The great strength of the totalitarian state....

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THE GREAT STRENGTH OF THE TOTALITARIAN STATE IS THAT IT FORCES THOSE WHO FEAR IT TO IMITATE IT
---Adolf Hitler

The Jingoistic excesses of modern American "super-patriots" go far beyond the relatively mild cult of the Nazi Waffen SS.

One needs to go back to the Roman Empire to see such sick glorying in war, destruction and gore.

It was not always thus. One need go back only to the 1940 propaganda film, Eyes of the Navy to see the attitudes of a different America.

At about 3:45 minutes of the film the narrator says:

The attitude of your Navy can be summed up in two words: informality and individuality. These lads are no machines, coming off a hasty assembly line. Each one is an individual, with a particular personality and special abilities. The best qualities of each are encouraged, the weaknesses bolstered....
The slam-bang mail-order school of instruction may be in force in other hemispheres, but in your Navy each cadet answers to a name and not a number...!


How different, how very different from the throw-away Terminator robots which the modern American military and militarized police forces churn out!

One sees the same degeneration in popular entertainment. In the 1930's, the only violence seen in movies was stylized fist fights or gun shots which never wounded more than an arm or shoulder. Today, the movies and video screens are filled with gore that equals the worst excesses of Roman gladiatorial combats. In the United States of yesteryear, audiences would have revolted at having such filth thrown at them.

The United States fought the militarized totalitarian states, and in the process adopted their worst features when it became a National Security hyper-militarized Empire.

How horrified the so-called Founding Fathers would have been, who feared nothing so much as war and a standing army as threats to the country they brought into existence.

And how nauseatingly ironic it is that the super-patriot idolaters of the Founding Fathers are also, in the main, worshippers of military power and destruction.

Good iron is not used to make nails, and good men do not become soldiers
---Chinese proverb
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The glorification of war and violence has been a constant feature of Western "Civilization?" ever since the ancient Greeks and Romans.

It explains much of the ugliness and overblown hubris of so much of the Western tradition in culture and art.
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