Shakespeare and the Military-Industrial Establishment

phad I power, I should Pour the sweet milk of concord into hell“…Nay, had I power, I should
Pour the sweet milk of concord into hell,
Uproar the universal peace, confound
All unity on earth.”
(Macbeth act 4, sc. 3)

Comments.  Eugene Debs (1855 – 1926), an American union leader and one-time member of the Democratic Party wrote,
The feudal barons of the Middle Ages, the economic predecessors of the capitalists of our day (Deb’s day, today we have the neo-liberists), declared all wars. And their miserable serfs fought all the battles. The poor, ignorant serfs had been taught to revere their masters; to believe that when their masters declared war upon one another, it was their patriotic duty to fall upon one another and to cut one another’s throats for the profit and glory of the lords and barons who held them in contempt. And that is war in a nutshell. The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and all to lose-especially their lives.
W. E. B.” Du Bois, (1868-1963) American sociologist, historian, civil right activist  and professor of history wrote,
“The two parties have combined against us to nullify our power by a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ of non-recognition, no matter how we vote … May God write us down as asses if ever again we are found putting our trust in either the Republican or the Democratic Parties.”

Tips for Use.  Apply to your political opponent as a statement of what would happen if he were elected.

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In the Play.  In a strange statement Malcolm declares himself as boundlessly intemperate and hateful, but Malcolm only wants to test Macduff’s reaction. In other words Malcolm does not mean it – whereas in history (and today) sundry politicians and benefiters from warfare do.

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