Saturday, November 13, 2010

"We must tell magnificent stories." Collectivists want to be "storytellers" until only their meme is heard.

"Have I got a story for you, comrade."

Nikita Khrushchev: [addressing a roomful of Soviet political officers] My name... is Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev. I've come to take things in hand here. This city... is not Kursk, nor is it Kiev, nor Minsk. This city... is Stalingrad. *Stalingrad*! This city bears the name of the Boss. It's more than a city, it's a symbol. If the Germans... capture this city... the entire country will collapse. Now... I want our boys to raise their heads. I want them to act like they have *balls*! I want them to stop shitting their pants! That's your job. As political officers... I'm counting on you.
[he looks at one man]
Nikita Khrushchev: You. What's your suggestion?
Sweating Officer: [visibly nervous] Sh-shoot all the other generals who have retreated, and their chiefs of staff, too.
Stammering Officer: [Khrushchev moves down the line to another man] M-m-m-make some examples. D-d-d-d-d-d-deport the families of the d-d-d-deserters -
Nikita Khrushchev: [turning away] Yes, that's all been done.
Danilov: [from the back of the room] Give them hope!
[Khrushchev turns around and strides down the line to Danilov]
Danilov: Here, the men's only choice is between German bullets and ours. But there's another way. The way of courage. The way of love of the Motherland. We must publish the army newspaper again. We must tell magnificent stories, stories that extol sacrifice, bravery. We must make them believe in the victory. We must give them hope, pride, a desire to fight. Yes... we need to make examples. But examples to *follow*. What we need...
[he glances quickly at Khrushchev]
Danilov: ... are heroes.
Nikita Khrushchev: [Khrushchev looks around, then leans in closer to Danilov] Do you know any heroes around here?
Danilov: Yes, comrade. I know one. -- Enemy at the Gates, 2001.

"What Progressives Need to Do Next: Become Teachers and Storytellers."

The revolution of the 60s still continues, for 60s ideals and ideas have taken root in our personal lives. Now we have to take those personal ideals to the level of community, which stretches around the Earth. And to do this, we have to tell the story of our times, not in a frightening way but in a positive way so that people are willing to sacrifice to change the way the world works. (Emphasis supplied, MBV)

And not just any stories. What are needed, says the author, are "archetypal story templates" agreed in advance by the storytellers' collective:

1. We need to create archetypal story templates to share with each other and use when we want to make a point about whatever issue is up for us.

2. Then we each need to go out into our communities and tell the new story. That means town council meetings, letters to the editor, talks at the local library, "town hall' meetings about issues. We can engage in a conversation about the future without having politicians referee us. Collaborate with artists and go to your local Arts' Council and create an event for the 4th of July centered on a local issue unemployment; poisoned air, water, food; the war. Create change by changing people's minds.

3. To create these story templates, we need to work together in master groups with at least an historian, a reporter/fact gatherer and a storyteller who understands archetypal storytelling. We might be able to gather the groups here at OpEd. I'm sure Rob has something on the site where we could post our needs and the results. But that depends on if anyone is interested in doing this.

Good luck with telling those stories in Winston County, Alabama.

"I'll tell you a story, government man. Just let me wash up first." -- Aunt Jenny Brooks, patron saint of Winston County.

Aunt Jenny's soap dish.


sofa said...

Interrupt their stories by reminding everyone about how collectivists killed 120 million in the 20th century, within their own countries by their own government, "for their own good".
More than all the casualties in WW1 and WW2 combined.

"Kill a Commie for Mommy."
Timeless wisdom.


Anonymous said...

Why do you have a photo of that tory at the end of the article?

Unknownsailor said...

They can't get it through their heads that it isn't that their stories aren't being heard, it's that we are REJECTING their story after hearing it Lima Charlie.
No amount of pleading or cajoling will get me to give up my birthright of liberty. And if they try and force it, well, we'll see about that, too.

Eric said...

