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Tuesday, 30 March 2010

political porn

today i has been readin political porn at work. ooooh yeah. namely nihilism, anarchy and the 21st century.

i particularly liked: "strategic nihilism allows for the possibility that there is no future. the possibility of radical social transformation then becomes unhinged from the utopian aspirations of its proponents. their ‘hope’ can clearly be shown to be disconnected from the social and material reality of both the society as-it-is and the potential society that-could-be. if the destruction of the current order must be achieved, for our own potential to be realized, for its own sake, for the children, it may be better to do it with open eyes than purposely blinded ones. a strategic nihilist understands that an ethical revolution does not create an ethical society...they understand that the infrastructure of the modern world embeds its own logic and inhabitants and the nihilist is willing to toss it asunder anyway."

oh. shit. yeyah.

he goes on to offer some good ol' nihilist prescriptions for your poor struggling anarchist: "a strategic nihilist position allows for a range of motion heretofore not available. the ethical limitations of ‘doing the right thing’ have transformed movements for social change. from pacifists and ethicists who sanctimoniously wait for the club to fall or the strength of their convictions to shatter capitalism, to adherents of the vietnam-era form of social protest, it is clear that the terrain allowed by morality is bleak and filled with quagmire. armed struggle groups, who led non-existent masses toward their better world have shown similar failure. if these are not the models that frame your conception of change, you are free to make moves on a chessboard that no one else is playing on. you begin to write the rules that those in power are not prepared for. you can take angles, you can pace yourself, you can start dreaming big again, instead of just dreaming as large as the next demo, action, or war."

i do hope all you sappy ethicalists are paying good heed, instead of just giving it. i recommend reading the whole thing, it's pretty classy. especially if you're bored and/or at work.