I thought I was meeting my sister at six but apparently its 7 so I'm in the pub on my jacks entertain me impress me
The resolution says city money will not be used "to assist in the enforcement of laws imposing criminal penalties for the use and possession of Entheogenic Plants by adults." It says that investigating people for growing, buying, distributing or possessing the substances "shall be amongst the lowest law enforcement priority for the City of Oakland."
"Because antifascism is the practice of tracking and identifying fascist and fascism-enabling currents within political and cultural life, and confronting those currents wherever they manifest themselves in public, with the aim of suppressing them, it is neither tied to a specific definition of its adversary nor bounded by a fixed protocol of conduct. It is, in this regard, rather like cybersecurity. Those who guard our information infrastructure against malicious infiltration must face an obscure and protean adversary, and make use of a variety of tactics in frustrating that adversary’s advances. The usefulness of a communications technology such as email is degraded if spammers and scammers are permitted to disseminate their messages unimpeded. We track threats, filter and block, in order to maintain a usable channel for legitimate communication."OK, try this.
It struck me yesterday that fascism is Protean. It's like The Thing, in that it can absorb or at least mimic the characteristics of any other ideology, belief system or form of government it comes across. Many of which are mutually antagonistic or exclusive: conservatism, socialism, liberalism, libertarianism, industrial capitalism, finance capitalism, radical environmentalism, any of the established religions, New Age mysticism, folk beliefs... and probably others I haven't thought of.
Then it annoyed me that I couldn't remember whether I was paraphrasing something I'd read recently or had a genuine insight. Anyone come across this idea before?
You're absolutely right about this. Spot on.Any attempt to satisfy the demand "say something clever" will always fall immediately into stupidity, banality, cliché, repetition etc.
I have been wondering a lot about how it is possible to write poetry on demand, in the middle of a busy thoroughfare. I think it is a very admirable practice, if approached without cynicism. It could be done horribly: imagine every encounter being "tell me your name and what you do for a living, I'll think of a rhyme for each and produce you a couple of metric quatrains, like 'there was a fine chap named Adam / he was a skilful plumber / but his missus was a madam / which was a serious bummer'". That it can be done joyfully, in a spirit of invention and generosity, is a bit of a miracle. I imagine that it must involve, as a basic first step, suspension of the desire to seem clever, to say something clever, to satisfy the other. We don't know what will satisfy the other. But we can try to tickle them.