Thursday, October 29, 2009

Unlocking The Authority From Within: Open_Notes 23

the Christian Faith is about dominion NOT domination, denomination; the anarchism which acts by means of persuasion, by the creation of small groups and networks, by example; denouncing falsehood and oppression, aiming at a true overturning of authority of all kinds as people at the bottom speak and organize themselves vs. the despair when the solidity of the system is seen, when impotence is felt face-to-face with an increasingly conformist society, or an increasingly powerful administration, or an invincible economic system (who can arrest multinationals?); and recourse to violence as a kind of cry of despair, an ultimate act by which an effort is made to give public expression to one's disagreement and hatred of the oppression; it is our present despair which is crying aloud; but it is also the confession for some, that there seems to be no other course of action and no reason to hope.

not using violence against those in power does not mean doing nothing; Christianity means a rejection of power and a fight against it; this was completely forgotten during the centuries of the alliance of throne and altar, the more so as the Pope became a head of state, and often acted more as such than as head of the church - the political game can produce no important changes in our society and we must radically refuse to take part in it; society is far too complex; interests and structures are far too closely integrated into one another; we cannot hope to modify them by the political path; the example of multinationals is enough to show this - in view of global economic solidarity it is impossible to change the economy of a country even when in power; those who say that a global revolution is needed if we are not simply to change the government are right.

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