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Sometimes there just ain’t no words

Sometimes there are no words. Sometimes nothing wells up from the pit of anger against injustice. Against the system that condemns 2 billion to starve. That kills millions in the name of peace.

That allows millions to die of preventable disease. That represses our humanity through the drudgery of their work. That kills a new born baby every few seconds.

There are no words to describe that anger.

And then students in Britain occupy their universities. Strikes and demonstrations break out across Europe. Chinese workers begin to fight for their interests as workers against the dictatorship. The masses in Iran take to the streets against rigged elections.

And then I think of Australia. Sometimes there are no words to describe the class peace here. The servility. The class collaboration. The neoliberalism of Labor. But then the  fight backs come to mind – for equal love, for equal pay, for refugees, for a world free of the threats of global warming, for the defence of building workers’ union rights, against racism.

I think of Andre Gorz in France in January 1968. There will never be a revolution in my lifetime. Four months later the biggest mass strike in history shakes French capitalism to its core.

And that revolutionary situation was only possible because the masses were not tied to reformism of the traditional kind (although as the struggle progressed they mistook the Communist Party of France as something other than thoroughly reformist).

Then there is South America and the Caribbean where the US has engineered coups or attempted to to stop the leftist movements there while the working class and peasantry debate the way forward.

And the words begin to form.

Palestine comes into mind and the torment and torture of an imprisoned people brings forth a torrent of anguish. Not words, mind, but the despair of the broken. And the broken rise again, and again.

Just as our aboriginal brothers and sisters resist their genocide, a resistance that will not be beaten.

Then the words of Percy Bysshe Shelly come to mind.

Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number,
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you –
Ye are many – they are few.

Sometimes the words of others are enough.



Comment from CALLIGULA
Time December 2, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Oh, John –
Poor Shelley is long gone.
He and his pals were a mob of ratbags anyway.

That doesn’t mean he didn’t have a heart like so many of the age of enlightenment.
But these days they all do so seem to lack ‘metal’.

I lack metal too – that’s why I’m here clacking away on a keyboard instead of ordering the barricades.

There is this Queensland lad in peril for his life right now.
He set up WikiLeaks.

How about some Brownie Points for him?
I reckon he’s ably demonstrated the world IS a complete crock of ordure – completely beyond redemption.
I cannot believe the sheer hate this bloke has attracted – simply by borrowing some paperwork.

So what utter drivel have I been seeing and hearing on the ‘news’ these last five and a half decades?
( Actually, that IS a rhetorical question for the advice of the innocents out there. I DID work it out years ago)

So be a good chap and tell ‘em.

Comment from CALLIGULA
Time December 2, 2010 at 11:14 pm

Somehow you seem to have gotten into my ‘head’.
You’ve mentioned what I consider some salients needing aggressive attention.
(Look at my swollen head giving things profound attention)

But what the hell good can we honestly do about anything that makes us weep while the ‘masters’ manage everything in ‘imaginative new ways’ so far beyond the realms of law and custom.

Probably the absolute shame of modern Australia is that most of our citizens are so completely beside themselves managing on a daily/weekly basis that they have completely forgotten common decency let alone the tenets of societal function.

I blame howard for that but insist that that hawke started the rot.
(Amazing as I wrote that – Keating was on radio behind me)

You ARE hinting at something here, John.
But all I can say is that most Australians wouldn’t have a clue, even after their wildest dreams, about the hate, greed and corruption that has become so deeply entrenched here.
So if you want an ally from the tradesman class, why not click on my url and send me a line?

Comment from peter piper
Time December 3, 2010 at 8:17 am

perhaps you lovvies need to have a holiday in zimbabwe or congo or greece to make you realise how good you got it here. Your weeping, conspicuous compassion is nauseating and false

Comment from Magpie
Time December 3, 2010 at 4:39 pm

And maybe you Peter should grow some decency, look it up in a dictionary.

But I do give you something: your lack of compassion sounds real.

Comment from John
Time December 4, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Thanks Peter. As to you peurile suggestion about a holiday in Zimbabwe, I remember when Mugabe arrested some of my Zimbabwean comrades. I had been sent a phone number of the police station they were being held in. We thought they were going to be killed. I rang the deputy editor of the Canberra Times and asked him to ring the police station to talk about those thy had arrested. They got out alive.

Here’s a link to the editorial in their paper as part of their struggle against the Mugabe dictatorship.

They have more courage in their shit than you pathetic little piece of excrement have in your entire being.

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