File spoon-archives/lyotard.archive/lyotard_2001/lyotard.0103, message 111

Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2001 14:20:37 -0500
Subject: Re: Philosophy and Political Action

Eric wrote:

> starcrossed crossroad
>where desire becomes event
>and mourning becomes eclectic
>the rosy fingers
> of a postmodern dawn

T.S. Eliot is supposed to have  said that immature writers imitate;  mature
writers steal

Takes chutzpah to go for Shakespeare, O'Neil and Homer in
five lines.

let us
dream gods
dream worlds
of people
dreaming gods
ad infinitum

Let us dream
economic systems
born of communities
of worker-owners
of rights to
all properties,
they use, produce, inhabit
all workers voters
by law

6 candidates
for House and Senate
by lottery
as with juries
winning candidates
picked by
incumbent Senators
of adjacent States
winning candidates
for the House
picked by
House members of
adjacent districts

Both House and Senate
serve 6 years, then OUT
one-third elected
every 2 years

the President
also, 6 years
then OUT
4 candidates selected
one each by
House, Senate, Supremes
Council of Governors
of all States
a six-week campaign
runoffs if needed
for majority

etc. etc


> > hugh bone wrote:
> > Issues and interests and discussions are easy - a "thousand points" of
>light without the organization and focus to change consciousness or
>stimulate action by the oppressed.
> I say let there be a 1001 points of differends
> Let us become the underground midnight thoughts
> Of a shining city on a hill
> Let our politics be
> not electoral
> not grass roots
> not proletarian
> not demonstrations in the street
> (although all of these at times may prove necessary)
> Let our politics be found instead
> in the life that attempts to live
> outside the Western box
> even as it recognises
> that this is impossible
> As transgressive violets
> indolently grow
> in the cracks of the concrete
> to persist in their compulsive beauty
> beyond all oblivion
> Pockets of autonomy
> filled with resistance
> some loose change
> and accursed pleasure
> jubilee
> festival
> carnival
> equinox
> pagan time
> to put an end
> to time
> the time of work
> the time of waiting
> the time that others own
> the time of their domination
> where others accumulate
> that which is ours
> between our desires
> and what is permitted
> there must be eternal war
> ambiguity violence metaphor
> and insurrection
> my life is in my politics
> my politics is in my life
> this present joy
> inaugurates all
> possible revolutions
> and points to the
> starcrossed crossroad
> where desire becomes event
> and mourning becomes eclectic
> the rosy fingers
> of a postmodern dawn


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