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(en) cnt-sindikatua: The grapes of wrath by Gonzalo Mañes (ca) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 21 Nov 2020 10:32:41 +0200

Poverty frightens, terrifies, it also shames, this now that we live, addicted to waste to tame its anguish, poverty that dominates our present and before which the citizen, hence his terror, finds himself defenseless, wanting to convince himself that the excluded who cluster in the queues of hunger and receive the meager social aid, are solely responsible for their state, that no one with two arms will lack opportunities to fill the pot and take shelter under a roof ... and yet there they are the testimonies that deny it every day and of which anyone can be an accidental notary. I remember, to name just one of many, the adventures, banal for repeated, of a woman, the past fifty: it all began, according to what I had, with marital disagreements that go sour every day a little more,

And there is no vaccine against this pandemic, nor a mask to protect, and it affects almost anyone, that in this new century the virus of misery has mutated so much that even the once protected, the middle class, are also exposed, no one is saved. Back at the dawn of the penultimate crisis, that of 2008, I remember the arrival of the new poor to whom the trade entered quickly, and that if at first they kept some shreds of their old modesty, soon everything was self-confidence of the excluded, of the one who no longer expects anything, feverishly rummaging through the rubbish bins or waiting for the supermarkets to close to stock up on the leftovers of the day, scenes that, unfortunately, we will witness again, each one on the side that chance or destiny reserves you.

There are two books born out of another crisis, and that deserve to be read, as a mirror and memory of the present: one, the documentary essay by journalist James Agee, illustrated by photographer Walker Evans, "Let us now praise famous men" that responding to a commissioned by the magazine ... Fortune, they shared for two months of the disastrous 36, the life of scarcity and dispossession of two families of sharecroppers in the southern United States, still under the hangover of the crisis of 29, leaving a lucid testimony of their world With enough modesty so as not to penetrate at any time the naked intimacy that those families offered them, emblem of the other America, that of the excluded.

There is another, this time a novel, "The Grapes of Wrath", referring to the same time and geography, in which its author, John Steinbeck, draws with a master hand a lucid and crude portrait of the long and endless march of the disinherited towards the promised land, California, leaving behind the aftershocks of the economic earthquake of 29, the misery in the very heart of opulence ... the failure of the "American dream".

And although there are no vaccines or magic solutions to stop the accelerated impoverishment of our societies that runs parallel to an accumulation of capital in the hands of a handful, as never before, there are alternatives, as it wanted to be, despite improvisation, his naivety, the lack of "professionalism", that hint of citizen revolt that lit up 2011, later devoured by "realpolitik", and that at least showed that underneath that scab of indifference, lassitude, resignation that seems to cover him Everything, they are agitated and they still live desires of resistance, utopia, struggle ... and at this point, my space is running out, why not apply the advice of Bandrés when he said slyly that to reach a lamppost sometimes you have to aim for the moon ... let's aim for the moon.

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