January 11, 2006


Sedition, Subversion, Sabotage (William T. Hathaway, 11 January, 2006, Countercurrents.org)

Capitalism, although resilient, is willing to change only in ways that shore it up, so before anything truly different can be built, we have to bring it down. [...]

As I see it, our generational assignment -- "should we decide to accept it" -- is sedition, subversion, and sabotage. We can identify those institutions and modes of functioning that support the system and then attack them.

For sedition, much of our writing here in CounterCurrents is exemplary.

For subversion we could, for example, focus on institutions that instill patriotism in young people. Scouts, competitive team sports, school spirit, pledge of allegiance ceremonies -- all create in children an affective bond to larger social units of school, city, and nation.

Kids are indoctrinated to feel these are extensions of their family and to respect and fear the authorities as they would their parents, more specifically their fathers, because this is a patriarchal chain being forged. It causes us even as adults to react to criticism of the country
as an attack on our family. This hurts our feelings on a deep level, so we reject it, convinced it can't be true. It's too threatening to us.

This linkage is also the basis of the all-American trick of substituting personal emotion for political thought.

Breaking this emotional identification is crucial to reducing the widespread support this system still enjoys. Whatever we can do to show how ridiculous these rituals are will help undermine them.

For instance, teachers could refuse to lead the pledge of allegiance, or they could follow it with historical facts that would cause the students to question their indoctrination. If a teacher got fired, the resulting legal battle could taint the whole sacrosanct ritual and challenge the way history is taught in the schools.

Subversive parenting means raising children who won't go along with the dominant culture and have the skills to live outside it as much as possible.

Much radical feminist activism is profoundly subversive. That's why it's opposed so vehemently by many women and men.

Spiritually, whatever undercuts the concept of God as daddy in the sky will help break down patriarchal conditioning and free us for new visions of the Divine.

Sabotage is more problematic. It calls to mind bombings and mayhem, which I don't think will achieve anything worthwhile. But sabotage doesn't need to harm living creatures. Systems can be obstructed in many ways, which I can't discuss more specifically because of the police state under which we currently live.

Witch hunts are merely a reaction to witches.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 11, 2006 11:57 AM

How do we convince him that's it's perfectly all right to discuss in detail this sabotage he's talking about?

Posted by: NC3 at January 11, 2006 12:15 PM

I'm afraid the more important question is how to support those institutions he has proclaimed the need to undermine. Tiem to do a little volunteer work for your local Scouting council, your local school teams, and other ways of teaching John Donne's lesson that "a collection of atomised individuals" is not an accurate portrait of society.

What's hilarious about this, of course, is that he is attacking some of the institutions that we have used to adapt our instincts for tribal society to advance a primitive, tribal ideology.

Lastly, we could revive the jokes that used to be told about this kind of reasoning: pointing out that in fact we are neither perfectly alone nor mentally in lockstep.

Posted by: Arnold Williams at January 11, 2006 12:26 PM

Hoy cow, Orrin, you realize that I'm trying to *lower* my blood pressure? This ain't helping.

I read the whole piece and nowhere does this mutt say what he want to replace our eeeevil capitalistic syztem. The closest he come is:
"If we keep at it, this juggernaut will eventually grind down, falter, and fall. Then the people of that generation can decide what to build in its place."
Hey, Chuckles, what if the system they come up with is even *worse* than capitalism? It's happened before!

Posted by: Bryan at January 11, 2006 12:29 PM

Of course this actually has been going on since the 1930's.

Posted by: Genecis at January 11, 2006 12:41 PM

Dude. The '60s are, like, so over, man. We tried that stuff then, dude, and it sure ain't worked out the way it was supposed to. Put down that bong for a while, man. It's like, man, distorting your sense of reality. Dude, we gotta find a new way, one that's easy. Hey! Don't bogart that thing! I paid for that stuff!

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 11, 2006 12:44 PM

Systems can be obstructed in many ways, which I can't discuss more specifically because of the police state under which we currently live.

Does he really think the police would care about him? My, what an inflated ego. But I think we knew that.

Posted by: Steve White at January 11, 2006 12:46 PM

Poor guy--he finally realized that he didn't need a weatherman to see which way the wind was blowing. Sort of reminds us of Edmund Ruffin, the character who physically fired the first shot on Ft. Sumter and then blew his brains out after Appomattox.

Fot people that far out in left field, capitalism is a metaphor for our entire civilization. Imagine what kind of hatred must consume him--hatred of his parents, of his neighbors, of God Himself.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 11, 2006 1:07 PM

What a wonderful article. It's good to know I'm doing all the right things for my kiddoes by involving them with church, scouting, and teaching them American history and Western exceptionalism! Thank God people like Hathaway don't reproduce.

Posted by: sharon at January 11, 2006 2:13 PM
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