Received a letter from ‘Anonymous’, I was so overwhelmed at the power of his / her analysis + the extent to which they cared about the spiral + about people, + despairing.

They begin, ‘Found this v thought provoking.. Fuck capitalism: I agree too. We must do what we can. Do I believe we can win? No.’

Dear ‘Anonymous’,

Thank you for your contribution + giving me the chance to explain No Man’s Land new-monstrance which I’m going to include in my manifesto.

No Man’s Land new-monstrance is the answer. Land belongs to no one: one form of payment to the public purse in the form of rent by anyone who needs the use of land*: no such thing as tax; keep what you earn, all other $ transactions man 2 man.

Govts 2 be custodians of land, farmers also 2 be custodians of land.

It imposes an honest economy based on the only real wealth which is land* + human cleverness. Not all land has the same value: land in Kent is more naturally rich than land on the Isle of Skye. Land in London is worth more than on the Isle of Skye, because it has lots of buildings + facilities + culture (+ tourists) + is a capital city. This is an added stream of value which depends on human cleverness. Human cleverness is based on the use of land + adds to the circulation of wealth. “What’s good for the planet is good for the economy”, & good for people.. Then we have the ocean + the airwaves to deal with. Honesty is built into the task of assessing the price at which land can be rented. It is a task involving a great bulk of govt bureaucracy + would replace the complicated tax system of the capitalist bureaucracy which is corrupt.

It is also democratic because it imposes a fair distribution of wealth which gives power to the people + the responsibility to control politics.



‘Anonymous’ continues:-

… People don’t want to change. As long as we can mortgage our lives away & can have TV in every room, a house in the suburbs and two cars in the driveway people don’t care about the world, not really. Not in any meaningful kind of way that is- to actually do something about it and take a meaningful stand against it. They like having something to debate with the other idiots over the coffee machine at work or down at the pub, the young ones like to go to protests and feel involved but even then with that youthful idealism, they don’t really give a fuck. No one does. You wrote in your manifesto ‘man the self destroying animal’ and this sums it up. It’s not the system that is at fault, the system is fucked yes but it is put their and maintained by people that do not care- by mass complacency. Nothing meaningful will be done to resolve any of this until it is too late- public opinion will not save us because the public are stupid. Only when civilisation is crashing down around our ears will the public dare to act and by then it will be too late. You call Boris a fuckup and a conman, I don’t like him neither. I don’t like any of these politicians but fact is, while you’re levelling all of these insults at them, calling them fuck ups and conmen- they’re the only people out there willing to do these jobs. And they’re people, they are human beings so of course they will not be perfect, they’re not gods. They’re just as flawed and imperfect and stupid as the rest of us. They’re not separate from us. They have more, they play the game of capitalism better, but we’re all playing it. Your company is worth millions, you also are a winner. But they’re no more corrupt than you or me or any of us. Society is corrupt. People are corrupt. Fuck people
Comment by Anonymous on 02/06/2020 at 7:26 pm


Ok Boris: can I internalise Boris, am I potentially like him? I think I am not, I could not be Boris + the one thing that makes this impossible is that I am honest, if I had been born into a poor family I might have become a thief but I would always be honest with myself. As a child I knew I had a strong identity of justice + honour + adventure. It was how I saw myself, it marked me. At 4 years old I knew I was a freedom fighter. I think it’s possible to say this + I think it’s possible to say that a few people are devils + U only discover this when they R in a position of power – it comes out. Boris is dishonest, that’s what makes him a devil. He’s never trying to do his best, he’s only destructive. You couldn’t trust him an inch.


The Devil was always a con man

on a power trip. / Get a Life!

Anyone’s life. / Not honest: with an ego

so blown up he despises all men.

The mask of the clown hides a parasite

feeding on envy. / He hates U,

finds U, kills his host.

7 bn. believe in him. Evil.

$ is Debt. $ is Death.







