QotD: “The classic trap for any revolutionary is always, what’s your alternative?”

The classic trap for any revolutionary is always, “What’s your alternative?” But even if you could provide the interrogator with a blueprint, this does not mean he would use it: in most cases he is not sincere in wanting to know. In fact this is a common offensive, a technique to reflect revolutionary anger and turn it against itself. Moreover, the oppressed have no job to convince all people. All they need know is that the present system is destroying them.

Shulamith Firestone

(found at Tom-at-the-Farm)

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2 responses

  1. Yes, exactly so many of the questions are just set ups to argue – what would be some good responses?

  2. Well, if you know someone is arguing in bad faith, you can just say so and walk away, you are under no obligation to waste your time on time-wasters – and remember, men love wasting women’s time and energy, they feel entitled to it. You can just say no to them.

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