A Subversive Community

“Three things implicit in subversion. One, the status quo is wrong and must be overthrown if the world is going to be liveable. It is so deeply wrong that repair work is futile. The world is, in the words insurance agents use to designate our wrecked cars, totalled.

Two, there is another world adorning that is liveable. Its reality is no chimera. It is in existence, though not visible. Its character is known. The subversive does not operate out of a utopian dream but out of a conviction of the nature of the real world.

Three, the usual means by which one kingdom is thrown out and another put in its place–military force or democratic elections–are not available. If we have neither a preponderance of power nor a majority of votes, we begin searching for other ways to effect change. We discover the methods of subversion. We find and welcome allies.”

Eugene Peterson

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