When we said “it is not the role of the intellectual in the revolutionary struggle to talk,” we sounded as though we were simply repeating the militant cliché that too much thinking makes it impossible to act.
This is not what we meant then.
And it’s not what we say now.
Because, as Lenin teaches us, the role of the intellectual in the revolutionary struggle always depends upon specific historical and material circumstances.
In other words, there is a time to act and a time to think.
So before we end the show, we have to work out which time we are in now.
And which time we were in then.
The hit single released on February 26, 2016, “Rinse and Repeat” by Riton with Kah Lo presents its listeners with two different times.
There is a time to make the club go up and there is a time to shut the club down.
What is strange is that the second time seems to follow immediately upon the first, leaving no time for the club to be up before it is shut down.
No time, that is, for the song itself to happen.
And yet, the song happens.
It just goes on.
This suggests that because there had been a time for the club to be up, the song will always have been able to happen in that time, even if that time has been replaced by the time that comes after the club has been shut down.
The fact that the club has been shut down does not mean that the song cannot have happened during the time in which the club was up.
On the one hand there is no time for the song to happen because the club is taken down as soon as it taken up.
On the other hand, it is quite clear that the song happens.
What about now? Is the club up or is the club down?
Here we are now. This is the present.
The Greek government failed to resist the austerity measures demanded by the Troika with devastating consequences for millions of Greek citizens, a majority of whom voted against those measures in the referendum of July 4, 2016.
This failure has led to many people feeling that Syriza’s victory is no longer quite the best news in some considerable time.
They allow the future of the past (which is to say, the present, now) to change how they ought to have felt in the past, about events happening in the present, then.
We see it differently.
We still feel, in the past, that this is quite the best news in some considerable time.
We feel this in the present.
We feel the club is still up even if the club’s been shut down...