Sunday, July 03, 2005

Old Glory

The cult of Old Glory came about at a time when plutocrats were terrified of losing power.

The excellent history presented below, was posted on Flag Day over at the Mutualist Blog, but is equally relevant on the eve of the 4th of July.

Mutulaist Blog: Free Market Anti-Capitalism
Since this is the High Holy Day of American Fatherland-worship, I thought I'd say something about how utterly unAmerican the Pledge of Allegiance is.

Not only is America one of a very few countries in the world where swearing a loyalty oath to the State is a regular quasi-religious ceremony in the government schools, but the Pledge is a radical departure from America's previous political culture.


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