Tuesday, August 22, 2006

A Quote II


"This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned towards the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angle would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. This storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress."


Benjamin of the Frankfurt School, cited in Perry Anderson (1979) Considerations on Western Marxism. Redwood Burn Ltd,: London, p 90. For a discussion on Anderson’s book, see Chapter 1, Chapter 2 and Chapter 3.

4 comments:

Frank Partisan said...

Really nice post.

I enjoyed scanning your blog. It is great that you are able to report, on the country of the Sandinistas.

Sontín said...

Thank you Renegade Eye. I am glad you enjoyed the blog.

Frank Partisan said...

I'm returning the favor, and will link to you.

I hope you'll visit my blog. I also hope you'll post more often.

Sontín said...

Thank you, and I enjoyed visiting your blog.

I unfortunately have little time to post between family, work, school, daily electricity blackouts, and frequent internet service failures .. I try to post at least once a month though.