Recently on Free Talk Live, I lamented the fact that the Capitol Building wasn’t burned down. I was happy to see a show of force against the perceived invulnerability of the state, even if the protestors had the worst possible reason for doing it (and they’d have been hard-pressed to have a worse reason than they did). However, I applaud any attack on the symbology of the state and its religious apparatus.
Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t the consent of the governed that keeps the state in existence; the state is actually preserved by widespread belief in its divinity. People delude themselves into believing that they are part of this wondrous thing, with carefully laid deceit creating statements like “We are the government.” People look to the state with wide-eyed adoration. It is noble. Even when it’s clearly wrong, it has the best of intentions. It is there to keep us safe. It creates social order. It loves us. It is the god made manifest on Earth. Democracy! America!
Hail to the King!
Like any religion, the state knows and utilizes the power of symbols. It has its beautifully designed emblems. It has also a litany of ceremonies meant to further deify itself in people’s minds.
Behold the carriers of the Ark of the Covenant.
I challenge anyone to look at this progression of sacrament and tell me the state is not a religion. These are the votes of the Electors–the Cardinals naming our pope. They carry it like is a holy artifact, and, if you’re anything like most Americans, you feel awe and wonder as you look at it.
I feel disgust and revulsion.
What is the reason for this pomp, this formality, this prestigious ceremony? These votes could have been delivered via email, or by USPS in plain brown envelopes. That idea doesn’t sit right, though, does it? It just doesn’t match the notion of the state to carry out this procession in a sensible, unremarkable way. Even though this is a monumental waste of time, money, and energy, we intuitively know that it is necessary; the state must present itself as glorious and majestic, not ordinary.
The symbols and ceremonies serve a purpose: they create the illusion of a thing that is better than us. The symbols and ceremonies weave the myth that, by pledging our allegiance, singing its hymns, and praising its symbols, we can be part of it. By simply kneeling and loving the state, we may ascend to Heaven.
It’s a play straight out of the Communist Manifesto. The only surprising part is that the religious right has found a way to worship the state and their Christian god.
It is for this reason that I would have liked to see the Capitol Building burned. This is not to say that anyone should go out and burn it down. However, a revolution that was through with these priests and charlatans would be best served by leaving only charred wreckage where these monuments of oppression and barbarism now stand, as eternal reminders to would be gods and kings that we serve ourselves, not their unholy dictates.
And as warning to those who would try again.
The state is the master of this deterrent policy. This is why Ross Ulbricht is serving two life sentences for running a website. It has never been the desire of the common person to behead someone and plant their head on a pike to warn potentially treasonous people what could happen. Indeed, only two institutions in human history have gone to such lengths to terrorize others of what happens to those who sin against the deity:
Religion and the state.
To be more accurate, then, only one institution has ever undertaken public torture, execution, humiliation, and degradation as a means of eliciting total obedience: religion. The modern state continues this activity; the “Mother of All Bombs” and execution of Saddam Hussein should be the only points needed. Domestically, we can look to cases like Ross Ulbricht, Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and many others. The state continues to seek out those who reject its godly authority, and then punishes them absolutely to warn others what will happen if they are inspired to disobey.
Religions of old copied or corrupted the symbols of other religions to ease conversion. The halos of Christianity are blatant copies of Egyptian sundisks, but almost no part of the story of Christ is original anyway, as ancient Christian apologists knew.
The state was not so aggressive in its conquest as it became a religion. It did not take symbology from competitive organized religions, but from disorganized and less powerful ones.
The five-pointed star used in flags across the world, for example, originated with a religion you’ve never heard of: the Serer religion of West Africa. Today, it is most well-known among Wicca and Satanism.
Neither was the eagle an accidental choice as a symbol of the American state. It traces back to the Roman Empire and is rooted in Christianity–but it was never a popular Christian symbol, so Christians were never bothered by it.
Then there is the symbol “surrounded by rays of light or Glory, meant to represent divine providence, whereby the eye of God watches over humanity.”
I’m sure you’ve seen it.
“New Order of the Ages.”
There’s also a Star of David on the Great Seal, not because of any undue Jewish influence in government, but because the state adopted religious symbols from any religion it could.
Maybe you’re still not convinced? Have you ever been to a courtroom?
Pews, pulpit, symbols of glory and majesty everywhere. Yeah. That’s a church.
One overtly religious aspect would be weird, but at some point we have to recognize that this isn’t coincidence. The state has intentionally framed itself as a religion, and it did so secretly so that no one realized the slow creep of a new religion. Gone are the days of obviously-tyrannical kings who simply wielded power to force obedience. It is, indeed, a new order of the age, where the overt violence and cruelty are no longer necessary, because the masses are believers.
Wake up to what it really is: a group of violent, psychopathic warlords who have duped you into giving your fealty in return for their empty promises of salvation.