Tuesday, October 21, 2008


When does mental illness become a bit rock'n'roll? When does schizophrenia become revolutionary? When Lee Perry comes onstage, with a saucepan on his head and claiming to be Hitler, whooped on by an audience of tye-dyed, whistle-blowing gwailos? When some smirking hippie forms the Socialist Patients' Kollektiv in 1970 and encourages vulnerable persons unknown to blow things up, while he goes back to his flat to smoke dope and listen to Henry Cow? When Mark E Smith bullshits naive, insecure music hacks with streams of incoherent junk? When Hasel Adkins kicks a synthesizer off the top of a pick-up? When some six foot taxi driver collapses in his plastic chair, drops his plastic coffee cup on the ground, breathes in the stink of the ward, and sobs, "I just can't do this anymore"? Tell me?
"The character structure of modern man, who reproduces a six-thousand-year-old patriarchal authoritarian culture is typified by characterological armoring against his inner nature and against the social misery which surrounds him. This characterolgical armoring of the character is the basis of isolation, indigence, craving for authority, fear of responsibility, mystic longing, sexual misery, and neurotically impotent rebelliousness."
"Meaningful action, for revolutionaries, is whatever increases the confidence, the autonomy, the initiative, the participation, the solidarity, the equalitarian tendencies and the self -activity of the masses and whatever assists in their demystification.

Sterile and harmful action is whatever reinforces the passivity of the masses, their apathy, their cynicism, their differentiation through hierarchy, their alienation, their reliance on others to do things for them and the degree to which they can therefore be manipulated by others - even by those allegedly acting on their behalf."
Anyway, where are questions 1-3?
Somewhere in the archives...
Oh yeah gotcha. I have the complete set now. Sorted.
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