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and the Next Revolution
developed and aggressively objective, humor is the most rigorous
expression of alchemyand indeed, of dialecticin our
time. As such, it is the pivot of surrealism's revolutionary project
today, and the affective ground of the next revolution.
is no accident that the characteristic modes of revolutionary struggle
todayworkplace sabotage, wildcat strike, billboard revision,
disruption (à la Earth First!), and such all-out
assaults on "business as usual" as the Los Angeles Rebellion
of April-May '92largely tend to be manifestations of surrealist
humor. Nothing else so effectively releases people from their repressions,
or enables them to think and act with greater lucidity for themselves.
Shielding the ego from the routine massive horror of daily life
in late capitalist society, humor encourages and directs desire
toward expansion and fulfillment rather than denial and defeat.
By breaking down the boundaries between possible and impossible,
humor offers a limitless supply of "new ways of saying no to
the whole stinking mess of capitalist-christian civilization,"
and, in turn, fosters the most extravagant utopian dreaming. Social
revolution is of course a matter of the utmost seriousness and,
indeed, of life and death, but the practice of humor reminds us
that it is also, among other things, the grandest prank of all:
the definitive way of pulling the rug out from under the enemies
of freedom and pleasure.
allied to the eros-affirmative abolition of work and the simultaneous
liberation of laziness, humorobjective, surrealist
humor, hand in hand with objective chanceis the continuation
not only of poetry but also of revolutionary politics by other means,
and spells the end of miserabilist civilization.
does not appear to be cut out to please the upholders of any particular
political "line," or for that matter, any other "line."
Too anarchist for most Marxists, too Marxist for most anarchists;
too much in love with poetry and painting for most politicoes, too
involved in the revolutionary movement for most writers and artists;
too immersed in theoretical inquiry for activists, too unruly for
the professotariat; too rigorous in poetic matters for wheeler-dealers
in the "Spirituality" racket, too devoted to the Marvelous
for those afflicted with instrumentalist rationalism; too Freudian
for the positivist/puritanical Left, too "wild" for the
conservative medical usurpers of psychoanalysissurrealism
continues to flourish in the only way it can: outside and
against all the dominant paradigms.
our part, the fundamental identity of poetry, freedom, love,
knowledge, revolution and the Marvelous is all that really matters.