Sent Forth to Die in a Happy City

In “The Plague,” Camus’ theme was fascism.

The final paragraph in that book surely resonates with the news today and the deeply pernicious way fascism takes root in a culture:

He knew what those jubilant crowds did not know but could have learned from books: that the plague bacillus never dies or disappears for good; that it can lie dormant for years and years in furniture and linin-chests; that it bides its time in bedrooms, cellars, trunks and bookshelves; and that perhaps the day would come when, for the bane and the enlightening of men, it would rouse up its rats again and send them forth to die in a happy city.

German fascism was not just about Hitler. Russian fascism is not just about Putin. American fascism is not just about Trump.

Published by Dwight Furrow

Wine, food, and travel writing, philosophy, aesthetics

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