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  1. Dear Vivienne,
    What a horrible message! Hard to believe that there are people out there who think like that. Boris is a conman and there is definitely a force of evil in the world that moves some men. It’s difficult for someone like me to understand where it comes from- I live in Edinburgh and I’ve never had much money but I can only guess that that kind of thinking comes from a lack of something. Love, or self esteem or happiness- that is where ego comes from, ego is a defence mechanism against an inner feeling of inferiority- money and power must go a long way in masking such a lack in character. For a child that grows up powerless, laughed at, abused and spat on a life of money and power must seem particularly attractive. Look at Hitler- ultimately he was a very unhappy man, who’s happiness twisted him into something less than human. He wanted to become an artist and if you read about him he had a fairly miserable life until he came to power, and after that he used his power to make other people miserable. Does that make it right? No but it can help us to understand.
    No mans land is the answer, it’s the most intelligent alternative I’ve ever heard. You’re a beautiful person Vivienne and you shouldn’t let one persons silly rant bother you. I hope against hope that you succeed in this.
    As for growing up poor and keeping integrity, that I’m not sure I can agree with. There are people out there so poor that they have to sell their bodies to get by or live a life of crime, I’m not sure I could keep my integrity or sense of justice living like that, when a con could be the difference between putting food on the table or starving. It’s a hard world for some. Understanding and love is always the answer. Leave the hating and the anger to Boris and his chums, or to anonymous, love will win the war, it’s the most powerful thing we have.

    Comment by Judy on 09/06/2020 at 7:23 pm

  2. You’re right Judy ego is a defence mechanism. If Hitler hadn’t told himself that he was better than everybody else he’d have killed himself. But would the world be a better place if he did?
    Love you Vivienne

    Comment by James on 09/06/2020 at 7:45 pm

  3. Hate the crime not the criminal. Capitalism is run on hate and greed. The alternative must be a system based on love for other people, togetherness instead of separateness

    Comment by Anonymous on 09/06/2020 at 8:15 pm

  4. Vivienne why not try to turn climate revolution into a subculture movement like punk. Cross pollinate music and pop culture and fashion to get young people more interested, you said that you think punk was a marketing opportunity but maybe another marketing opportunity following the same formula but with No mans land and the manifesto as it’s base and purpose could be more effective? Imagine people wearing great clothes in the street and instead of just watching tv going to protests and demos every week because that’s what Lady Gaga or whoever are doing. Punk was everywhere for a spell because it became a trend, maybe dolling climate revolution up as a trend like with the hippies or the punks or New Romantics could help to get the word out to more People? If people were seeing it on the streets and there got to be a real buzz going

    Comment by Joe on 09/06/2020 at 8:24 pm

  5. We need the urban guerilla back!

    Comment by Joe on 09/06/2020 at 8:26 pm

  6. Counter cultures used to be really huge- Timothy Leary with his turn on, tune in, drop out stuff and the hippies- the sway that the beatles had over people. And then the sex pistols with the kicking and spitting and hating authority, we haven’t had anything like it since, (apart from rave culture maybe) everything’s just become watered down and vanilla and it’s all Facebook and Twitter. Maybe we need some kind of third summer of love, think exctinction rebellion when they closed down central London, protests and civil disobedience, crazy clothes and pop stars jumping on the bandwagon, try to engage younger people that way. Idk I think that could be really cool

    Comment by Joe on 09/06/2020 at 8:32 pm

  7. It’s just when I look at pop music in the past, in the late sixties and seventies for example, it was much more intelligent. The Stones based songs on great novels- did you know that sympathy for the devil was based on Bulgakovs master and the margarita? The best lead and the stones were dabbling in art and politics And eastern religion and culture to create music, sex pistols were all about anger, don’t trust the system and unrest. I mean if you compare them and what they were trying to do with their music- they believed that music could change the world! And they did change the world! We need pop stars to get involved, music needs to become intelligent again

