The Danger Of Patriotism

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Bob Livingston via Personal Liberty blog,

My friends, it is frightening how simple we are and how easily we are manipulated simply because we are intellectually lazy.

The U.S. establishment has confused cause and effect by and through a flag-waving mania in America. "Patriotism" throughout history has covered a multitude of mischief. We are seeing it now!

Phony patriotism is strong leverage against a population ignorant of the ways of treason by its own government. I also have no doubt that U.S. history is full of wars "for democracy" killing millions under the propaganda of patriotism with the majority support of the people and the full support of all but a small cadre of "elected representatives" — who are paid by the federal government, incidentally. In addition the millions of foreign dead, these wars have left hundreds of thousands of American military members dead or maimed physically and/or emotionally.

The whole world knows about the U.S. military industrial complex war machine and its pursuit of profits. But Americans tend to turn a blind eye.

When George Washington said "government is force," he meant that government is force against its own people.

Since by definition government is force, then it follows that government will use any ruse imaginable to increase its power. Increased use of government force or power could backfire unless skillfully handled and justified in the public mind. Therefore governments rarely take action unless accompanied by skillful propaganda.

The brouhaha over certain NFL players' refusal to stand for the playing of the Star Spangled Banner has erupted anew. The reaction of most Americans — who claim to believe in the Constitution and Bill of Rights — is that this expression cannot be tolerated... it is un-American... it is "unpatriotic."

But is it? Or is it not the most American of all things to resist and rebel against what we perceive as tyranny and its symbols?

If we deny one — whether through intimidation and threats, monetary sanctions or government force — his rights, are we not creating a situation where rights are just privileges that can be denied on a whim? If we support police power to invade our homes and wallets and steal our property just because government has made it "legal," are we not again conceding that rights are merely privileges?

You cannot say, "I believe in the 1st Amendment, but...; I believe in the 2nd Amendment, but...; I believe in the 4th Amendment, but..." There is no but.

And if that government making "legal" the assaults on our liberty is represented by a symbol, shouldn't we conclude that that symbol is a symbol of tyranny? I wrote about the phony patriotism of flag worship when the Colin Kaepernick stir occurred last year.

In light of the new kerfuffle over NFL players refusing to stand, and comments to some of our columns on preserving liberty of late, I felt it was time to run it again. Here it is:

The American golden calf

As a young boy, I enjoyed my family's bantam chickens that laid very small eggs and hatched very small chicks. Theirs was a small and miniature world.

One day one of my bantams started sitting on eggs to hatch its chicks. Something happened to her eggs but she continued to sit, so I decided to put a duck egg under her. Duck eggs are at least three times bigger than bantam eggs and take a few days longer to hatch, but she dutifully sat on the egg several days longer. She hatched the duckling and, as you can imagine, it thought that his world was normal and that the bantam hen was his mother.

The duckling eventually grew into a full sized mallard duck, probably five or six times the size of its bantam mother. The full-grown duck would follow its hen mother around as would normal chicks. It was a funny sight to watch.

But I remember thinking, even as a small boy, that the duck's entire reality was that the bantam hen was his mother and that was the way the world worked. He had no need to consider anything else.

This is the world of the American people today. Their perceptions of reality control them and they who control their perceptions control the American people.

Our perception of America has always been that she is the mother country and ordained by God, good and just and a beacon of freedom. This is hammered into our psyches from our early days.

From pre-school up, we are taught to worship the state. I don't know if it is still done, but in the public (non)education system, for many years, schoolchildren across the South — and elsewhere, I suppose — recited the Pledge of Allegiance each morning. Political rallies and government meetings are still often begun with a recitation of the pledge.

People say it with patriotic fervor, with their hands placed dutifully on their hearts.

Sporting events, political rallies and other public venues are often kicked off with the playing and/or singing of the Star Spangled Banner. Before the song begins, people are instructed to rise, men to remove their hats,and people place their hands over their hearts. They don't realize its value as a propaganda tool.

We have come to equate the flag, the pledge and the national anthem with patriotism, and patriotism with government, country and support for government, support for foreign wars and veterans. Anything less is "un-American."

