Personal Philosophies

May 7, 2012 at 12:34 pm (Uncategorized)

I’ve been a Trotskyist, a council communist, a left communist. (The latter is still true). These are all big PICTURE ideas concerned with the critique of political economy and the future society. They aren’t always guides to personal actions. And as those on you who walk on the left side of the street know, being a socialist or a communist doesn’t necessarily make you a good person.

In my thirty years or so of active politics there are dozens I can easily recall who most certainly did not go to sleep dreaming of a better tomorrow, but rather how they could fuck people over in pursuit of their goals. Strangely enough, many of them belonged to the same organization (no names, but read over old posts and maybe you’ll figure it out). Maybe not so strange.

A few years back I was in a Whole Foods store in Washington DC when I saw a guy with the legend WWJD on it. Initially dismayed, a closer look relieved me. I actually read What would Jesus Do…for a Klondike Bar. A good question, but presumably if the ice cream treat had existed back in the day (and if Jesus had existed along with it), he might have gone to lengths to obtain it. Religion isn’t for me, although on paper they do make some nice points here and there.

There’s also that Gandhi quotation, be the change you want to see in the world. Hmm, not bad for a personal goal.

My current favourite is one my wife pointed out to me from an interview with George Clooney. His comment:

Be the person your dog thinks you are.



  1. james said,


    • fischerzed said,

      I am to please (and to amuse)

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