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How to sell a nightmare.

Subcomandante Marcos essay – Them and Us : “Part II – The Machine in almost two pages”

The salesman speaks:

It’s amazing, very “cool”, you understand. It’s called “neoliberal globalization version 6.6.6,” but we prefer to call it “the savage” or “the beast.” Yes, an aggressive nickname, one with initiative, very grrr. Yes, I learned that in a self-help course called “How to sell a nightmare”… but let’s get back to the machine. Its operation is very simple. It is self-sufficient (or “sustainable,” as is sometimes said). It produces, yes, exorbitant profits… What? Invest part of those profits to alleviate hunger, unemployment, lack of education? But those shortages are exactly what makes this baby run! What do you think of that? A machine that produces the fuel it needs to run: misery and unemployment.

Of course, it also produces goods, but not just that. Look: let’s say that something completely useless is produced, something that no one needs, something without a market. Well, this gem doesn’t just produce useless stuff, it also creates a market where that useless stuff is turned into a basic necessity.

The crises? Of course. Just press this button right here… no, not that one, that’s the “eject” button… the other one… yes. OK, push that button and ta-da! There you have the crisis you need, everything is right there, with your millions of unemployed, your water cannons, your financial speculation, your droughts, your famine, your deforestation, your wars, your religious apocalypses, your supreme saviors, your jails and cemeteries (for those who don’t follow the supreme saviors), your tax havens, your aid projects with theme songs and choreography included… of course, a little bit of charity always looks good.

But that’s not all, let me show you this demo. When you put it in “destruction/depopulation-reconstruction/restructuring” mode it performs miracles. Look at this example: do you see those forests? No, don’t worry about those indigenous people… yes, they’re Mapuches, but they could be Yaquis, Mayos, Nahuas, Purépechas, Mayans, Guaranís, Aymarás, Quechúas. OK, press the “play” button and watch how the forests disappear (and the indigenous people, but no one cares about them), now watch how everything becomes a wasteland, wait… here come the machinery and voila! There you have your golf course that you’ve always dreamed of, with its exclusive parking and the works. Ah, it’s wonderful, don’t you think?

It also comes with the latest software. You can click here where it says “filter” and your TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube will only show psalms and praise for you and yours. Yes, it eliminates any sort of commentary, writing, image, noise, all the bad vibes that every now and then those anonymous, dirty, ugly, bad, rude proles try to slip in.

It has a lever on the floor (even though you can put it on autopilot with just one click); a heliport; no plane ticket, because sometimes there’s no place to run to, but it does include a spot on the next departing space shuttle; it also has a super-hyper-mega exclusive mall; a golf course; a minibar; a yacht club; a framed diploma from Harvard; a summer house; an iceskating rink… yes, I know, what would we do without the modern Left and its quick wit? Ah, and with this gem you can be in “real time” simultaneously in any part of the world, it’s as if you had your own exclusive global ATM.

Hmm… yes, it includes a papal bull to ensure you a V.I.P. spot in heaven. Yes, I know, but we’re already working on immortally. Meanwhile, we can install an accessory (at an additional cost, of course, but I’m sure this isn’t a problem for someone like you): a panic room! Yes, you’ve seen how those vandals think they have the right to demand what’s theirs with that “the land belongs to those who work it.” Oh, but you have nothing to worry about. That’s why we have rulers, political parties, new religions, reality shows. But of course, that’s an assumption*, because if they fail at some point? Of course, when it comes to security, no expense should be spared. Of course, let me write that down: “Include Panic Room.”

It also includes a study for TV, one for radio, and an editor’s desk. No, don’t get me wrong. They’re not for watching TV or listening to the radio or reading newspapers and magazines, that’s for jerks. They’re for producing information and entertainment for the people who run the machine. Isn’t that neat?

What? Oh… OK… yes… I’m afraid that problem hasn’t been solved by our specialists. Yes, if the raw material, I mean, if the plebeian masses revolt nothing can be done. Yes, the “panic room” could be useless in that situation. But we shouldn’t be pessimistic, just keep in mind that that day… or night… is very far off. Yes, I also learned all that “new age” optimism from a self-help course. Huh? What? I’m fired?

(to be continued…)

From any corner of any world.

SupMarcos.
Planet Earth.
January 2013.

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We kill you, just because we can.

In August, 1963, Martin Luther King delivered “I have a dream” to the people of the world. That day, if you were alive, must have seemed like the sun had finally decided to shine.

On the 13th January this year, Subcommander Marcos of Mexico, delivered a speech, which I believe, once people read it, will become just as important.

I’ve just finished reading it. I didn’t even know about until a friend asked everyone to search for an english version (which was uploaded only 6 hours ago).

You can decide for yourself : 

La Jornada:

Those from above speak:

“We are the ones that give orders. We are more powerful, even though we are fewer. We do not care what you say-hear-think or do, so long as you are mute, deaf, immobile.

“We can impose as a government fairly intelligent people (although it is very difficult to find them in the world of politics), but we chose one that cannot even pretend to know what the issue is.

“Why? Because we can.

“We may use the military and police apparatus to prosecute and incarcerate real criminals, but these criminals are our vital part. Instead, we choose to pursue you, hit you, detain you, torture you, imprison you, kill you.

“Why? Because we can.

“Innocent or guilty? Who cares if you’re one or the other? Justice is a whore in our address book and, believe us, it isn’t the most expensive.

“And even though you may fulfill to the letter the mold we impose, even though you may have done nothing, even if you are innocent, we crush you.

