When is it OK to fight back?
Black Lives Matter and Me Too, are the most recent manifestations of the hard truth. Western style Democracies are not able to police themselves. Don’t get started on the human rights problems in the rest of the world. So, the question is – if our governments can’t or won’t protect us, when is it reasonable to begin to protect ourselves?
Some countries have a rape culture, which is why women form vigilante groups for protection and retribution. In GB it is impossible to get big business to accept moral or legal responsibility for their actions so, 3 years after the cladding catastrophe in London, residents of dangerous apartments in cities such as Manchester are still living in tinderbox high rise blocks, facing bankruptcy if they try to pay for the necessary work to be carried out. Thus, they are forced to live in dangerous, unsellable apartments. The architects/building companies have either disappeared or will prevaricate until the taxpayer picks up the tab. I predict that no one will go to jail for corporate manslaughter. The culture here is – privatise the profits, socialise the losses.
My book, The Last Stop (or Endstation in the German translation) picks up the point and asks when is it justified for the exploited to fight back. I might just predate Virginie Despentes. Her book, now a violent film, Baise-Moi, is probably too violent for me to watch. I will stop after a few minutes so Despentes’s excesses might be counter productive. If one needs so many health warnings, then only the sick and deranged will find it entertaining. The rest of us will never get the point of getting the point.
And so it was with The Last Stop. My editor advised me to keep the humour. ‘But it isn’t supposed to be funny,’ I protested.
‘Yes Clive. I know. But at least it is fun to read and won’t depress your public.’
Good point. If I need humour to get my readers to the point where they get the point, so be it. I left the humour.