    Comment by Joe on 09/06/2020 at 8:38 pm

  8. We haven’t had anything like that in decades, a real counterculture movement as pervasive as the hippies and the punks. Just an idea and it’s probably bollocks/ completely impossible to engineer but it’s like tapping into that zeitgeist thing. How can we get the message out to as many people as possible? We need to see the message EVERYWHERE. In the street, in the clothes people are wearing, in the music, in the pop stars, more protests, way more protests and fucking great big parties! Saturate the culture with it until it’s all anyone is talking about

    Comment by Joe on 09/06/2020 at 8:43 pm

  9. There are no ideas in pop culture any more, we need to engage pop stars

    Comment by Joe on 09/06/2020 at 8:45 pm

  10. But this would be the perfect time for it- the next year after everything’s opening up from lockdown people will all be hungry to get out there and have a good time, if we could commandeer that into somethjng political it could be amazing

    Comment by Joe on 09/06/2020 at 8:50 pm

  11. Maybe you could commandeer a collection, show an entire collection is Trafalgar Square or something, turn it into a great big protest party festival, get a bunch of photographers and famous people there and the models could all throw the clothes that they’re wearing into the crowd for joe average in the street to run off in. Okay maybe that idea is slightly mad and impracticable but I just thing buzz, we need buzz haha

    Comment by Joe on 09/06/2020 at 8:53 pm

  12. Stage a die in in Tate modern, a protest against modern art! Extinction rebellion back in the streets, mass civil disobedience

    Comment by Joe on 09/06/2020 at 8:57 pm

  13. Let’s start a war of love! <3

    Comment by Joe on 09/06/2020 at 9:01 pm

  14. We know what the problem is and now thanks to Vivienne we know what the solution is, the real thing we need to figure out now is how to make it popular. How can we capture the public attention? How can we make it more than kind of a b line page two story in the sun? It’s public opinion that will save us. Anonymous was right that most people are complacent- I think we’ve reached a point now where a big chunk of the population in the west- all of us can agree that something is wrong, that we have climate change, that we’re headed for disaster- it’s never even really a question for debate anymore we know we have these problems. But it’s the will to fight, to do something about it, and maybe also agreement on the solution that is the problem. I read this Bob Dylan quote the other day- he said something about how with popular culture for the last forty years we’ve just been living on the table scraps of the sixties and I really think that’s true. Popular culture may be rubbish but it reaches billions of people across the world, why not try and hijack it for a real end, a real purpose? Get off the treadmill, get involved. Think for yourself

    Comment by James on 09/06/2020 at 10:04 pm

  15. I’m thinking about quitting my job. I read Alan Watts ‘The book on the taboo of knowing who you are’ which is all based on zen and something in it really jumped out at me. He was talking about polarities like good and bad, right and wrong and he used this one instance, I’ll quote him ‘The situation of a pioneer culture calls for tough and aggressive individualists, whereas urban-industrial culture requires sociable and co-operative team workers.’ I disagree with all of it, industrial culture I mean, we’re all working to help poison the planet. I’m thinking it would be better to become a freedom fighter, go on benefits and live off the state like a parasite and devote my life to reading and art and going to protests. It could be a wasted life, what Vivienne calls ‘this doing what your want’ and she calls it a sham philosophy of life and I agree that we need discipline. But am I wasting my life and living by a shame philosophy if I refuse to take part in an industrial system that I don’t believe in? If more people did this, refused to work, refused to contribute to the society run on an evil and corrupt system- if everybody did it then eventually the system would lie in ruins because there would be knowone left to keep it running and so by default we would have a new world. It’s hard to know whether I’m getting ahead of myself with this but the proof will be in the pudding and I suppose I will find out myself. I don’t want to be a Diogenes to, a piss artist that thinks they’re brilliant because they do what they want. But wouldn’t refusing to be complicit in the system, wouldn’t that be active resistance in practice?

    Comment by Charlotte on 09/06/2020 at 10:18 pm

  16. Mass civil disobedience. Reject all the values of the society

    Comment by Charlotte on 09/06/2020 at 10:54 pm