Monday, December 04, 2006


I often use the historic Gallic warrior Vercingtorix as an example of my own situation.

Vercingtorix sought to unite the Gallic tribes in order to throw out the Imperialism of Rome. Small-minded chiefs contested this. "By what right," they shouted, (in Colleen McCullough's compelling version of events) "do you put yourself at the forefront?" "Because I have," he answered. "Someone had to take the lead."

Vercingtorix, of course, was undercut by his own people when victory was close.

The situation is little different with underground and small-press writers. They accept the monopolistic dominance of the bureaucratic big-money skyscrapers in New York as a given. Some writers are such loners they refuse to unite under any banner; are unwilling to stifle personal ego for the good of the larger cause. Others are hungry for any sign of mainstream acceptance, no matter how tiny; no matter how token; are unable to sustain the plethora of hardships that making change involves. Instead of remaining neutral, some of these writers even engage in attacks on us-- as if we're the problem; as if we have any power in this society. They're enablers to the literary aristocracy.

No matter! The ULA will prevail regardless. We've shown that a handful of outspoken writers can send shock waves through a closed and complacent literature. Out task is to do more of this-- to push our unbeatable ideas home.


jimmy the hyena said...

are the enemies surrounding us going to be themselves surrounded by those coming to save us? It was kind of a trade war. The Romans wanted to have someone to sell their wine to, that's what some experts say archeological evidence points to. Later on the aristocrats justified their power by saying that they were descended from superior peoples the Franks or the Romans and the naturally inferior barbaric descendants of celts and druids needed them in charge. I heard that's why the rooster (the vulgate of "Gallus" being "Gallo") became the symbol of the republic.

Jeff Potter said...


What a great name!