Guns, God, and Social Alienation: Has Neoliberalism Destroyed our Community?
Some people say lax gun laws are to blame; former Gov. Mike Huckabee said it was because we took God out of our public schools, while some others blame the lack of mental health treatment, and a “gun culture” promoted by violent movies, TV, and video games. As far as “God” not being in public schools, that answer is downright silly. The better answer is that the modern neoliberal state has destroyed any sense of community, which organized religion used to represent, and in its place, we are now only a collection of individuals. As Margaret Thatcher wrote, “there is no society anymore, only individuals”.
One of the odder things I have noticed is the convergence of Hollywood post-apocalyptic movies and Evangelical Armageddon theology. Two antagonistic groups, Evangelical Christians and Hollywood, have found common ground and are indulging in End of the World fantasy. And as a result, there are many Americans, Christians and non-believers alike, who are building an arsenal, not for basic self-defense, but for the End of the World. To them, there should be no limits whatsoever to the Second Amendment, not because they want to stop a burglar or mugger, but because they are waiting to fight the Antichrist or the next Civil War.