Take-home message: Downplay Trumpism at your own peril. #NeverTrump
This is not an article. This is a desperate plea to evolve.
My parents were married on May 4, 1957. They were still married on May 4, 2007. According to the seductive promises of our pervasive pop culture, this is big news for all involved. As those wonderful folks at Hallmark explain: “Half a century of marriage calls for a real celebration.”
Bruce Lee turned the staid and traditional martial arts world on its head by saying this like this: “The techniques, though they play an important role in the early stage, should not be too restrictive, complex, or mechanical. If we cling to them, we will become bound by their limitation.”
And this: “Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.”
And this: “Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.”
Such iconoclasm resonated deeply with me as a young man, influenced me in so many aspects of my life, but I hadn’t properly applied such lessons to “activism” until very recently when I re-visited one the legendary stories about Bruce’s early days in the U.S.
Over the years, I’ve written a fair amount of autobiographical pieces but it’s only recently that I’ve begun to re-explore some of these episodes from a more critical, radical perspective. With that in mind, to follow is yet another revised memoir-of-sorts.
When Wiesel received a letter from a Nobel Prize laureate documenting Israel’s contributions to atrocities in Guatemala, suggesting that he use his considerable influence to put a stop to Israel’s practice of arming neo-Nazis, Wiesel “sighed” and admitted to Karni that he did not reply to that particular letter.
It’s possible to identify Hillary Clinton as the corporate-funded war criminal she is while simultaneously recognizing Trumpism as the far graver and more urgent concern. It’s actually quite easy. You all should try it some time.