“And if you insist on asking why we do it, we answer: because we can.

“That is what it means to have Power. Money, wealth, and things are talked about a lot. But we believe that what is exciting is this feeling of being able to decide about the life, liberty and property of anyone. No, money is not power; it is what you can have with it. Power is not only exercised with impunity; also, and above all, it is used irrationally. Because having Power is to do and undo with no more reason than the possession of Power.

“And it doesn’t matter who appears in front, hiding us. Those of the right and left are only references for the chauffeur to park the car. The machine works by itself. We do not even have to order them to punish the insolence of defying us. Governments large, medium and small, across the political spectrum, as well as intellectuals, artists, journalists, politicians, religious leaders, vie for the privilege of pleasing us.

“So fuck you, fuck you, fuck you, die, disappoint yourselves, surrender.

“For the rest of the world you don’t exist, you’re nobody.

“Yes, we have sown hatred, cynicism, bitterness, hopelessness, theoretical and practical cynicism, conformity to “the lesser evil”, fear made into ​​resignation.

“And yet, we fear that this will become transformed into organized rage, rebellion without price.

“Because the chaos that we impose we control; we manage it, we dispense it in doses, we feed it. Our ‘forces  of order’ are forces to impose our chaos.

“But the chaos that comes from below …

“Oh, that … we do not even understand what they say, who they are, how much they cost.

“And then they are so rude as to no longer beg, expect, ask, plead, but to exercise their freedom. Have you ever seen so great an obscenity!

“That’s the real danger. People who look for another way, that is outside the mold, or who break it, or ignore it.

“Don’t you know that this has given us very good results? That myth of unity at all costs. To agree only with the boss, the director, leader, the strongman, or whatever they are called. To monitor, manage, contain, buy someone is easier than many other ways. Yes, and cheaper. That and the individual rebellions. They are so touchingly useless.

“Instead, what is definitely dangerous, true chaos, is that everyone becomes a collective, a group, a band, a race, an organization, and learn to say ‘no’ and say ‘yes’, and agree among themselves. Because the ‘no’ defines those whom we order. And yes … ugh … now that’s a calamity. Imagine that each person builds his own destiny and decides what to be and do. It would be equivalent to pointing out that we are the expendable ones, that we are superfluous, that we are in the way, that we are not necessary, that we should be imprisoned, that we should disappear.

“Yes, a nightmare. Clearly, but now for us. Can you imagine what bad taste there would be in this world? Full of Indians, blacks, browns, yellows, reds, with dreadlocks, tattoos, piercings, studs; punks, nuts, skaters; the A [anarchist] flag of a nation that can’t be bought; of youth, women, whores, children, old people, pimps, chauffeurs, peasants, workers, commoners, riff-raff, the poor, the anonymous, of … of others. Without a special place for us, ‘the beautiful people’ … ‘the good people’. Just so that you understand  us …. because you stand out for not having studied at Harvard.

“Yes, that day would be night for us … Yes, everything would burst. What would we do?

“Hmm … we hadn’t thought of that. We think, we plan and execute what to do to prevent it from happening, but … no, it hadn’t occurred to us.

“Well, in this case, because … um … I do not know … maybe we can look for culprits and then, because look, I dunno, a plan B. Of course, by then everything would be useless. I think then we would remember the words of that damned red Jew … no, not Marx … Einstein, Albert Einstein. I think it was he who said: ‘Theory is when we know everything and nothing works. Practice is when everything works and nobody knows why. In this case we combine theory and practice: nothing works … and nobody knows why.’

“No, you’re right, neither will we even be able to smile. A sense of humor has always been an asset that can’t be expropriated. Isn’t that a shame?

“Yes, no doubt: these are times of crisis.

“Hey, aren’t you going to take pictures? I mean, to fix us up a bit and make us a little more decent. Nah, we already used that outfit for another show. Ah, but how can we count on you when it is clear that you haven’t gotten past cowboy books.

“Ah, we can’t wait to tell our friends that so and so came to interview us. They’ll love it. And, well, it’s going to give us a cosmopolitan air …

“No, it’s clear, we don’t fear you. As for that prophecy … bah, it’s just superstition, so … so … so native … Yes, so of the south … hahaha … what a good joke, we’ll tell the girls when we see them.

“What? … Is not a prophecy? …

“Oh, it’s a promise …

(…) (The ‘titutata-tatatata’ sound of a SmartPhone)

“Hello, police? Yes, I want to report that someone came to see us. Yes, we thought it was a journalist or something. He looked so … so … so other, yes. No, he did nothing. No, he didn’t take anything. Just that now as we left for the club to see our friends, we see that they have painted something on the entrance gate to the garden. No, the guards didn’t notice who. Of course not, ghosts don’t exist. Well, it’s painted with many colors and … No, we didn’t see any paint can close by … Well, we said that it is painted with many colors, very colorful, very Indian, quite different, nothing like anything in the galleries where … what? No, we don’t want you to send any patrols. Yes, we know. But we called to see if you can figure out what the painting means. We don’t know if it’s a key, or one of those strange languages spoken by the common folk. Yes, it’s a word, but we don’t know why it gives us the shivers. It says:

“Marichi weu!”  

[MV Note: A word of the Mapuche of Chile meaning “one hundred times we will win”, which is chanted vigorously in support and solidarity.]

(To be continued …)

From whatever corner, in whatever world.

Subcommander Marcos.

Planet Earth.

January 2013.

http://mexicovoices.blogspot.it/2013/01/mexico-zapatista-subcommander-marcos.html