AntiAmericanism (ThoughtStorms)

We're all Anti-Americanists now

Update 2008 : Maybe anti-americanists get our wish? :

Perhaps one reason for Anti-Americanism is because there is a definite political position called Americanism to be anti.

It wouldn't make sense for there to be an Anti-Denmarkism or Anti-Papua New Guineaism. Because we kind of assume that these states are empty(ish) vessels, which parties of different political ideologies compete to control.

But Anti-Americanism makes sense because America is a state conflated with a political ideology. In most countries there is narrow choice of government, but in the US, the parties seem more constrained by the constitution and by the fact that America is the political affiliation of the U.S.

If America is a political idea, then anti-Americanism is a political position akin to being anti-communist, anti-monarchist or anti-capitalist. It is not a form of racism, nor like being anti-Catholic or anti-Muslim, nor yet a weird kind of national prejudice like a dislike of Scotsmen.

(That's not to say that that there aren't some fanatics who are racist against whites, anti-Christian, or just infuriated by some stereotypical America in their heads.)

(Compare FantasyIdeology)


Can come in two varieties :

: see Lootocracy :

Q : Phil, which are you?

A : Mainly the latter, though I feel some of the force of the first. America is the most serious state sponsor of capitalism; and as I believe capitalism needs to be opposed, that can include opposing America's support at a deep level.

Q : You believe capitalism should be destroyed?

A : No, opposition doesn't mean desire to eradicate. It means desire to oppose the corroding influence it has and to correct the problems caused by it. But capitalism is the best system we've got.

I've recently been having some interesting discussion with a Marxist friend of mine, but I'm yet to be convinced that they have a worked out viable alternative. And I think in this case, an attempt to live without capitalism would quickly fall back into some kind of oppressive hierarchical control. More discussion to be found on Optimaes and CriticalSocialism.

Q : Where do you stand on September 11th?

A : Read (and discuss) the comment from my blog from SeptemberEleventhPlusTwo

See also : SoftBalancing, SoftPower, TheEfficiencyQuestion, DemographicsAndTheDustbinOfHistory, AntiIslamicism