Notes From The Flip Side: 03.23.2003
"When you want to make it clear to the world that you're not an imperialist, the people you want in your corner are Britain and Spain."
We've got our war. And I'd rather be flag burning. I disagree with this administration, its actions, its motivations and how it has handled this process. I will remember their names. And someday, I may have another opportunity to work against these war pigs and keep them from harming my country again.
After all, this is my country, even though it's a nation which feels increasingly divided by religion, matters of choice, politics and ideology; even though I usually feel like I'm walking head-on into the prevailing wind. I'm not sure when wanting to be left alone and leave other people alone to do their own thing became such a radical stance, but I'm tired of people wanting to meddle in my life when they can't even manage their own.
In some ways, it boils down to power, to people wanting to feel in control of something, anything - and those power relations at the macro level (whether social, economic, racial, cultural or another form) usually harm us since they are rarely negotiated.
I think about this periodically in relation to, of all things, sex. I used to read a fair bit of feminist criticism (Dworkin, MacKinnon, et al) and the prevailing view seemed to be that, since women were frequently abused through power relations, they were incapable of giving real consent, that all consent was in some way coerced.
I've been thinking about this at the interpersonal level - the micro level, if you will - because it's a place where we can begin to effect real change. I started thinking about this as a byproduct of conversations I've had with former lovers but there's no reason why this understanding of negotiation in relationships can't extend to friendships (which usually don't need such negotiation) and expand from there.
After all, I think most of us understand that we did not elect this government, nor did we consent to this abuse of power, nor did negotiation occur at any time. Instead, this administration seized power, subverting the will of the people, and has presumed consent while ignoring dissent.
While it may seem odd to think of this process in terms of interpersonal, intimate relations, it really isn't.
After all, the personal is political.
And right now, we're all fucked.
Off The Top Of My Head ...
- Tom and his wife just had their first child, a boy.
- My friend Charlie is shipping out on April 1 (hopefully not to the front lines). This is a guy I went to high school with, worked shit jobs with (a guy who helped me print Sick To Move at times), drank cheap beer with, went to punk shows with. I've known him for a very long time. Come home safe - and soon.
- Fuck war. Fuck warmongers.
- I have a huge crush on Naomi Klein. I love women who fight for social and economic justice.
- Dillinger Four. All due respect to The Arrivals, but D4 is as political as any punk band worth their salt should be right now. Most punk bands don't seem to be worth their salt and thus D4 seems like the only band left in the world with any guts.
- The Communiqué EP is godlike.
- Azure Ray. The "November" EP.
- "Roots N' Blues - The Retrospective (1925-1950)"
- Nobukazu Takemura. Blip-and-twitter-core rules.
- Red House Painters. My special order came in and I've been reveling in Mark Kozelek's downbeat music.
- Hankshaw. So far. I've found two EPs and a full-length. Bob always told me how good they were but I put it off until now, until a lot of the records were out of print. My bad. Definitely my bad.
Bored? How about helping to clear minefields?
Need something new to read? Try a blog written by an Iraqi citizen?
Don't forget The Blogs Of War.
Senator Robert Byrd on the rush to war.And just before the war began. Read.
Noam Chomsky. Read.
Howard Zinn. Read.
Michael Moore. Read.
The Unseen Gulf War. Read.
Turbonegro. Jazzanova. Red House Painters. Dillinger Four. Azure Ray. In Flames. Hankshaw. Now It's Overhead. Simian. Fracture.
Dave Eggers, "A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius"; Robert Lasner, "For Fucks Sake"; Neal Pollack, "The Neal Pollack Anthology Of American Literature"
Naomi Klein, "No Logo"; Paul Avrich, "Anarchist Portraits"; Umberto Eco, "Island Of The Day Before"; Alan Lomax, "The Land Where The Blues Began"; Peter Guralnick, "Lost Highway" and "Sweet Soul Music"; Thomas Wolfe, "You Can't Go Home Again"; Andrew Feenberg, "Questioning Technology" and "Alternative Modernity"; Steven Heller, "Graphic Design History" (edited with Georgette Ballance); Gunnar Swanson, ed., "Graphic Design And Reading"; Daniel Guerin, "No Gods No Masters"; Ben Greenman, "Superbad"