Obligatory note: This is an unedited first draft. Those concerned with NUCLEAR ISSUES… those associated in any capacity with Physicians for Social Responsibility… should read the previous post, NOT this. The author can be reached at [Pause.] If anyone does read this article without it being recommended to them, they should definitely not read; it’s not oblique enough.

by Oxman et alia

“Till the bridge you will need be form’d, till the ductile anchor/hold,/Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere….” — from Walt Whitman’s A Noiseless Patient Spider

What to do when apathy, resignation, cynicism, ignorance, and atomization reign?

One thing NOT to do — if one is trying to organize resistance to our horrid momentum — is to keep on exclusively with what’s already been tried. One thing to attempt is embracing a new paradigm for resistance as at least part of one’s approach to dealing with the powers that be.

In acknowledgement of the overwhelming oversight of activist communications these days, I am writing in code… as I cannot write in confidence. For confidentiality, one must meet in person under special circumstances. I can, however, here, intrigue, whet one’s appetite for such a rendezvous. With you. With you… for there is no one else to bond with, no one out there who is likely to respond to pleas made via high tech outreach. Or courtesy of flyers on the street. Nay, this is the only way… sending someone this way to read what’s here… and to encourage a trip from there to where I am.

For one on one… for the purpose of being done with obsolete forms of protest… and moving on in solidarity from a new angle.

In code, then:

1. Noiseless. Contrary to popular obsession, one must proceed without megaphones.

2. Democratic process. In contrast to what was attempted at Occupy’s General Assemblies, initial action taken must not be contingent upon any kind of broad vote.

3. Reason. A visceral approach to the general public, a kinesthetic appeal — not one based primarily on rational argument — must be embraced in a singular, unprecedented way.

4. Numbers. One must NOT be concerned with recruiting certain numbers of citizens at first; this statement — especially when coupled with what’s stated in #2 above — smells like advocating for an old-time vanguard, but that’s not the case at all.

5. Money. Not necessary.

6. Time. Necessary 24×8 effort from a core group, as little as one hour or so over the course of a full year for the vast majority would be sufficient.

7. Ego. Anonymity, not spotlights, should rule the day so as not to rue the new day.

8. Politics. Rejecting ALL career politicians, but not the electoral arena.

I trust that now you will want to set up a rendezvous. For elaboration of the above. For leisurely discussion with ample time for in-depth Q&A. For making inroads… noiselessly… patiently… like a spider, but moving as expeditiously as possible… which will NOT be at the presently fashionable pace of an arthritic snail. To whale with lightning speed, actually, against our horrid momentum.

Like Walt Whitman without an ego, without a need for being published and/or applauded.


“You will hardly know who I am or what I mean,
But I shall be good health to you nevertheless,
And filter and fibre your blood.”
— from Whitman’s Song of Myself

“Lifted now and always against whoever scorning assumes to rule/me,” — from Whitman’s Chanting the Square Deific