“Violence pervades this culture. Americans not only engage in violence, they are entertained by it. Killing takes place in America more often than the Sun rises, currently at an average of 87 times each day. Going to war in Afghanistan is less dangerous than living in Chicago. The Romans went to the Coliseum to watch people being killed. In major cities, Americans just look out their windows. Baseball, once America’s national game, a benign, soporific sport, has been replaced by football which is so violent it destroys the brains of those who play it. Violent films, euphemized as action flicks, dominate our motion picture theatres and television sets. Our children play killing video games.”

Liberated, at al.

https://www.terraincognitamedia.com/features/white-people-have-no-culture2018

6 thoughts on ““Violence pervades this culture. Americans not only engage in violence, they are entertained by it. Killing takes…

  1. There’s a certain degree of intentional whitewashing – pun intended – of American’s individual histories. Lots of people who came to America from Europe (not all, but lots) were the mid-range or the down-and-out looking for glory, gold, and subservience of others to the European religious practices, and lots — I’m particularly thinking of the scots-Irish from that war-torn chunk of the UK — were specifically intent on leaving all the old stuff behind. Some of which was then recreated in coal country.

    There are definitely regions of America with their own distinct culture and connection to the past, though. New England has a bizarre and thriving history of active town halls and citizen government. Chunks of the west and Midwest still have cowboy culture and iconography.

    Oh. Maybe that’s it. We, as a country and a set of interlocking corporate machines are so good at packaging culture as kitsch and reselling it, we even do it to our own. And that makes much of it either cheap and schlocky, or the anti-elitism makes it seem highbrow and out of touch.

    Still pondering.

  2. < ![CDATA[There’s a certain degree of intentional whitewashing - pun intended - of American’s individual histories. Lots of people who came to America from Europe (not all, but lots) were the mid-range or the down-and-out looking for glory, gold, and subservience of others to the European religious practices, and lots — I’m particularly thinking of the scots-Irish from that war-torn chunk of the UK — were specifically intent on leaving all the old stuff behind. Some of which was then recreated in coal country. There are definitely regions of America with their own distinct culture and connection to the past, though. New England has a bizarre and thriving history of active town halls and citizen government. Chunks of the west and Midwest still have cowboy culture and iconography.
    Oh. Maybe that’s it. We, as a country and a set of interlocking corporate machines are so good at packaging culture as kitsch and reselling it, we even do it to our own. And that makes much of it either cheap and schlocky, or the anti-elitism makes it seem highbrow and out of touch.
    Still pondering.]]>

  3. All fixed, fast-frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away, all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses his real conditions of life, and his relations with his kind.

  4. < ![CDATA[All fixed, fast-frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away, all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses his real conditions of life, and his relations with his kind.]]>