Beyond its patriot fervor is the almost religious fervor and religious symbolism of the American people's actions when the pledge and the national anthem begin: the ritual standing, removal of hats, placing of hands and rote recitation. In the book of Daniel, Israelites Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego) refused to worship the golden image of Nebuchadnezzar contrary to the king's decree. The king ordered them to be thrown into the furnace after it was turned up to seven times its normal temperature.

NFL player Colin Kaepernick created a stir last week when he refused to stand for the national anthem. He was not subsequently ordered into the furnace by the king, but he was burned symbolically by many football fans who torched their jerseys. Americans fumed that he should "leave" America if he can't support the flag and that he had disrespected the flag, the nation and veterans.

What are we saying when we say that someone "disrespected the flag,"  "disrespected the country," "disrespected the veterans" if he chooses to not stand for the national anthem? What is the flag but a piece of cloth? By the reaction to Kaepernick, it seems it has become more of a golden calf to represent mother country or the god of government.

Our mother has become a witch. Yes, same symbols, same flag, same pledge of allegiance, but a decadent spirit controlling the perceptions of the American people, keeping them on the animal farm (controlling their perceptions) long enough to impoverish and enslave them.

Time and gradualism can change a system all the way from human liberty to slavery (the animal farm) over a few generations without anyone being aware except a very few, those who ask questions.

"America, love it or leave it," is a tired canard. One cannot leave it except at great cost. Recall that in 1860-1861 11 states attempted to "leave it" in order to preserve their liberty and rights as sovereign states. They were branded as "insurrectionists" and attacked by the War Party and the result was their economic and social destruction, subjugation and the deaths of some 850,000 people (the equivalent of about 8.5 million people today). When one talks of secession today he's branded as a racist, crazy or a radical and told secession is "illegal."

One can love his country but hate his government and its actions. I love America but not the people who control America and its government. I love America, but its rulers are alien to individual freedom, its government now anathema to liberty.

If the flag is symbolic of government and that government lies at every turn, enslaves its people, steals from their labor, passes laws that are an execration to their Christian faith, takes from them their liberty, mandates the murder of 1 million babies a year, imports tens of thousands of immigrants to replace American workers and drive down wages, and that makes war on other countries that have not threatened us, why should any acknowledge its presence with more than a sneer?

Wars are not for patriotism and "democracy," as we are propagandized. And our freedom has not been threatened by outside forces in 200 years. Wars are to kill; i.e., mass ritual murder. Additionally, big business and globalist banksters in league with Satan reap massive profits for the killing and sacrifice of young men (lambs) on all sides of combat.

If the flag is symbolic of the Constitution, that Constitution died long ago — destroyed by a crony railroad lawyer and mercantilist who made war on a sovereign people to benefit monied interests.

If the flag is symbolic of freedom, that freedom no longer exists — stolen long ago by crony corporations and globalist banksters and unaccountable oligarchical black-robed satanists and idol worshippers who usurped their authority created laws out of thin air under the guise of "interpreting the Constitution" a dictate not granted them under the original document.

The phony form of patriotism instilled within the population is strong leverage against independent thinking, keeping people ignorant of the treason by our own government.

America today is a more advanced state of fascism than World War II Germany and Italy. Fascism never identifies itself as totalitarianism. It always calls itself democracy.

Democracy is the politically correct word and cover term for modern American fascism.

American fascism has all the attributes and trappings of benevolent totalitarianism. No, benevolent totalitarianism is not an oxymoron.

The word benevolent in this instance means that the general perception of the population of the American system is that it is benevolent. This is only to say that modern America is full-blown fascism with a pretty face. It is every bit as deadly to human liberty as any tyranny in history and I would add far more sinister because of its propaganda sophistication.

Any regime that can spin tons of fiat paper money with printing presses or electronically is a slave system regardless of what it calls itself or regardless of the general population's perception of it.

Our mother has been transformed into a witch no matter how much we love her.

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P-51 Stiletto's picture

It's all fun and games, until you get your life put out. Furst bitchez.


Almost Solvent's picture

Continuing to play the anthem before **distraction** sporting events is **distratcting**.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

If this causes more people to stop watching niggerball, it's all the better.

