Monday, July 10, 2006

Just a note

Well, no images again tonight, so I shall ask you to imagine our demure flapper, adjusting her high-denier stockings, whom you must remember and who can be seen...yes... Below and to the Left.

I did wish to let most of you know that we have a new acquisition in our Library, which I know some of you shall enjoy as much as I do. The gentleman in question and I share many concerns, most especially, as you will see, in the very last line of his essay.

For the spear-carriers amongst us, please feel free to leave your Comments in the Library.

More anon, I should imagine.

9 comments:

V said...

Since the last "evening in" of waistcoats, whist and charades ended in naked and phosphorescent seas, geysers and bubbly baths, I can only wonder at what one might anticipate from an evening which begins with a woman already adjusting stockings over creamy thighs... It seems that the women around here dress mainly with a mind to undress at a not-too-distant hour.

Evidently, V has come to the right place.

The new writing in the Library does indeed say, in far more articulate manner than I could, exactly the reasons I did not choose to "adhere" to the Other Campaign. Stalin aside (and the appearance of those posters was essentially a "last straw" for me - no indulgent "they're just crazy kids" excuse for V) I could not see myself signing on for a program which said nothing that I could really discern.

i appreciate that the author of the piece does make mention of the slow, quiet, and unglamorous regional work that always needs to be done, exactly as I mentioned in some of my opening comments.

B said...

My family, those that survived, escaped the fire Stalin started beginning a new one and in another. My grandmother and grandfather masters of mask and shadow invisible as possible, wouldn't even whisper of the life they left behind to their own children, till after the fall. Most were killed, while one great uncle managed to survive not once, but twice of Stalin' camp's: both two year 'extended vacations.' My grandmother with a will beyond my words spoke of the year of her birth, as the year the revolution started and that date within weeks of the blood that overflowed, which was not of course her true date of birth. These just some of the revelation's to one who survived cancer by many years now, were stories solacing the sick facing the dreaded C word. She never having lost of sense of humour, her imitations of grand heirarchy sending us all into peels of laughter without end...the children vying for competition of who was best at her unsolicited imitations.

With all and considering the more not revealed here, found wresting the image of said poster from mind difficult without montser's rising up. Still...I would think that if the Zapa were just that, Stalinist's, they would name themselves aptly and with no illusion of being anything other than what they say publicly they are. If the Zapatista's are anything, they are most forthcoming; unlike the true Stalinist's not forthcoming and most deceptive, who moved their campaign of utter exclusion to other lands continuing their bloodshed. If these kid's choose to wrest Stalin from ashes that is of their choosing. I would have to call them out on being just that kids with no actual experience at being on the receiving end of the fallout this ideology. I will not defend them... but I would engage them, asking what they adhere to, if they stand by communism in it's theoretical form or by Stalinism in it's true light, totalatarianism. With all that the Zapatista represent and speak of, I find it difficult to beleive they themselves support the latter.

It should be unspoken here, but I will not defend why I adhere...the poster does not represent who they are as a whole.

V said...

Compelling and beautiful as usual, Tigress, B.

I agree that Zapatismo has never meant Stalinism and that is why I could not adhere when the posters appeared and no attempt was made to address them. No attempt to differ the ideas of Marcos from those of Stalin. It was the "elephant in the living room" which everyone tried to look and speak around. But no one really could ignore it. And instead of keeping us all united, the ignoring of the issue of the posters turned out to be more divisive than did the passive acceptance of them under some sort of "free speech" stance wherein no one was permitted to differ without being subjected to derision.

For me those posters of old male heads all with bearded lips from which no new life can emerge are a mark of a movement which is struggling to re-invent itself and it is in danger of being swallowed by and of wallowing in cliché. No one will say it but Marcos has changed from a truly inclusive and poetic way of thinking, to a way which is antagonistic, boorish and bullying. Are his just another pair of "bearded lips"?

I could not sign my name (my real name) to a document and a program which could shape-shift as the Mask pleased. Which as we see it has done. I considered it a kind of "contract" with the People and a contract states clearly what all parties involved can reasonably expect and it honors this expectation. This one did not, to my disappointment. Others may have more faith in this process, but I remain wary.

Jesus del Norte said...

Thanks for this article. My spanish is a little thin and this posting has been very helpful in clearing some things up. I have observed the OC from a distance in every sense of the word and realize that I am at risk of being a poseur

My interest in the OC is the hope that it is another wedge against the neoliberal deathgrip and based on my opinion that the US is fast approaching the same socio-economic-neoliberal situation that Mexico is in and the OC might be a "socialist leftwing" model. There hasn't been a socialist leftwing in the US since Huey Long's murder - if then. FDR co-opted that energy and interestingly at one point AMLO claimed he would be an FDR. Given the options, I would certainly vote for AMLO but the "neoliberal leftwing" always bargains with the devil and in the end it is a two headed beast.The US Democratic party is the reason there is no socialist leftwing. They do their job very well.

I had concluded that the OC was some sort of Saul Alinsky organizing model and assumed that there was more going on under the surface than appeared. Based on this article, you could conclude that the OC is cointelpro. I have never believed the charge of "salinista" but while I dont believe there is such an arrangement, the effects are the same.

The Stalin posters are just absurd and emblematic of the larger problem: There is no there, there. Come to think of it, while I am sure this absolutely is not the case the posters would be a perfect cointelpro tactic.

While everything that quacks like a duck *is not* a duck, I wish this duck would get off the motorcycle and put together a real program. There is more at stake than Mexico. Times are desperate.

Anonymous said...

So Huey Long was the Marcos of the 1929's and FDR the AMLO? At least Huey Long jumped on FDR's bandwagon and supported his campaign. And FDR decided to take Huey's ideas on board as it was clear that only paying lip service to the population would destroy America. These were tough times, floods in Louisianna as bad or worse even than what happened last year to NO. The great depression in full bloom.

But the USA have also had other worthy leaders of the left, Martin Luther King for one. Different problems, different solutions, but someone equally adept at stirring the population. And a strong Democrat leader to match (Kennedy).

What's not so good is both Huey Long and MLK got assassinated.

Americans are always telling us about their "freedom of speech" being protected by the constitution. Too bad the protection doesn't extend to the people who speak :^)

j3 said...

So Huey Long was the Marcos of the 1929's and FDR the AMLO? At least Huey Long jumped on FDR's bandwagon and supported his campaign. And FDR decided to take Huey's ideas on board as it was clear that only paying lip service to the population would destroy America. These were tough times, floods in Louisianna as bad or worse even than what happened last year to NO. The great depression in full bloom.

But the USA have also had other worthy leaders of the left, Martin Luther King for one. Different problems, different solutions, but someone equally adept at stirring the population. And a strong Democrat leader to match (Kennedy).

What's not so good is both Huey Long and MLK got assassinated.

Americans are always telling us about their "freedom of speech" being protected by the constitution. Too bad the protection doesn't extend to the people who speak :^)

J3 said...

How weird! I got a 104 error on clicking login & Publish.

So I tried again and Lo and Behold! I managed to post twice :^)

Heheheh! :^)

J3

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irlandesa said...

Jesus:

I, too, have been meaning to welcome you and to thank you for your words, profile and presence.

And I very much agree with your observation about how eerily provocative and counterintuitive those signs have been.

Unfortunately I have also observed, over the years, how often a certain brand of strident, authoritarian and self-certain militancy mimics cointelpro.

"Devouring their young" is the phrase often used.

Cheers.