By Charles Blow, April 14 2016 (LINK to article)
"this country, in its founding documents, wasn’t designed to easily facilitate change, let alone revolutionary change."America's founding documents were conceived and written down by Europeans (white men) for Europeans, but this simple historical truth is buried under a mountain of Orwellian double think.
If the founding fathers were to return and express the horror they would undoubtably feel about what has become of the country they founded they would be condemned as bigots, racists and white supremacists.
Clearly, Americans have to deal with America as it is today, but need to stop pretending that it is the kind of country and nation that its founding fathers imagined it would become. It is nothing like what they imagined, but something very different, and not just because of all the technological advances which have transformed American society. They envisaged and took for granted that America would remain the predominantly white, mono-racial society that it was back then.
America needs to end the deceit of honouring its founding fathers and begin debating the creation of a new - not so much "post-racial" as "post-white" - constitution, written and approved of my the vast majority of modern Americans, in place of the bunch of white men who wrote the present constitution and have also been largely responsible for all its amendments.
However, before such a constitution can be drawn up, not just for America, but for all democracies, we need to reeducate ourselves in respect to our understanding of the state itself, which is very different from what is generally supposed, academics having deceived us, and themselves, about its true nature.
Like their medieval predecessors and counterparts, academics are privileged clients and employees of the state, with a massive personal self-interest (subconscious more than conscious) in rationalising and defending its role, self-image (as our "nation") and ideologies (social, political, economic and racial, formerly religious), on which the state bases its claim to moral and knowledgeable authority.
Modern states are not genuine nations at all, but mercenary "patron states" deceitfully posing as nations, in order to legitimise themselves, their ruling elites and they immense power they wield and abuse, to their own and favoured (especially wealthy and academic) clients' personal advantage, at the expense of society at large and its long-term survival (thus our inability to rise to the challenge of climate change and other anthropogenic threats to our own survival).
The state is like an abusive step-parent which did away with our natural, loving parents (our original tribes and nations) before we were born, and brought us up to believe that it was our nation, genuinely concerned for all its children’s (citizens’) well-being and long-term survival, when in fact, its real intention is to facilitate our self-abuse and self-exploitation.
This is a revolutionary view indeed, but only in being more truthful and realistic than what is currently considered mainstream. It is a difficult, painful and frightening truth to recognise and face up to, just as it would be for a dependent child being told the truth about its abusive step-parents.
The point I'm making is that before drawing up a new constitution, we first need to recognise and develop and understanding of the true nature of the state.