… a thought making crooked all that is straight.

African Alchemy’s post: Red Ink

Copied from my dear friend at African Alchemy, her post RED INK:

Slavoj Žižek at OccupyWallStreet going viral:

So what are we doing here? Let me tell you a wonderful, old joke from Communist times. A guy was sent from East Germany to work in Siberia. He knew his mail would be read by censors, so he told his friends: “Let’s establish a code. If a letter you get from me is written in blue ink, it is true what I say. If it is written in red ink, it is false.” After a month, his friends get the first letter. Everything is in blue. It says, this letter: “Everything is wonderful here. Stores are full of good food. Movie theatres show good films from the west. Apartments are large and luxurious. The only thing you cannot buy is red ink.” This is how we live. We have all the freedoms we want. But what we are missing is red ink: the language to articulate our non-freedom. The way we are taught to speak about freedom— war on terror and so on—falsifies freedom. And this is what you are doing here. You are giving all of us red ink…

 

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One response

  1. Thanks for this — it is a fascinating insight, isn’t it?

    October 14, 2011 at 5:30 am

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