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Removing Historic Confederate Statues Is an Attempt to Control the Narrative of History
The idea that the removal of Confederate statues is an attempt to rewrite the narrative of history is what seems to be the concern of so many of the people who oppose these actions. I say this because that’s what many of these opponents have said on the news or on social media.
The bigger concern however is that there exists a “narrative” of American history at all. This is because “narrative” is just another word for propaganda. Propaganda effectively means to propagate, in the minds of the public, a specific and controlled point of view by way of manipulative methods like “narrative”. A narrative is effectively a method by which we can link and organize facts or information in a way that will be “coherent” for an audience; a narrative paints a picture in your mind in other words, something which has a way of controlling what you see and your perception of it. Propaganda and narratives are effectively a form of lying because they omit information. This [effective] form of lying has naturally provoked much of the disputes we see, and have seen, in American society. It prevents the American from finding a true solution to their social problems since lies are an obstruction to the revelation of the truth, and without taking the truth into account we can’t actually solve any problem. All we can do is merely replace one lie (propaganda) with another, which is all the American has ever managed to do.
A point of view, being the basis of any “narrative” or propaganda is subjective, it’s not objective: it’s not wholly reflective of truth or reality. History, because it’s part of reality, has its own “narrative” which doesn’t need the assistance of “narrative” to be coherent. Just like your own personal life story, history needs to be explained from the beginning and in terms of events, their causations and their consequences. Editorializing historical information is completely inappropriate and completely unnecessary and so it is inappropriate to turn history into some kind of “narrative”. Narrative as a story telling style is for fictional works and we are not writing a novel when we write about history; this isn’t fiction this is reality, and we cannot turn reality into fiction because that’s when people become outraged and all the problems begin.
What’s really happening here is that there is a battle brewing between the imperialist establishment and the neoliberal, both being nefarious characters with their own opposing and equally nefarious agendas. They know that by controlling our understanding of history they can control our understanding of ourselves and the present world in which we live and that is the control they’re after.
The ironic thing is that both of these characters claim to be “liberals” and claim to seek to liberate us with their ideologies, leadership, and agendas. With their propaganda they seek to convince us of this. Their propaganda makes it evident that they are nothing more than a fraud. And a fraud is what American liberal has always proven to be when he continually falls short of his promises or betrays the little people whom he pretends to defend.
True modern Western culture is about true liberalism, which means being free from the control of any man. This notion is a result of the Judeo-Christian form of Western culture that sources its liberty from the Judeo-Christian understanding that God created man with a free will and so he is able to make his own decisions and also be responsible for them and for himself. Man is also not subject to the control of any man because God (as incarnated by Jesus) is man’s only lord and savior; only He who created man really has the right and reason to rule over us and only He can save us from suffering (caused by ourselves and by each other). In this way the Christian faith, and its true form of liberalism, is effectively a rejection of paternalism and politics altogether.
Effectively the Christian political infrastructure works by way of churches being the creators and enablers of a community since they provide core values around which people can commune around, bringing them together in a fundamental way. Communities then naturally come together as a result of subscribing to the same fundamental core values leading to the collective that we would refer to as society. This society then enables the form a nation. With the deterioration of Christian liberalism comes the deterioration of its political infrastructure of communities, society and effectively the nation. In this sort of Christian political infrastructure the political leader is merely an afterthought. Society does not wholeheartedly depend on him the way paternalistic societies of ancient civilizations depended on their rulers. The role of the politician is merely to represent the material interests of the people who elect him to speak on their behalf. He himself has no real power since his power is sourced from the people who support him. Any diversion from this Christian system results in a resurrection of paternalistic and corrupt Greek politics, and Greek politics is well known for having been very dysfunctional just as it is now.
Man throughout history whether it was by way of becoming a king or politician has always sought to Lord over us in exchange for the promise to save us from some kind of suffering or doom, and they have generally failed by becoming a source of suffering or doom themselves. The failure of Rome and Greece is a testament to “liberal” politics gone wrong.
The American who held tight to their Lord God after the country’s independence did so to steer clear of repeating the same failure humanity has experienced time and time again and in every place in the world. He wasn’t about to accept any “liberal” politician as his Lord and savior.
The early American liberal was a result of the aspiration of bringing back the Greek-Roman legacy, an aspiration which was captured by all that Roman revivalist “neo-classical” architecture in Europe and north America during the 18-19th centuries. The Europeans thought they would get it right this time, but the Christian was not about to fall for that one. And that’s when the western world’s problems began; that’s when Europe and the Americas became divided between the Christians and the neo-imperialists, ie “liberals”, the imperialist Greek-Roman era being the period from which the [political] liberal came from. Much like any other socially-controlling imperialist government or authoritative dictatorship these liberals would have to employ propaganda for the purposes of image control for their movement and also to control the public’s perception on issues that fit into their agendas. That’s when this whole issue of “narrative” got started.
In the modern day even the so-called conservatives have bought into that 18-19th century imperialist era “classical” liberalism. So while they call themselves “conservatives” they are actually, for the most part, classical liberals. These classical liberals now find themselves battling with a new generation of phony liberals, the neo-liberals. Considering that the nature of politics is divisive and that the purpose of politics is to be a vehicle for attaining power, it’s no surprise to see these two groups going at it like the ignorant barbarians that they are. These two are the true enemies a real liberalism.
What the “liberal” and the American public needs to understand is that no country’s history needs the help of “narratives”, because we do not need nor do we want the ignorance and the resulting oppression that is a consequence of a censored historical “narrative”.
© 2017 Ariana Gonzalez Hernandez