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Lancaster, PA, USA. It is our flawed presidential electoral system and not us that inhibits solution of our most vexing political, economic, foreign and social challenges.
In this most contentious election year, one proposit...
Lancaster, PA, USA. Let’s say it clearly. The Democrats had a good convention, one clearly reflected in a respectable post-convention bounce — the Republicans, not so much.
Not that the GOP had a really bad or a dr...
Lancaster, PA, USA. The endless campaign, also known as the 2012 American presidential election, isn’t quite ending yet. But as Churchill might have put it, we have at least reached the beginning of the end.
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Fairfax, VA, USA. Summers come, summers go, but the summer reading list is forever and I recline on the edge of somnolence, roused by our books waiting to be shelved or boxed away.
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Springfield, VA, USA. Being a revolutionary has always been difficult. People tend to get angry when you revolute and, if you push too hard, they might decide to push back and then, if that doesn’t work, use something more serious to stop you from disturbing them.
I try to avoid disturbing people so much that they want to try to stomp me dead (stopping them from stomping me takes way too much time and energy but you might have noticed that the stompers have so far failed in their objectives).
I am said to be a revolutionist in my sympathies, by birth, by breeding and by principle. I am always on the side of the revolutionists, because there never was a revolution unless there were some oppressive and intolerable conditions against which to revolute. — Mark Twain
It is hard for a girl to keep even today (let alone get ahead). Inventing the wheel was chic, but Mao believed that revolution comes out of the barrel of a gun. Even so, there are less violent ways of showing your rebel colors.
Agreeing with Oscar Wilde that “when liberty comes with hands dabbled in blood it is hard to shake hands with her,” here is a list of Revolutionary Acts for Radical Americans too busy to place their bodies on the line.
We pause here for a word of advice from our publisher: violation of civil or military laws may result in fines, incarceration, or death. If you can’t do the time, don’t be a rebel. If you are going to live outside the law, you have to be honest.
Meanwhile, back to the list. Please note our lawyers wish us to state that we do not recommend you actually do any of the following:
Call all the girlfriends and have them throw their sanitary napkins into the toilets at City Hall.
Drive to the busiest intersection in the city at rush hour. When stopped at the stoplight, turn the engine off, open the hood, rip out the spark plug wires, and walk, do not run away (after kissing your car goodbye).
Enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. Refuse to go to the war zone when ordered to deploy. Accept the consequences.
Accept a full ROTC scholarship for college. After graduation, refuse to fulfill your service obligation and accept the consequences.
Start a radical slogan email chain letter. Sent to ten of your friends. Ask them to add a radical slogan and forward the email to ten of their friends (and so on). Eventually shut down the internet as your email propagates across the world. Eventually be arrested for creating a virus.
Create a cutting edge radical video and post it to MySpace.com (do not post it to my space). Confuse new technology with revolutionary acts.
Audition for American Idol dressed as Leon Trotsky, Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, or Emma Goldman. Curse violently about the unfairness of the system when Simon sarcastically tells you that you aren’t right for the competition.
Go viral and breed (once or twice a day if you are male, every 10-11 months if you are female). Don’t let The Man tell you that you can’t breed because of the number of people in China and India.
Read the Great Books of Western Civilization and the writings of the revolutionary founders of the United States. Denounce the ones that were written by white males (young or old).
After using your government grant money to write a book that denigrates capitalism, go on Oprah, Maury, and Jerry Springer to promote it.
Proclaim yourself a champion of the working classes at least once daily in every class you teach at your state and federally subsidized university. Adopt faded jeans and tee-shirts or blue work shirts as your normal work clothes. Limit footwear to scuffed boots or expensive running shoes.
Make sure everyone knows you own an Apple computer. Repeat your statement of ownership any time an Intel or Microsoft product is mentioned. Whatever you do, never mention that your Apple runs on an Intel chip or that Microsoft Office is your office suite.
Change your sex. It’s relatively quick, only modestly expensive, and no one will doubt your commitment to the cause afterwards.
Finally, if all the above appears overly complicated or you find you just can’t cope with the consequences, sometimes it is not so much what you do as what you say. Anyway, what follows is intended to be helpful for the linguistically challenged (let them know you’re here!).
Rebel Cred. To confirm and validate you are a true rebel of radical dimensions, try to insert (correctly) one or more of the following words and phrases into your conversation at least once a week:
Socio-political Opportunist (with thanks to Kelly M)
Remember, as Oscar Wilde said, “When liberty comes with hands dabbled in blood it is hard to shake hands with her.” The universe has not repealed cause and effect. For every action you take, there may be an opposite and violent reaction.
We have a lot of people revolutionizing the world because they’ve never had to present a working model. — Charles F. Kittering
So it goes. No one said being an activist revolutionary was easy.
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