Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Power List

Or by hugging the cops
Or by posing with them in photos
Or by cooking them a hot meal

Or by standing beside them and farting
Or by pining away for W. Bush publicly
Or by kissing a bust of him and serenading him with a guitar

Or by blocking the way of traffic
Or by standing in front of the cops hurling insults, maybe bottles, maybe rocks, maybe Molotov cocktails
Or by wearing a handkerchief for the tear gas and throwing the canisters back at the cops

Or by writing a song and playing it for the others
Or by writing a poem and reading it for the others
Or by dancing with or for others 

Or by linking arms and marching (as though this were a dance you had choreographed)
Or by holding meetings, studying together, discussing strategy
Or by starting to plan

Or by stockpiling arms
Or by forming an alliance
Or by splintering into sects

Or by branching into affinity groups
Or by exposing your own body to harm in hopes that this will produce an image of unjustified cruelty, of the law not acting as it should
Or by inspiring pathos and empathy in whoever may see the photograph or the video of your body being harmed

Or by touching another’s body, a body the larger society would not like you to touch in that way
Or by refusing to work
Or in the body itself refusing to work

Or by going to work but destroying the tools
Or by going to work but not doing the things you’re supposed to, instead maybe writing a poem
Or by going to work and writing email and chating on Gchat and reposting links on Facebook

Or by disseminating internal memos among your friends
Or by leaking sensitive information
Or by finding out everyone’s email passwords and reading their email

Or by napping
Or by taking drugs while on the clock
Or by changing the structure form ‘within’ laying claim to power so as to alter its expression

Or by trying to gain a position in government
Or by having a town hall meeting 
Or by starting a petition

Or by writing a letter
Or by starting a blog
Or by placing an ad

Or by calling a referendum
Or by assembling a team of lawyers
Or by finding a loophole in the law

Or by making art that tries to dramatize a legal anomaly or capitalizes upon a legal anomaly
Or by manufacturing passports
Or by founding a charity

Or by chanting a slogan
Or by marching
Or by beating a drum

Or by giving a free concert
Or by fundraising
Or by performing charitable acts

Or by working on behalf of the disenfranchised or an oppressed minority
Or by working pro bono for a legal cause
Or by occupying buildings

Or by taking over the entire city, erecting barricades around the perimeter
Or by raising a militia
Or by publicly shaming one’s leaders when they have committed crimes against humanity

Or by hacking an organization’s or a private individual’s source of funding
Or by stealing from the rich or well-off
Or by robbing a bank

Or by taking from what is commonly shared
Or by squatting
Or by refusing to use one’s legal name

Or by avoiding all use of credit cards or other means by which the state and corporations might track one
Or by replacing the name given to your ancestors when they were slaves with another
Or by boycotting the businesses that would not serve your people, the people with your same identifying features

Or by refusing to leave when they tell you to leave
Or by not resisting when they attempt to move your body
Or by packing a weapon

Or through assassination
Or through bombing
Or through car bombing

Or through suicide bombing
Or by organizing a union
Or by forming a network among global laborers and labor organizations

Or by refusing to sign a contract
Or through contractual ownership asserting the rights to how your music is distributed
Or by owning the masters

Or through conspicuous consumption
Or by rearranging those works of art on display
Or through reformatting

Or by removing a work outside the museum or other sanctioned cultural location
Or by defacing or erasing a work of art representing a cultural regime currently in power
Or by toppling a statue

Or through looting
Or by refusing to show
Or by refusing to play

Or by refusing to read
Or by only making your art with others and never giving your name to it
Or by refusing to take credit

Or through plagiarism
Or through reappropriation
Or through sampling

Or through detournement
Or through the derive
Or through intertextuality

Or through preservation
Or through the creation of an archive
Or by regulating access

Or by interacting with an audience differently
Or by reading your poem or playing your song in the street
Or through street theatre

Or by organizing an event
Or by creating a carnivalesque atmosphere
Or by making people feel they can speak or move more freely

Or by reminding everyone of those who are not free to speak or move
Or by caricaturing a political leader or someone else in a position of power
Or by ‘roasting’ the president

Or by speaking ‘truth to power’
Or by laying claim to the popular media
Or by making information more widely available

Or through education
Or by making sure there is wider access
Or by being willing to go to jail

Or by providing prisoners with educational resources and other basic human rights
Or by breaking out of prison
Or by breaking out others from prison

Or by enacting legislation
Or by making sure a neighborhood is protected from gentrification
Or by holding out

Or by creating strong community networks
Or by appropriating agency for one’s community or for communities in need of resources
Or by opposing developers legally and extra-legally

Or by boycotting strike breakers
Or by not eating meat produced by the industrial-agricultural complex
Or by not eating meat that is produced inhumanely

Or by not eating meat
Or by not using certain gender pronouns
Or replacing certain gender pronouns with others

Or by giving a stranger a swipe
Or by refusing to specialize
Or by giving up art

Or by refusing to show one’s work in certain institutions
Or by constructing the built environment differently
Or by founding the institutions you would want to be a part of, the businesses you
would want to participate in

Or by dropping out
Or by committing suicide
Or by committing Facebook suicide

Or by holding hands in public
Or by kissing in public
Or by baring one’s breasts in public

Or by loving too intensely
Or by stealing
Or by being lazy

Or by refusing to produce any art this year
Or by refusing to consume
Or by volunteering to distribute food and medicine and rebuild homes

Or by refusing to vote
Or by voting
Or by not paying your taxes

Or by dumping one’s trash in public
Or by appearing naked in public
Or by performing bodily functions in public

Or by just showing up
Or by pitching a tent
Or by refusing to act violently no matter what

Or by refusing to attend the popular media
Or by recycling or composting
Or through the avoidance of nouns

Or through the use of heteronyms and collective names
Or by refusing to participate in certain representation practices
Or by organizing a revolt

Or by storming the palaces
Or by breaking through the phalanx of cops
Or by saying what you shouldn’t

Or by throwing a party
Or by taking drugs
Or by presenting your work publicly

Or by making public statements
Or by filling your purse with ketchup
Or by chaining one’s self to a bank vault, or an old growth tree, or a building slated
for demolitions

Or through infiltration
Or through spying
Or by refusing to invest in oil and coal

Or through divestment
Or by sharing a meal
Or through a hunger-strike

Or by embracing another culture, taking on their customs and habits
Or by posing questions
Or by talking back

Or by paying attention
Or through devotion
Or by considering everything in relation

Or by not paying attention
Or by shifting the balance of power
Or by parenting differently

Or by forming alternative affiliations
Or through the withdrawal of tradition
Or through the embrace of traditions

Or in allowing others to make decisions
Or by giving up power
Or by stepping down

Or by building consensus
Or through the establishment of solidarity
Or through the elimination of the ego

Or through a de-emphasis or displacement of 'the self'
Or through depersonalization
Or through collectivization

Or through participation
Or by refusing to participate
Or through skepticism

Or through dissensus
Or through reprinting
Or through diplomacy

Or by staying alive
Or by reproducing
Or through the transmitting of cultural memory

Or through comedy
Or by becoming vulnerable
Or through the providing of care

Or through the forgiving of debt
Or through donation
Or by setting up a trust

Or by preventing further exploitation
Or through fucking
Or through reparation

Or through forgiveness
Or through forgetting
Or through reciprocation

Or through symbolization
Or through patience
Or through anger

Or through sorrow
Or through joy

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