Europe, especially France is seeing a phenomenon in political literature. Stephane Hessel a German born French man, who actively fought in the Résistance against the Nazi regime and their puppets during World War II, has written a booklet, rather a pamphlet which calls the young to cry out and show their indignation at the state of the world. He, 93 years old, ist by now a hero of the young in France and his booklet is the surprise best seller in France. By now it has been published in Germany as of this week and in England, too. I do not believe it is a coincidence the French title “Indignez-Vous” and the format so closely resemble Emile Zola’s “J’Accuse…” it is again a moment in history where many people are suffering through a mixture of rage and grief and a feeling of helplessness which justly outrages any thinking human being. The primacy of economic interests and the effect of limitless, unregulated capitalism has yet again turned us into slaves (I admit well fed slaves) and reduced what people like Stephane Hessel and union leaders of former times have risked their livelyhood and even their lives for to a mere disturbance in the rise of the markets to world supremacy. This is not the only outrage he addresses, but you know me, pinko commie that I am, this of course outrages me most. Stéphane Hessel’s book is not expensive is quickly read and definitely worth a read.
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