I am amused to find that each time a major controversial figure dies readership to this blog increases by many hundreds of percent for a few days. Hundreds, thousands and– directly following the killing of Osama Bin Laden–tens of thousands of people come to these pages looking for the original text of something that Martin Luther King Jr. did not exactly actually say.
What was said goes like this
“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.
‘Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.’ MLK jr” [click for link to full story]
The part which I have shown in bold face was said not by anyone hitherto famous, but rather buy a young woman possessing obvious intelligence, integrity and compassion. Her name is Jessica Dovey. Her thoughts were originally expressed to her friends on Facebook immediately following the death of Osama Bin Laden in the context of spontaneous public celebrations following President Barack Obama’s triumphal announcement of the killing of imperial America’s vowed arch enemy. As will happen her words were merged with those of Dr. King, whom she quoted accurately. The back story on this can be found by clicking on the hyperlink of the text above.
The difference between the situations of the deaths of Thatcher versus that of Bin Laden should be obvious enough. Bin Laden, the arch terrorist and reactionary anarchist was hunted down by two successive administrations of the most powerful military empire in known history. Thatcher lived to the ripe age of 87 and died in material comfort, a bronze statue of her likeness already standing in the house of the British parliament at the time of her death. She was a towering figure in bourgeois politics in the country that, having been fertilized by the Dutch, gave birth to the bourgeoisie.
As for myself I shall neither rejoice nor morn. I am not convinced that Madam Thatcher represented any greater threat to the social interests of the working class than did Tony Blair. She filled her role and represented efficiently the interests of those whom she was charged to represent. Those of us who would see a different world must let go of the idea that we are betrayed by the agents of capital and rather fight to represent ourselves and thus to shape the world as we would have it. What was received from Thatcher is what should have been expected.