random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
  There have always been governments on your planet, and electing a new government or even a new form of government would be no novelty. The novelty would be for you to do without government. But you prefer institutionalized anarchy to just plain anarchy. And because you don't respect each other, you aren't autonomous. And since you aren't autonomous, you need to be governed. To be governed at any price, even at the price of your freedom. This is your blind ideal. And what is 'autonomy'? said the Euguelionne. According to your dictionaries, it is the freedom to govern oneself by one's own laws. Consequently, if each individual held his own personal autonomy, the authority of government would be eliminated little by little. Yes, I know, that makes you smile, for you don't want to know that you are capable of governing yourselves by yourselves, you don't want to hear about it, you state with your dying breath that it is impossible, because you are too afraid of respecting each other. Yet you feel the injustices that your governments do to you every day, and you know that they themselves are governed by a handful of individuals. If you were convinced of that, you would perhaps get the idea of governing yourselves by your own laws, and perhaps you would know how to do without governments. Freedom is experienced individually, said the Euguelionne. It is not a feeling experienced in groups. Liberation can be a collective affair. Liberation presupposes a recent slavery. It is an accidental running over of freedom. But freedom doesn't presuppose slavery. You have put collectivities before individuals and you have piled the latter up in the former, and you have made collectivities out of extinct, walled-in, outlawed, parched, deserted individuals. You have put a handful of individuals over these collectivities and you have created the privileged.

tagged: governments, anarchism, autonomy, respect, government, authority, freedom, injustice, privilege
  —Louky Bersianik (writer), The Euguelionne (1976) by Louky Bersianik, pages 281-282, Third Panel: Transgression is Progression, LVIII "A Game of Hangman", 1056-1058. .

Archive for May, 2005

Bolivian Activist HipHop & Copyright

Thursday, May 26th, 2005

The NYT ran an article today (5/26) about rap/hiphop music in Bolivia. Young artists are using hiphop & rap to get their message of social justice, democracy, and peace. One young artist talks about copyright infringement: The one CD the rappers recorded, called “Wayna Rap,” sells robustly on the streets of El Alto, pirated by […]

New Yorker on ID: the Unseen Urban Planner

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

The New Yorker has an article evaluating the <cough cough> science of intelligent design. Most amusing (and insightful) quote (from discussion of Behe’s “irreducible complexity” argument): It’s true that when you confront biologists with a particular complex structure like the flagellum they sometimes have a hard time saying which part appeared before which other parts. […]

Et tu, Louisiana?

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

Not content with their shared top-ten ranking in teen births, Louisiana State Rep. A. G. Crowe (R-Slidell) wants Louisiana to join with Oklahoma and Alabama in segregating (or banning) gay books. Good for you, Rep. Crowe. You tackle those problems that Louisiana is facing (high cancer mortality rates, high teen pregnancy rate, low education rates, […]

annoying me today

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

So far today I am thrice annoyed: Multiple Double Standards: NY Sex Offenders Get Viagra [5/23] Jesus. Get over Viagra already. What is with the guys running the guvmint? “According to [NY State Comptroller Alan] Hevesi, the problem is an unintended consequence of a 1998 directive from federal officials telling states that Medicaid prescription programs […]

name changes & blog comment-discussion threads

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

A couple of blogs [Matthew Yglesias, Volokh Conspiracy 1 and 2] have been running long comment-thread arguments about US women changing their names on marriage. Most comments fall into one of a few categories: Rationalizing / defensive about the decision w/in their marriage for the woman to change her last name to the man’s: “It […]


Monday, May 23rd, 2005

The Poor Man explains checks & balances & the US government in commenting on the Newsweek thing: Our government was set up two centuries ago by a group of men, some quite clever, who expected that it would be administered by the corrupt, the cowardly, and the stupid – in other words, by human beings. […]

foglio comic online !

