There is an ancient Gnostic adage that states ‘Knowledge is Power.’ Of course, like everything, such a notion is multi-layered and multidimensional. But for the moment let’s look at power from a social, political and historical perspective. From these perspectives we can argue that true power concedes nothing. Every single freedom, human right and protective legislation we have in society today was fought for by individuals and collectives who were brave enough to stand up against terrifying and overwhelming odds. Every positive social reform – be it for the rights of women, children, or sexual, social and racial minorities – was fought for by brave men and women putting consistent organised pressure on the existing power-structure. Protests, decentralised collectives, new community alliances; multi-layered grassroots activism. Sometimes these warriors of freedom paid for such bravery with their lives. But today, I would suggest, the ruling predator-elites and power-broking oligarchs are attempting to purge such truths from history, or else repackage these truths as toothless confections largely nostalgic in nature.
Icons of Inequality