The Underground Lady [Page Forty-Nine]

Politicians today are always going on about how people must trust them more, and waxing nostalgic for a time when the majority still believed in “society’s institutions.”  Of course if cynicism has grown it is due to the perception, accurate enough, that politicians have become little more than secondary actors, the real power residing with CEO’s and their boards.  And as for the institutions—well, who wants to invest their belief in a mere corporate machine?

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It is the distrust of the people by the politicians that poses the most serious problem in the political divide.  They are terrified of us.  Probably, they are right.  The mob is near to bursting.  This is a positive development, but don’t expect them to see it this way.  Instead all the methods of surveillance will be increased.  To the deluded, the people represent the last great threat to the corporate takeover of life. 

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“Infiltrate and fill every pore of the corporation,” the Underground Lady says, and then she smiles.  “We must find out everything we can about the enemy.”

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There is no area of experience that is closed, blocked off, cut short by corporate decree, that cannot be unsealed, unblocked, and re-annexed by the roaming “I” of technology.  What contemporary Bohemianism represents, is a spider-web network of such resistance.  There are subterranean layers even to the subterranean layers.

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I am as detached in the detailed, perplexing, engrossing work of deconstruction, as I am in every other task.  Leave anger to the large group effort, to the grand movements of resistance that are growing.  When you work alone, work under cover of the deepest, most impenetrable darkness.  Tell no one.

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There are no ideologies that are free of corporatism: progressive as well as conservative, they are all just noise produced by the same machine.

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It may be possible some day to create a wormhole and travel through it to another part of the universe.  And a wormhole is an event, an instantiation, or appearance, not of a thing but of an ongoing action, of phainesthai, to make appear, the middle voice of phainein, to show.  We will travel through an event that we bring into being—a unique event in the universe—and not merely in something we build and try to assign a non-contingent sense of permanence to.  Who knows how long this event will continue or what its continuance implies.  But it will not be lasting. We will get to the other side of the universe through ephemera.

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Love is not revolutionary.  Perhaps once, but it has become rather reactionary.  When we started to believe in love without jealousy—which is like art without the immediate stink of experience—we entered into an age of corporatized love.  Love has been taken over by advertising.  It is, as a matter of fact, one of advertising’s main controlling terms.

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As people grow old, they crave love more and more.   When they’re young, they’re impervious to it.

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