Roll up, roll up - ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, friends and foes - welcome to the unparalleled, the unexpected, the perfectly paradoxical, the grotesquely beautiful, the new-fangled world of the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army (CIRCA).
We are clandestine because by hiding our identity we recover the power of our acts. Because with greasepaint we
give resistance a funny face and become visible once again.
We are insurgent because we have risen up from nowhere and are everywhere. Ideas can be ignored but not suppressed and an insurrection of the imagination is irresistible. Because history doesn't move in straight lines but surges like water, sometimes swirling, sometimes dripping, flowing, flooding - always unknowable, unexpected, uncertain. Because the key to insurgency is brilliant improvisation, not perfect blueprints.
We are rebels because we love life and happiness more than 'revolution'. Because no revolution is ever complete and rebellions continue forever. Because we will dismantle the ghost-machine of abstraction with means that are indistinguishable from ends.
We are clowns because what else can one be in such a stupid world. Because inside everyone is a lawless clown trying to escape. Nothing undermines authority like holding it up to ridicule.
We are an army because we live on a planet in permanent war - a war of money against life, of profit against dignity, of progress against the future. Because a war that gorges itself on death and blood and shits money and toxins, deserves an obscene body of deviant soldiers We are circa because we are approximate and ambivalent, neither here nor there, but in the most powerful of all places, the place in-between order and chaos.
Because since the beginning of time tricksters have embraced life's contradictions, creating coherence through confusion. Because fools are both fearsome and innocent, wise and stupid, entertainers and dissenters, healers and laughing stocks, scapegoats and subversives. Because whenever we fall over we rise up again and again and again, knowing that nothing is lost for history, that nothing is final…..RUN AWAY FROM THE CIRCUS!
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