Monday, March 13, 2006

i owed no morality to those who would extort it by force


"Give Up On Socialism"
Andy Clausen

So many realizations of so called Socialism
are unworkable, untenable, totalitarian
failures, are they not?
The great poet sang about Stalin ruining
our old red revolution forevermore
Am I to reject the idea conjured by the word
Socialism or just the word?
Mao is called a Chinese Stalin
Pol Pot a Cambodian Hitler
Tito far from a saint
Castro's not the model of tolerance
The USSR a sad place, a failed place,
a freedom poet murdering place

Yet I haven't given up on love
look what men have done to that word
It's only been about a 100 years
since modern socialism has had any power
for nearly 2000 years millions upon millions
have been killed in the name of Jesus
but I still love Jesus

The reign of terror theory is no friend of mine
Socialism must come willingly from the heart
Must be Democratic must come from the bottom
It must wear a human face
It must make a human face mean something

Marx said in the Communist Manifesto
his ideas will one day be old
You take what you need & leave the rest
The dictatorship of the proletariat
is unworkable & didn't happen
in the USSR & China etcetera
Good thing too, because it's one less thing
to explain
You see dictatorship itself is what's wrong
every woman should know this
A wise woman once said

An idea is strong is workable it will welcome
free expression of opposing ideas
Here's what should be abolished to achieve true freedom!
( if this is a contradiction so be it. It's the truth)
Roman Catholic Index, Black Lists ( Hollywood, Labor, Secret Police)
lists of exclusion & covert hit lists
News Black Outs, Secret Files, Book Burning
Censorship, one party elections, travel bans
poll taxes, campaign laws favoring wealth
profit above all, control above all censure
control of rebel education
making access & education property
I don't pretend to have the answers
but I know that together we can arrive at it
and that is the meaning of revolution
Whatever system of government & economics we come to
it will not work if we are fools


we lay there without moving. but under us all moved, and moved us, gently, up and down, and from side to side. [pause. KRAPP's lips move. no sound.] past midnight. never knew such silence. the earth might be uninhabited. [pause.] here i end this reel. box -[pause.] perhaps my best years are gone. when there was a chance of happiness. but i wouldn't want them back. not with the fire i n me now. no, i wouldn't want them back.[KRAPP motionless staring before him. the tape runs on in silence.]



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