Questioning the legitimacy of government domination of Native peoples also raises troubling questions about nationalism in general, and more specifically, how power is enacted. If we acknowledge that governments are more formalized processes of power OVER people than power OF people, then how do we reconcile this to the mythologies so familiar to us: democracy is the enactment of freedom, and that it is our duty to export American democracy to the rest of the world? Isn't it more appropriate to just admit that nationalism is a necessary evil that we are all stuck with? Or can we imagine a different world where human dignity is truly honored, and we live harmoniously with the natural world?
Monday, September 12, 2011 - 14:39