The Button, the Wall and the Myth of Nations
Date Written: 08/01/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21881
North Korean sanctions, the border wall with Mexico, and the "toxic" role of nationalism with regards to international relations and domestically in the US are discussed.
"Trump says build a wall. Even if the wall is mostly a metaphor, the effect of that metaphor is to lock in consciousness, as though 'America' is the only truth Americans are capable of understanding: Fifty states and thats it. We're exceptional and the rest of you, keep out. Locked-in consciousness never keeps people safe, but it does keep them scared. You might call it patriotic absolutism, which yields fear, violence and war."