Last week an on-line poll of some sort attempted to show 70% of Americans gung ho for war with Yemen. Of course, this “poll” was unscientific. As a wag on Facebook pointed out: Take 10 couch potatoes who are regular viewers of the decadent Neocon Fox News Channel, 7 will be cheering for war anywhere and everywhere.
Why this Rambo syndrome? The best analysis comes from Guy Debord in his SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE from which we re-print an excerpt below:
The Spectacle is not a collection of images but a social relation among people, mediated by images.
The media control was reinforced by the spectators’ own internalized conditioning.
Socially & psychologically repressed, people are drawn to spectacles of violent conflict that allow their accumulated frustrations to explode in socially condoned orgasms of collective pride & hate.
Deprived of significant accomplishments in their own work & leisure, they participate vicariously in military enterprises that have real & undeniable effects.
Lacking genuine community, they thrill to the sense of sharing in a common purpose, if only that of fighting some common enemy, and react angrily against anyone who contradicts the image of patriotic unanimity.
The individual life may be a farce, the society may be falling apart, but all complexities & uncertainties are temporarily forgotten in the self-assurance that comes from identifying with the State.
War is the truest expression of the State, and its most powerful reinforcement.
Just as capitalism must create artificial needs for its increasingly superfluous commodities, the State must continually create artificial conflicts of interest requiring its violent intervention.
The fact that the State incidentally provides a few social services merely camouflages its fundamental nature as a PROTECTION RACKET.