Thus Bad Begins

Indeed, freedom is the first thing that fearful citizens are prepared to give up. So much so that they often ask to lose it, ask for it to be taken away, banished from their sight, which is why they not only applaud the very person intending to take it from them, they even vote for him.

The only way to stop the rise of an autocrat is to make it clear to them: they cannot get away with silencing decent people. This photo was taken the day of the “Women’s March on Washington” in Denver, Colorado where I proudly marched with my fellow Americans against the rise of nationalism, fascism, and hate.

“The winning side had initially repeated their version ad nauseam and continued to do so, but they larded it with so many lies, so much grandiloquence, so many obfuscations, calumnies, and prejudices, that, ultimately, their version of events no longer satisfied them and wore so thin with repetition that it reached a point where, on the assumption that everyone must know the story by heart, they, too, fell almost silent and stopped harping on about it and applied themselves instead to forgetting the darker aspects of their deeds, their more superfluous crimes. In the long run, there’s little to be gained by imposing your story on other people, it’s almost like telling a story to yourself, which is no fun at all: if your views are only ever endorsed by your co-religionists or by mere acolytes and fearful servants, its a bit like playing yourself at chess. And those who had lost preferred to forget the atrocities committed, either by them or the still worse ones committed by the other side— more enduring, more brutal,

The signs we made, the chants we sang, the energy we unleashed into the world that day was palpable. We will not let our democracy be destroyed by the least qualified person ever to be president of the US.

more gratuitous— and they certainly didn’t tell their children (after all, no one would choose to describe episodes or scenes in which they appear in such poor light), for whom their one wish was that nothing similar would ever happen to them and that they would be blessed with a boring, uneventful life, albeit a life lived with head bowed and with no real freedom, because one can live without freedom. Indeed, freedom is the first thing that fearful citizens are prepared to give up. So much so that they often ask to lose it, ask for it to be taken away, banished from their sight, which is why they not only applaud the very person intending to take it from them, they even vote for him.”

As we watch the American government burn, I related this quote pertaining to the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) to what is happening right in front of our eyes in the new millennium. We need to pay more attention. With every move this sham administration takes, we must ask what is it they are distracting us from?

Democracy is under direct threat and I will not go quietly into the night.

This excerpt was taken from:

MARÍAS J. 2016. Thus bad begins : a novel. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 28-9