The Problem of US Anti-Intellectualism Part II – The Denial of National-Anarchism

Symbol for National-Anarchism

The English ‘White’ bourgeoisie in the Americas decided that it wanted to politically ‘break’ from the British State in the mid to late 1700s. This attitude was perpetuated amongst the English working class throughout the colonies as a progressive movement designed to achieve what was presented as a ‘greater’ freedom, rather than a loss of British government generated rights and protection under the law. The bourgeoisie in the Americas had to co-opt the obedience of the American working class to serve as foot-soldiers against the professional military used by the British. The brutal efficiency of the British military would be absorbed by the soon to be lifeless and broken bodies of the American working class as a means to propel the American bourgeoisie to power, and this is exactly what happened. The British never lost this war, they simply failed to ‘win’ it and eradicate this breakaway political movement.

This conflict of independence stems from the anarchic beginnings of the European colonisation of the Americas, where staggered hordes of Europeans arrived on ships over a four-hundred-year period, landing on the east coast and slowly but surely migrating westward as a method to acquire (or ‘steal’) free American land for their personal settlement and use. As long as a group of Europeans could arrange travel and survive the journey, the entire continent was open to exploitation and settlement. This process was not mediated by any government simply because the European settlers were expanding into areas where no (European) government existed. As a consequence, these settlers did not undertake these often-dangerous journeys as loyal representatives of their respective European governments (which existed thousands of miles away), but as private citizens ‘free’ of any and all governmental control. This situation represents the exact definition of political ‘anarchy’ – or lack of the presence of a centralised government – and any of its institutions and establishments, such as law and order, and civic and political bodies, etc.

This anarchic situation is the basis of the European colonisation and settlement of the Americas and is the prevailing underlying attitude of the ‘mistrust of government’ which permeates the US psyche. This fits perfectly with the US embracing of predatory capitalism (which supports and encourages unbridled individualism) and the American ‘anti-Socialist’ attitude, as the Socialist redistribution of wealth and resources is administered by the very government (and institutions) that US anarchy is set at denying and invalidating. The irony is that this anarchic attitude continues to exist in the US in parallel with the institution of developed local and national government institutions, and manifests as a permanent and continuous ‘mistrust’ of any form of organised government. Far from being ‘leftwing’ in anyway, US anarchy is inherently rightwing and premised upon the supposed freedom of being allowed (without government interference or regulation) to exploit others and pursue the greed-orientated goal of amassing personal wealth and resources to the detriment of society as a whole. Even taxation in this model is interpreted as somekind of ‘Socialist’ plot, or as Socialism through the backdoor (as is the government helping anyone in anyway).

This anarchic hatred of government-administered Socialism is not unique to the US and can be found throughout a number of non-leftwing anarchic movements in the world today. This is a manifestation of the anarchic dislike of centralised government, and yet most Americans have no comprehension of the anarchic foundation of their country or their psychology. This demonstrates the innate relationship between anarchy, bourgeois individualism, liberalism and predatory capitalism in the US, as does the interesting case of anarchist-terrorist attacks perpetuated in the US in the early 20th century, designed to return North America to its anarchist roots. Of course, many in America today possess no real understanding of their collective past other than the fake ‘Disneyfied’ or false ‘Hollywood’ narratives learned through the media and education system. The average American represents a personal and individual embodiment of this anarchic past, and in true anarchic fashion seem to have no real understanding of a) what they are, b) what they are doing and c) why they are doing it.  This is nothing short than a denial of ‘national-anarchism’ in the US.

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