Thursday, June 16, 2011

Know Thy Enemy

Know thy enemy:
he does not care what colour you are
provided you work for him
   and yet you do!
he does not care how much you earn
provided you earn more for him
   and yet you do!
he does not care who lives in the room at the top
provided he owns the building
   and yet you strive!
he will let you write against him
provided you do not act against him
   and yet you write!
he sings the praises of humanity
but knows machines cost more than men.
Bargain with him, he laughs, and beats you at it;
challenge him, and he kills.
Sooner than lose the things he owns
he will destroy the world.

        But as you hasten to be free
And build your commonwealth
Do not forget the enemy
Who lies within yourself.

Christopher Logue

From The Penguin Book Of Socialist Verse. More to come.

(Image from Wikipedia - Industrial Workers Of The World Poster, 1911, via my fellow socialist sister)

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