Wednesday, November 28, 2012

On the power of doing nothing: a message for OWS

Where is OWS now, after more than a year of “occupation?” Providing charity and humanitarian aid to victims of industrial weather events, buying the debt of morons who purchased the American dream before reading the fine print—working diligently to relieve the machine of its human burden so that its gears remain intact and operational.  

This from Daniel Quinn:

"As everyone knows (especially revolutionaries), hierarchy maintains formidable defenses against attack from the lower orders. It has none, however, against abandonment. This is in part because it can imagine revolution, but it can’t imagine abandonment. But even if it could imagine abandonment, it couldn’t defend against it, because abandonment isn’t an attack, it’s just a discontinuance of support.

It’s almost impossible to prevent people from doing nothing (which is what abandonment amounts to).

But won’t the powers that be try to prevent people from doing nothing? I can imagine them trying (but I honestly need help imagining them succeeding)."

The door to the prison has been open all along.  All we need to do is walk out.  


  1. Yes. I needed to be reminded of this, today.
    All we need to do, indeed, is to walk away.
    I'm walking.

    Terri in Joburg

    1. For some reason, I can never seem to get more than half-way out the door...

  2. Youger, I thought living out in the bush was the solution. I tried, ill prepared, and came back. Time passed, got in a relatioship (still am), had a kid, started thriving toward building my/our own society/community and why not alliance of likeminded communities...didn't work.

    Now I'm a lil older and am reconsidering the bush once again. Not much "bush" left to roam free in, though.