Brecht on governments and people

This one was written shortly after the unrest in Berlin and elsewhere in East-Germany (June 17, 1953), which was brutally suppressed by the Stalinist regime. Brecht, who had only recently returned to Germany, and deliberately gone to the East, wrote this in definance. Irony has always been the one of the best ways of subverting the system…

The Solution

After the uprising on June 17th
The Secretary of the Writers’ Association
Had flyers distributed in Stalin Alley
saying that the People had frivolously
Thrown away the government’s confidence
And that they only redoubled work
could regain it. Wouldn’t it then be
easier if the Government
simply dissolved the People
and elected another?

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