Sunday, 8 September 2019

I Fear.

        I have always stated that we should be vigilant in defending what freedoms we have, as they can be eroded by slow stealth, and that fascism will not arrive with jackboots on the street, but will be subtly put in place by men in suits, sitting in offices behind closed doors. When I look at the way things are going today, I think this poem by Michael Rosen is well worth reading and pondering on, and perhaps being more aware of what is happening all around us. 

Fascism: I sometimes fear...

I sometimes fear that
people think that fascism arrives in fancy dress
worn by grotesques and monsters
as played out in endless re-runs of the Nazis.

Fascism arrives as your friend.
It will restore your honour,
make you feel proud,
protect your house,
give you a job,
clean up the neighbourhood,
remind you of how great you once were,
clear out the venal and the corrupt,
remove anything you feel is unlike you...

It doesn't walk in saying,
"Our programme means militias, mass imprisonments, transportations, war and persecution."
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