy Ross fable, and the fact that the flag was not the creative product of a wealthy Philadelphia socialite, but in fact descends from the British East India Company. A flag which descended to the East India Company from the Knights Templar? All one has to do is find an illustration of a Templar ship at sail to see this is a fact. Thus the crusades in the mid-east, both ancient and modern, have been waged under the same flag. A story about the more specific designation "Old Glory" once held, that of the "war flag", it's primary use throughout the nineteenth century. It was a flag of military causes. The federal government actually had a civilian flag that was used by non-military agencies up until around 1900. It was quite different looking, not that it matters. It's still just a dumb flag. And a flag is a symbol, symbolic of ambiguity, to be interpreted according to the needs of an agenda, the false pride supplied by heritage, or the countless unique perspectives of others who gaze upon these colorful rectangles yet cannot see them for what they truly are.

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