I thought that individuals on the net might be interested in these rules for organizations engaged in the pursuit of social justice. 1) It is important for social activists to put their best foot forward. Therefore, only physically attractive people should be put in positions of responsibility or shown to the public. Individuals with less charisma should be happy to lick envelopes on the sidelines. After all, they're helping to save the world, aren't they? 2) Organizations should be willing to establish their revolutionary credentials by showing how militant they are. That is, feminists should talk about how much they hate men, Palestinians about pushing the Israelis into the sea, Croats about how the Serbs are devils and Serbs about how the Croats are devils. Even the folks over at gay lib can make snotty remarks about "breeders." You see, there's only a limited amount of happiness in the world; and the quickest way to make sure your group gets some is to take it away from others. 3) Social activists should be supportive of one another. To do this, they must never question the views or policies of any member of their group. Instead, it's better form to express sympathy for an offending associate's psychiatric problems (as shown by her disagreement with you). 4) Social activists must wear ethnic clothes, particularly Guatemalan cottons at $50 a throw. I mean, who's going to take you seriously if you wear rags from Wal-Mart, huh? 5) People who want to change the world should take a personal responsibility for the ecology of the planet. Therefore, they should recycle everything possible, cook all their food from scratch, and bicycle to work, even if it's 20 miles away. If they read magazines, they should read them in the library; if they're premenopausal women, they should use washable protection. These measures may sound a little extreme, but they aren't going to take more than four or five hours a day, are they? 6) Those engaged in the fight for social justice should be warm and human. This warmness and humanness is shown by shunning cold, heartless, middle-aged white male activities like mathematics and science. In academia teaching is always more acceptable than research (i.e., trying to really understand the ecology of the planet). 7) Activists must try hard to maintain their intellectual respectability. Therefore, they should not use the language of daily life to discuss the problems of ordinary people. Words from philosophy and psychology are so much more precise, aren't they? In specific, no one should ever write anything radical without using the words "postmodern" and "deconstructive" at least once. In the same vein, remember how Kant said a good deed done to someone you like doesn't count? Well, these Kantian principles can be deconstructed (in a postmodern manner, that is) to mean that a book you enjoy reading isn't really teaching you anything. (Therefore, to understand the society you live in, you should read a lot of dull books.) 8) Finally, above all, activists should not have any fun (unless they're wearing black leather while doing this, which makes them modern and liberated). That is, time spent eating blackberry shortcake or chasing fireflies on the lawn is wasted! You're not helping others if you do this, and you deserve every pang of guilt you get!
(From the "Rest" of RHF)