MACHIAVELLI FORGOTTEN

Yesterday extreme centrists surpassed themselves.
Such a denial of responsibility,
Beyond Blair’s propensity to spin history.
One after another acclamations rained down.
Self congratulations for the Party’s good work
In Afghanistan, where people needed their help.
Reality meaningless when America
Has pulled the plug on global never ending war.
The use of force to impose ideology
Inextricably bound to failure in long run.
Weaponising of western liberalism
A patronising folly of rotten judgement.
Untold gallons of blood, shed year in, and year out,
As arms entrepreneurs revelled in abandon.
Corrupt political privateers filled their boots,
Whilst social experiments ran onto the rocks.
Outside of urban elites poverty prevailed,
Propaganda victory handed on a plate.
These days imperialists watch too much telly,
They’ve forgotten to read their Machiavelli.
Regime change comes not from capitalist steeple,
Usually it stems from the heart of the people.

Harry Rogers in The Red Bedroom, 19th August 2021.

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