John Maher of Delancey Street: A Guide for Peaceful Revolution in America, by Grover Sales
‘Hunesty is the best policy + Confession is good for the soul’ = ‘Never do anything you will be ashamed to read on the front page of a newspaper.’; The Mymy Undergraduate.
“If a group of addicts and convicts can organise, with no violence, along multi-racial lines, and produce an economically cooperative situation — health care, employment, education — without the endless ‘help’ of professional social workers and the government — this means that the myth of the impotence of the people has forever been put to rest.”
When Archie Bunker screams, “I’m tired of being mugged, and I’m gonna break some jaws,” it’s the same thing as the black radicals saying, “Get these corrupt cops, dope pushers, and creep social workers out of my neighbourhood!” Because of the difference in political rhetoric and their sociological platform, they’ve got different perspectives. But the good people in both these camps find themselves at war with each other, when they’re actually on the same side, and in this kind of struggle, it’s only the giant bureaucracies that win. Quickly we find that the most virulent white racists can begin to respect blacks who stand up for themselves, and that when blacks meet really tough whites for the first time, instead of middle-class social worker lames, a mutual respect builds to where they can work together.
The toughest gangsters are verbally more racist when they come here, and racist in terms of who they hang out with. But the tougher they are, the more quickly they will grant respect to a member of another ethnic group who behaves in a fashion acceptable to their code.
In Games, a white racist is talked down to, laughed at, and maybe yelled at from time to time. We find it silly, some asshole comes here of any colour, never done anything except steal off his own mother, pimp off his wife, sell dope to poor people – this clown gets up and says, “I don’t like Armenians, they’re oily, smell weird, and got the brain-pans of salamanders.” This is comical, but not in a threatened environment where the integration is not genuine, and where such nonsense is greeted with horror. But in Delancey Street, we greet this kind of garbage with great gales of laughter. How can some black dope peddler come in here selling heroin to black children to keep them enslaved for the benefit of the landlords and the police structure, actually get up and rail at the white oppressor? HE IS THE FUCKING OPPRESSOR!
We recognise that racist babble and drug use are merely the symptomlogy of the oppressed, therefore not great crimes.
…. Of course, John Maher is behind all this. They held these seminars every morning, where someone in the house would run it down about what Delancey was doing, for about an hour, except when John did it, once or twice a week, and then it would run three hours. First time I heard John, I thought, “Jesus, they got me in here with a bunch of commies!” The second time he spoke I thought I was hearing Martin Luther King. And his seminars would start to build the unity. He told us where the Foundation was going; we’d ask him questions. He got rid of a lot of my prejudices about blacks, and my ignorance, the labels they put on people.
John has a way of carrying everyone in the room. He will say something in three hours to hit all three hundred people, give them something to work on. He speaks to an audience. He can talk about the prejudiced honkies, the prejudiced blacks, the guilt people carry around. He caroms everyone, hits them with something, and when he walks out, he leaves them thinking about themselves and their actions, what they really want to do with their lives, and if their lives are kind of fucked up, how they can change it.
The reason John gets to much respect is that everyone knows he is not asking you to do anything he doesn’t do himself. I got so much trust in the man, that he can ask me to do anything, I wouldn’t even question it, and I never felt that way about anyone. John can relate to you, put you through changes, because he’s been there himself, it’s not something he’s read in a book.
I’m not afraid of John, but I know if I try to run something under him he’ll say, “Ron, quit bullshitting me. Don’t bullshit a bullshitter,” and that’s frightening, because you got to come right out and level with him.
~ John Maher, founder of Delancey Street ~
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KGB: The – ‘Sheer Honesty Agony of Deceipt – Inside Story.
“We should never send a spy to the Soviet Union. There is no weapon at once so disarming and effective in relations with the Communists as sheer honesty.” – William C. Bullitt, first American Ambassador in Moscow, letter to the State Department in 1936.
Diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union were established in November 1933, at a time when the United States had no civilian intelligence agency and American military intelligence was both small and disorganised.
The first American Ambassador in Moscow, William C. Bullitt, wrote to the State Department in 1936: “We should never send a spy to the Soviet Union. There is no weapon at once so disarming and effective in relations with the Communists as sheer honesty.”
That honesty was taken to remarkable lengths. George Kennan, one of the original members of Bullitt’s staff, later recalled that during its first winter of 1933-‘4 the embassy had no codes, no safes, no couriers and virtually no security: ‘Communications with our government went through the regular telegraphic office and lay on the table for the Soviet government to see.”
– Sigint, Agent Penetration and the ‘Magnificent Five’ from Cambridge 1930-’09; KGB: The Inside Story, by Christopher Andrew & Oleg Gordievsky.
KGB: The Inside Story of Its Foreign Operations from Lenin to Gorbachev, by Christopher Andrew and Oleg Gordievsky: KGB: This history of the world’s largest and most powerful intelligence service, the KGB, from its origin after the Russian revolution to the present day, analyzes its operations against subjects as diverse as the EEC, Margaret Thatcher, Solidarity and Libya. This study also provides an insight into Gorbachev’s relations with the KGB and examines the disintegration of the Soviet bloc. Christopher Andrew has also written “Secret Service”. Gordievsky was a KGB colonel who worked for British intelligence as a penetration agent in the KGB from 1974. He escaped to the West in 1985. – Amazon.