Haunting Eurocentrick Norms: Halloween spectacle getz depth-charged!

artself1(a reporter shares a recent action from the Aagigaaning, Potowatomi territory, in a settler city)

Just got done with interacting in classic ‘Saul Alinsky-itsu’ locally here! (re: angles on his method of “mass jiujitsu”.) A lot of fun, bringing something to really chew on into the psychologically beaten-down soldier-like student crowd! Pressured from so many to go through what they hate (and thus letting out all their steam, drinking and partying wildly on weekends), and getting stuck in loan enslavement in the process…

Put a sheet over me head and proceeded to HAUNT a busy intersection with some recently made art and then some. Imagine doing such X-COUNTRY! Imagine our diversity GIVING OURSELVES PERMISSION to show up, individually (!) or in small affinity groups, at the barely hidden authoritarian institution of your choice! Especially SMACK DAB in the midst of Apple Pie Settler Social Control territory!!! Nothing like utilizing our CREATIVE intelligence to surprise people during these otherwise emptied spectacles like Halloween!!!

So i put myself out there as The Ghost of Forgotten Paradigms, and h-a-u-n-t-e-d, loudly moaning and carrying on, and getting people giggling. Then tellin’ ’em who i was, and sharing short anecdotes, such as (if i can remember ’em well enough) :

“Forgotten paradigms like Indigenous Matriarchy, which CELEBRATES OUR DIFFERENCES and SEEKS OUR COMMONALITIES, instead of judge-ing and reducing and labeling and keeping us giving away our powers Right and Left! Check out Russell Means on Matriarchy, or unsettling america!!!!”

A lot of fun bringing this up to the numerous women coming by, some shrinking away at first, and then happily surprised when i mentioned such a topic! (i’d do just one topic for each wave of people coming by)


“Paradigms forgotten like so-called ‘Mental Illness’ which is really just a mystified metaphor for ‘difficulties in living’! Imagine demystifying such trickery and puzzling thru each others’ eccentricities, realizing the value! And finding our comonalities! But ‘The Way Things Is’ has duped us into believing that we Have To go along with the program all around us! Ohhhhhhhhhh (moans)”

And variations of those and others!

So much fun LOUDLY bringing out all these holy cows and saying my heart! Not remaining silenced by projections (sometimes) by poisoned folks firing off the “bad” idea that it’s Only About You Just Trying To Get Attention, or Egotism! Bad, bad, BAD! BAD PHROG!!!

Of course, the municipal soldiers showed up in awhile (people seem so poisoned today that they HAVE TO call them) and sat there for awhile, bringing two cars before one of ’em came out. Usually they sit there in a kind of intimidating way (rite next to where i put my art show, affectively intimidating passerby from stopping), like that, in my experience. As tho trying to say “It’s Time To Move Along, Buddy.” But i stayed, “ready” to be arrested, if that’s how cynical they’ve gotten.

But after a good while, one came up and “just” wanted to “make contact” and find out what i was up to. So i filled him in a little bit. They’d done the same thing last weekend when i had dared art into a ‘hood known for its drunken intensities, one of the soldiers calling it “creepy” that (at the time) i was doing “free hugs”. But these were college cops, generally less rigidly intense than the city or state cops (and not yet as attacked by the game their superiors keep them stuck in).

So they moved on, themselves, once i gave them, in slightly creative candor, the basic run-down they needed so they could file their report or whatever. Poor human beings, tooled so effectively by the soldier way! Seeing only the Worst sides of humanity and never (?) imagining the contexts for why people are losing it in myriad ways!

Lots of fun arting such situations with depth not usually brought up in Social Norms! No especially jaded or cynical types today!

(Ed’s note: Upon being questioned by the editor of this site, where i asked: so there are such types who come by??)

Yes, once in awhile. Like yesterday when i was experimenting differently with connecting with folks (and it wasn’t working too well), this guy i’ve seen around quite a few times, who at first seemed to be trying to befriend me, got into this character assassination label towards me. He asked me about one of the signs i wore, and then when i…well, it’s a longer story. But basically i got to have a bit of an attitude adjustment myself, and while accepting that, he launched into this emotive hype.