They have the right not to watch simple distractions and think about more important issues.

Cheka_Mate's picture

It's easy to think of simple distractions like "Niggerball" if you have the good fortune to live in a safe, low crime area.

The rest of us play "Dodge the Nigger" on our home streets 

There is no off season 

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Truthfully I have some respect for these nigger players. They're smart enough to know it's about race and act upon it.

Meanwhile, there's a lot of Whites too dumb or gutless to admit it.

wee-weed up's picture


"The phony form of patriotism instilled within the population is strong leverage against independent thinking..."


"The phony form of inappropriate for the situation racial dissent instilled within the population is strong leverage against independent thinking..."

strannick's picture

Yea..thats true but Kaperuk didnt stand cause hes Thoreau but cause hes an ungrateful little melodramatic bitch 

Manthong's picture


This crap is not about patriotism.

It is about rich, privileged malcontents disrupting an experience for a lot of paying customers at an inappropriate time and place.

They are really hurting themselves and the organizations that pay them.

If you want to protest, start a blog... get a permit to rally on the street and get a megaphone… rent a hall or stadium… but don’t shit on the tables of the restaurant you work for.


LetThemEatRand's picture

Everyone one both sides of this debate is an idiot because they are in the framed debate.  The one they create for you, to divide you.  Think, people.

ergatz's picture

Agree. Let's create instead a borderless world.

stizazz's picture

The only healthy patriotism is a wholesome bank account that affords true independence.

sincerely_yours's picture

Yep. Have money will travel. The world then becomes your oyster, a world without frontiers and with no attachment to a stupid piece of cloth and some archaic music notes.

loebster's picture

... and controlled by a fascist government wagged by the 1%.

Adullam's picture

For those who want to see where they will end up with that short URL because he's too embarrassed / ashamed / deceptive to post his own site... = tion-pot/

Escrava Isaura's picture

“If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.” Albert Einstein

Here is the problem: It’s a cultural thing.

Every society, including us, Hedgers, have our own peculiarities, called folk science. Very often we underestimate our own understandings, meaning, lacking dept, remarkably coarse, full of gaps, and often full of inconsistencies.

The core issue here is not Trump, an athlete, or even race. The problem is in our evolutionary process, and our culture ‘folk science” is a byproduct of this evolutionary process.

My point: What you’re seeing, hearing, and acting on is a reflection of our narcissist society, meaning, we think very highly of ourselves and brags about our abilities frequently. We, Americans, have over inflated egos. And, broadly speaking, very materialist. The problem with this narcissism, when it’s is localized, that small group/society can deal with. Even laugh about it.

However, when this narcissism leaves the localized folk science and into the political arena, then, it turns into pathological narcissism, meaning, it becomes a societal problem, a mental hazardous, and much harder to deal with.

And, that is what we have in Trump.



archon's picture

Football players have the right to express their free speech by refusing to respect the anthem and flag in front of an audience of millions and the owners who pay them to play football (not to express their political beliefs).  Owners have the right to express their free speech by firing them.

America's a great nation.  For my part, I like watching football for a few hours because I like thinking about something other than all the political bullshit that makes me want to vomit every other day of the week.  If I have to put up with that shit during football games too, then maybe I'll exercise my free speech by reading a book or doing something else more productive with my time.  F*ck the NFL, f*ck Kapernick, f*ck SJWs, f*ck the commie rat bastards forcing all this crap on the rest of us - I have my own life to live, and they're not worth my time.

doctor10's picture

If you take the money you do what you're told.

To not do so is to participate in the intellectual and behavioral dishonesty you're complaining about. You essentially become part of the problem.

You are free to walk away from the man's money-any time and day. When you do so -you may grab all the air time you can to become a social change agent.

Most people are upset about the blatant hypocracy

The Management's picture

Author full of shit. NFL players playing "American" football turn there backs on their fans who are predominantly WHITE --- 100% disproving said white people "racism". makes me wonder who the racists are...


Historically superstars raised up by their fans so high look down on their supporters opinions like they are better than them now...

Won't end well. GOOD JOB Trump !!! Fuck these assholes !!!

