I made the t-shirt
to Resistance is Futile"
when the British decided Ireland was theirs?
Remember when the Irish stopped resisting the British occupation
of their island?
when the French decided Algeria was theirs?
Remember when the Algerians stopped resisting the French occupation?
Battle of Algiers" is a must see film when trying to
understand the Iraqi Insurgency.
shirt addresses the bleak feeling that many of us get sometimes--that
there is no point in resisting the tyrannies that confront and repress
us--and turns it on its head.
"resistance is futile" is, I believe, from Star Trek.
But, it is a well known idea that really gets its force from Orwellian
images of a totalitarian state that cannot be fought against effectively
or defeated (i.e. the permanent repression of the people of Oceania).
While there may indeed be a point at which technology is so advanced
and pervasive and government is so intrusive that the people are
without hope of succeeding in revolutionary* terms, I don't think
we're there yet.
PATRIOT Act and the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001 (as well as the Antiterrorism
and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 and the Drug War generally)
have done much to move us in that direction. Such legislation seems
to me to be less focused on preventing foreign terrorists from attacking
the US than it is focused on preventing internal revolution.*
But, the point
of this shirt is that building a system to prevent revolution* is
like building the tower of Babel. It cannot be done in the end,
and it is a foolish exercise. For revolution will always come and
cannot be stopped. It is like weeds growing up through concrete.
Entropy guarantees disorder and the eventual death of all that now
thrives. There is no exemption for repressive governments.
does not mean we can sit back and count on Entropy to save us from
Big Brother. Entropy will put an end to Big Brother, but it may
not come in the form we prefer. We would like to see repressive
government cease, but have humanity continue to exist, and in the
most fair and just way possible. So we must fight against repression
and for democracy.
eternal vigilence. The founders of the US talked a lot about this.
Jefferson thought there would need to be a revolution every ten
years to keep democracy vigorous and vital. Over time, governments
always become corrupt and fail to act in the interest of the people.
This usually happens sooner than later, but it always happens. No
matter what system of government, those in power always find ways
to manipulate the intent of laws designed to preserve democracy.
Laws won't do the trick. It takes an informed and activated public
to create, defend, maintain and sometimes restore democracy. This
requires a free and accessible press (media), free and accessible
education, and direct action (as in action taken directly by people
outside of the official institutions erected by government, since
those official institutions always become coopted and corrupted).
[Democracy is a subject addressed
on the back of the "Liberate the Media" shirt that I made
*When I speak
of revolution, I do so broadly. I am using the term in a wide sense
[one of Webster's many definitions for revolution is "a complete
or radical change of any kind;" this is how I use the word]
to refer to whatever it will take to change things thoroughly for
the better (without compromising essential, self evident values)
whether that be solely changing ideas and minds or governments,
etc. To limit the scope of the diverse possibilities for the manifestation
of revolution would be to defeat the idea of revolution itself,
I believe. The power of revolution comes from it's wideness. All
paths of revolution simply cannot be sealed off by those who might
wish to do so, for they multiply faster than and grossly outnumber
strategies to seal them off. Revolution is the perpetual state of
things, in nature and in humanity.
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