Thursday, July 19, 2007

Errico Malatesta, "L'Anarchia", 1891

«Man, like all living beings, adapts and accustoms himself to the conditions under which he lives, and passes on acquired habits. Thus, having being born and bred in bondage, they believed that slavery was an essential condition of life, and freedom seemed impossible to them. Similarly, workers who for centuries were obliged, and therefore accustomed, to depend for work, that is bread, on the goodwill of the masters, and to see their lives always at the mercy of the owners of the land and of capital, ended by believing that it is the master who feeds them, and ingeniously ask one how would it be possible to live if there were no masters.

In the same way, someone whose legs had been bound from birth but had managed nevertheless to walk as best he could, might attribute his ability to move to those very bonds which in fact serve only to weaken and paralyze the muscular energy of his legs.

If to the normal effects of habit is then added the kind of education offered by the master, the priest, the teacher, etc., who have a vested interest in preaching that the masters and the government are necessary; if one were to add the judge and the policeman who are at pains to reduce to silence those who might think differently and be tempted to propagate their ideas, then it will not be difficult to understand how the prejudiced view of the usefulness of, and the necessity for, the master and the government took root in the unsophisticated minds of the laboring masses.

Just imagine if the doctor were to expound to our fictional man with the bound legs a theory, cleverly illustrated with a thousand invented cases to prove that if his legs were freed he would be unable to walk and would not live, then that man would ferociously defend his bonds and consider as his enemy anyone who tried to remove them.»

Monday, July 02, 2007


An excerpt of a meeting between Gordon «Gordy» Brown, and one of his shadier, unnamed advisors a few weeks ago:

Brown: I need a bit of… a show. People see me as more moderate than Tony in the fight against terror, surveillance and security measures and all that shit, and I need justification for continuing on the Path. I will be very restrained, of course, when I tell the public that we shouldn’t rush legislation of new security laws, and then, after a few months, when we are doing them anyway, people will nod and be very understanding, and we get what we want without hassle from the public. Except for the usual troublemakers from the Civil Liberties Union and bunch, but no one listens to them, anyway.

Advisor: I understand, sir. Put your mind to rest, we will put the necessary forces in motion. I am confident you will be quite pleased with the result.