A Lesson in Soft Power: The Kaepernick Affair

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After having a conversation with a fellow NFL player who just happens to be an ex-Green Beret, Colin Kaepernick has decided that rather than sitting down for the national anthem, that he would instead take a knee (or genuflect as religious folks might call it). This was a terrible mistake and is a result of what might turn out to be a devastating propaganda / co-optation counterattack. This posture can be construed as an act of religious devotion, submission to an authority figure, and even a militaristic combat pose.

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A soldier genuflects to a battle cross memorial of a fallen comrade; a ritual display of the American warrior cult – very creepy. This position is also a standard combat pose which makes the soldier a smaller target while enabling a more stable and accurate shot as well as mobility.

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A woman shows reverence for her invisible friend by genuflecting at church.

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4 Responses to A Lesson in Soft Power: The Kaepernick Affair

  1. Pingback: Red News | Protestation

  2. beetleypete says:

    He should definitely have stayed sitting!
    Regards, Pete.

  3. Prole Center says:

    I like the idea of raising a fist too, which I suppose could be done while sitting or standing.

  4. Prole Center says:

    Reblogged this on Proletarian Center for Research, Education and Culture and commented:

    This is a brief posting I did a year ago when this whole thing started. I want to be clear that I admire Colin Kaepernick and other athletes who took these protest actions, but I also want to offer some constructive criticism. Politics and political action are not intuitive endeavors. I think it was tactically incorrect to start “taking a knee.” – PC

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