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The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
--Cornelius Tacitus (c. 116 A.D.)

Thursday, September 19, 2002
There's a "peace and justice extravaganza" going on over at school right now. Idiots. A whole room full of incredibly earnest well-intentioned people completely lacking in any critical-thinking faculties. I went and collected a stack of pamphlets and I may deconstruct some of them here in the next few days. It's almost too easy. From their flyers: "Get connected with peace and justice organizations at St. Kate's and in the Twin Cities community. Or just come for the music, free food and good karma." They're making a peace quilt and inviting people to contribute pieces. The pieces are just writing on a square of colored cotton with permanent marker. I'm very tempted to submit one or two.

"We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." - George Orwell

"The justest dispositions possible in ourselves, will not secure us against it [war]. It would be necessary that all other nations were just also. Justice indeed, on our part, will save us from those wars which would have been produced by a contrary disposition. But how can we prevent those produced by the wrongs of other nations? By putting ourselves in a condition to punish them. Weakness provokes insult and injury, while a condition to punish often prevents them." - Thomas Jefferson

“He who cannot protect himself or his nearest and dearest or their honor by non-violently facing death, may and ought to do so by violently dealing with the oppressor. He who can do neither of the two is a burden.” - Mahatma Gandhi

"My non-violence does not admit of running away from danger and leaving dear ones unprotected. Between violence and cowardly flight, I can only prefer violence to cowardice. I can no more preach non-violence to a coward than I can tempt a blind man to enjoy healthy scenes." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Cowardice is wholly inconsistent with non-violence. Translation from swordsmanship to non-violence is possible and, at times, even an easy stage. Non-violence, therefore, pre-supposes ability to strike. It is a conscious deliberate restraint put upon one's desire for vengeance. But vengeance is any day superior to passive, effeminate and helpless submission. " - Mahatma Gandhi

"Nonviolence is infinitely superior to violence. But the message of nonviolence is for those who know how to die, not for those who are afraid of death. If one has not that courage, I want him to cultivate the art of killing and being killed, rather than in a cowardly manner to flee from danger." - Mahatma Gandhi

Soooo tempting to subvert the subversives. On the other hand it's disrespectful. On the third hand I know for a fact that these same groups are not respectful of groups with opposing viewpoints. Perhaps I will content myself with making war on those ideas here in my own space which I pay for. But then none of those people will be exposed to contradictory opinions. We'll see. One of the tables was for Minnesotans against Gun Violence. I happened to find myself standing in front of it before I realized which group it was. I was importuned by a gun controller! When I replied that I was a member of the NRA I seemed to set off a pre-rehearsed spiel. I guess they were just waiting to try to gain a convert. She insisted that they didn't want to get rid of guns just make reasonable policy. Read your own damned propaganda dearheart. I may or may not get back over to campus before the thing is over. I'm rather tempted to skip my relaxation class and take a nap instead, ironic eh? However I'm paying over 500$ for the class so... We'll see.

posted by Rachel 9/19/2002
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