A Lesson In History: The Revolutionary War

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A Lesson in History: The Revolutionary War
England’s loss of the colonies in the Revolutionary War is a historically semantic matter that may or may not have been due to calculative reprisal in the stability of their once great Empire. America’s victory, however, is almost as certain as her blood is blue. Concomitant with its triumph is an insidious compilation of discursive practices that not only galvanized the victory of our founding fathers, but also retroactively posits America’s liberal democracy as the center of civilization and the “end of history”. In other words, America realized her victory with “thought” and did so in a way that ontologically prefigures horrific violence with ...view middle of the document...

" This is the same same relationship of the Roman imperial model: the civilized Metropolis--the City as a spatial, moral, and barometric center--and the amorphous periphery that must be colonized in the name of imperial Truth. The significant demarcation in America’s contribution to the metanarrative’s Central Circle is the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and The Bill of Rights. The rhetoric used to justify America’s hegemony is not granting the free society it claims, but rather provides an engineered re-representation of what it means to be human. Through these discursive embellishments, America was able to establish a totalizing Identity necessary for its fulfillment as the “end of history”.
America's addiction to national exceptionalism (Identity production) is a discursive practice largely responsible for victory over England in the Revolutionary War. Regardless if England "chose to lose", hegemonic end-of-history discourse reconstellates English loss into America’s aggrandized fulfillment of the metanarrative. More importantly, this very discourse permits the violence that comprised her victory as "remedial mistakes". As Spanos argues, "like de Tocqueville's characteristic Universalist representation of the extermination of the Native Americans at the beginning of American history, obliterated the actuality of that radically contradictory event or reduced it to the status of an accident--a "remedialble" mistake--at the "end of this history". From the puritans divinely ordained “errand in the wilderness” to the present day situation, history has ontologically accommodated mass genocide and endless violence into the continuum of space and time itself.
America's emergence as an autonomous government was a historically specific transformation of thinking informed by imperial logos. Its origins are antiquated Roman provenance that sees the world as a compartmentalized space—a picture. It was clear to Americans far before the first continental congress what the world should look like.

In Heideggerian analyses, Occidental imperialism was transmuted by America’s advent that rendered previous incalculability as an understandable "world picture". Scrutiny of the picture is a mode of inquiry which orients the subject in an Archimedean relation to the object of its knowledge, (The Archimedean relation has to do with maintaining a constant distance between ‘a’ and ‘b’) in a way that would domesticate and pacify difference. Essentially, this form of metaphysics is imperialism: in assuming that Identity is the precondition for the possibility of difference and not the other way around. As Heideggar writes, “What is, in its entirety, is now taken in such...

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