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Lee Kottner
New York, NY
I'm a writer, agitator, educator, editor, and book artist living in New York City.
Interests: Art, Marine Biology, Physics, Astronomy & Cosmology, Literature, Writing, Politics, Buddhism, Non-Violence, History, Human Rights, Feminism, Science Fiction, Artist's Books, Poetry, Education, Travel, Food, New York City, Labor History, Social Justice
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What matters to us are all the things you fear: whatever might mock you, whatever you don’t understand, whatever is not explicitly about money or your penis, whatever shames your behavior, whatever contradicts you, whatever denies you what you want whether others want it or not: Women having the right... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at The Perfidy Report
How quickly it has come to this. Amidst the lies of their non-existence the papers surface, a draft waiting to be numbered, dated, and signed: eleven pages of White Nationalist send-‘em-back-where-they-came-from hate and what amounts to ethnic cleansing, turning a hundred thousand National Guardsmen on their own people. How many... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Perfidy Report
“Trump’s run for office electrified the radical right, which saw in him a champion of the idea that America is fundamentally a white man’s country.” –Mark Potok, Senior Fellow, Southern Poverty Law Center He surrounds himself with wife-beaters braggarts racists the delusional the hateful the not just uncaring but openly... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Perfidy Report
“Leaks, premature withdrawals, and keeping number two in the dark. An unsurprising start of an administration full of dicks and bullshit.” –Amanda Gailey, Facebook So much depends upon who’s in charge. Their opinions guide, their foibles and failings justify our own. Words and examples become, if not law, then reason... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Perfidy Report
The Brownshirts are next, you know, in the obvious order of fascist deeds. Already disguised like soldiers, they will look like Law Enforcement not peacekeepers because Enforcement is more important than the Law, and imposing order more important than the free flow of Justice. Already, they kill with impunity, sanctioned... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Perfidy Report
“One bullet stops a lot of thuggery.” –Dan Adamini, secretary of the Marquette County, Michigan, GOP, calling for "another Kent State" for protesters But whose, sir? If we shout down the verbal thuggery of a white immigrant who thinks he belongs here but others don’t, are we the thugs, then?... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Perfidy Report
“People shouldn’t be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.” –Alan Moore, “V for Vendetta,” after Thomas Jefferson Run, all you cowards from the People at the town halls you thought would be friendly, adulatory chats and instead turned into satirical sketches starring you and directed... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Perfidy Report
That grandmother once drove without a license and used a number not her own to get a job, support her children, pay taxes. She’s lived here for two decades under our watchful eye and checks in every year to let us know, she’s sorry and she hasn’t gone bad. This... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Perfidy Report
“God, what's next? Liquor with the guns in school?” –Kathrine Schwartman Whatever it is, we probably won’t see it coming — most of us. Like we didn’t see his slither into power — most of us. Like we didn’t see the closing of borders — most of us. Like we... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
Sure, there’s a metaphor here for what we need to do in the Midterms and after. But today I need to make it literal and impose some order and cleanliness for the sake of sanity. This small apartment is all I control that, and my own time. Even my mind... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
It’s not who gets in but what gets out that’s the problem. No matter how often Border Control turns away Canadian women on their way to march with their sisters because they are not T-Rump supporters — No matter how often they try to justify holding a five-year-old alone, in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
He’s already forgotten the one thing we should not: the deaths of millions by gas and work and starvation by shelling, by digging their own graves, by cattle car and displacement, by torture by hate. On that remembrance day he has closed the doors again like we once did for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
Know this: we are at war. It may be four years, it may be more, or less, but this is a fight to the death for some of us and perhaps for American democracy, too. No one will swoop in in cape and tights to save us unless it’s the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
Hey, Mr. T-Rump, we’ve got news for you: The Alt-Right are just Nazis. Mexicans are not rapists. There is only a tiny amount of voter fraud (and most of those are Republicans trying to vote in two states). This inauguration was way smaller than the Women’s March and the two... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
We can’t all be international guerillas dropping enormous banners that say RESIST in ten foot high letters from a crane near the White House (though what a beautiful thing!) but that sign in you window that says “Not on My Watch, Motherfucker” sends the same message. We won’t all have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
First, know yourself: what you believe in, what truths you hold to be self-evident, what lines you will draw for others, what lines you will not cross yourself. Ally yourself with people not like you to find out what you don’t know. Listen. Absorb. Look into your own soul Change,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
They will try to make it illegal to gather more than two at a time, to speak too loudly, to carry a sign, to block traffic, to own the sidewalk you paid for. Fuck those laws. Raise your voice. especially those of us who have been told we’re too loud,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
Know that they will lie to you from the moment they take control. They will try to erase your truths, deny the facts of science, math, history, make you believe that they know best about everything. Recognize this for what it is: attempts to manipulate you, to make their narrow... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
The morning after arrives like a bad hangover or the aftertaste of a too-vivid nightmare, with the temptation to pull the covers up and burrow under. Don’t succumb. Lethargy becomes apathy all too quickly and then transparency becomes secrecy, the erasure of facts the new boys don’t like; blocking traffic... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
Hand on a book he has never read, he swears to uphold a document he cannot fathom except in terms of the right to shoot his enemies, or swindle them, or rape them. Stand beside him, hand on whatever book holds the most meaning for you— Bible, Koran, Leaves of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
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The Perfidy Report is back. This blog originated in the early days of the W administration, when Dick Cheney et al. opened Guantanamo Bay and began to use torture and disappearance as a method of "security." It operated up until the time that Obama was elected and was then, optimistically,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
Lee Kottner is now following Brian Leiter
Mar 25, 2016
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at Dowsing
Prick us and we bleed like all animals.| And prick each other we do with guns and bombs and fear most of all until we see an enemy everywhere who does not look like us as though our own tribe were not capable of the same atrocities. Like the snailwe... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2015 at Dowsing
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Jason Brennan is at it again (Wayback machine link, just in case, because Jason has a bad habit of deleting anything that receives criticism he doesn't like) and I've decided to tackle him here, rather than on the NFM blog, because it's a waste of NFM resources to reply directly... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Dowsing