I often find that when accused if being too political or a fefty I discover amongst my accusers a shocking lack of knowledge of history and of how things were. They simply do not know about how people once thought or believed. All change starts because someone somewhere challenges those who believe the prevailing prejudices and assumptions. They do not understand that there are other experiences that are not “white male and ” British”. All change starts from the challengers to the status quo . The difficulty they face is of thinking outside the box. This is the curse of the conservative and the blue kipper.
All of our views are prejudices or scripts and conditioning. To be truly alive we must undergo a constant ever becoming revolution of the self and our perceptions. Common sense is a natural coping mechanism that we must have and we must realise that it is no more than a statistical average of collective thought. ‘Stirring up hate” accusations often comes with a political projection or displacement of the self. I notice projections by myself in other ways and at certain types of right wingers.
However the truth is that those who know least of history, culture and psychology are most likely to defend their views as common sense. They fail to grasp that I am proud of Shakespeare, Milton and of the Romantic Poets. They don’t grasp that while I am proud of the wonderful language of the King James Bible and of the Mabinogion and of William Blake that this has nothing to do with the British state. Blake was a Freudian before Freud and a Marxist before Marx and I loath the ignorance and brutality of the English ruling class. I loath Biggles and Billy Bunter and all the crypto-kippers I met at my English Prep school in the 1960s.. I understand them their psychology and prejudice, their lack of knowledge and understanding. Julia Kristeva called it “abjection”…its a curious mixture of understanding and loathing.
I often think that is why a significant minority of those of us from that background are the most feared and loathed by the bluekippers and the ruling class. We are those who most understand their motives and methods and are best suited to challenge this ruling class ethos.. this us wby they call us traitors. The British Empire was a loathsome thing…yet our literature, culture and thought was fundamentally opposed to this structure. The tragedy is that those who champion Britishness most are those who know literature history and philosophy the least.. .the destruction of the British state and a freeing of the people of the British Isles into it’s Welsh, Scottish. Cornish, Asian English and Irish is necessary to free us. We have been a multiracial, multicultural multifairh society for over 10, 000 years and the English Channel was once a rich fertile valley not a cold barrier between us and our European origins.. And you know all that one of them will say is remoaner or Marxist.. my words will fall on stony ground and this simplicity is frightening and limits us all.. oh by the way Blake`s Jerusalem” is a Socialist hymn not a Twatriotic one……read, and unferstand..
Stand up, all victims of oppression
For the tyrants fear your might!
Don’t cling so hard to your possessions
For you have nothing if you have no rights!
Let racist ignorance be ended
For respect makes the empires fall!
Freedom is merely privilege extended
Unless enjoyed by one and all
[Chorus]So come brothers and sisters
For the struggle carries on
Unites the world in song
So comrades, come rally
For this is the time and place!
The international ideal
Unites the human race
Let no one build walls to divide us
Walls of hatred nor walls of stone
Come greet the dawn and stand beside us
We’ll live together or we’ll die alone
In our world poisoned by exploitation
Those who have taken, now they must give!
And end the vanity of nations
We’ve but one Earth on which to live
So come brothers and si