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.
13 April 2008