Daily Archives: January 11, 2011

A 93 year old French war hero’s call to (non-violent) arms

A January 3 article (The little red book that swept France) in one of Britain’s leading newspapers tells of the phenomenal success of a small book written recently by a 93 year-old war hero which urges people to resist the “insolent, selfish power of money and markets.”

Here are a few excerpts:

“They dare to tell us that the State can no longer afford policies to support its citizens,” Mr Hessel says. “But how can money be lacking … when the production of wealth has enormously increased since the Liberation (of France), at a time when Europe was ruined? The only explanation is that the power of money … has never been so great or so insolent or so selfish and that its servants are placed in the highest reaches of the State.”

“I would like everyone – everyone of us – to find his or her own reason to cry out. That is a precious gift. When something makes you want to cry out, as I cried out against Nazism, you become a militant, tough and committed. You become part of the great stream of history … and this stream leads us towards more justice and more freedom but not the uncontrolled freedom of the fox in the hen-house.”

It is high time that ethics, justice and a sustainable balance prevailed…”

I hope the book (Indignez vous! (Cry out!)) will soon be available in English.