(Ed’s note: if anyone wants to read the whole story, our reporter will share it; meanwhile, to go into it for now may take us too off-topic)

As for threats, i don’t get many. Usually it’s just drunken dudes who are seeking to pour out some of their pent-up poison on SOMEONE. And i don’t mind it when they’re just verbal about it. But a few months ago, there was a guy who engaged me who was trying to intimidate me from doing this sort of thing. He actually made an indirect threat, but i told him ‘i walk thru my fears’.

Anyway, the ball has been rolling in this particular area for awhile, and it’s all mostly about experimenting creatively with ways to surprise and bridge with people manipulated to remain as hyped-up and alienated as possible from each other, i think.


walking the borders of eurocolonization and ‘warrior poets’

charmed with visions . qualm (heH) (yeh, a bit surrealish, ther)

This is a serious take-off of the “warrior poets society” website, seeking to inspire creative intelligence beyond ‘same old agains’

–including even using words (like “warrior”) which have a way of confining and blocking our poetentials, before true hearts are even best heard! (in “our” view)

Thus, by giving ourselves (you reading this and perhaps identifying) permission to design and create our OWN words, we may better reach and touch the HEARTS of others! Notably, we do not identify with nor subordinate to only one organization (or ideology). We are not specifically ‘environmental activists’, tho we see crucial value in such approaches. We are an amalgm of myriad diversities of intentions!


SIDENOTE: Important to think through:
“Mongoven, Biscoe & Duchin, a PR firm known for its monitoring and infiltration of activist groups, claim to use a classic divide and rule strategy when working against grassroots campaigns. MB&D characterise activists as belonging to one of four categories: ‘radicals’, ‘opportunists’, ‘idealists’ and ‘realists’. Their three step strategy is to isolate the radicals, ‘cultivate’ the idealists and educate them into becoming realists and then to ‘educate’ the realists so that they agree with industry.”
(quote from this link, apparently note 95? ….The thing to keep in mind? Just keep going anyway (PERSISTENCE IS FERTILE!!!). Keep speaking, keep BEING, and one day, you might be surprised. You might be surprised to find that “counter politics” made it LOOK like hardly anyone was visiting your site, and SUDDENLY that might all change. Either way, if you can reach even “a small number of people” (re: “critical mass”), THAT can be important! (After all, WHO are they who stumble across our voices? They MAY be crucial darers like you, who suddenly gain notoriety (outside the box)! So this is how i dance!


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Who And What Iz Our netwoik?

By chaZ d. ZiNg

The name “Orrior Poets Netwoik” is a “we’to(h)’pee’N” vision (not Utopian, which we think is too individualist) of bridge-archish qualities in continual becoming. This site was originally inspired to become a blog from noting the ‘warrior poets society’ website.  We wish to (and do) escape the ‘warrior’ paradigm, which tends to tool those with hearts in the right places into the trap of ‘war’ forever, we see. We are broadly inter-active, critical thinking visionaries and visioneers who give ourselves permission to conceive and design our lives as we dare. –While listening to the input of decolonizing and unsettling narratives and input, i.e. unsettlingamerica.wordpress.com, REALIZING THE VALUE.

This means we are wearing the ideahhz of decolonizing (ALL ‘citizens’ are colonized, not merely “oppressed”) in poetic ways, with an ex-europeon-centrick unsettling edge (or energetic), and commitment. Including the potential of bridge-ing angles on accountability, when y’all truly waNt.

Seeking to gift our ‘better bests’, in “perfectly imperfect” process, and possibly be gifted in return, say with possibly crucial insights and pheedback (such as, input on how we might/can use our powers most “effectively”, while realizing that all input-ers are “only” fellow human beings, and  so often tooled by rigidized hierarchy and other reductionist imaginations).

We are not dissidents, btw, of EF! or its relations. We merely question their choice of words, at times, and wish to ‘deploy’ our gifts in whichever way we each choose or feel moved to share!

The warrior poets society site says:

“We weren’t to be taken completely seriously because humor was part of our magic and the ability to laugh at ourselves and each other was sorely necessary.”

