Archive Message - 1995
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From braintree!news.sprintlink.net!news.onramp.net!convex!cs.utexas.edu!uwm.edu!vixen.cso.uiuc.edu!ih-mac01.cso.uiuc.edu!user Fri Nov 3 10:11:53 1995 Path: braintree!news.sprintlink.net!news.onramp.net!convex!cs.utexas.edu!uwm.edu!vixen.cso.uiuc.edu!ih-mac01.cso.uiuc.edu!user From: mouse@network.ucsd.edu (September) Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology,alt.conspiracy Subject: How to Wreck Things Date: Thu, 02 Nov 1995 23:37:46 +0300 Organization: Damaged Mice Lines: 77 Message-ID: <mouse-0211952337460001@ih-mac01.cso.uiuc.edu> NNTP-Posting-Host: ih-mac01.cso.uiuc.edu Xref: braintree alt.religion.scientology:120462 alt.conspiracy:127039 the way it can be done These are some of the ways to insinuate destructive or dispersing elements within a community that is already at odds with the mainstream, forcing it to go mainstream or fold; the reasons to do this are many: a counterculture feeds from a seperate trough from the main, and monitoring two cultures that oppose one another, especially if one is inherantly desposed to independence, is a difficult task. Opponents may introduce elements to the counterculture that render their condition volatile. Witness the Yippies, who were pro-Castro, in the Sixties. 0. Inhabit common points of communication and meeting. At first ask friends to observe for you but make sure they're clear how not to make themselves obvious. Later, these friends may introduce the active operators. 1. Ask so many questions that the definitions and philosophy of the community looks inexplicable -- if there is no apparent definition or philosophy, then this community is only defensible so long as it's very tightly even invisibly interwoven. 2. Splinter the group with a variety of self-definitions or too oppressive a group definition. In every group there is a sense of group-identity and individual identity and a set of things which bind the two: in most counterculture communities, this set is composed of the music, and to a lesser extent, the clothing. If the majority of members have a very high sense of belonging, propriety, and ritual, those who do not might feel indignant and seperate themselves in a variety of ways and degrees from the community -- or try harder to subvert their own individuality in order to belong, depending entirely on their feelings of self worth and their feeling of affiliation with other communities. The images and ideals of the community can be turned against it. 3. If the above situation (2) already exists, then point out the rigid and binding expectations that clearly exist without explaining why they might be necessary to keep group cohesion. Any entity showing loyalty may be treated with alternating good cop/bad cop scenarios in order to break their morale or in the case of groups, infiltrated and instilled with feelings of internal discontinuity. 4. In the way Malcolm MacLaren embodied the so-called "death" of Punk by confronting the rebellion with the images they've hated and showing them these images are at their very roots. The irony, or reverse, of this method is to shift the roots and the ideals of the community at the same time, by creating dissention as to the history and identity; this is easy, as most records are kept by the mainstream and countercultures transmit experiences orally. At its essence, nonrecorded history is even more malleable and open to interpetation than the sort which is carefully recorded. 5. Find enemies of that community that already exist and set them against the community, especially if these enemies are disturbing the operator of these methods. Enemies can be manufactured by confronting them with artificial members of the targeted community; if you're trying to get dogs to hate mice, dress up a hamster as a mouse and get the hamster to act like the more obnoxious brand of mice. 6. Of primary importance is to distract the community, especially those who stand to offer friendly, critical interpetation. This is fairly simple to do; there should be distractions enough, considering that the counterculture is already at odds with their host culture. Each commentator or observer usually expresses themselves as much as they express what they notice. They will likely tell you what bothers or fascinates them: use it. 7. To insure no one connects the source of these attacks, one may make some of these activities seem as entertaining or even rote behaviour. Find a person whose condition makes them feel spiteful and angry and give them a position of power in the aforementioned meeting places and also one or two friends who have an amount of power or some means of compelling others to desire friendly interaction with them. Other methods can be invented. Use your imagination. Go team. sweetness, september

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