Dissent is the rebellion against the established order of society. Dissent against dissent is the rebellion of both the dissenters and the established order of society. It is not to be confused with counter-revolutionaries that seek to prop up the established order. We shall call the established order of society Model A, and dissent against the established order Model B.
The question is what is dissent against dissent? It is the third way that proves itself to be effective for the overall good without trampling the lives of others. So many times in history the oppressed have risen up in dissent against the established order of oppression only to become oppressors themselves.
This renders both Model A and Model B ineffective in real change for the good of all. Dissent against both of them seek a permanent solution free from all oppression both from without and from within.
How in the world does one construct a model of a final dissenting position effective for the good of all? First off, it has to take the uncompromising position that it will harm no one. Tall order. Model A and Model B both play the game that the end justifies the means, which is why they are both stuck in a cycle of destruction. This is the trap that dissent against dissent must resist. There can be no margin of error. None.
The salvific agonistes of final dissent must seek once and for all to uproot the source of all that stands in the way of redeeming the all without harming any. An impossible tightrope to walk you might say. This is not some wild eyed utopia or relativistic ideology as shown in books like Thomas More’s Utopia or Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. Far from it. It must be pragmatic empathy. And it must have the accuracy of arithmetic itself.
It must speak and breathe like a calligraphy with ink and space. It must dance in the waters of life and shun the culture of death. Models A and B have both cut off humanity’s air supply. They suffocate humanity in the name of doing good to humanity. They both fight each other in an oppressive order and reactionary disorder forever circling each other as in an Escher painting.
When Beat poet and writer Jack Kerouac was on William F. Buckley’s Firing Line in 1968, he told Buckley, “I believe in order, tenderness, and piety.” This was in the context of a discussion about the Chicago riots at the Democratic Convention. In one fell swoop Kerouac condemned both the abuse of the police and the violence of those who rioted. Kerouac expressed a third way; a form of order that included and led to tenderness and piety. Kerouac was in dissent against dissent.
It is my real heartfelt conviction that the revolution of order, tenderness, and piety does not represent the dead-end split-screen battle of establishment/dissent, but rather an alternative to them both. Look at the endgame: Piety. This word is so strange to our modern ears that we really don’t know what to make of it. On the other hand, even in its strangeness, we need it. This triad of beauty is the winning ticket for all. Order, tenderness, and piety is freely expressed without crushing anyone underfoot. Instead it flowers up from within to heal others.
This dissent against dissent breaks the deadlock of all collective brutal self-projection and provides space for something truly new to emerge. This newness of what is called piety attracts flies like honey. It spreads like one candle lighting another and another and another in a hush of stillness and wonderful emanation between human beings. One could almost call it Divinity Incarnate, the Kingdom of Heaven within, the Parousia indescribable, Dante’s “The love that moves the sun and the stars.” Yes, one could call it that. One really could. As a matter of fact, I think I will.
Buckley, Kerouac, Sanders and Yablonsky discuss Hippies
SensitiveSkinTV on May 17, 2011
A 1968 episode of William F. Buckley’s Firing Line, featuring a drunken Jack Kerouac, the Fug’s Ed Sanders and a clueless academic, Lewis Yablonsky, discussing the “Hippie” movement.
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Rocket Kirchner: Harmony in the Field
pflvtmh on Feb 18, 2016
Written by Rocket Kirchner, and performed by Rocket Kirchner and the BGs.
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