I would like to take a moment to point everyone to a fantastic blog, called Hobo Stripper. One of my favourite posts is For the Love of Salmon, an excellent story about Hobo Stripper’s day with Rich Dicks who only like a little bit of the fish, and throw the rest away. Very thought-provoking and wonderful, highlighting the way the police and other authorities are just there to normalise and support the violence which goes down the hierarchy and supress and destroy any question that this is the way things should be. In accordance with Premise Four:

Premise Four: Civilization is based on a clearly defined and widely accepted yet often unarticulated hierarchy. Violence done by those higher on the hierarchy to those lower is nearly always invisible, that is, unnoticed. When it is noticed, it is fully rationalized. Violence done by those lower on the hierarchy to those higher is unthinkable, and when it does occur is regarded with shock, horror, and the fetishization of the victims. — Derrick Jensen, Endgame.

I love reading the stories by Hobo Stripper. She has a refreshing view of the world, especially her job. She writes facinating, detailed and useful things, as well as things which are just wonderful, like the salmon story[1].

The way Hobo Stripper lives is an amazing example of how to live as a non-civilised person while using the master’s tools against him. She keeps herself safe while doing one of the most fundamental of all capitalist endeavours – selling a service, which costs her very little, to people who are willing to pay a premium for it. Best of all? She calls a spade a spade. She doesn’t mince around the edges, if there is a person being violent, stupid, whatever, she tells it as it is.

All in all, I would advise people to go over to her blog and take a look around. Her posts are clearly marked so it’s not hard to see when a post has content you might not appreciate, such as her vibrator posts. However, I like reading all of the posts she makes since each one has in it the core of her personality, and that is the thing I like most of all.

[1] I am not using the word story to belittle or diminish her writing. Stories are the most important part of life. Our entire society, civilisation as we know it, is built on stories which are told and re-told, enacted and re-enacted, all the time and in many different ways. Stories have power and we need different stories, such as those by Hobo Stripper, if we are to break the hold of civilisation’s stories.