You Can Only Be The Revolution

Jeanne D'Arc, leader of the siege of Orleans. Her mystical experiences included not only speaking to Saints, but also seeing Fairies (and declining to call them evil spirits). Wore "mens' clothing, executed for Heresy/Witchcraft; later re-inscribed as a Saint by the Catholic Church.
Jeanne D'Arc, leader of the siege of Orleans.  Her mystical experiences included not only speaking to Saints, but also seeing Fairies (and declining to call them evil spirits).  Wore "mens' clothing, executed for Heresy/Witchcraft; later re-inscribed as a Saint by the Catholic Church.
Jeanne D’Arc, leader of the siege of Orleans. Her mystical experiences included not only speaking to Saints, but also seeing Fairies (and declining to call them evil spirits). She wore “men’s’ clothing, and was executed for Heresy/Witchcraft; later re-inscribed as a Saint by the Catholic Church.

 

Hey!

Thanks for all the many links so far– Gods&Radicals has received mentions in The Wild Hunt, several times on Patheos Pagan, on Pagan Square, and on many individual blogs!  We’re happy to be here, and glad you’re reading!

Coming up this week:

On Monday, we’ve another poem, Innominate, by Alan Evans.

Wednesday, we’ll re-post an article on Gender, Diversity, and the Gods by Rhyd Wildermuth, originally published at The Wild Hunt.

And on Friday, we’ll host an essay by Sean Donahue about the Dead and resistance.

 

Fascinating stuff elsewhere

Wild Hunt columnist Alley Valkyrie wrote an excellent series of contemplations for those of us living on stolen land (i.e., most of us): Thoughts on Settlement and Place

A shout-out to our Canadian comrades and their excellent site, Winding Widdershins

Some states have been passing so-called “Religious Freedom” acts.  They’re not what they seem, and Pagan lawyer John Halstead unravels one of them for us.

The Archbishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church has declared Climate Change Denial immoral” and warned of the heavy burdens the poor will bear because of un-restrained Capitalism.

And there’s a high price to be paid for strawberries in wintertime, at least by the workers who make them possible.

Apparently even Monsanto lobbyists don’t drink their own “Kool-Aid.”

Also, have some French Anti-Capitalist rap!

Glossary: Re-inscription

Literally, to re-write.  Part of the process of appropriation where something outside of a dominant narrative (and sometimes opposed to that narrative) is pulled in and made part of that narrative–basically, written-over.

For example, revolutionary, anti-authoritarian, and anti-capitalist movements in the late 1960’s in America and Europe, which threatened to topple governments and terrified the powerful, have now been re-inscribed as having been about “Peace” and “Free Love” rather than anything potentially revolutionary.

Similarly, the very radical anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist views of Martin Luther King Jr. get downplayed in order to re-inscribe his actions as non-threatening to the current (and still very racist) order.

Re-inscription is vital to Capitalism.  It’s why “buying and selling” has become synonymous with Capitalism, and why it’s so difficult to imagine historical or future relations outside Capitalism.  Capitalism re-writes our experiences of everyday activities so that it seems to have always existed in some form or another, rather than being a specific (and very recent) historical shift.

Quote of the Week

You cannot buy the Revolution. You cannot make the Revolution. You can only be the Revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere.”

Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed.