Bred to Fight
Interesting piece in the new Harpers about the huge discrepancy in the military in partisan political identification. Only" 7% identify themselves as liberals, Republicans outnumber Democrats in the military by more than four to one" . Of course I am no huge fan of Democrats or liberals but it is interesting that "since 1980 ( Reagan fascism) our military has become conservative in a more explicitly ideological sense."So we have some set of factors which is causing this personality disorder which manifests itself as conservative (in the vulgar, racist, sexist, provincial, homophobic sense), patriotic, evangelical, militaristically violent and good at taking orders.
Part of it has to do with how they were raised (that factor varies a great deal) part has to do with how susceptable they are to popular culture, part genetic (IQ, aptitude, etc) and part influence of teachers, mentors, peers. A study of the Hitler Youth could probably yield a great deal in this regard. I think video games factor in here somehow but have no data.
Personally, I don't support the troops. Not our troops, not their troops, not anybodys fucking troops. They personify and embody everything I stand against and if they are stuck in the military and don't like it I feel sympathy for them and if they are in there enjoying it they are sick. But in neither case do I support them in any way, shape or form.They are not defending my freedom or my property or my wealth or any stupid thing.What does "support" even consist of? Some prayer like mental state? Good thoughts? Thats stupid as well. If they want my support they will have to wake up, realize what they are doing and quit. Quit being killers, quit being Republicans, quit being conformist droids walking in lockstep towards glorious battle, quit being stupid.