We know that our standard of living depends on a massive military empire that today rivals even the that of the Romans.
We know that money is the root of pop culture and anything that can’t be mass marketed doesn’t really get promoted as US mainstream culture. While the Italians have the Sistine Chapel, the
But we need a national identity and we need culture. We need heroes and examples of individuals who represented progress in our history, not just the shit that passes for American history in present day US history books.
It may seem over nationalistic, but
He noticed the Qing Dynasty initiated some public works, and relied on professionals to design things rather than aristocrats. In his earlier writings, such as On New Democracy, he often quoted Joseph Stalin. Yet in his later writings, such as Five Essays On Philosophy, by the 1960s, he quoted Lao Tse and Mencius.
Antonio Gramsci, Italian Communist writer, pointed out in Critical Notes On An Attempt At A Popular Presentation Of Marxism By Bukharin that there are people in the past who contributed progressive ideas to history, yet would not stack up to being progressive in this time period. He gave the example of Giordano Bruno (late 1500s) who was an influence on Karl Marx. He pointed out that people are a product of their time period and we can’t expect political correctness from someone who lived in the 1500s or any other long past century.
It was Thomas Jefferson who said; "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." He and Thomas Paine opposed letting our founding fathers develop a new
Marx wrote Address of the International Working Men's Association to Abraham Lincoln, President of the
It also helps to remember that this country has had its share of rebels, such as Chief Pontiac, Nat Turner, Joe Hill, Jack Reed and Emma Goldman.
Still there is a lack of long term history and a lack of depth in the culture that passes for mainstream
Then there are the arts. The Harlem Renaissance led to jazz becoming a mainstream form of
As Mao discovered, after a revolution, rather than throwing away its past history is reinterpreted. Some heroes of the past, such as General Armstrong Custer, are doomed to be vilified as assholes. Richard Nixon and George Bush will always be historical scum. The
We must overthrow the political system; then promote culture that supports revolution. We don’t want to become a society that lacks any cultural past.
It is probably too late to integrate Indian culture into the mainstream as had happened in
Until there is a revolution, we on the left can promote our own culture and bring awareness of our history. There is a culture to the