AlaricBalth's picture

Didn't James Damore of Google get fired for expressing an opinion? An opinion which may have basis in an uncomfortable fact? Where was the uproar from the main stream media? The left?

"Internet giant Google has fired the male engineer at the center of an uproar in Silicon Valley over the past week after he authored an internal memo asserting there are biological causes behind gender inequality in the tech industry."

And when ZH first ran the Damore story the most popular comment with 252 likes was "Fuck Google".

Is anyone seeing the disconnect here? The populace, both left and right, is being played like a fine tuned fiddle.

chestergimli's picture

That's right. So why worry about it one way or the other.

For those of us who love our country, we don't need a flag or a song or a Jew run government.

Personally, I like the song, "This Is My Country."

logicalman's picture

Another great example of divide and conquer.

See George Carlin....

CH1's picture


Really? "Worship our God or be fired" is what it comes down to.

Heretic hunters are still with us. Don't be one of them.

The Management's picture

My problem with this situation has nothing to do with "God"...

This situation has only to do with freedom of speech - and as such ...


Why dont you take a knee for me. 

Escrava Isaura's picture

Most people are not upset about the hypocrisy but for some conservatives. Most people are upset of how did we get here?

And this is the question that needs to be answered for them so it can make sense for them.

However, this answer won’t be found, because we would have to step outside the conventional wisdom, which most people, I mean the conservatives, are incapable of doing.  



Escrava Isaura's picture

You’re confused. The owners should never fire any player for expressing their opinion, period.

Here’s why.

When the player, or anyone, is expressing an opinion, that right doesn't affect you, because you can still have the right to your opinion. Now, if I have, say a land, and all the others around me are homeless and cannot have access to my land’s water, my right contradicts their right of survival.

So, if the player had refused to play, then the owners have the right to fire him, because that would have affected the people that paid to see him playing.


Sanity Bear's picture

What is happening here is that the QB in question is simply a bad player. Every DC in the league knows to watch the stripe to know where he's going to throw the ball, and that his vision only covers half the field. So while he had one good run until that was figured out, he cannot reproduce those results.

And it shows. He couldn't even beat out fellow washout Blaine Gabbert.

Never mind the whole stealing your teammate's girlfriend thing, that I'm sure had wonderful effects on team unity.

The guy is simply a slimeball and a bad player that no one wants anything to do with. Claims that it is racial are a red herring, and have made him toxic and un-signable. All a team needs is to sign him and get boycotted by most of their own fans.

Escrava Isaura's picture

Well, you’re raising many issues in your post, but let’s focus on the most important two:

Fist, if he’s a bad player, fire him.

Second, if the fans decided to boycott the team for his opinions, that shows that the fans have their morals wrong. I this case, then remove freedom of speech of the first amendment.   


Bwana's picture

I fail to see where a purported racial issue is somehow twisted to disrespecting our flag and national anthem.

chubbar's picture

I disagree. If the player impacts the owners revenue by his actions while in his employ, then the owner has cause for action.

Stinkytofu's picture



football players employees have the right to shut the fuck up, stand at detention,

and play ball.  and collect their millions of dollars in salary for doing what the

fuck they're told to do.


on the other hand, they have the right to break their million dollah contracts and

become committed social justice worriers.



CH1's picture

stand at detention

Wow, isn't that a perfect Freudian slip!

Jus7tme's picture

>>Owners have the right to express their free speech by firing them.

How about if corporations in the US demanded that their employees recite the peldge of allegiance and/or stand with their head bowed while playing the national amthem at the start of every workday, or else employees would be fired. Would that be infringement on the rights of the employees?

The NFL is a publicay sanctioned monopoly. One could argue that being an NFL owner, and certainly the antitrust-exepmetion of the NFL itself, is a privilege that can be revoked by the people.

Dizzy Malscience's picture

 The author is 100% correct about the State use of force, Fascist American State and the Benevolent Totalitarianism.

Regarding the NFL brouhaha, the disgruntled players are not protesting American Fascism, they are rich ignorant pawns in a false white supremacist narrative.

