If the first rule of a dysfunctional system is ‘Don’t talk about it,’ then our primary goal should be to tell the truth, to be as honest as we can manage to be. When I read something truthful, something real, I breathe a deep sigh of relief and say, ‘Fantastic - I wasn’t mad or alone in thinking that, after all!’ So often we are left to our own devices, struggling in the dark with this external and internal propaganda system. At that point, for someone to tell us the truth is a gift. In a world where people all around us are lying and confusing us, to be honest is a great kindness.
by Aphex Twin
from the album: Selected Ambient Works 85-92
Aphex Twin. Xtal. Selected Ambient Works 85–92.
[T]he problem for revolutionaries today is to unite within the purpose of a particular struggle without falling into the despotic and bureaucratic organization of the party or state apparatus. We seek a kind of war machine that will not re-create a state apparatus, a nomadic unit related to the outside that will not revive an internal despotic unity.
Long ago, we realized that simply trusting people and government agencies to always do the right thing doesn’t work, so we need to check up on them. In a democracy, transparency and accountability are how we do that. It’s how we ensure that we get both effective and cost-effective government. It’s how we prevent those we trust from abusing that trust, and protect ourselves when they do. And it’s especially important when security is concerned.
Despite the fact that privileged people have benefited from an unfair advantage in society, they are often preoccupied with being treated “fairly” in the context of reconciliation work. They believe that they have a right to be heard. They also believe they have the right to a clean slate; they don’t want past injustices (either individual or societal) to negatively affect the current reconciliation work. In addition, they believe that they have a right to be treated graciously; in other words, the oppressed person must refrain from sounding angry when expressing him or herself and must communicate in a way that is comforting to the privileged person[ii]. If any of these “rights” are violated, privileged people often bolt from the reconciliation context.
If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.
There’s another clear moral to this tale, now that I think about it: When you’re dead you’re dead.
And yet another moral occurs to me now: Make love when you can. It’s good for you.
Kurt Vonnegut. Mother Night.
Even (Out) +
by Stars of the Lid
from the album: and Their Refinement of the Decline
Stars of the Lid. Even (Out)+. And Their Refinement of the Decline.
by Jay Reatard
from the album: Jay Reatard / Deerhoof Split
Jay Reatard - Fluorescent Grey (Deerhunter cover)
Somebody To Love
by Jefferson Airplane
Jefferson Airplane. Somebody to Love. Surrealistic Pillow.
…in a pluralistic world, a religion is judged by the benefits it brings to its non-adherents.