Rosa Luxemburg, Reform or Revolution. (via nicoie)
yeah! just finished reading this piece by luxemburg a couple weeks ago.
Sophie Scholl, Hans Scholl, and other members of the White Rose were arrested on this day - February 22 - 68 years ago for distributing anti-Nazi leaflets. Four days later, Sophie, Hans, and Christoph Probst were found guilty of treason and executed hours later.
i have a tattoo commemorating the white rose. i remember when i was 18 and first heard of sophie scholl during my introductory politics course in university - this quote reminds me - it really touched me somewhere deep… esp. since there is little in the way of how history is written that tells of the women who gave their all for an ethical imperative beyond themselves. and this quote is important because it reminds us of the banality of evil, of the people who do nothing and thus side with the monstrous violence of the status quo. right on, sophie scholl.
- Edward Said: [During the first Gulf War] the media was completely in cahoots with the government. It was one of the great satanic collaborations between the media and the government. You couldn’t get on. Radio, however was very important during the war. National Public Radio and a few of the national networks carried a lot of stuff. But it didn’t have the power of television. It was a television war.
- Interviewer: In Baudrillard’s terms?
- Said: What did he say? Probably not.
- Interviewer: Baudrillard said it was a hyper-real non-event.
- Said: Good old Baudrillard! For that I think he should be sent there. With a toothbrush and a can of Evian, or whatever it is he drinks.
nice. this puts into good words a belief i’ve had but struggled with articulating. i don’t think this is saying we must uncritically lend solidarity to all things working class, but that we must stand behind those attempts by oppressed folks trying to take power even when their agenda gets adapted so that it cansuccessfully stand up against external imperialist powers. i know it raises questions about sacrifices and the eggs that get broken to make omelettes, and i wonder about that too, especially since often times the ones that bear the weight of said ‘disortions’ caused by ‘the pressure of hostile forces’ are often women, queers, pocs (at least i am thinking here of cuba, where feminist/queer/anti racist agendas were sometimes forced to take the back burner while the cuban state dealt with the pressures of american imperialism. criticism of the regime was, in times of pressure, seen as ‘counter revolutionary’).. but i feel like i read somewhere rosa luxemburg saying that a ‘distorted’ working class party was better than no working class party…
- Malcolm X (via movementbaby)