Episode 16, Lesson 8: Preoccupation with Patriotic Illusions We Should Have Outgrown

Since the Second Inter-Capitalist War, all of our nation’s wars have been fought against the poor. But despite our spending $2 billion per day on preparing for war, “we” haven’t triumphed in a single one since 1945. Our “glorious” troops have been thrashed by farmers, tribal people, mothers, grandparents and children defending their homeland against U.S. imperialism. That’s happened undeniably in Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq. When will we ever learn? No one is attacking us.

Episode 15, Lesson 7: On Visiting Our Country’s Past Again for the First Time

Shadows on our cave’s wall have established controlling ideas in our minds that determine what we see. Controlling ideas have taught us for instance, that America is the greatest in the world, that it’s a democracy, that its Founders were nearly saintly men, that the policeman is our friend, and that all of us are equal under the law. All those ideas prevent us from looking at our country with new eyes – from seeing it as it “really” is today.