Quotes Suitable for Framing: Bertolt Brecht


After the uprising of the 17th of June
The Secretary of the Writers’ Union
Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee
Stating that the people
Had forfeited the confidence of the government
And could win it back only
By redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people
And elect another?

Bertolt Brecht’s wry poem The Solution in regard to the suppression by the East German government of the uprising on June 16 and June 17, 1953.  In regard to the last two lines, I rather suspect that the powers that be in the Vatican think that is what should be done to Orthodox Catholics, to be replaced by Francis New Catholics.

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