like a circus

Ask   ♥
I'm here for the shiny. Sometimes I make it.


Anonymous asked: I read your Winter Soldier analysis, and I have a question : you say that "There’s a reason his code name is drawn from an investigation into one of the ugliest chapters of American history." Please help a non-American understand what you meant? I mean I obviously see the Cold War reference in the movie, but from what you've written it seems like something more subtle *within* the Cold War... shit, I mean just "Cold War" seems too evident and I can't find the deeper meaning?



Oh gosh, don’t feel bad, there are plenty of Americans who have never even heard of this.

The Winter Soldier Investigation was a 1971 veteran-organized media event intended to draw attention to the war crimes that had taken place in Vietnam. Directly inspired by the exposure of the My Lai Massacre (the mass murder of over five hundred unarmed civilians by American troops) in 1969, Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) brought together discharged servicemen from every branch of the military to discuss the atrocities they had seen and committed during their time in the war. They hoped bring these tragedies before the public eye, and to prove that American military policies led directly to the death and torment of civilians. Eventually a transcript from this conference made its way before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during the Fullbright Hearings.  

When Ed Brubaker, the author who wrote the original Winter Soldier arc, chose the name, he wanted something that would call up both cold Siberian winters and the atrocities of war. This fit the bill.

But the term itself, the idea of “winter soldiers”, was coined by VVAW as a response to the writings of Thomas Paine, who described the men who deserted at Valley Forge during the American Revolution:

These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country, but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

A winter soldier is someone who will warm their hands over a meager fire and weather the cold. Someone who refuses to abandon their country and its potential, no matter what the personal cost.

So how’s that for a weird little twist? According to Thomas Paine—activist, political philosopher, and revolutionary—the real winter soldier is Captain America.

"[T]he real winter soldier is Captain America."

Mind blown.

— 3 months ago with 9351 notes
  1. vaenes reblogged this from liveship
  2. missbluesunglasses reblogged this from saving-sargeant-barnes
  3. theladyofthedirewolves reblogged this from saving-sargeant-barnes
  4. saving-sargeant-barnes reblogged this from kingjackbenjamin
  5. kingjackbenjamin reblogged this from historicallyaccuratesteve
  6. let-tyrants-fear reblogged this from historicallyaccuratesteve
  7. grumpyunicorn reblogged this from geviladaheel
  8. sokorra reblogged this from geviladaheel
  9. geviladaheel reblogged this from historicallyaccuratesteve
  10. mischiefmagicandmayhem reblogged this from historicallyaccuratesteve
  11. jera349 reblogged this from yolandaash
  12. tron-ja-30-20-70 reblogged this from ughkaplans
  13. ughkaplans reblogged this from wizzard890
  14. asiancracker reblogged this from steverogersdaily
  15. backfromhogwarts reblogged this from wizzard890
  16. gallifreyan-consulting-criminal reblogged this from sherlockandtheholmeboys
  17. bluefootedpontmercy reblogged this from tic-tac-bergerac
  18. alasse-irena reblogged this from kurgerburger
  19. w-illiamsherlockscott-holmes reblogged this from sailorscottmccall
  20. whydididothisagain reblogged this from reservoircat
  21. reservoircat reblogged this from facelessmage
  22. facelessmage reblogged this from citadelofswords