что делать? What is to be done? One of the ‘accursed questions’ of nineteenth century Russian philosophy, art and literature (because the politicians wouldn’t address the immediate problems of society or allow the dissenters to speak – as today…)
So Chernyshevsky wrote his novel: что делать? What is to be done?
which became Lenin’s favourite novel…and we all know what happened thereafter…
I’d always hoped that QUESTION would become redundant, after all, I would never propose violence as any solution to society’s travails – but always supposed that were we to carry on with the agenda begun by Pinochet, Thatcher and Reagan, that is where we might end up. Such a conclusion remains to be seen. Let us hope it doesn’t happen. Despite a lack of movement round about now.