“Resistance”

Resisting isn’t the same as winning. The metric of success in the short term for resisting is not victories but the additional cost in time and effort and political capital that those in power need to spend to achieve anything. Resistance is friction, inertia and obstacles.

Those in power will continue to enact policies that rob people of their humanity. They will continue to demonise the marginalised. They will continue to impoverish the world while they have the power to do so. Yet making every act cost them more helps build the unity that will eventually pull them from power.

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5 comments

  1. frasersherman

    That helped, thanks.
    I also find myself thinking of C.S. Lewis’s observation that even though Ragnarok will destroy the gods and men, it doesn’t change our obligation to fight and die alongside Odin.

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  2. Kat Goodwin

    I really, really wish that I had been wrong. Our only hope now is that Kavanaugh and co. will be too busy granting businesses all their goodies for the first two years to get around to overturning Roe vs. Wade before the presidential election in 2020. Unfortunately, for LGBTQIA folk, it’s back to a full out war on them and their rights in the U.S. Unless the Democrats take the House in the up-coming election, the U.S. will be a full autocracy run by a bigoted minority. Foreigners should not visit unless they absolutely have to, even if they are “white”. It’s going to be very dangerous here for awhile. Plus, our healthcare is going out the window.

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  3. michaeleochaidh

    Now I’m even more glad that I have my voter registration squared away. As an expat I can only vote in federal elections, which is a disappointment as my former state’s governor is the odious Scott Walker.

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  5. Regular Commenter

    I’ve moved this song up the rotation on the playlist. Musicians can really capture a zeitgeist in concise and beautiful ways. It’s best played loud, loud, loud. Dude can really write a song.

    Julian Casablancas “Out of the Blue”

    Somewhere along the way, my hopefulness turned to sadness
    Somewhere along the way, my sadness turned to bitterness
    Somewhere along the way, my bitterness turned to anger
    Somewhere along the way, my anger turned to vengeance
    And the ones that I made pay were never the ones who deserved it
    And the ones who deserved it, they’ll never understand it.
    Yes, I know I’m going to Hell in a leather jacket
    Least I’ll be in another world while you’re pissing on my casket
    How could you be, oh
    So perfect for me?
    Why can’t you ignore, oh
    The things I did before?
    Somewhere along the way, exacting vengeance gave excitement
    Somewhere along the way, that excitement turned to pleasure
    Somewhere along the way, that pleasure turned to madness
    But sooner or later that kind of madness turns into pain
    And the ones that I made pay were never the ones who deserved it
    Those who helped me along the way, I smacked ’em as I thanked ’em
    Yes, I know I’m going to Hell in a leather jacket
    ‘Least I’ll be in another world while you’re pissing on my casket
    And all that I can do is sing a song of faded glory
    And all you got to do is sit there, look great, and make ’em horny
    Together we’ll sing songs and tell exaggerated stories
    About the way we feel today and tonight and in the morning
    How could you be, oh
    So perfect for me?
    Why can’t you ignore, oh
    The things I did before?
    Take all your fears, pretend they’re all true
    Take all your plans, pretend they fell through
    But that’s what it’s like
    That’s what it’s like for most people in this world
    The rich or the poor oh,
    Muslims or Jews oh,
    When roles are reversed oh,
    Opinions are too
    No, oh oh
    That’s all I’m gonna say now
    Before they come knocking on my door now

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