Redefining Patriotism for a World of Corrupt Nation States


March 8, 2017

Redefining Patriotism for a World of Corrupt Nation States

by Gary ‘Z’ McGee*

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“…there is perhaps no more blindly allegiant a patriot in the world than the United States American patriot. Born and bred in a nation that conditions its members into believing that plutocratic oligarchy disguised as horizontal democracy is the be-all-end-all of human governance.–Gary ‘Z’McGee

http://www.wakingtimes.com/2017/03/06/redefining-patriotism-world-corrupt-nation-states/

“Every transformation demands as it’s precondition the ending of a world, the collapse of an old philosophy of life.” ~Carl Jung

Webster’s Dictionary defines patriot as: “One who loves and defends his or her country.”

But why should we as progressive, evolving creatures, limit ourselves to such a myopic definition? Why not expand the concept into something less xenophobic and more cosmopolitan? Why not transform ourselves into worldly patriots along with an ever-expanding, deeply connected, interdependent world; rather than limit ourselves to stagnant statism with its outdated nationalism and parochial values?

There are no easy answers. It’s human nature to be patriotic to a place/tribe/nation-state. The problem is blind patriotism begets cultural conditioning begets statist propaganda and brainwashing, and vice versa. And when the state is corrupt, as almost every state is, patriotism becomes a redundancy: a confederacy of dunces, at best, and an eye-for-an-eye, at worst. But, as Gandhi said, “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.”

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And here we are, a world divided by unhealthy, overreaching, unsustainable, greedy nation states that have the majority of us at each other’s throat. Something has got to give.

The Statist Patriot

“The price of apathy toward public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” ~ Plato

The problem with the statist patriot, whether blind or not, is their allegiance to the state. And there is perhaps no more blindly allegiant a patriot in the world than the United States American patriot. Born and bred in a nation that conditions its members into believing that plutocratic oligarchy disguised as horizontal democracy is the be-all-end-all of human governance. The only chance for the brainwashed American is to dig down deep into the revolutionary roots that his nation was founded on in the first place, and then begin questioning the validity of the system. But patriotism can be blinding because it affects both the ego and the soul. It affects the ego through pride. It effects the soul through love.

We’re conditioned to be prideful in our nation’s accomplishments and to turn an eye of indifference toward its mistakes. We’re taught to love our country, our flag, our civic duties, even at the expense of other nations, the poor, and the environment. Patriotism becomes a default mechanism, a crutch that we lean on in order to get through the day with our guilt assuaged and our xenophobia intact.

The only glaring problem being that such patriotism becomes a tool for the overreaching, tyrannical, powers that be to maintain their power by keeping everyone else allegiant rather than divergent to the ways in which they rule. And to keep wars between nations as profitable endeavors. But as Derrick Jensen points out, “Those in power rule by force, and the sooner we break ourselves of the illusion to the contrary, the sooner we can at least begin to make reasonable decisions about whether, when, and how we are going to resist.”

One cannot resist, let alone make reasonable decisions, from a state of blind patriotism. It is only by redefining patriotism itself, by launching oneself into a state of interdependence and interconnectedness with the world, that one can finally see beyond conditioned pride and feel the blossoming of the soul that goes beyond the egoic self and beyond the prideful citizen and into a state of self-as-world and world-as-self into the self-overcoming of the world-patriot that breaks through the conditioning of the state.

The Worldly Patriot

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” ~ Helen Keller

A worldly patriot is a deconditioned statist patriot, an interdependent force that has grown beyond its codependent state. The worldly patriot has unwashed the brainwash of statist propaganda and emerged with a clear perspective that can see how everything is connected. The worldly patriot is neither blinded by pride nor love, but it is, rather, bolstered and emboldened by both, which gives him/her the courage to adapt and overcome within an ever-changing world.