“We” say (not a “we” yet, tho, really) that we seek to be not feared, by fear-stuck eurocentrick suicidal society, so we would rather gulp down our egos and try to surprise our phellow strategically and ideologically challenged settler people in ways that possibly mutually inspire! Even if the martially-challenged think we’re really just completely nuts! Let ’em think what they Must, and we’ll try to touch their hearts if we’re moved sometime, say, if they try lasso-ing us with some so-called “mental illness” reduction label.

The ‘warriors’ say:

“We didn’t want to become rigid like marxists, stalinists, conservative republicans or other fundamentalists. We hoped to remain playful and high-spirited, not endlessly concerned with points of theory (even while we were not against expending intellectual energy to follow theoretical arguments). Our praxis would set the finer points of our philosophy.”

“We” say, okay, this makes sense. And yet, to leave out the Eurocentrick depth of things (not merely one camp) is to perpetuate BOTH, we see! The proverbial pendulum swinging back and forth, but always well within settler-centrick (also known as neo-colonial) imagination. I.e. why do EarthFirst!ers leave out the fundamentalisms of Leftism/Progressive Settler mentalities? (having read over their mags for many years, i never saw a smidgeon of dialog on topics such as, for example, the anti-authoritarian discussion of ‘post-leftism’; tho i realize there’s a need to bridge with the heavily programmed, i’m not inspired by Leftish angles of approach, usually)

the warrior poets say: “… Though not a recognized strain in poetry (at least yet)..”

while “we” orrioR poetz say: Psshaw on the need to think in terms of what “is recognized” (by whom? the vanguard of un-name-ables?)! Hrrrumph! If we don’t bridge with the Devoutly “Alternative”/Eurocentrick-challenged because we’re too surreal or “dangerously” deep, then maybe thatz for the best! Let the tooled poets puzzle through only when/if they dARE!

Taking liberties with the ‘warrior poets society’ a little phurther, we change the original wording a little bit:

In poetry’s immense waterfall (that never goes dry becuz it is wherever we perceive) there are comets and streamers we call ‘ORrior poetry’. The waterfalls would be far less inspiring without them. (huh?)(heh)

There’s many kinds of ORioR! poets: Not merely ‘Contributors and Performers’. ‘Performers’ are the rarer kind, and could rightly be called ‘Performance Poets’ if y’all Must Name and categorize. (Why put this in here at all, folks?)


the warrior poets say:”There is no surer road to activist ‘burnout’ than mouthing propaganda in phrases false to one’s conscience. In literary terms, this means never writing or speaking below one’s own standard of taste and culture. John Gardner, the novelist and teacher of writing, cut through the problem of imagining one’s audience by saying simply:“One writes for people like oneself”–even if one doesn’t know any such people. Indeed, this is the only course that avoids the dishonesty of writing or talking “down” to others.”Deep Ecology [challenged by the leading anti-authoritarian thinker Jason McQuinn, here], the philosophy that empowers Earth First!ers to sit in trees and block bulldozers, draws on science (ecology) and philosophy (questioning) to create an ethos of action, whether direct or covert.

Like Gandhi, Thoreau and Buddhism it incorporates nonviolence or do-least-harm into its outlook. (Nonviolence is not, strictly speaking, the same as passive or [non-confrontive?]. And do-least-harm could be a description of Earth First!-style (rather than, say, Alf-style) monkeywrenching.)”

Perhaps this is a topic to discuss another time? Perhaps you shood read McQuinn’s comments, re: Murray Bookchin, deep ecology…but basically my understanding of what McQuinn says, if i remember right, is that “deep ecology” promotes an ideologically-challenged poetic about the ‘unquantifiable’ magick and enchantment of nature. And somehow rigidizes it into something that turns things fundamentalist and authoritarian. Bottom line, McQuinn thinks this is a bad tact, and isn’t afraid to say so. Yet i think he has not had experiences with the magick of how nature can sometimes surprise the mundane-ized mechanistic thinking person, so i’m not yet convinced. Tho i find McQuinn’s insights on a variety of other topics inspiringly compelling!

Anyway, skipping…

“…I recognize the power of words for good or for ill. To some extent, those who wield words well have power equal to those who attained it by traditional methods like clubbing their way up the ladder.”

Care to dive deeper on this topic? Maybe “we”‘ll cover it another time, or maybe not. Perhaps you’d like to step up and reflect? (But how to dive deeper, underneath the ideas the warriors present?)

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