Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I am reminded of Schumann and his Marche des Davidsbündler contre les Philistins

Observing the Corbyn campaign and the Blairites doing battle I am reminded of Schumann and his Marche des Davidsbündler contre les Philistins.

Schmann said:  "Our purpose ... is to remind our readers emphatically of the distant past and its works. ... Then, to attack as inartistic the immediate past, which is concerned merely with encouraging superficial virtuosity."

Which is more or less the essence of Corbyn's appeal.  Corbyn is a poet-philosopher pointing to the distant promised land.  He is most emphatically not a practical pragmatic politician who wants power (and all the compromises and guilt that goes with power).

And because he is not a practical pragmatic politician the Labour establishment doesn't understand him, and so they cannot deal with him.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B0s2Fx4lyc 

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