Now then: Have a read of Jeff Goldstein’s Re-Declaration of Independence, found here. Excerpt:
I am not a disease. My existence doesn’t “warm the planet.” I’m not interested in your “sustainability” concerns. I am not yours to manage.
I won’t eat your bugs, live in your pods, surrender my cars, or without consent be packed into your cities. I reject your charity. I unmask your intentions. I know what a woman is; I know that any race can practice racism; I know that 2+2=4, regardless of how contingent you wish to make reality. I despise your ideology. I refuse your relativism. You are not the Elect, and I am not answerable to the various neuroses you wear as badges of honor.
I know you better than you know yourselves. You are conditioned. Programmed. Automotons who believe themselves sentient beings. Your intolerance of “hate” is not a virtue. It’s a ruse. An excuse to practice your own intolerance and luxuriate in your own hatreds. You are a self-fulfilling prophecy. You are that which you claim to despise, and I am that which you claim to be.
I see you. Clearly. And I aim to misbehave.
Read it all. If I was in the audience and Mr. Goldstein delivered this live, it would rate a standing ovation. I especially like this bit:
I strive to be self-sufficient. I honor the founding ideals of my country, and I work to live up to their measure. I recognize the great fortune of my birth. History does not frighten me. I reject your blood libels: I am not responsible for that which I didn’t do, nor are you victims of what was never done to you. I will not proclaim your goodness while knowing your evil.
Now, it seems to me that the obvious next question is “All right, but what are we going to do about it?” But as a commenter to this piece points out, many major societal movements, among them the founding of the United States, began with words on paper, parchment or pixels. Scribes, commentators and bloviators on all sides of any issue burn up plenty of pixels yapping about what needs to be done, but there seems to be some evidence that ordinary folks are getting good and tired of waiting and are starting to do things themselves.
And that’s a good thing. Spread this one around, folks.