In Praise of Dialectics
Today, injustice goes with a certain stride,
The oppressors move in for ten thousand years.
Force sounds certain: it will stay the way it is.
No voice resounds except the voice of the rulers
And on the markets, exploitation says it out loud:
I am only just beginning.
But of the oppressed, many now say:
What we want will never happen
Whoever is still alive must never say ‘never’!
Certainty is never certain.
It will not stay the way it is.
When the rulers have already spoken
Then the ruled will start to speak.
Who dares say ‘never’?
Who’s to blame if oppression remains? We are.
Who can break its thrall? We can.
Whoever has been beaten down must rise to his feet!
Whoever is lost must fight back!
Whoever has recognized his condition – how can anyone stop him?
Because the vanquished of today will be tomorrow’s victors
And never will become: already today!
Not Such A Tory Land
Barnfield Theatre, Exeter. Friday 28 October.
Between 1642 and 1649 England was on the brink of revolution. Profound questions about society and politics were asked, and answered in one way or another. What was the nature of democracy, and how far into society should it extend? How should we respond to treachery and betrayal, liars and tyrants?
As this revolution moved forward, ordinary women and men were swept into Becoming giants and heroes.
Defeat buried this history under layers of distortion and deliberate concealment. The revolution became a civil war. The years of republican rule became an interregnum - the empty space between kings. The names of the people who argued and fought for freedom of speech, a free press, the right to assembly and access to common land were written out of the history books.
This play revives some of the history of those years and suggests that there might, just, be some parallels and lessons for today.
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