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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Let's Talk About It

In re: this.

Whoever fights against the empire, becomes the empire. [or something along those lines] — Philip K. Dick [as told to Tezcatlipoca]

I think this is important. I think there's a misconception that to be "political" one must address the "political system" on it's own terms. I'd say that every work can't help but be political. "The kids these days" have seen the failures of previous generations. Instead, I would suggest that this generation (or whatever) is (possibly unknowingly) taking a much more magical approach, simply willing the past in to non-existence by ignoring it.
Even Solidarity Rock is an example of this. It has to be an apolitical operation in order to function at all. By focusing exclusively on fostering creative expression, and not on "politics", we're able to help build a different kind of future that would be out of reach if we were explicitly political. Everyone has their own politics, sure, but that's not even so important as just doing the work.
It's like Burroughs said, it's the word virus. As long as we keep feeding it it will continue to grow in power. We need to starve the word virus. Communicate without words. Though it would be easier, though I'm not convinced how fruitful, in the end, if we just started using words differently. If you look back at popular music in the early 20th century, you notice that they're often communicating the same types of sentiments that we do now, but it's all talked about in a very coded way. Nothing was explicit. We could attempt a coup by shifting our language use in such a way, but, like I said, I'm concerned that would only give power to a different type of word virus. Then again, isn't that how evolution is supposed to work?
We are living in a soviet police state, it's just masquerading as a free society, though that's not to saw we're powerless as actors within said police state. We're going to have to learn to communicate in code, just like they did in Poland.

*imagines a society where all disputes are settled via freestyle music competitions*

But of course, I'm just speaking for myself. I have no idea how indicative these ideas are of the broader population. Though I'd definitely like to see where this discussion leads...

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Maxims and minims for the wise and the foolish

  • LANGUAGE IS A HIERARCHICAL AUTHORITY
    A GOVERNMENT OF THE CONSCIOUSNESS — Tezcatlipoca
  • Whoever fights against the empire, becomes the empire. [or something along those lines] — Philip K. Dick [as told to Tezcatlipoca]
    • We’re not fighting the empire! We are the empire! Go away, or we'll smack you with this stick! — Tezcatlipoca
  • You don't have to be straight to shoot straight. — Barry Goldwater
    • Indeed, we must prevent life, which is frequently fatal. — Umunmutamku
      • There are also a number of legitimate scientific reasons for it as well (though I don't know what they are) — Tezcatlipoca
  • Instead of thinking of Scripture as a manual, I try to think of the Bible as ‘a boyfriend’. — punkrainbow
    • Your feelings are lying to you. — Jer 17:9
  • READ A BOOK, I'M SURE IT'S IN ONE OF THEM. — Tezcatlipoca
    • Books are full of bullshit and lies! — Tezcatlipoca
      • We will lie to you but we will lie to ourselves as well. You will, however, see through our lies and grasp the shining truth within. — The KLF
  • A Gnostic is by definition a knower, and since knowledge supersedes belief, a knower cannot very well be a believer. — Stephan A. Hoeller
    • talking about the great unknown is ridiculous. it’s THE GREAT UN-FUCKING-KNOWN — Anonymous
      • The enemy knows the system. — Claude Shannon

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