Cosmopolitan and open-minded, worldly patriots have risen above the bigotry and xenophobia that was instilled into them by statist patriotism, and transformed it into compassion and empathy. They have seen through “The Great Lie,” and realize that the only chance for the survival of our species is to adopt a horizontal democracy void of masters and rulers, lest the entire system consume itself. They see how borders are imaginary lines drawn in the sand which the statist patriot has tricked himself into believing in, due to statist brainwashing. It’s a cartoon in the brain, shoved down our throats by a xenophobic system caught up in its antiquated ideals and outdated reasoning.

Worldly patriots are able to rise above the ignorance and myopia of the statist disposition and see how history reveals that the natural, progressive, and evolutionary force of our species has always been one of global migration, and no amount of petty man-made laws or make-believe borders will ever stop such a force. It may be slowed down in the short-run, using violence and immoral laws through the monopoly on force, but in the long run, immigration is a cosmic law that will always trump the man-made laws of nation states.

Worldly patriots have the courage to redefine patriotism itself. Their love for their country is subsumed by the far superior love for their planet. They have also transferred the defense of their country to the defense of the world as a growing, interdependent, cohesive organism. For them, the self-as-world has emerged as a force of nature that will fight, not only for the survival of the species, but for the survival and health of the environment.

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Then I am your Homre, El Che. “Hasta la victoria siempre!” (“Until Victory, Always!”)–Din Merican

When the laws of a nation-state are moral and just, the worldly patriot follows them. When they are not moral and just, the worldly patriot breaks them. This is because the worldly patriot has become a self-ruling, self-overcoming, moral (amoral) agent unto his/herself. The worldly patriot can see through the nationalism that blinds the statist patriot, and, for that reason, is a forerunner in regards to the healthy and progressive evolution of the species.

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At the end of the day, the more aware we become the less likely we are to remain blind patriots of the state, and the more likely we are to become worldly patriots united in solidarity against tyranny. And once we become aware of the outright tyranny of the state, a question of courageous action or cowardly indifference becomes the thing. And as Einstein himself said, “Those who have the privilege to know, have the duty to act.” And now you know.

About the Author

*Gary ‘Z’ McGee, a former Navy Intelligence Specialist turned philosopher, whose works are inspired by the great philosophers of the ages and his wide awake view of the modern world.

 

6 thoughts on “Redefining Patriotism for a World of Corrupt Nation States

  1. We in Malaysia are screwed up patriots;we take things lying down. That is why Najib is having one hell of a good time because we are indifferent. The sad truth is that we know. As Einstein himself said, “Those who have the privilege to know, have the duty to act.” Since we don’t act, we are real suckers. CLF and Conrad, I am sure you something to day on this.–Din Merican

  2. Wah liow.., just learned 2 new terms – Statist and Worldly Patriot!
    I’d rather the Worldly be changed to Universal? But i digress..

    The simple difference is that the former is a legalistic, narrow minded, literal nincompoop who can’t see beyond his alimentary and genital tract. Brittle, parochial inbreds and really nasty.

    The latter, idealize whatever jingoism serves them best and starts to generalize ‘justice and morals’ so much until they become anarchic. At extremis, they devolve into mush because they just can’t decide.

    I’m neither – just a Patriot who happens to be a Malaysian Non. Kinda nihilistic, ain’t it?

  3. “…there is perhaps no more blindly allegiant a patriot in the world than the United States American patriot. Born and bred in a nation that conditions its members into believing that plutocratic oligarchy disguised as horizontal democracy is the be-all-end-all of human governance.”–Gary ‘Z’McGee

    The United States administers a global empire. Our government lying to us that we stood for democracy, freedom, and independence of nations worldwide. Majority of us citizens refused to critically examine our government out of patriotism. We acted in defiance of the founding fathers of our nation who distrusted the power of government, who realized that small acts of terrorism, which existed then as now, were nothing compared to the potential for tyranny from those who wield governmental powers.

