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So You Want Change ?
Emma Goldman once said .. ‘If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal’ .. and while that may sound unduly cynical it also has a ring of truth in relation to America these days.
I often think of that quote when I hear the usual criticisms about protesters and those who choose to take direct political action. The ones that say .. ‘we’re a democracy and if you don’t like the way things are then vote to change them’. Well yes .. yes indeed .. if only that were possible.
The problem in America, of course, is that its not possible. There are two right-of-center parties, both broadly supporting a corporate agenda. The whole system is built around wealth and power. Obscene sums of money, hundreds of millions of dollars, are required to mount any serious political campaign. The mainstream media are largely owned by those wishing to push a corporate agenda. Lobbyists swarm over Washington shamelessly buying political influence for their masters.
That’s the reality as opposed to the fantasy. Telling people in these circumstances to ‘believe in the system’ or to ‘work for change within the system’ is asking an awful lot. Its like telling them to carry on playing rigged slot-machines and hoping one day they’ll miraculously win. It just isn’t going to happen. And that simile is apt because American politics really is just like a crooked Mafia casino that’s rigged in favor of the owners and against the ordinary people.
Sometimes political systems move so far away from their intended purpose, become so corrupt and dysfunctional and hostile to the people they’re meant to serve, that the only thing to do is dismantle them completely and start again from scratch. The solution has to come from outside of the system. Its happened many times and in many countries throughout history and it may be what needs to happen now in America.
If you’re happy with the way things are, the gross inequalities of wealth, the hypocrisy, the lies, the unfairness, the crumbling infrastructure, the draconian control, and all the other failures of a broken system it may make sense to do nothing more than just vote for either the Pepsi or the Coke of politics.
But if you want real change, what will you do ?
milajaroniec: Get stuck. Stay in one place your whole life. Always order vanilla even though the menu is four pages long. Become the type of person who sends back lattes. Save up your money for a plasma TV instead of a plane ticket. Talk a lot about things you know nothing about. Have an affair with someone you don’t even find attractive.VOID: How To Ruin Your Life
Refuse to forget your ex. Make it impossible for yourself to do anything without remembering that you used to do it with them. Hug your knees under the sheets and think about how safe you felt when they held you at night. Remind yourself daily of how empty you feel. Find new ways to make yourself sad.
Get drunk all the time. Consider no Saturday night, national holiday or extended happy hour complete without a vodka-induced breakdown. Graduate college but keep drinking like you’re still in it. Notice that cheap beer tastes watery and stale when you drink it alone but drink it anyway. Look at old Facebook photos wasted and wonder where everyone went.
Never drink. Never do anything that could potentially be “bad” for you. Treat your body like the temple it is and say no to carbs, yes to wheatgrass, go to bed at ten sharp and turn down cake on your birthday. Take fifteen different dietary supplements. Monitor carefully. Succumb to nothing. Miss out on everything.
Compare yourself constantly, to everyone. Allow the standards of image-obsessed, age-obsessed culture to make you feel decrepit at 25. Scroll through skinny girls on Tumblr feeling wistful and inadequate. Pull at the skin on your hipbones, stomach, and underarms in the mirror. Sigh a lot. Sigh all the time.
Don’t fall in love with anyone or anything. Put an impenetrable wall between yourself and other people. Add a fire-breathing dragon and eight yards of barbed wire. Be suspicious of everyone’s motives. Hold grudges long after you’ve forgotten what for.
Fall in love with everyone and everything. Run after the next best thing like it’s a bus you’re perpetually late for. Throw your heart into every other stranger’s hands and be genuinely surprised to be hurt. Refuse to learn. Refuse to ever learn.