This should answer your question Anon

Anonymous said...

The 1st Ala. (US)were thugs.

As Colonel Oscar L. Jackson,commander the Union 63rd Ohio Regiment, said, they "behave like robbers and marauders."

In his diary he wrote that one day he saw a "soldier" of the band;
"...entering a house where there were women and children, evidently intending to pillage and rob, as he was at a bureau throwing out the contents. The women and children were frightened and crying. General Sherman's orders forbid the soldiers to enter dwelling houses or the pillaging or anything not needed for the army. This cavalryman answered me a little short when I spoke to him and as he passed me I helped him out the door with my boot. I stood in the doorway talking to the womenfolks and endeavoring to reassure them, and presently I saw this cavalryman coming back with several of his comrades, evidently intending to take revenge on me and I thought I would have to run for it, but just then I looked up the road and saw my company marching down....I waved my hand to them and they started double-quick. The cavalrymen caught sight of them and fled." William R. Scaife, The March to the Sea (Atlanta, 1989), p. 50.

Dick's Dad said...

Go here for the updated democide figures, 120M is way low

Defender said...

They want an end to "patriarchical capitalism." What is that? Would that be my stepdad leaving a big corporate trucking firm to start his own business with one truck, do well and buy another truck and hire someone, continue adding trucks and creating jobs? My mom was vice president -- and the real brains -- and that let her be at home during the day to raise us kids. Oooh, scary.
The company I used to work for was a male-dominated family business, except the chairman was a gentleman of the old school. Employees were cared about and cared for -- until he died. His son brought in a bunch of stuffed suits, and they're in the express lane to hell now. Elites and peasants, on the collectivist model.
Anyway, the progressives seem to say we want to reinstitute slavery, take away women's vote and turn back the civil rights clock to 1955.
The side that has to lie so much admits its own weakness.
Psychologists say people -- even philanthopists -- do everything out of self-interest. I may donate blood to help an abstract "someone" out there, but the real reason is, helping others ultimately makes ME feel good.
On the other hand, sacrificing your personal freedom and standard of living "for the planet" is a fool's errand. Anyone who's spent any time outdoors knows Mother Earth is a bitch to whom human lives and those of flesh-eating bacteria are of equal value or non-.

Anonymous said...

The "left" is all about story telling, which is their "code" for propaganda and then indoctrination. All of it with minor points will be lies because they can't tell the truth and get where they want to go, which is power. Power enough to shut you up, keep you down and give them everything they have ever dreamed of. Some of them have very sick dreams, which they will never utter out-loud. It involves possessing you and your family members in every way you can imagine, as well as all your assets and every idea they can pry from your mind and use to their benefit.

Often times the Marxists driving the current media and news and entertainment cabal aren't quite radical enough for their fellow travelers, so a disagreement exists within their sphere as to methods and time tables but their goals are the same with minor differences and as we know the more ruthless will win that argument.

Take over is not possible without the media acting to promote and protect it and it's operational personnel. They are the essential piece of apparatus. Which is why you don't hear certain information on their networks or the story is bent in a certain direction favoring their storyline and agenda. The public mind must be controlled and this is what they seek and nearly have. Once they have this amount of power available to them, they will use it and nothing will stop them from seizing power from the people. They already possess their minds and opinions because they have been doing this for decades. It will get worse.

Anonymous said...

The Right wing insists on a vision of the past. Progressives have to fine tune their vision of the future. We can do this through stories because stories capture the heart and transform our beliefs, by-passing the intellect.--Cathy Lynn Pagano

Is is more proper to say conservatives insist on *understanding* the past. The past is amenable to scientific inquiry. "Visions" and dreams are not.

But there can be no doubt the Left truly does offer a vision of the future.

"If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stomping on a human face -- forever."

Humanity need not fear having their brains stomped out in the process, though, because as Cathy the Story Teller assures us, we will experience a transformational process when our intellect is by-passed