    Most of us thought that patriotism meant blind faith in the pronouncements of our leaders, even when the public statements of the presidents from Truman onward were shown by a few decent and honest critics in this country to be one lie after another. They told us we stood for “democracy” against the “evil empire” of the Soviet Union. People wanted to be patriotic and believe the lies. Meanwhile our government secretly overthrew the democratic governments in Iran in 1953, Guatemala in 1954, carpet bombed Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia in the 1960s and 70s, helped install a dictator in Indonesia in 1965, overthrew the democratic government of Chile in 1973 and destroyed the democratic government of Nicaragua with a terrorist army based in Honduras in the 1980s. The list goes on and on, and any informed, honest citizen will be well aware of it.

    Such blind patriotism destroys democracy and corrupts the people who blindly follow the corrupt and deceitful leaders. Today, we reap the whirlwind, the consequences of our trashing the vision of the founding fathers. For today, our leaders openly act on the truth that the United States runs a brutal, world-wide empire based on the immense military might of the Pentagon and the immense domination of our multinational corporations over the global economy. Our government does not even try to cover up its lies. It simply makes all its lies “top secret” from public record. It openly censors and suppresses the truth, and we do not care because our patriotism has corrupted us to this sorry extent. They know they can count on the loyalty of the majority of the nation who are willingly co-opted by the thinnest and most transparent tissue of lies. We openly invade sovereign nations, ignoring the United Nations and world opinion. We led NATO to do this to Yugoslavia in 1998. We bombed the towns and villages of Afghanistan. We openly invaded, conquered, and established a military dictatorship in Iraq in defiance of world opinion and the United Nations, and we have since been fighting war after war in the Middle East.

    Democracy has its moral basis in truth, tolerance, freedom, and respect for human dignity. These are all universal values. If we are loyal to these universal values, then we cannot at the same time be blindly loyal to one government or nation. We corrupted ourselves with our blind patriotism to the point where patriotism today most often means openly supporting the empire under self-serving lies, the oppression of freedom worldwide, global economic exploitation and domination, and even the suppression of freedom at home.

    Those honest people who believe in universal values should not attempt to redefine “patriotism” so that it looks as if holding universal values is what is “really” patriotic. We need to repudiate that term. Decent and honest people resist the empire out of universal moral values, out of justice, not out of patriotism. It is universal values like justice and compassion that make us human. Patriotism only divides us from our suffering brothers and sisters worldwide.

    The truly sad part is that our absolute patriotism has corrupted us. We are no longer outraged by anything our government does. We are blindly obedient and have thrown away the moral basis of our existence as human beings and as a country. That moral basis rested on loyalty to the universal values of truth, tolerance, freedom, and respect for human dignity. Blind patriotism, loyalty, and obedience to one nation or government are not legitimate moral values. As a nation, we have corrupted ourselves absolutely. We have corrupted ourselves so absolutely we elected a mad man to the White House.

  4. Whoa, is it just me or does the distinction between the two -statist and worldly – is that the former is a dick and the latter a pretentious dick ?

    What are we really talking about here ?

    That humanity is a cooperative endeavour that is defined by geographical boundaries and that said cooperation is determined by the morality endorsed by the majority making tribalism a natural product ?

    Well yeah.

    That technology create the maya of worldly commonality of interests that gives shape to the idea of interdependency ?

    Okay. But diverse tribes have always cooperated on some scale for mutual self interest using technology as a means rather than an end.

    That people should be responsible for the government they create but the real politik of democracy determines the choices available that citizens have little influence over ?

    Swell, but being a worldly patriot does not solve this problem and I would argue that being a statist one could.

    And lastly but more importantly “tyranny” more often than not comes from the people which finds expression in religious/racial beliefs combined with economic self preservation.

    When it comes to the above, statist and worldly patriots contribute to the problem in their own special way.

    Why is Najib having a good time ? Because the Oppo could not organize an orgy in a brothel. The reality is that a rigged electoral system – real politik of democracy – and voting bases which really do not have anything in common makes Najib and co, the only game in town.

    That is until the economy deflates like the organ of an UMNO stooge who has run out of Viagra.

    In the words of my intellectual superior, any questions ?

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