For centuries there have been Carnaval celebrations all over the world.
It has been argued for many that these expressions (of Anarchy, of symbolic overthrow of power, of shifting genderrole, of the temporary embracing of the profane) where a way to "get it out of the system" the church looked the other way and it worked by stopping revolt.
It has been also argued that DURING TIMES OF GREAT CRISIS these annual expressions acted like seeds providing symbols and stories that helped to drive real change.
For example, the "uppity woman" archetype often portrayed by clown surved to continue oppression but also provided the nessisary inspiration to trigger, suddenly, a new understanding of the role of woman in society. The same is true of times like the Reformation: the images of topling the pope were suddenly filled with real meaning.
They allowed for a conversation about power to happen under the guise of sillyness and parody.
Carnaval is hardly expressed in the States except in the form of Mardi Gras in the city of New Orleans.
This seat of specical and parodied psudorebellion of control anarchy can also be an agent of change for our country and our world.
This is one of the most blanted examples of the route we are on:
-The change of climate
-The negilance and incompetance of the Bush administration
-The fragility of Oil
-The waste caused by the War
-The idiocy of Homeland Security
- and so on...
I PROPOSE that this Mardi Gras. February 28th 2006, we hold a nation-wide carnaval/mardi gras.
in solidarity with the people of New Orleans
in celebration of life and the topling of power
let fools dress as bush and be dunked in tanks
let the gods of climate fight with the gods of war
let there be music and costume and feast
let it rage
i BELIEVE that if there is enough energy put into this, it is a LEVERAGE POINT that will help give expression to the frustration, fatigue, anger, outrage, disbeleif, sorrow, this plague that the bush administration has brought to us. and that though giving expression, it will allow the wheels of fortune turn.