Radicalization / by Chris Hall

I never wanted to be radical.  I wanted to be middle of the road Average Joe.  But the world made me this way.  I don’t like it.  Partisan politics has a way of making a person ugly.  Rather, I would have liked to make an art all people can get into, something more sympathetic to the human condition.  

Governments come and go, but the human condition, emotions, life and death, these struggles are eternal.  

But there is this thing called injustice, and I and many others have suffered duly from it.  You can only suffer so much before you become radicalized.  I love my country, but I hate my government, which has transformed itself into a plutocracy.  There are other problems, too:  sexism, racism, homophobia, moral hypocrisies . . . I refuse to stand by on the sidelines any longer when I feel that I can effect some kind of change.  

Frida Kahlo, Marxism Will Give Health to the Sick, 1956

Frida Kahlo, Marxism Will Give Health to the Sick, 1956