The Rain on Our Parade

| 9/27/2012 12:05:48 PM

I Voted

 This post originally appeared on TomDispatch.  

Rebecca Solnit As in 2004 and 2008, Rebecca Solnit and her blue-state henchwomen and men will probably invade northern Nevada on election week to swing with one of the most swinging states in the union. She is, however, much more excited about’s anti-oil-company campaign and the ten thousand faces of Occupy now changing the world. Rebecca Solnit is the author of 15 books, including two due out next year, and a regular contributor to She lives in San Francisco, is from kindergarten to graduate school a product of the once-robust California public educational system, and her book A Paradise Built in Hell is the One City/One Book choice of the San Francisco Public Library this fall. She was named an Utne Visionary in 2010  


Dear Allies,

Forgive me if I briefly take my eyes off the prize to brush away some flies, but the buzzing has gone on for some time. I have a grand goal, and that is to counter the Republican right with its deep desire to annihilate everything I love and to move toward far more radical goals than the Democrats ever truly support. In the course of pursuing that, however, I’ve come up against the habits of my presumed allies again and again.

O rancid sector of the far left, please stop your grousing! Compared to you, Eeyore sounds like a Teletubby. If I gave you a pony, you would not only be furious that not everyone has a pony, but you would pick on the pony for not being radical enough until it wept big, sad, hot pony tears. Because what we’re talking about here is not an analysis, a strategy, or a cosmology, but an attitude, and one that is poisoning us. Not just me, but you, us, and our possibilities.

10/3/2012 8:38:42 PM

"recreational bitterness" - great phrase. It is the first step. It builds up momentum. The next step, and few take it, is facing that we are in the process of getting entirely trapped by the evils; any way out we will have to take; there is no backing out, by not voting or whatever.. So then maybe some will look for strategies. One is refusing to pay for war through your taxes. This is a rather terrifying option. It is breaking laws, but it is real. Other ways are massive strikes; just doing nothing whatsoever. This takes faith that we all trust each other enough to work in concert. These are not recreations, or they are in a sense. They tend to recreate people to their true selves.

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