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Two Amens


I’m not sure how they’re connected, but I like both sentiments.

Excerpt A:

Americans are the most arrogant people in the world. And we're proud of it.

Right now we're all shitting ourselves delirious over how awesome we are. We elected a black president. And it's not a big deal. And he's all hip and stuff. Woooo! (My heart goes out to all the poor Europeans only now coming to the horrifying realization that their patronizing backhanded anti-bush compliments have ran amuck and turned into popular proof that we're still better than them. I mean, imagine someone with the middle name Hussein being crowned King, Prime Minster and Grand Cheese Poohbah of Britain.)


Excerpt B:

Anarchism is the most logical and principled position there is. We automatically win every ethical argument vigilantly taken to its conclusion. Anarchism is embedded in every advance and hope for the future. Every modern ethical awakening has struck against hierarchy, every successful component of the information age adopts more and more anarchistic attributes. Anarchism IS the individualist dream. You, you personally, can singlehandedly start the motherfucking revolution. You're going to have to.

Anarchism is not some mechanical proletarian revolt, nor is it some impersonal mathematical reality of laissez-faire economics. And it's certainly no throwing up your hands and saying to hell with it. Anarchism is a simple ethical and philosophical realization: to be a fully living, thinking human being you have to let go of your power over others. They must let go of their power over you.


From a rant at Human Iterations, via Brian Dunbar.