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Said Dynamite

New from How to Destroy Angels, one of the pies Reznor is cooking.

Figured I would mention the source of the new blog title. I was reading a book recently, The World that Never Was, which is the story of the Paris Commune, or anyhow what the Paris Commune started, and how those very well-intentioned ideals were gradually twisted by the complacency of the international power culture. Eventually something that started off like a dream of being free essentially forged the railroad spike that was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which made mobile the fascist terror that plagued Europe throughout the 20th century.

Ironically then the dream of self-government turned into its own worst nightmare, simply because the general public wasn't willing to peacefully transition into anarchy, and so the young and impatient (basically the body of anarchism) took matter into their own hands, and the reaction bred was fascism. If anarchism had never become so violent there never would have been a reactionary movement, and the world might be an entirely different place right now.

Anyway, if you've never even heard of the Paris Commune of 1871 educate yourself. It's one of those things everyone should know about, like the Philippine-American War, but it seems to miss history books for some reason. Also, I wonder if back in 1932-33 there were a whole bunch of newspaper articles about "fascist spring" that had the whole world rooting for those crazy kids.

But yes, dynamite. Despite any negative associations attached to the acts or beliefs that would cause a man to blow himself strapped with explosives just a prove a point, the act exists, and there are enough people with that belief or act to have changed the world. Dynamite rebalanced the world. Now every small man can feel powerful, and every powerful man can feel afraid because nothing is certain when there are people blowing themselves up just because. Dynamite has done more to create social equality than hundreds of years of protests and bloody revolutions.

Wait, though, here's the twist.

The dynamite is all in your mind.

Think about it, men were always equal, the potential was always there, but rules were created from even prehistoric times that protected one class of man and abandoned another. When Alfred Nobel (by the way same Nobel to fund the Nobel Prizes which include the "Peace Prize") invented dynamite the world didn't change. The world simply remembered again how small it was. This same feeling was evoked again with Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Seemingly it takes momentous destruction to create true empathy for fellow man.

So dynamite as a symbol is freedom, liberation and equality. This is why I think it was the rallying cry of the socialists and anarchists of the French Commune, because of what it stood for, the equality of man.

We still live in a time of incredible injustice and social imbalance, in some ways it seems like the world never changes. However that would be a lie.

The world does change, it's just changing slower than we are.



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