As mad as hell,

We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat. And we sit watching our TV’s while some local newscaster tells us that today we had 15 homocides and sixty three violent crimes as if that is the way things are supposed to be. We know things are bad, worse than bad. They’re crazy. It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy so we don’t go out anymore. We sit in the house and slowly the world we’re living in is getting smaller and all we say is please at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel belted radios just leave us alone.

Well I’m not going to leave you alone. I want you to get mad. I don’t want you to protest, I don’t want you to riot, I don’t want you to write to your congressmen because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write. […]

All I know is first you’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say ‘I’m a human being goddammit. My life has value’.

I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get out of chairs. I want all of you to go up to the window, open it and stick your head out of the window and yell - ‘I’m as mad as hell, I’m not going to take this anymore’.

- From the film Network (1976) with Howard Beale.


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The Scream

When we write or when we read, it is easy to forget that the beginning is not the word, but the scream. Faced with the mutilation of human lives by capitalism, a scream of sadness, a scream of horror, a scream of anger, a scream of refusal: NO.

The starting point of theoretical reflection is opposition, negativity, struggle. It is from rage that thought is born, not from the pose of reason, not from the reasoned-sitting-back-and-reflecting-on-the-mysteries-of-existence that is the conventional image of the thinker

We start from negation, from dissonance. The dissonance can take many shapes. An inarticulate mumble of discontent, tears of frustration, a scream of rage, a confident roar. An unease, a confusion, a longing, a critical vibration.

Change the World Without Taking Power - John Holloway ›