Friday, October 30, 2009

Unlocking The Authority From Within: Open_Notes 14

we live in a world of contradictions; that's the nature of a society based on power and power relations - if we're to come to grips with transforming this world in a revolutionary anarchist fashion, then we'd better get used, not to living with those contradictions, but to striving with and against them, and make sure that we make the optimal use of our creative capacities to overcome them - the anarchist condition, in the world of power, is one of living out lives of creative contradiction; and,uncomfortable as it may feel, that creative contradiction, that tension, remains the source for all our insurgency [John Moore] -- we must strive to live in a manner consistent with our ideals, to escape the "double standard" of trying to live in this world without being a part of it - unfortunately, we do not live in a free world and therefore cannot simply act or live-out our beliefs as if we did; living in this nightmare involves compromises and contradictions, and there are some things we don't have much say over presently - this does not signal hypocrisy or lack of credibility, but rather, points out how completely and utterly dependent we have all become, how interwoven technology [the SAGE infrastructure] is throughout society to the point where *choice to live* has been all but deleted - the fight to have that choice restored (indeed to have it flourish) is fraught with paradox and inconsistency, and most of us wrestle with these dilemmas everyday in our own minds for each technology we decide to use [Jonathan Slyk].

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