Thursday, March 25, 2004

The metaphysics of Indian-hating

Richard Drinnon has written a book called Facing West: The Metaphysics of Indian-Hating & Empire Building. It's impossible to do an entire book justice in a few lines, but let me give you a broad outline. Drinnon claims that Manifest Destiny didn't stop at the California coast line. Drinnon argues that American foreign policy was intially designed in the 1700's when dealing with eastern First Nations (or Indians) and culminated in 1880's in dealing with Mexico and the western First Nations. Simply put, the paradigm has been to kill people, make treaties you never intend to obey, and take people's stuff while enslaving them and committing genocide. And the US government doesn't seem the least bit interested in reforming this paradigm of foreign policy. The US government likes to call this process making the world safe for democracy. After the First Nations were conquered the US moved on to Japan, the Philippines, and the Sandwich Islands, as well as Korea and Vietnam.

I don't claim that Drinnon is 100% correct, but I think it is a provocative thesis.

Here's a link to Amazon's page on Drinnon's book.

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