The Border Arts Network channel called B.A.N. TV has just premiered the latest episode of its bilingual podcast "Antes de Que Nos Olviden" (Before They Forget Us).
In this new episode, the hosts talk about the duality in people's inner selves. The side of us that conforms to social strictures and the side that wants to cut ties to it all and take the plunge.
Antes de Que Nos Olviden: Episode 7
This is a bilingual podcast in Spanish and English. For more about this podcast, please visit B.A.N. TV.
A Satirical Guide to Surviving the Fascist Anti-Democratic Apocalypse
by Alex Christoph
Hey there, survivors of the impending democracy demolition derby! As we buckle up for a wild ride into the dystopian unknown, here are some tips to help you not only survive but maybe thrive in this fascistic world.
1. Fashion Faux Pas or Freedom Chic?
Ditch those democracy-loving slogans on your clothes. Opt for a subtler look that says, "I’m just here for the fashion, not the freedom." Camouflage patterns aren’t just for the military – they’re also for those looking to blend into the background.
2. Doublethink and Chill: Mastering the Art of Contradiction
Practice your Orwellian doublespeak – say one thing, mean another. It's not lying; it's strategic communication in a world where truth is as rare as a unicorn. Remember, ignorance is strength, so stay strong and selective with your information.
3. Friend or Foe? Trust No One (Except Yourself)
In the age of surveillance and suspicion, loyalty is a scarce commodity. Develop a knack for reading between the lines and questioning everyone's motives. Your best friend could be your worst enemy or vice versa, but hey, who said life in a fascist regime can’t be a thrilling guessing game?
4. DIY Thoughtcrime Detection Kit
Keep an eye on your own thoughts! Construct a homemade thoughtcrime detection kit using everyday items like tin foil hats and a Magic 8-Ball for decision-making. Because nothing says survival like a dash of paranoia and a sprinkle of premonition.
5. Bootlicking Basics: Picking the Right Side
When in doubt, cozy up to authority figures. Whether it's Big Brother, Supreme Leader, or Emperor Palpatine, find the top dog and wag your tail enthusiastically. Remember, survival of the sycophant is the new natural selection.
6. Creative Subversion: Rebel with a Smile
Subvert the system with satire, memes, and subtle acts of rebellion. A well-placed joke can be a Trojan horse for dissent, and a clever meme might just be your ticket to the resistance party. Just make sure your laughter is louder than the footsteps of the secret police. Remember, surviving the fascistic, anti-democratic apocalypse is not just about avoiding danger but embracing the absurdity of it all. So, put on your best poker face, sharpen your wit, and let’s dance our way through the twilight of democracy with a hint of dark humor and a dash of defiance!
About the Author*
Alex Christoph is an Ohio writer and journalist in training. He has been published in his school newspaper and online on various web zines under various pen names.
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