...But of these sophisms and elenchs of merchandise I skill not...
Milton, Areopagitica

Except he had found the
standing sea-rock that even this last
Temptation breaks on; quieter than death but lovelier; peace
that quiets the desire even of praising it.

Jeffers, Meditation On Saviors



                                                  a short meditation on hypocrisy

Lady Gaga's speech at SXSW was probably met with the usual reactions from the usual people in the usual places - fans up, non-fans down, most people so what? - the little I saw was dismissive, and behind it the usual stance of who are these people who benefit from what they're attacking to even think they have a right to...
Neil Young was swooped on for how much fuel consumption he was in charge of as he went public against the tar sands nightmare in upper Alberta.
Let's introduce an even more difficult term of diminishment: Complicity in your own oppression.
It's how they get so many of us, guilt, and a sense of shame, because you do, you do go along with it, to get along. And the most successful, economically and in the reach of their fame, are diminished as spokespersons, whatever the cause they're championing.
Because hey, you got all that stuff.
Even little folks, with jobs, with families, regular people. This is huge in the climate change thing, or as I'm still fond of describing it, anthropogenic climate forcing. The set-up is you, we, did it. And on the surface sure, all those cars, all those miles, all those gallons of gas. Yeah, that's what did it. Industry, basically making stuff that we, you, consume.
Forget about how much seduction's involved, how many tricks were played, how much the discourse was controlled to the point of non-existence. Forget about how people were forced to choose the things they're now being set-up to take the blame for, that benefited those at the top way more than those below them.
And Ms. Ga. has all those royalties and venue percentages etc. So bite the hands that feed you much?
The center of it's the assumed inviolability of the charge of hypocrisy. Ain't gonna, ain't supposed to, listen to no damn hypocrites.
Well fuck that.
It's the same deceptive horseshit that got Uncle Hiram to drink himself to death after he signed that contract with the coal mine company, and they came and ate off the top of the whole damn mountain, and washed away everbody's homeplace just about.
Yeah well we got that contract right here and it's binding.
But he didn't understand what it said. Too bad.
No, too bad for you. Fuck your contract. Fuck the idea of contract law as more sacred than people's homes and lives.
And fuck hypocrisy when the only way to survive is to get inside the system and work it. Of course there's a compromise, you can't even have an adult life in this depraved world without compromising somewhere, somehow.
It disunites any opposition to the black-hearted evil that's so commonly present, to demand virtual sainthood from anybody saying no, saying stop, saying see what that is and don't do it.
We have to start from where we are, and where we are is right here, smack dab in the middle of a huge steaming pile of pig shit.

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