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

Kaja Foglio & Phil Foglio have taken their Girl Genius comic online. Here’s Phil writing about why: So- Here we are, several weeks into The Great Experiment. So far no one has been able to find another example of an established comic jumping directly to full-time free online mode. There are any number of examples […]

unsex me — no, really

Sunday, May 22nd, 2005

Richard Nathan has written shakespeare parodies, and actually had them produced. I particularly like the title of “Scots on the Rocks” (MacBeth). Performance could be amusing — I did chuckle over Lady MacBeth’s “unsex me”: . . . S P O I L E R . . . (and when did it become the thing […]

FOIA in India

Sunday, May 22nd, 2005

The world’s largest democracy has passed a revised FOIA bill [Times of India 5/22]. The new FOI requires even “notified intelligence and security agencies” to “provide information on questions of corruption and human rights violations”. The paper notes that “This is important for enforcing accountability on such agencies especially where misuse of laws like the […]

must…quote…court case

Saturday, May 21st, 2005

The plaintiff and the defendant were in a long-term committed relationship. Early in the morning of September 24, 1994, they were engaged in consensual sexual intercourse. The plaintiff was lying on his back while the defendant was on top of him. The defendant’s body was secured in this position by the interlocking of her legs […]

space weapons

Saturday, May 21st, 2005

Re-assuring words from our Glorious Leader’s curiously independent-minded military leaders: “We haven’t reached the point of strafing and bombing from space,” Pete Teets, who stepped down last month as the acting secretary of the Air Force, told a space warfare symposium last year. “Nonetheless, we are thinking about those possibilities.” … The Air Force believes […]

excellent reading

Friday, May 20th, 2005

others speak so i don’t have to: Liberals vs. Radicals, copyright version – Seth Finkelstein weighs in on Derek Slater’s plea for copyright critics to unify. on ratzinger’s past & present: jeanne of bodyandsoul explains what’s so troubling about Ratzinger and other things i’ve read recently: Nyarlathotep’s Miscellany – discussing what choice means for minors […]

Mercury Rev, 50 Cent & Halsey Burgund

Thursday, May 19th, 2005

The Boston Phoenix ran this article (“Singled out: Mercury Rev’s big Internet gamble” by Mac Randall) [5/19]. Mercury Rev is experimenting with “building fan anticipation” by releasing the album in EP-size dribs and drabs, via iTunes, and then pulling the EPs: The CD won’t reach stores till May 17. But on January 25, an EP […]

thought thieves

Thursday, May 19th, 2005

ping made [5/15] a fun observation about microsoft’s “thought thieves” competition. Remember? MS’ competition for short films involving about ‘intellectual property theft’? They want you to assign all your moral rights etc. Ping has the language. btw — i note that moral rights vary from country to country but in at least some places they […]

blatant copyright infringement!

Thursday, May 19th, 2005

Cool archive of NYC hip-hop posters from late 70s/early 80s. Reprinted without any permission from the poster designer(s), so far as I can tell. Why, that’s blatant COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT !!! Why, s/he’s a — a — a Pirate, that’s what. A Pirate and a Thief. Posting this archive, without seeking the copyright owner’s permission and […]

hearing on federal prosecution of artist

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

Federal prosecutors responded yesterday (5/17) to a motion to dismiss federal wire fraud charges against artist Steven Kurtz (Critical Art Ensemble). This bizarre & ridiculous prosecution continues against all common sense, which I can only guess is par for the course for the Ashcroft/Gonzalez DOJ. derived from: ap 5/17 and caedefensefund.org press release 5/17 2008/4/25 […]

where is the heavenly response?

Monday, May 16th, 2005

on may 17th, it will have been a whole year since Mass. started providing same-sex marriage licenses, and i’m still waiting for the quick and appropriate heavenly response. maybe the very cold weather here in mass., which seems unseasonable to me, is the heavenly response? my same-sex semi-lawfully wed spouse & i will keep a […]

some fun parodies & pastiches

Sunday, May 15th, 2005

The Propaganda Remix Project Art Nouveau Parodies Longmire does Romance Novels – reimagined romance novel covers Longmire does Planet of the Apes I’m sure the universe of Star Wars parodies will continue to expand with Episode III, but Ann Bartow (one of my favorite legal thinkers) over at Siva Vaidhyanathan’s group blog sivacracy.net posted a […]

cory doctorow & john scalzi & others discuss SFWA & ‘piracy’

Saturday, May 14th, 2005

cory doctorow writes about SFWA’s ongoing campaign against copyright infringement (Why writers should stop worrying about “ebook piracy”– boingboing 5/14) cory also cited from & linked to john scalzi writing about the same thing (The Stupidity of Worrying About Piracy 5/13). personally, i much appreciated john’s description of how he feels about readers who can’t […]

the protocols were followed

Saturday, May 14th, 2005

in the recent governmental panic attack about the cessna, White House Spokesperson Scott McClellan says that there was no need to notify Bush because “the protocols were followed”. so … we get a glimpse into the fact that we don’t actually have a Glorious Leader. and it turns out that we don’t actually need a […]

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