links for 2009-03-21
Saturday, March 21, 2009
"Today protest is often shaped by cooperation with state authorities—even organizers of rallies against police brutality apply for police permits, and anti-imperialists usually stop short of supporting self-defense and armed resistance. How Nonviolence Protects the State challenges the belief that nonviolence is the only way to fight for a better world. "
Why I chose this quote for the header is twofold, though there is only one reason. It says something true to me about the distinction between formal and actual freedom; while I comprehend Lenin, and in turn Zizek, experienced the distinction at some point as a core truth to which obviously they demonstrate allegiance. So I was enlisted in that allegiance. Second, not actually second, I experience that the action of allegiance is in the intervention, that being actual freedom and the only real freedom – the site is now."
"At the end of the first day, it already seems that for all the sophisticated philosophical language that was being used, most participants simply wanted to re-boot the machine – as though it was just an initialization problem! Maybe the software itself needs rewriting? That thought seems far from most people gathered for the conference."
"Its like nacho cheese soup, only thicker and with about 5 macaroni noodles lost in there somewhere. It was so fuckin gross, I couldn't even look at it. I took this photo with my blackberry, so imagine if I had taken it with an actual camera…people would be barfing all over their screens. Honestly, if this turns you on in any sort of way, you are sick and Chris Hansen should probably have a visit with you. Don't even try to run, the cops are in your front yard."