By Charles Blow, March 7, 2016 (LINK to article)
"Sometimes it’s hard to shake the uneasy feeling that we are witnessing the dissolution of an idea that was once America."For reasons of ideology, power-politics and personal advantage, it is assumed that "race doesn't matter", or even exist, when clearly it does. You, Mr. Blow, know this better than anyone, but like most people, indulge in Orwellian doublethink.
In fact, Race, i.e. ethnic origins and identity, form the natural basis of shared national identity and genuine nationhood.
America is a myth, a social, i.e. power-political and economic, construct; unlike race (except when you try dividing closely related peoples from the same subcontinent into different races, as the Nazis insanely did), which is REAL and important. Not in the way that racial supremacists believe it is, but because central to any deep and meaningful sense of both personal and group identity.
Like my own country, America is NOT a nation, but a mercenary "patron state" deceitfully posing as a nation, in order to legitimise itself, its ruling elites and the immense power they wield and abuse.
This is a difficult, painful and frightening truth to recognise and face up to, but the truth it is, and the sooner it is faced up to the better.
Why have the academics we look to as authorities in understanding society and civilisation not already done so? Like their medieval predecessors and counterparts, they are themselves privileged clients and employees of the state, with a massive personal self-interest in rationalising its role, self-image (as our "nation") and ideologies (social, political, economic and ethical).
I elaborate on these ideas HERE.