"The only choice we are presented with is the choice between the spectacle of domination and the spectacle of opposition."
The above quotes are from one of Larry Lawâ€™s excellent Spectacular Times pamphlet series. Iâ€™ve read these mini books maybe 20 times over the past 15 years or so and never failed to learn something...so, today, I thought Iâ€™d share some Situationist-style thoughts on activism and see what you think.
â€œFar from damaging the system, (activists) actually legitimize it. By their petitioning, they acknowledge the right of those in power to exercise that power as they choose.â€
â€œAnyone working for a saner world will, from time to time, be faced with the choice of caring for present suffering or working to remove the cause of suffering. The choice is always painful. More so because we know that a preoccupation with present sufferingâ€”of which there is apparently an inexhaustible supplyâ€”is a means of social control. We all know people who have become so involved in caring for present suffering that they have not time and eventually no optimism for the radical changes which would remove the source of the problem.â€
â€œCapitalism cannot be reformed piece by tiny piece. Surely it is not our intention to take out bank loans to buy back our world from capitalism. Neither is it our intention to help capitalism run more efficiently.â€
"I wouldnâ€™t send my dead enemy to prison. Thatâ€™s how bad jail is. And they sent me there for stealing two motherfuckinâ€™ dollars. Grand larceny, they called it. Whatâ€™s so motherfuckinâ€™ grand about two paper dollars? I should be in the newspapers. You know how old I am? Iâ€™m two days older than dirt. Iâ€™m reincarnated. In my last life, I was a rhinoceros... but niggas killed me so I came back as a nigga. (pause) But the niggas are still after me."