"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

Jan 31, 2011

our necessity

I don't have a formal set of thoughts on the subject because my father (with whom I barely speak, but we've at least got to the point that we can inhabit the relatively same space) lost his own father last night, and we're getting ready to see off the body of man who believed no god, wanted no funeral, and, if he's a ghost, is really pissed right now that anyone gives a shit about his carcass:

If we - and by we, I mean average residents of the countries which benefit from corporate imperialism and the American/NATO/UN war powers regime - don't topple or at least hamper and weaken our own corporate states; if we don't begin to take real stock of the myriad social and economic benefits we derive from our relatively high position on the economic food chain; if we don't start to put our bodies and meager fortunes at risk; in short, if we do not rebel and therefore force our own governments to spend as much loot as we can make them waste on putting us down, we are complicit in the coming co-option, betrayal and counter-revolutionary destruction of the popular uprisings which have spread from Tunisia to Egypt, which threaten the Yemeni and Jordanian puppet states, which simmer on the edge of open insurrection in Albania, which give renewed hope and cause to the captive people of Palestine, and which can and may very well will re-ignite in Greece, Lebanon and Italy.

If the American, British, Irish, Scottish, French, German, Dutch, Australian and Scandinavian people do not put their own bodies in the path of the machinery of Empire, it will continue to roll. And it will eventually buy itself enough time to not only betray the incredible courage and aspiration of the Arab rebels, but to get around to putting the Venezuelan, Cuban and Peruvian upstarts down for good.