Sunday, September 21, 2008

"The age of politics had come to an end."

"tell us, explain why that's dangerous."

"who's buying that debt?"

--Nora O'Donnell questions to Ron Paul. heck, here's the video:

the FEMA hoax reported on at the beginning of the clip was hysterical. inspiring example of Poetic Terrorism.

PT is an act in a Theater of Cruelty which has no stage, no rows of seats, no tickets & no walls. In order to work at all, PT must categorically be divorced from all conventional structures for art consumption (galleries, publications, media). Even the guerilla Situationist tactics of street theater are perhaps too well known & expected now.

An exquisite seduction carried out not only in the cause of mutual satisfaction but also as a conscious act in a deliberately beautiful life--may be the ultimate PT. The PTerrorist behaves like a confidence-trickster whose aim is not money but CHANGE.

Don't do PT for other artists, do it for people who will not realize (at least for a few moments) that what you have done is art. Avoid recognizable art-categories, avoid politics, don't stick around to argue, don't be sentimental; be ruthless, take risks, vandalize only what must be defaced, do something children will remember all their lives--but don't be spontaneous unless the PT Muse has possessed you.

Dress up. Leave a false name. Be legendary. The best PT is against the law, but don't get caught. Art as crime; crime as art.

-- Hakim Bey

the other sufistic influence on my way of thinking, Shaykh Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi had this to say last month:

On the 8th day of the 8th month of 2008, while the world rewarded China for its systematic murder of girl foetuses, Uighur men, women and children and Tibetan monks – in response to the attempt by Georgian forces to eliminate the South Ossetian population – the great Russian Commonwealth ordered its Army into Georgian disputed territory. However, this was not, categorically not, Stalin invading Poland, or Hitler Czechoslovakia. Russia, in its new position as a post-democratic yet capitalist state, had moved against a new enemy. Up until that moment that enemy’s only antagonist consisted of an army in Afghanistan, defined as terrorist. Russia had declared war on Nato.

and also:

Reflection: In the light of this the Russian leadership should look to a fresh concordance with Islam and the Muslims, (not Iran, the USA’s ideological double) and an alliance with Afghanistan and Pakistan which should be seen as an equivalent to the successful post-war alliance of France and Germany. Similarly, Russia should look to replacing the left-over Soviet puppets in the other ‘Stans with a friendly Muslim leadership.

one needn't be Muslim, or even particularly Anti-American, to appreciate Dr Abdalqadir's thought process. read a few of his articles from the last couple years (archives here). few other writers (secular or religious) have even half the grasp of historical reality as he does.