DECEMBER 12, 2000:
In the last month of the 20th Century, a new culture
rises from the final death rattle of American
"democracy." We, the Decembrists, in solidarity with
those in struggle everywhere, raise the red flag over
the ideological ruins in Washington. We are the Third
THE REVOLUTION WAS NOT TELEVISED
The revolution is over, and the left has won. It is in
the mind, not in the streets, and there is no possibility
of retreat, not for those who plant and nurture the
flowers of democracy, even less for those who stomp
There is nothing left to do but construct the new
counterculture, and sieze the day.
THE NEW COUNTERCULTURE
On December 12, 2000, the final chapter in the right-
wing coup was written, when the Supreme Court
abandoned all last illusion of democracy in the United
States. We find this heinous partisan act of the Court
to be an evil without redemption, against the laws of
both Man and Nature. While we are citizens of this
once-great nation, and debatably owe certain minimal
allegiance to its institutions, we are first and foremost
citizens of the world and the human race, and we
therefore exercise our inalienable right to renounce
this court decision, and the culture of greed and
hypocrisy that created it.
The very existence of the United States of America
implies the right to dissolve political ties. While this
may be impossible right at this moment, the new
counterculture dissolves ideological ties. We hereby
resign from any further participation in the lunatic
frenzy that is Demopublican government, and begin
The new counterculture is first of joy. We celebrate
our humanity, regained by casting off the obsolete
rules and structures of The Corporate Century. We
reject the propaganda that makes us hate our bodies
and financial status. Today, we enact, or more
accurately cite, the first immutable law: that beauty
affirms life and joy, and that all humans are
inherently beautiful, thus having an implicit right to
become more so, unmolested by the brain thieves.
The new conterculture is also one of solidarity and
strength. We reject the corporate logic that sets one
economic class above another, and we fight it,
nonviolently but resolutely, at all costs.
Finally, the new counterculture is one of reason. We
take back the English language, the words used by
Shakespeare and other great poets and thinkers.
Ruthlessly, we strip away the layers of jargon and
buzzwords that the post-modern right has created to
obscure the beautiful logic beneath. We create art
that is artistic, music that is musical, beauty that is
There will be struggles. There will be setbacks in the
coming confrontation. These are to be welcomed as
the forge of greatness. The new counterculture will
prevail against the organized evils of greed,
corruption, and war.
A great nation is laid low by its own contradictions.
A new one is born. The 21st century begins.
Los Angeles, California, USA