Has America finally found its vocal chords? In this global cacophony of revolution, rebellion and insurrection, have the American people finally begun to rise up and have their own voices heard? Are they ready to dismantle the scaffolding and assorted paraphernalia of institutionalized hierarchy? Are they articulating a new era of anarchy, a modern, post-critical anarchy?
I have heard voices from the Wall Street Occupation, and I clearly hear the rejection of hierarchy on their lips and in the behavior of those speaking on their behalf. I am not sure if their stated dedication to the “process” of consensus is a viable route to everlasting love and collaboration, but at least they are giving voice to a burgeoning anarchic sentiment.
I dedicate the following article to the current efforts of OWS and all peoples who can see beyond the fabric of this sham we are living. It was the introductory essay to Apocalypse Of The Barbarians, which I first penned in October 2010 (now with minor revisions). But first, I give you the voice and soul of Grigori Leps, Russian Chanson artist, singing Vladimir Vysotsky’s “Cupola.” (with English translation of the lyrics following). One of the greatest pieces of music (and performances) that I have found; it’s message is self evident. Let it be the voice of the people!!!!!
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