Saturday, 14 January 2017

THE SYMBOLIC ENSLAVEMENT OF LADY LIBERTY



As Ezra Pound famously said, "A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him." In this sense Blacks in America, are at a fundamental and esoteric level "still in a state of slavery." 

All their attempts at freeing themselves failed, and they had to wait for the White Man from the North to defeat the White Man in the South to free them. At a true spiritual level, as intuited by the Rastafarians, true freedom for the Black man lies in escaping from America back to Africa, or by recreating a pure Africa in part of America. It does not include the devil's bargain of subscribing to a White-dominated "multicultural" society in which he will always feel displaced and spiritually rootless.

Understand that this is on the symbolic level. Black citizens in the USA have practical freedom, and can live their lives as they please as individuals. But, on a symbolic and esoteric level, they are still essentially and fundamentally—and certainly as a group—"slaves."

So what are we to make of the recent decision to depict Lady Liberty as a Negress on a 24-karat gold coin issued by the US treasury as reported by Fox 32?
"We boldly look to the future by casting Liberty in a new light, as an African-American woman wearing a crown of stars, looking forward to ever brighter chapters in our Nation’s history book," the U.S. Department of Treasury said in an online post.

The 2017 American Liberty Gold Coin is the first in a series of 24-karat gold coins the United States Mint will issue biennially. The coins will feature designs that depict an allegorical Liberty in a variety of contemporary forms including designs representing Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Indian-Americans among others to reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the United States."
Some may see this as a heart-warming example of "inclusivism," but, remember, society has never been more racially divided than it is now. 

A more pertinent way to view a symbol is in symbolic terms. If the Negress is taken to symbolize slavery—a connection made by many, including John Lennon in the 1970s when he said that "Woman is the Nigger of the World"—then we can say that what we have here is the equating of Lady Liberty with a state of slavery; or, more simply, this design represents the enslavement of Liberty. 

This is a particularly ominous message to send out at this time, but one in keeping with long-term trends in multicultural societies, where the growing centrifugal forces of discordant identities invoke a tyrannic centripetal reaction at the centre. In accord with the theory of Oswald Spengler, we may well be heading for a period of Caesarism, in which Lady Liberty is indeed just another chattel of the state—an empty symbol of fake unity.

 

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