To those capitalists “good doers”

Bertolt Brecht provided an answer in his poem ‘The Interrogation of the Good’:

Step forward: we hear that you are a good man.

You cannot be bought, but the lightning which strikes the house, also cannot be bought.

You hold to what you said.

But what did you say?

You are honest, you say your opinion.

Which opinion?

You are brave.

Against whom?

You are wise.

For whom?

You do not consider your personal advantages.

Whose advantages do you consider then?

You are a good friend.

Are you also a good friend of the good people?

 

Hear us then: we know

You are our enemy. this is why we shall now put you in front of a wall.

But in consideration of your merits and good qualities

We shall put you in front of a good wall and shoot you

With a good bullet from a good gun and bury you

With a good shovel in the good earth.

 

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