The Underground Lady [Page Fifty One]

Play is an underused strategy of resistance.  I never think ahead in chess.  This is excruciating to serious players who blunder their way into a game against me.  Sometimes it takes them hours to figure out that I regard the whole affair as a militaristic absurdity.  They fume and go on their way.  They deserve it.

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Politics is a lot like chess.  Taking advantage of people who are earnest about it is quite easy, and making them look like fools to their peers is a healthy social exercise.  If we had more of this, we’d be in a better situation all around.

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When political satire starts getting “serious,” it stops being useful to those opposed to power itself.  That’s when it joins, as a strategy, with all those other tried and true methods of gaining access and influence.  That’s when it becomes part of the problem.

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Regression in language—the fact that words can only be defined by other words, and so on, ad infinitum—is not as frightening, or as paralyzing, as it seems.  It really is a rather bourgeois consideration.  It has  never fed anyone (even most Derrideans have to work at a real job), and it offers no purchase for useful criticism.  There are no positive concepts waiting in that direction.  Linguistic regression is a fact, but a dead one.

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Regression is never infinite.  Only the universe is infinite.  Even language, by comparison, is a fragile and limited entity.  Again, we are entering the area of  mythology when we come into contact with claims over “infinite regression.”  All things human are quite temporary.  At its inevitable periphery, language simply peters out.  There is no great final act.  There never is.

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The “retro” phenomenon is interesting.  It is an attempt to arrest culture, and by so doing, to control it.  As a contingent, but effective, strategy, it often has its greatest proponents amongst those who belong to oppressed classes.  Taking over, and reusing, something in a way that it was not intended to be used, especially when the new use runs counter to the viewpoint of wealth and ownership, are wonderful aims.

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Conspiracy theories about the government are never helpful.  They simply refocus energy that should be targeted at the corporation.  But conspiracy theories about large corporations almost always turn out to be true.

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The Underground Lady is always careful in her methods of resistance.  She wraps her Molotov cocktails in lace doilies before she lobs them over the high wall.

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A fortune cookie in Valencia, Spain: “All your sins are blessed.”  Of course, it was supposed to read “suns,” which is nice, but the typo makes it beautiful.

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Retro, reuse, typos, caution: these are just the beginning.  There are a thousand methods of resistance.  But what am I, a guide?  I’m no radical Virgil.  Get cracking.

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The street life is the level of the real.  One’s first impressions are significant here.  There are very few second chances, and that’s a positive aspect of the arena.

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The extent and depth of poverty in America, as well as in much of Europe, is so great as to deny even the most radical efforts to fix it—and those will never be applied due to ossified class systems.  This is a fact widely known to elites in these places, but they deny it because they have no alternative.  And because they do not know what to do about it, they are terrified.  America will probably fall completely apart first, with poor countries on the fringe of the EU following.  The present situation in Greece has long been exceeded by the many miles of hopeless ghetto in America’s inner cities, which have become “control zones” much like the “economic development zones” in Southeast Asia and Latin America.  There won’t be many riots, though, just a long slow century of suppurating rot.  This actually began thirty years ago, but it’s only now that the corporate media has taken any notice of it.  Here is the level of denial, an almost fantastic plateau of useless theory and garbage rhetoric, garbage being the perfect analogy, always, everywhere.

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