Hey y’all, I’ve been caught up in my own explorations too long to post anything. And all this shit I’ve been raging about here is finally makins some sort of sense to me, so hopefully soon I’ll be able to express it. I’m working on a unified project out of it all finally, adn to be truthful, putting it in webpage bulletins that i hammer out in half an hour without editing seems trivializing it. So it’ll just have to wait a bit. The revolution, unfortunately, it seems, will not be webcast. |
But that doesnt mean I’m going to stop posting anything here, it will just probably be more general postings and observations of a radically progressive nature... the manifesto for revolution will come out in book form later.
I have to hand it to “President” Bush, he’s accomplished the most amazing foreign policy feat of anyone in recent years: with his “war on terror”, he’s managed to unite the entire world against a common enemy. Unfortunately, that enemy is us. How incredible is it that in the space of less than a year, we have gone from having the sympathy and support of the world to, in the words of Nelson Mandela, “appalling” them. Harsh words from one of the greatest representatives of peace of the last century. “We are appalled by any country, whether a superpower or a small country, that goes outside the UN and attacks independent countries,” he says. Reading between the lines, it seems to me that Mandela’s onto something here, as he exposes the so called war on terror as merely a guise to legitamatize state sanctioned terrorist actions. Even Bush’s usual ventriloquist dummy from across the Atlantic, Tony Blair, seems to be developing a mind of his own. So where’s the dissent at home? Too terrified of Ashcroft’s internment camps and McCarthyist tactics to act, it seems to me. You’d think we would have learned from the negative legacy of Japanese internment in WWII. Sigh. Did any of these guys ever take a history class or read the quote from Jefferson on the value of history?
Anyways, I know i’m going nowhere with that complaint, just exxpressing a little frustration, frustration inlaid with hope now that the rest of the world is starting to wake up. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, fortunately. Which is one small part of why I’ve been feeling hopeful for the ffuture lately, that it really is possible to make the world a better place within our lifetimes. I can’t express the exact reasons behind my hope lately.. but I am going to try reflect past expressions of similar hope by posting a bunch of exerpts from Redemption Songs (that title coming from the name of a Marley song, which will be the first one posted). Lemme know in an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) what your personal Redemption songs are too, and I’ll post them. Peace and love to y’all... PS, best of luck to all of you starting college classes. Let me know how it goes, exciting if terrifying times to live in these are.
“Old pirates, yes, they rob I;
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
Won't you help to sing
“They say ev'rything can be replaced,
They say ev'ry man needs protection,
Standing next to me in this lonely crowd,
“'Twas in another lifetime, one of toil and blood
And if I pass this way again, you can rest assured
Now the bonds are broken
- Bob Dylan, “Shelter From The Storm”
“I listen to the wind
I listen to my words but they fall far below
“And when the broken hearted people living in the world agree
Anyways, thats it for now. I’m going to try to make a habit of this, ending each post with a redemption song to remind myself that despite all the shit, the confusion there will be an answer. Send me suggestions.