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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol 35 no. 25. 6 October 1972

Power to the Armchair

Power to the Armchair


The letter from the "Group of Malaysian students who learn from the N.Z. people" makes me ashamed. Those students, whoever they are, are nothing more than scabs and shits. In truth, they are miserable pathetic "middle-class arm-chair critics." polluted by the Western approach to revolution. By writing to Salient and generally campaigning through such reactionary newspapers, these students have betrayed the true cause of revolution. Everyone knows that a true revolutionary does not talk. He acts.

If these students are so concerned about the Liberation movement fighting back home, they should be there fighting hand-in-hand with their brothers and sisters in the jungle with all the mosquito bites, malaria, leeches, tropical monsoons, venomous snakes, scorpions and of course muds.

A revolutionary commits the most despicable sin when he employs tactics only to be found in the so-called western revolutionaries who are nothing more than social reformers.

My friends, words like "facism", "revolutions", "suppression" and "law and order" have their holy meanings. Please don't advocate for revolutions when you don't know what you are talking about. Might as well resign yourselves to being middle-class arm chair critics which anyway you already are. Your letter criticising the N.Z. political system is a paradigmn example of what this phrase means.

Thank you New Zealand.

Contented Reactionary.