The second sort of specialist is a lot easier to find: a highly intelligent citizen in good standing in his or her community, who understands and admires the fresh ideas of the genius, and who testifies that the genius is far from mad. A person like that working alone, says Slazinger, can only yearn out loud for changes, but fail to say what their shapes should be.
The third sort of specialist is a person who can explain anything, no matter how complicated, to the satisfaction of most people, no matter how stupid or pigheaded they may be. He will say almost anything in order to be interesting and exciting, says Slazinger. Working alone, depending solely on his own shallow ideas, he would be regarded as being as full of shit as a Christmas turkey.
Slazinger, high as a kite, says that every successful revolution, including Abstract Expressionism, the one I took part in, had that cast of characters at the top — Pollock being the genius in our case, Lenin being the one in Russia’s, Christ being the one in Christianity’s.
He says that if you can’t get a cast like that together, you can forget changing anything in a great big way.