9 .We will glorify war—the world’s only hygiene—militarism, patriotism, the destructive gesture of freedom-bringers, beautiful ideas worth dying for, and scorn for woman.
Yet the reason that it doesn't sit well with us, isn't for the same reasons that it doesn't sit well for others. Well if it is a shared reason, its something we feel is worth repeating. Yes, we see this glorification of war as problematic but not entirely, yet it is this issue we find undermining their very purpose. This glorification of war as the worlds singular hygiene becomes problematic in its manifestation. It becomes problematic for the same reason that Futurism was at odds with some of Italian Fascism. Why? Because of the reality of who controls the violence. This call for militarism and patriotism undermines the destructive gesture of freedom-bringers and beautiful ideas worth dying for, because it is bound and tethered it to the past, to the very history they seek to break from becoming modern. As they embrace the machine, fusing man and his mechanical creations, man's electric heart beating to a love of what? Not women but country!? No beautiful ideas worth dying for. Not relics of the past and dusty kept men (and women we would add, we would even say sexual biology has nothing to do per-say with being a Man in this figuration, all can be Men). Ah, and this brings us to The State. For unless all truly falls into the chaos of anarchy or a communist withering of the state, then there will not be these freedom-brings and beautiful ideas worth dying for. Because love of country, patriotism are a matter of nations and state (not merely the people, who comprise the nation), of birth-right, of language (heritage of a mother tongue) it a matter of the past, it preserves the museum and libraries. It smooths the striated discrete and abrupt moments, events, in history. It creates a mythical story and a straight narrative from past to present, really imagined as being. And this line is the line the military man must toe, not for his individualism but as a pack animal, bounded together for the state, the very twigs to be scarified as kindling for other men's desire. Death, not life is served. The Futurists call for living men.
*on this we Futurism could pair will with our contemporary understanding of communism as explicated by Alain Badiou, see Logic of Worlds, and Metapholitics for more information.