lewrockwell.com / By Andrew Mason / January 7, 2013
Lew Rockwell, in a recent blog post, asked if there was a culture of violence in America. The answer is, undoubtedly, yes. We begin worshiping these symbols of empire in our public indoctrination camps (public schools). We recite the pledge of allegiance ad nauseum and as result, are instilled with a sense of nationalism, or that “we” are better than “them”. Some of us, like me, believed we should “serve” this nation by joining the military.
The culture of death is undoubtedly seen in the United States military itself. Once I put on the uniform, as an agent of the State, I became part of an entity that blatantly celebrates death and destruction. As a member of the Armed Forces this is witnessed first during basic training, before we are sent overseas to kill for the empire, where drill instructors yell obscenities meant to create a collectivist mentality and a sense of honor in killing among recruits. I can easily remember one of my drill instructors, during marching training, yelling, “I want to hear you march like storm troopers! Let those heels bring death and destruction”. Yes, my boot camp platoon was told to march like Nazis, albeit, there was no goose-stepping. Towards the end of basic training and continuing into our career as “uniformed tax-feeders”, we begin to sing cadences while running. Here are just a few verses from some:
“Left, right, left, right, left, right kill!”
“Left, right, left, right I think I will!”
“…Napalm sticks to kids! Napalm sticks to kids like glue!“