The Left wastes tremendous amounts of energy planning that better world and quarreling over ideologies. This strikes me as an anodyne, an escape into abstraction away from our painful historical reality. Its useless and presumptuous of us to try to do a job that belongs to future generations. It just diverts us from our real task and thus prolongs the system we oppose.
What prolongs it even more effectively is the hope that liberal reforms will lead to basic changes. An honest look at our situation today shows this is a hoax. The purpose of liberalism is to defuse discontent with promises of the future and thus prevent mass opposition from coalescing.
It diverts idealism into trivial dead ends.
Capitalism, although resilient, is willing to change only in ways that shore it up, so before anything truly different can be built, we have to bring it down.
Most of us avoid these actions because they're so negative. Were basically positive people and dont like to think of ourselves as destructive. But we cant destroy Moloch, all we can do is undermine it a bit. And thats a great contribution. Its not glorious but its necessary. If we do it well enough, our great-great grandchildren can lead a revolution and design a new society. If we dont do it, our descendants will be the globalized serfs of Bushs great-great grandchildren.
As I see it, our generational assignment -- "should we decide to accept it -- is sedition, subversion, and sabotage. We can identify those institutions and modes of functioning that support the system and then attack them.
For subversion we could, for example, focus on institutions that instill patriotism in young people. Scouts, competitive team sports, school spirit, pledge of allegiance ceremonies -- all create in children an affective bond to larger social units of school, city, and nation.
Kids are indoctrinated to feel these are extensions of their family and to respect and fear the authorities as they would their parents, more specifically their fathers, because this is a patriarchal chain being forged. It causes us even as adults to react to criticism of the country as an attack on our family. This hurts our feelings on a deep level, so we reject it, convinced it cant be true. Its too threatening to us.
This linkage is also the basis of the all-American trick of substituting personal emotion for political thought.
Breaking this emotional identification is crucial to reducing the widespread support this system still enjoys. Whatever we can do to show how ridiculous these rituals are will help undermine them.
For instance, teachers could refuse to lead the pledge of allegiance, or they could follow it with historical facts that would cause the students to question their indoctrination. If a teacher got fired, the resulting legal battle could taint the whole sacrosanct ritual and challenge the way history is taught in the schools.
Subversive parenting means raising children who wont go along with the dominant culture and have the skills to live outside it as much as possible.
Much radical feminist activism is profoundly subversive. That's why it's opposed so vehemently by many women and men.
Spiritually, whatever undercuts the concept of God as daddy in the sky will help break down patriarchal conditioning and free us for new visions of the Divine.
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