Stand and fight!

The lesson of the French anti-government protests is that “normal” politics exists only to promote corporate interests. We must prepare for a rebirth of the only thing that works — direct action.

“Rise like lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number!
Shake your chains to earth, like dew
Which in sleep had fall’n on you:
Ye are many – they are few.”

These days, we should listen to the stirring lines of Percy Shelley’s “Mask of Anarchy”. Shelley was both a Romantic and political truth-teller. His words resonate now because only one political course is left to those who are disenfranchised and whose ruin is announced on a government spreadsheet…

Thanks to John Pilger

New Statesman

November 4, 2010

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