In Your Head

August 1, 2018

Borders are in your head.

“Today we hear Socialists speak, just like any bourgeois, of “ France,” or “ Germany,” and of other political and national agglomerations—results of historical struggles—as of homogeneous ethnographic units, each having its proper interests, aspirations, and mission, in opposition to the interests, aspirations, and mission of rival units. This may be true relatively, so long as the oppressed, and chiefly the workers, have no self-consciousness, fail to recognize the injustice of their inferior position, and make themselves the docile tools of the oppressors. There is, then, the dominating class only that counts; and this class, owing to its desire to conserve and to enlarge its power, even its prejudices and its own ideas, may find it convenient to excite racial ambitions and hatred, and send its nation, its flock, against “ foreign ” countries, with a view to releasing them from their present oppressors, and submitting them to its own political and economical domination.”

Enrico Malatesta

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