International Journal of Inactivism (now supplanted by Decoding SwiftHack)

2008/04/13

Message from the Editor-in-Chief

Filed under: from the Editor-in-Chief — stepanovich @ 07:52

cite as: F. Bi. 2008. Message from the Editor-in-Chief. Intl. J. Inact., 1:1—2

Welcome to our very first issue of the International Journal of Inactivism, a scholarly publication on inactivism, inactivists, inaction, and inactionology.

Over the years, ever since “activism” was identified as a problem to be solved, the field of Inactivism has experienced great advances. Indeed, Inactivism has grown from merely a theoretical idea to a practical tool which one can take action (or inaction) on in one’s everyday life. As leading inactivist Jonah Goldberg once wrote,

Many readers segued too easily from celebrating inactivism to championing outright sloth. For example, “Practice Random Acts of Self-Restraint” is a fine inactive motto. But “They can have my channel changer when they pry it out of my cold, dead hand,” while very funny is off point. “Don’t Mess With Stasis,” doesn’t quite rhyme but it’s got the right idea. “Think globally, act loafally,” meanwhile, has the wrong idea — except insofar as it mocks people with stupid bumper stickers.

Of course, none of this really says what the exact difference between Inactivism and Sloth really is. But it is definitely clear that they are indeed different — for Inactivism is patriotic, while Sloth is sinful.

Anyway, we hope this journal can serve as a valuable contribution to the emerging field of Inactionology, and we welcome feedback and contributions from all readers.

Frank Bi
Editor-in-Chief
13 April 2008

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6 Comments »

  1. Damn it bi !!! Here I was ergonomically slumped on my couch having drunk a carton of p*ss watching the Knights give the Broncos a scare (Australian Rugby League teams for the international IJI reader) feeling at the peak of my finely honed powers of inactivity and you go and tell I’m actually a sloth … and sinful to boot ?? FFS !!! … look, if I scribble some dreck about fraudulent GISS readings on the back of a beer coaster and submit it to Watts Up With That or some other nexus of volcanic inactivism … and you know they’ll post any old anti-AGW shite … would that cause you to perhaps soften your stance and acknowledge that some sloths might be vessels of latent inactivistness and therefore just as patriotic as McSteve of CA fame ?

    Comment by Chris W — 2008/04/15 @ 11:27 | Reply

  2. Well, sloths slump on their couches watching rugby games, and inactivists also slump on their couches watching rugby games. The difference, I think, has something to do with accepting Jesus Christ or the Free Market Fairy as your Lord and Saviour, or maybe it’s just enough to hate Al Gore and everything associated with him… Anyway, scientific articles on the profound difference between Inactivism and Sloth will definitely be welcome here on IJI! If you’re bored enough to write them up while there’s a commercial break, that is. :-B

    Comment by frankbi — 2008/04/15 @ 17:16 | Reply

  3. this is my first visit to your website, and although i don’t grok it fully, my limited perception does lead me to a couple of associations:

    both my grandfathers grew up on farms in the nineteenth century, so the technological transformation of agriculture was underway in their childhoods, and machinery was already essential to the production processes employed in the enslavement of our brother plants and animals upon which civilization depends – out of collective bitter experience came the proverbial wisdom of the sayings “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and “if you fix something long enough, it will break”

    one of my grandfathers was born (in the old country) as a subject of Queen Victoria, and Her Majesty is reputed to have derived the following advice from her long experience in pubic life: “Don’t stand if you can sit. Don’t sit if you can lie down. Never pass up a chance to go to the bathroom.”

    i recognize these aphoristic annotations, while relevant to inactionology in general, are not specifically pertinent to global warming per se, but i have just checked the dvd “an inconvenient truth” out of the public library and perhaps after watching it again i may have some further thoughts

    as you may have concluded from the nostalgic character of this posting, my generational position is that of “boomer” – i am, in fact, a time traveler from the first half of the last century of the previous millenium – but as the Firesign Theatre remarked in the days of my youth, so many years ago now,

    “This is the future. You got to [a] LIVE it, or [b] live WITH it.”

    [letters in brackets added by me]
    l
    or, i might add, [c] get out of the way

    Comment by mistah charley, ph.d. — 2008/04/24 @ 12:01 | Reply

  4. Welcome, mistah charley!

    I’m guessing you already know a thing or two about the theory of global warming — as in, it’s caused by greenhouse gases such as CO2 which humans are pumping in huge quantities into the atmosphere, and its effects are very likely going to be very bad, etc. etc.

    Still, I suppose a quick clarification is in order: by “inaction” here I’m referring to some people’s claim that we should do nothing to stop global warming — especially, that governments shouldn’t try to enact any policies (e.g. caps on greenhouse gas emissions) to mitigate global warming.

    I learnt — via the long route — that there’s in fact quite a formidable movement that’s dedicated to explaining why inaction is good, and to stopping any climate change regulations in their tracks. Unfortunately Gore doesn’t really go into much detail on this movement in his presentation. A quick way to learn about it (and to fill your brain with naughty anti-American pinko thoughts :-B ) is to listen to Naomi Oreskes’s The American Denial of Global Warming — you may be able to find it in your public library or DVD store as well.

    Anyway… enjoy your stay here, and thanks for your feedback!

    Comment by frankbi — 2008/04/24 @ 13:51 | Reply

  5. Editor in Chief:

    Thank you for your warm (pun intended), prompt, and informative response – I was able to quickly find an op-ed by Oreskes published in the Washington Post in February 2007.

    It mentioned the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – as you know, the IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore. By a “degrees of separation” process I have a link with the IPCC – i.e. I once co-authored a paper with one of the IPCC “lead authors” – see the first article referenced in

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humanistic_medicine

    one of whose authors has gone on to do this important work in health and climate change:

    http://www.sage.wisc.edu/people/patz/patz.html

    I am the other.

    I have, however, in my own way made a small attempt to make the world a better place – I invented the acronym MICFiC – short for “Miilitary Industrial Congressional Financial Corporate Media Complex.” A brief discussion can be found at http://tinyurl.com/6jd8hy – but even more briefly, I assert that

    The MICFiC is a conspiracy to use, abuse, and confuse the people, to ‘milk, shear, and slaughter the sheeple’, figuratively speaking – except the ‘slaughter’ is literal.

    I am glad you used the emoticon at the end of your comment about “naughty anti-American pinko thoughts :-B” to show your lack of literal agreement with the phrase. It is my own opinion that the activities of the MICFiC are what are truly “anti-American” – in the sense of the America of our dreams, that exists as an ideal of liberty, rather than the all-too-concrete reality of lies, greed, and mass murder.

    May the Creative Forces of the Universe stand beside us, and guide us, through the Night with the Light from Above (metaphorically speaking) – and may they have mercy on our souls, if any.

    Comment by mistah charley, ph.d. — 2008/04/24 @ 18:11 | Reply

  6. Thanks!

    That’s a cool connection with the IPCC. 🙂 About health and climate change, it’s definitely worth emphasizing that global warming is something that impacts our health and well-being, and not just about polar bears and faraway peoples like what many people portray it as.

    The “MICFiC” acronym is interesting, although I’m not sure it’ll catch on… perhaps someone else somewhere has invented another phrase to describe a similar concept already. 🙂

    Again, thanks!

    Comment by frankbi — 2008/04/25 @ 02:46 | Reply


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