Tesi di laurea di Emanuela Dolcini - 1938: L'opinione pubblica britannica e l'antisemitismo fascista



Fat Man’s

BY nature I am fat and idle. Each day Idleness and conscience battle in my heart; and, truthfully, I must say idleness generally wins.

So much I ought to do. So little I get done—such is the burden ot my days.

Take an obvious current example. I ought to loin in the consumer boycott otf Japanese goods.

This thing is worth while. If all British democrats turned a face of brass against all Japanese imports, we could not only hurt Japanese finance substantially—an admirable result as things now are—but we would also demonstrate the power of spontaneous democratic action. It we made a grand success of this, it would be far easier tor us to bring off something much more Important next time.

REMEMBER, It may be necessary at any moment for democrats to act against some new aggression abroad, some further surrender here at home.

I can already detect the finger of scorn pointing my way. "You're a fine one to talk!" you will say. I am, because by writing these words I have convinced myself that conscience must over-ride idleness about this boycott.

Henceforward I am going to be noisy against Japanese goods.

Will you do the same? I ask this because most of you, I know, are lust about as idle as I am.

AT this point I can see the serious and ardent politicians starting to write in and say — with admirable warmth—that they are nothing of the kind. I know it already.

I am put to shame each morning by the letters we get here from the stalwart, unknown workers In all those causes for which this paper stands.

They write so helpfully, so freshly, and with such point and zeal, that I am continually amazed. Most of them work at hard, arduous tasks. Yet they take their pleasure in the toll of unpaid political endeavour, generally unthanked, often against their own worldly interest. Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.

No. I am not thinking of those who, unless human nature changes, must ever remain a minority. I am thinking of the ordinary ones like me, people who like best to go swimming, or out for a drink, or to the pictures, or for a ride when they don't have to work.

We are the ones who are going to decide the future of Britain—merely because there are so many more of us than of any other kind. It we are convinced that we really must stir ourselves into active politics we can move mountains— let alone turn out a Government like Mr. Chamberlain's.

I KNOW a fair proportion of us vote at elections, belong to trade unions, the League of Nations Union, and all sorts of other bodies. We pay our subscriptions with some grumbling. and then sit back, let the others run the show, and accept the benefits they accumulate for us.

At least that is so until a direct threat is made to some liberty or privilege we think'we treasure. When that happens we are all up on our hind legs shouting. That Is why the Sandys case caused more Interest than many no less Important political events which preceded It this year.

Normally, unless politics touch us personally and closely, we leave them to the others to get on with. Is that good enough?

I am coming to doubt it. Very much against my will and comfort, I am coming to believe that we must all go political, at any rate, for some years.

Yes—but what can we do? Once a Government gets elected, there it stays, perhaps for five years, or so it seems. Nothing we do can influence it much or end its career.

That is what I used to think. But I fear I was wrong. If we all spoke up every day against deals with dictators, caving in to Franco, pretending there aren't any unemployed, and of not shooting pianist Chamberlain because he's doing his best, things would begin to happen.

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