Tuesday, April 01, 2008


Undergrounders' biggest enemy is themselves.

The problem with the Rebellion from the beginning has been the non-stop internal disputes and betrayals.

I've always stressed distinguishing our actual enemies. Personality-based conflicts are counter-productive.

One can see what a miracle it was to keep the ULA on course and together as long as I did. I sought a broad-tent approach; wanted the movement open to ALL writers, as long as they acknowledged that literature needed to change; i.e., that rebellion was necessary. This is still the only way the movement will succeed.

A leader is absolutely necessary with a team of attack dogs, to keep their energies focused in the right way, on the right target. To keep them pulling in the same direction. Even then, keeping a lid on resentments, jealousies, and disagreements isn't easy. Without a leader, the attack dogs come off their leashes and fight themselves, as we're seeing. I can't think of a bigger waste of time.

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