No Cause for Concern? Issue #8 | October 1983 | Page 2 | editorial + credits
It's been a while hasn't it? That's a standard intro, but... First I went on a long vacation, then I decided to try out being lethargic for a while, which worked out okay but god it was boring. Then I started feeling kind of guilty and, voilà, issue #8 got going finally.
First off, before I start running at the mouth, I'd like to thank everyone who wrote to the fanzine over the past six months and I'd also like to apologize to those who send stuff for having taken so long to respond (that's where the guilt came in -- it gives such incentive). So thank you and sorry for the delay.
No Cause for Concern? fanzine - Issue #8 | October 1983 | Page 2 | editorial + credits
And this brings me to the real piece of bitchin' that I've got to do because someone's got to. Remember last issue, that little comic I did on "What we do at Y.C.P."? It seemed all nice and sweet, didn't it? Well, I've been involved in Y.C.P. for a year and a half now, and I've seen a lot of changes in that time, but none as unfavorable as the ones that have come about since last issue. Changes that have caused me to sever my working relationship with Y.C.P. The first reason I have already mentioned: their decision not to do their own shows any more. From what I know of the original Y.C.P. 'manifesto', this decision goes completely against many of the things they originally stood for, that "for the youth, by the youth" crap. When Y.C.P. resolved to offer their services solely to established clubs with mandatory age restrictions, it ceased to be "by the youth, for the youth".
The second reason was the adoption of the rule whereby the member/workers/whatevers would put their names on a list opposite a particular job and they would be responsible for making sure this job gets done for a period of, say, three months. They would HAVE to do this job.
"No thanks" to that one too. I insist on maintaining my right to choose NOT to work on a show that I don't want to work on and no one is going to tell me otherwise. Try and you're a fucking fascist.
And this isn't just a hypothetical situation that isn't likely to come up. It has and fascism reared its ugly head in the form of a more prominent member of Y.C.P. saying that if I didn't want to work on one particular show for whatever reason, then I was no longer welcome in Y.C.P. In other words, if I didn't, I was out.
It is for those reasons that I have chosen not to work with Y.C.P. Not for the personal reason that caused me to attempt to opt out of that one show, but for the reaction it evoked. When I saw that reaction, that was it.
Take it to heart all you potential Y.C.P. members out there: if you want to be told what to do and when to do it, you'd be better off getting a real job and getting paid for it. You don't need it in an supposedly anti-authoritarian organization.
And now I end my bitching.
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|Editor: Janine Frenken|