Two tribes —
On the left, we see both iconoclasm (razing of Confederate memorial statuary) and a fixation on surface meaning (defending the actions of antifa by fixating on its name: “it just means ‘anti-fascism’!).
On the right, rallying around the flag and MAGA hats has reached fever heat.
— Welcome to Ooga Booga Time.
In other words: tribalism.
Consider the upcoming movie about Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon. The makers of this movie have made a point of not depicting the raising of the Stars and Stripes above the dust of Mare Tranquillitatis.
Why? Because, says the Canadian actor who plays the part of astronaut Armstrong, the filmmakers wished to present “Armstrong’s success as a ‘human achievement’ rather than a patriotic American victory.”
But it was, factually, very much a Cold War victory.
What the filmmakers are doing is rewriting history to conform to their cosmopolitan, internationalist tribal mindset.*
Nothing new, of course — Hollywood has been a propaganda mill for a very long time. Once it aligned itself with Washington, D.C. Not any more.
Now, apparently, even depicting a central bit of traditional American symbolism in the history being filmed is so stylistically, ceremonially offensive that actors and directors and cinematographers avert . . . our eyes.
“One thing is needful,” philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche wrote. “To add style to one’s character.” Maybe. But when it comes to politics what we need — in Hollywood and Washington and Anytown, USA — is less attention to symbolism. To style.
And more on substance. And truth.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.
* And, perhaps, to appease the propaganda-minded censors of Chinese government. That’s Ben Shapiro’s take.