Mark Collins – Donald Trump, the People and Universal Suffrage Democracy–and Bertolt Brecht

Further to this post,

Terry Glavin on Trump and Why: “God help us all” or…

consider this:

Letter: Brecht dissolves the electorate

Neal Ascherson [a writer I rather like] writes: “After the East Berlin rising in 1953 [more here], Bertolt Brecht is supposed to have made the ironic suggestion that the Communist regime should dismiss the people and appoint a new one.” (“Are we the electorate they deserve?” 23 March [article here]). There’s no supposed about it. These words are to be found in one of Brecht’s most famous poems, “The Solution”:

“After the uprising of June 17th
The Secretary of the Authors’ Union
Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee
Which said that the people
Had forfeited the government’s confidence
And could only win it back
By redoubled labour. Wouldn’t it
Be simpler in that case if the government
Dissolved the people and
Elected another [emphasis added]?”

Philip Hoy
London N8

Bertolt Brecht. Earlier on now president-elect Trump and universal suffrage:

The Donald and Indiana: Truly All Over Now

As for this, omit the “under-assistant West Coast”–but keep the”just how sharp I am”:

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

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