What are we—and our enemies—fighting for?
In regard to my article “Revolution and Resistance: How Can Elections Continue?” , here’s an interesting observation from an astute reader:
“Nothing can save our country now, it’s already gone. Obviously the Radical Left/BLM/Antifa hate it and are trying to destroy it, but on the other side the Middle American Resistance is no longer willing to fight for its preservation either (despite being very nostalgic for it, and possibly even thinking that they ARE fighting for it), because in fact it is no longer their country. What they are willing to fight for now is, first of all, their own physical preservation in the face of genocide, and then possibly a new country which would be an organically grown entity (based on the concept of “Rodina”*), while the other side is fighting to replace the existing state with another “mechanical” (social contract) one. And never the twain shall meet.”
*The reader was drawing from “Language and Identity: What’s in a name?” Here’s the opening paragraph:
“I’ve spent the best part of four decades studying Russia and things Russian. And I’ve always regretted that, unlike the Russians and many other nations, Americans don’t use words like “fatherland” or “motherland” to describe their country. The closest we have is “homeland.” When used by Americans, that word, like most of the language we use to describe ourselves and our country, has a civic, political, even a technical quality to it. It lacks the aura, the sense of a mystic connection to the place of one’s birth, that a word like the Russian “rodina,” motherland, has.”