Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Occupy Salon

There's not much point in my talking to you about how fugly Salon still is, yea these many moons after the glowing promises of unicorns, or promises of glowing unicorns, or whatever the hell utopian peyote visions David Talbot is currently immersed in while reality completely passes him by, since you all know it, hate it, and some of you still try to make a silk purse of that pale piece of pigs ear that is Salon.com today.

(I am constantly awed and humbled by how often many of you succeed in piercing the sheer solid stupid of the place with your trenchant, lucid, and profound commentary on life in the modern imperium.)

So I thought I'd give big shout out to the people of the #OccupyWallStreet (and other places) movement instead, who've just been viciously assaulted and robbed by our erstwhile masters, while being daily vilified for their courage and persistence.

In comments at UT today I observed that, while most of us feel as if we'd have kicked that damned pervo-coach to death had it been us that caught him buggering a young boy in the showers, most of us have stood idly by while the good people of the #Occupy movement have been "proper fucked" (HT to Richie Guy / "Snatch") by the Man, not in some quiet deserted shower stall, but right in the middle of - dare I say it - fucking Wall Street!

It is true, I am a dreadful hypocrite for even writing these words, because in Zurich last night the police also cleared out the local #Occupy protesters, and I was at home in bed, sleeping the undisturbed sleep of the almost totally indifferent.

And while I have supported a number of such protests, in ways other than physically showing up to have my head handed to me by some jackbooted thug with a badge, I will not claim that I have done enough.

I will keep my cowardly excuses to myself, and repeat some things I've noted many times in UT comment threads:

“Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”

 Power concedes nothing without demand. It never has and never will."
and, finally:

“The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion.”

Both these quotes come from Frederick Douglass, a great man whose life, struggles, and writings I strongly encourage everyone to study.


I urge everyone who reads this - yes, both of you! - to support these people in whatever way you can. Even if it is only rhetoric, it is better than nothing; which is itself more than what a lot of people are doing, many being actively opposed to anything that might disturb their stupidly saccharine view of themselves and our silk-lined iron maiden of a civilisation.


I also quoted today the words of a song by Nickelback (I know, not to everyone's taste) but the words deserve to be contemplated because they are not only true, and timeless, but profoundly true in this time of all times, now, and today:





One more depending on a prayer
And we all look away
People pretending everywhere
It's just another day

There's bullets flying through the air
And they still carry on
We watch it happen over there
And then just turn it off

[Hey, yeah, yeah, hey, yeah…]
We must stand together
[Hey, yeah, yeah, hey, yeah…]
There's no giving in
[Hey, yeah, yeah, hey, yeah…]
Hand in hand forever
[Hey, yeah, yeah, hey, yeah…]
That's when we all win
[Hey, yeah, yeah, hey, yeah…]
That's, that's, that's when we all win
That's, that's, that's when we all win

They tell us everything's alright
And we just go along
How can we fall asleep at night
When something's clearly wrong
When we could feed a starving world
With what we throw away
But all we serve are empty words
That always taste the same

[Hey, yeah, yeah, hey, yeah…]
We must stand together
[Hey, yeah, yeah, hey, yeah…]
There's no giving in
[Hey, yeah, yeah, hey, yeah…]
Hand in hand forever
[Hey, yeah, yeah, hey, yeah…]
That's when we all win
[Hey, yeah, yeah, hey, yeah…]
That's, that's, that's when we all win
That's, that's, that's when we all win

The right thing to guide us
Is right here inside us
No one can divide us
When the Light is nearly on
But just like a heartbeat
The drumbeat carries on…

And the drumbeat carries on…

[Hey, yeah, yeah, hey, yeah…]
We must stand together
[Hey, yeah, yeah, hey, yeah…]
There's no giving in
[Hey, yeah, yeah, hey, yeah…]
Hand in hand forever
[Hey, yeah, yeah, hey, yeah…]
That's when we all win
[Hey, yeah, yeah, hey, yeah…]
That's, that's, that's when we all win
That's, that's, that's when we all win









4 comments:

  1. Scuzz,

    Good comment. I hope the other guy likes it too!

    The problem, in my humble opinion, is that many can see that things have gone terribly wrong but they have great difficulty in seeing what, exactly, is the cause of the problems. This is not accidental. Everyone in the Western World has been dumbed down and propagandised for decades just so they would be unable to see the real problem. Divide them up, and all that.

    I wish Glenn Greenwald would write a column on what he sees in OWS other than simple platitudes. Of course, I do realise he may want to avoid that for several reasons.

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  2. Scuzza,
    Just FYI, Che Pasa is at one of the Occupies and has been writing about it for some time. Maybe stop by and give him a "hello, brah".
    http://chewhatyoucallyourpasa.blogspot.com/

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  3. PS, I think he is in Oakland. He's been there since the beginning.

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  4. People's letter archives are reappearing over at Salon!!!

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