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"The Last Struggle of Andreas Hessmann" based in part from G. Büchner's Dantons Tod:
GUNTHER:  Enough!  I've heard enough!  We must remember our manifesto; we must remain loyal and true to our ideals.  We have external enemies all over the globe and now it seems that we may have internal enemies in the movement as well.  Our external enemies would see us destroyed by our own and see us sink to the level of common criminals in the eyes of the masses.  Our internal enemies would have us negotiate, capitulate and disarm to the powers that be.  No, let me be very clear: I say to every one of you, we will not negotiate and we will not capitulate or disarm.  Politics is the weapon of the weak.  That is not our weapon.  THE WEAPON OF THE MOVEMENT IS TERROR, THE STRENGTH OF THE MOVEMENT IS VIRTUE.  VIRTUE: FOR WITHOUT IT, TERROR IS CORRUPTIBLE; TERROR: FOR WITHOUT IT, VIRTUE IS POWERLESS.  TERROR IS AN OUTGROWTH OF VIRTUE; IT IS NOTHING MORE THAN SWIFT, RIGOROUS, AND INFLEXIBLE JUSTICE.  SOME SAY TERROR IS THE WEAPON OF A DESPOTIC GOVERNMENT, THEREFORE OURS RESEMBLES DESPOTISM.  TRUE, BUT IN THE WAY A SWORD IN THE HAND OF A HERO OF SOCIALISM AND ANTI-GLOBALIZATION RESEMBLES A SABER IN THE HAND OF A TYRANT'S MINION.  IF A TYRANT RULES HIS BRUTISH SUBJECTS THROUGH TERROR, THAT IS HIS RIGHT AS A DESPOT; IF YOU DESTROY THROUGH TERROR THE ENEMIES OF SOCIALISM, YOU, THE MEMBERS OF THE MOVEMENT ARE NO LESS RIGHT.  THE MOVEMENT IS THE DESPOTISM OF SOCIALISM AGAINST GLOBAL TYRANNY.  The Greens are worthless, the Social Democrats won't do it, and this so-called New Left won't either.  We will do it.  Some may be losing their resolve, may be hesitant to make hard choices of life and death.  They may utter mercy but we will not give it.  It's a false sentimentality.  TO PUNISH THE OPPRESSORS OF MANKIND IS CHARITY, TO PARDON THEM IS BARBARITY.  There will always be collateral damage but it must not sway us.  Not only are these same voices calling for us to capitulate and disarm, but also they are already wallowing in the sickness and filth of bourgeois pleasures.  They've grown soft, they drink, they carouse with prostitutes, they grow lazy and fat.  They lose their desire for revolution and therefore they are failing mankind.  Vice softens and corrupts these voices, these internal enemies of the movement.

"Schiller sprach zu Goethe, Steck in dem Arsch die Flöte! Goethe sagte zu Schiller, Mein Arsch ist kein Triller!"
by Jeffersonian Democrat (rzg6f@virginia.edu) on Mon Nov 7th, 2005 at 08:12:39 AM EST

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