A while back I posted a discussion, something to the effect, “Don’t Forget to Fold, Spindle or Mutilate.” That was taken from Abbie Hoffman’s “Steal This Book,” as an encouragement to engage in mischievous civil disobedience. Many of us feel the frustration of feeling the oppressive boot on our collective necks by the out of control government and the Big Pharma/Medical Industrial Complex. Many of us also fantasize banding together, breaking out the proverbial torches and pitchforks, overthrowing the empire and locking up the bastardos, thus restoring “…the land of the free and the home of the brave.” But we quickly come back to our senses, when we contemplate just what it would actually take to pull it off, especially when the empire and its corporate cohorts we would seek to overthrow HAVE A HIGHLY TRAINED MILITARY WITH TANKS, JET FIGHTERS, AND ENOUGH MISSLES TO DESTROY THE WORLD A DOZEN TIMES OVER!!! So at least until there is enough of a groundswell of grassroots guerrillas to provide overwhelming numbers with the cojones to once again fire “the shot heard around the world,” we must find more subtle methodologies. Living in the South, I’d suggest sneaking up to DC and planting kudzu. Pretty soon this relentlessly pervasive vegetal life form would do the work for us, and totally engulf the entire district in a real green new deal…but I digress.
Recently I stumbled upon a new (to me) term that I offer for your contemplation.
The following I copied from the website http://www.granitegrok.com and in particular, a posting by Tim Condon on December 29, 2012, titled “What is Going Galt? What is Irish Democracy?” (While an admirable and agreeable idea, we’ll leave the “Going Galt” be for now. Followers of Ayn Rand will be familiar with the term, or, the merely interested can become familiar with the term by searching upon it.) Mr. Condon’s post: “Now to “Irish Democracy,” an ironic term used by author and Yale professor James Scott in his new book, “Two Cheers for Anarchism“:
Quiet, anonymous, and often complicitous, lawbreaking and disobedience may well be the historically preferred mode of political action for peasant and subaltern classes, for whom open defiance is too dangerous….One need not have an actual conspiracy to achieve the practical effects of a conspiracy. More regimes have been brought, piecemeal, to their knees by what was once called “Irish Democracy”—the silent, dogged resistance, withdrawal, and truculence of millions of ordinary people—than by revolutionary vanguards or rioting mobs.
Must this be the default response to an ever-growing federal government unbound from any meaningful Constitutional limits, metastasizing and increasingly contemptuous of any law deemed inconvenient to the ruling political classes?”
Again Tim Condon gets the credit for the above post; I’m just passing it along, and hope I have provided enough documentation to not be guilty of plagiarism. But the concept of “Irish Democracy” is a most appetizing one indeed. “Death by a thousand cuts” as opposed to wielding a five foot “Braveheart” Claymore and charging the Crown. Perhaps we can knock our heads together and devise some ways to follow the American tradition of spreading democracy to the unenlightened, and start spreading some “Irish Democracy” to those “…who would be king.” Guinness droughts and Jameson or Bushmill shots half price!