Firestarter Logs Made From Real American Flags
Burn American While America Burns
Edition of 50
Contains 2.5 Regulation American Flags (100% Cotton)
12" Length x 4" Diameter
Burns for 2 hours
Terms and Conditions
Flag burning is protected symbolic speech,
as most recently codified by a Supreme Court
decision in 1990.
“Though symbols often are what we ourselves make of them, the flag is constant in expressing beliefs Americans share, beliefs in law and peace and that freedom which sustains the human spirit. It is poignant but fundamental that the flag protects those who hold it in contempt.” - Justice Anthony Kennedy,
writing for the Majority, 1990
Of course, the idea that the flag represents a coherent set of commonly held principles is laughable; America and the experience of being American diverge wildly in meaning and direct physical consequence between individuals.
As a vague symbol for the United States at large, the message manifested by flag-burning is both sweeping and almost hilariously undirected. Without further context, it is an action that swings at such a broad range of targets as to inevitably miss by a mile. Which facet of the myriad contradictory and heterogeneously distributed aspects of the USA does your flag burning condemn?
But hedge your bets here folks: no matter who wins this election, there’s a use for a ready-to-burn flag.
The flag, per both manufacturing regulations and simple common sense for an outdoor object that sees year-round use, is made of rather durable materials. There is no strict requirement that it be cotton or any other such natural fiber. Flags are typically fire retardant. American Flag Logs therefore represent an improvement over the original object in that they 1. Fit nicely into a standard fireplace, and 2. Use a paraffin wax binder that acts as a flammable matrix - enabling those durable flag fibers to go up in smoke.
Is flag burning protest? Catharsis? Recreation? One thing’s for sure: never forget you live in a country that will happily sell all three of those actions back to you. We can say with certainty: if it CAN be done, then it CAN be PRODUCTIZED! Commerce eats the nation. It is far easier to imagine the end of the United States than it is to imagine the end of capitalism.
Protected symbolic speech? Twenny bucks, buddy.