The Allegiant was created to host sociopolitical commentary that targets a wide swath of topics including religion, political correctness, the mass media, greed among people and persons in positions of high political and social power, and the lack of intellectual curiosity of the electorate. We seek to question the establishment, encouraging dissidents and public intellectuals — with the purpose of eroding the influence of dogmatism, superstition and bigotry in the world.
The human weakness creates and transforms the privileged bourgeoisie- a dominating class, sold with arrogance to the perpetually misinformed and uneducated majority. We have stopped believing in a society that can ensure that everyone has the most dire and necessary of services. We risk drowning in the bestiality that these new Kings propose to us so nonchalantly.
– Vincent Briatore
Why did we choose the name The Allegiant?
“The allegiant” brings to mind images of American flags and bald eagles, doesn’t it? I believe we as a nation have begun to associate these images with conservative republican propaganda and I’m not the only one who has noticed. This association is exactly what makes the intro to the Colbert Report so hilarious. Colbert satirically displays conservatives’ exploitation of patriotic symbols. He flies in on the American flag and a bald eagle swoops down to begin the show. But this funny theme song sheds light on a real phenomenon with our associations: patriotism implies conservative views. This is a problem.
We are very allegiant to our country and our government; we also have very progressive liberal views. This is not a contradiction. Patriotism is not partisan. One political party isn’t more American than the other. Patriotism is not the blind following of the status quo. In fact, the very foundation of our country is that of dissent and secession from oppressive rule. One of the rights given to us in the first amendment is the right to “petition the government for a redress of grievances.” What could be more patriotic than exercising the very rights that make our nation great?
A billboard in Florida read, “America: love it or get out!” It seems this is a growing sentiment for many Americans. I argue that a true love for America is not found in bumper stickers of red stripes and blue stars, it’s not handing over your individual rights in the name of security, or refusing to acknowledge any weakness in our government. True patriotism is not only the love of our country but the courage to exercise the rights that will enable our nation to persevere.