I am not rich like the sports player protesters… I never received a free money EBT payment from the State… but I am forced to fund them… so who has the more supreme position in that regard?


Took Red Pill's picture

The control starts at an early age. Here's a 1930's video showing school children assembling for the pledge of allegience (salute style) like good little soldiers.

CH1's picture

Yes. Idolatry, plain and simple.

smithcreek's picture

Yep, welfars state for the rich and poor.  Free stadiums for the benefit of the team owners and superstar atheletes, free food housing, healthcare, etc. for the poor.

LetThemEatRand's picture

I'm not clicking your link, and a "borderless world" is absurd.  I find it equally absurd that so many seemingly intelligent people get caught up in a completely false debate about the importance of whether a multi-million dollar a year actor playing in a game should stand for the national anthem at a sporting event staged and funded by interntional corporations.

TexasDave's picture

What seems absurd is often a window into much more pressing, and ominous concerns.

I could care less what is happening in the world of bread and circus. What is concerning is that public figures across all forms of media are ramping up the ethnic strife issue that threatens to become as serious and deadly a crisis as the federal reserve monster, mic, or any other terrible hydra head threatening destruction upon us and our posterity.


OverTheHedge's picture

If you are an American, you probably pledged allegiance to the flag, and you probably started doing it when you were five or six years old. Everyone did it, it is a perfectly normal and natural thing, a bit like the Lord's prayer, or a nursery rhyme. Just part of your culture.

However, from a foreigner's perspective, it is a weird form of child indoctrination, more usually associated with Communist or dictatorship regimes. It really does seem very odd, but then as a Brit I have spent my life slightly ashamed of my history, and embarrassed by flag waving and jingoism. It is bad form, and not to be done in public. Different culture. Different rules. American patriotism is seen as an amusing, childlike quality, by smug supercilious Brits who known that they are better than Americans (God is an Englishman, as I'm sure you know).

The above is not abuse directed at my colonial cousins, but an attempt to get you to look at yourselves from the outside. You really have been indoctrinated, at a very young age, and it will have shaped your entire way of thinking, for all of your life. Tricky to overcome that sort of programming, so I am expecting many downvotes (except you are all asleep by now). Remember, you are not a number, you are a free (insert gender specific self-identifier of your choice).

EddieLomax's picture

Absolutely spot on summary.

We have the same "patriotism" in the UK, but on a lower level, here we are told that a Somalian running around in circles is one of Britain's great achievements and should be celebrated.  Equally important is a bunch of retarded multi-millionaires kicking a bag of wind around for 90 minutes while professional football experts tell us how brave and heroic they are.

Meanwhile in the land of reality 2700+ AAA A-level students are refused entry to a medical degree due to it being oversubscribed while the general medical council recognises a degree from Sudan as being equally good as Cambridge or Yale...

Got The Wrong No's picture

Good try. Totally different argument.

Tallest Skil's picture

Kill yourself before we get our hands on you, traitor. You’re going to hell no matter how it happens for pushing this heresy.

Blue Dog's picture

That's what they want. The one world government run by the antichrist. The Bible talks about it.

Implied Violins's picture

True. Viewed from above, the big picture seems to be a concerted effort to destroy American culture and sovereignty. An attack on the moral character of Americans that is as lethal as the attacks on the dollar and the destruction of the image of the USA around the world, courtesy of the "Deep State".

All planned. All of it.

Mr Hankey's picture

"Moral character of 'muricans" too funny.You murdered the white race, cuckfag copsuckers. & now Darwin will have no mercy on you .How are they treating their women in Crapistan,'murican mud fucker?

wee-weed up's picture



"The one they create for you, to divide you."

Wow, you couldn't have described the last 8 yrs of Obozo any better!

LetThemEatRand's picture

Or the last 9 months of daddy Trump.  The President who would tell private corporations (the NFL) who should stand for the anthem.  Think about what you're advocating.  Just turn it the fuck off, libertarian.   Obama and Trump have both earned our ire.

Mementoil's picture

Too little nationalism is just as bad as too much nationalism.
Can't we find a reasonable middle point, in which we love our country and are willing to defend it, and yet not so blinded by this love to idolize our leaders and overlook their mistakes?