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violence. All of Bourne’s life he has been disfigured and could only connect through his experiences and intelligence. He uses strong language in these articles that were lacking in the previous. This emotion, fitting for the era, is probably what made these some of Bourne’s most controversial and memorable articles. His isolationist attitude becomes readily apparent, if not admitted. He criticizing the American idea as a “melting pot” and questions the usage of Americanization. A long streak of cynicism now that the war is on has taken effect as has a sudden need to provide the roadmaps he swore he wouldn’t. Ultimately, his hope and idealism shine through at the end of “Transnational America” where he hopes the WWI generation will be more open and accepting. His description of the melting pot idea is decidedly acidic and glass-half-empty. He does not like the inference of assimilation and assumes it too is a method of control. Instead he argues for a cultural syndicalism, once again bringing it back to anarchism. With “The State,” published posthumously after his death in the flu pandemic, his writing gets more and more extreme and he, to my ears, sounds like the original Alex Jones or conspiracy theorist, referring to the Government with obvious names and capitalizations. He points to above methods of control as well as even more extensive ideas.
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  • Spring '13
  • KevinMattson
  • Melting pot, bourne, Prof. Kevin Mattson

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