Capitalism is killing us. Socialism can’t save us. Anyone have any bright ideas?
This week, we are all thinking of Egypt. After Tunisia, many commentators wondered if the ‘infection’ would spread, if strategic areas like Saudi Arabia would be susceptible to ‘contagion’. The story-line was Rebellion as a Virus. On the internet, the Al-Jazeera images immediately ‘went viral’.
We can think of the rebellion as social and political, and of course it is. We can say it is the eventual reaction of masses under police-state repression, and of course, it is. We can say it is essentially economic, like more food riots, and it partially is.
We could also look at it in the larger context of generalized linguistic madness, the result of a madness that exists at all times of both stability and rebellion, in all areas of human habitation. That is, a collective madness that expresses itself as various pathologies of belief, particularly the belief in dogmatic systems, be they religious, cultural, national or ideological.
It seems to me that our brain’s language anatomy, the Broca, Wernicke and other areas near the Sylvian fissure, is in an intermediate evolutionary stage, a stage in which its development is producing both positive and negative outcomes which have as yet to be selected out. Our eyes and ears work fairly well, and we have a good idea of what to do with them. But it may be safe to say that the eventual development and proper use of our language faculty is yet unclear. In this stage, language is out of control, producing a kind of collective schizophrenia. In this stage, the most sane linguistic expressions are in song and poetry, the most dangerous expressions are in ideology and dogma; systemic forms.
With this in mind, let us remember dear friends, that our mission in this life must be both limited in scope and clearly focused. We should eschew all talk of political ‘left’ and ‘right’ as if this were some actual reality. We should understand the role of the State to be that of ‘governor’, to regulate and police. We should understand the nature of the global economy as an autonomous system, or organism if you like, which employs the mechanisms (and officers) of the State for its defense.
“Despite disparate aims and personnel of its constituent members, the underground is agreed on basic objectives. We intend to march on the police machine everywhere. We intend to destroy the police machine and all its records. We intend to destroy all dogmatic verbal systems… To put it country simple, we have heard enough bullshit.” W. S. Burroughs
To put it country simple, we must refuse to accept the existing parameters of the common discussion. To participate in the approved dialogue is to perpetuate the system that is killing the planet.
There is something to be said, as it were, to being silent. But that is not our nature. If we are not to be completely mute, what then, is the language of survival? It is dumbstruck poetry of wildness and the vast expanse, the compassion of love and loss, the disruptions of senseless joy, the great sadness of impermanence. It is the verbalization of what is real, and the unconditional rejection of any ideological concoction that masquerades as valid. There is no word for what comes next.
This, I suggest, is the natural development of consciousness, having been rudely awakened by a knock on the door, 40 years ago, by the Nova Police.
“The purpose of my writing is to expose and arrest Nova Criminals: In Naked Lunch, Soft Machine and Nova Express I show who they are and what they are doing and what they will do if they are not arrested. Minutes to go. Souls rotten from their orgasm drugs, flesh shuddering from their nova ovens, prisoners of the earth to come out, With your help we can occupy The Reality Studio and retake their universe of Fear Death and Monopoly” (Signed) INSPECTOR J. LEE, NOVA POLICE