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Fuck the Machine

I could not possibly have less stake in gay liberation, except in a very general, abstract sense. And I'm not Iranian, nor do I think that if the election had gone the other way, we'd all be singing the praises of what a progressive democratic reformer Mousavi turned out to be.

But here's something that the Stonewall riots and the demonstrations in Iran have in common: once in a great long while, people who are quite used to getting shit all over by the greedy, hypocritical scumbags in charge (and the mean, stupid pigs who do what those scumbags tell them to do) get sick of it. They figure they're going to get their asses kicked one way or another, so for once they might as well do something to make the ass-kicking worth getting. And they get up and they make a lot of noise and they throw shit at people who aren't used to having shit thrown at them, and they say, hey, you motherfuckers, we are goddamn human beings. And if we don't do anything else our whole fucking lives, just once we're going to send you home knowing that the people you've been shitting on all this time are are human beings and there's only so many times you can beat a human being down before they decide to beat you back. And that's a lesson that you can learn easy today, or you can learn it hard tomorrow.

When those things happen, it's always a good thing. I wish it happened more often. And that's what I think about that.

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also_huey
Jun. 28th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
They figure they're going to get their asses kicked one way or another, so for once they might as well do something to make the ass-kicking worth getting.

I thank my parents for teaching me this very early on. They never trusted me, so I learned that, if you're gonna do the time regardless of how innocent you are, then you might as well go do the crime. Good lesson, that.

Having this inherent distrust of authority figures and a desire to find the limits of what can be gotten away with sure makes a military career interesting.
doraphilia
Jun. 28th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC)
as usual, leonard, thanks for saying something so smart and saying it so well.
thaitea
Jun. 29th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
Word.

And also! The slogans! If the oppressed don't fight back there's no need to come up with catchy chants like "Out of the bars and into the streets!" or "Death to Israel" or "Save money. Live better." or "This is Thriller"
lester22
Jun. 29th, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
Huzzah!
krinndnz
Jun. 29th, 2009 05:41 am (UTC)
Fuck yes to this. It's the eternal downside of using fear and pain as motivating forces: if you overuse them, people know that they're coming anyhow and will set out to deserve it by messing with you.
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Leonard Pierce is a freelance writer wandering around Texas with no sleep or sense of direction. If you give him money he will write something for you. If you are nice to him he may come to your house and get drunk.

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