When Adam delved and Eve span, Who was then the gentleman? From the beginning all men by nature were created alike, and our bondage or servitude came in by the unjust oppression of naughty men. For if God would have had any bondmen from the beginning, he would have appointed who should be bond, and who free. And therefore I exhort you to consider that now the time is come, appointed to us by God, in which ye may (if ye will) cast off the yoke of bondage, and recover liberty.
John Ball was hanged, drawn, and quartered for giving that sermon during the Peasant’s Revolt of 1381.
Seven centuries later, we can say the words and keep our heads at least. But, damn, it feels like we’ve come little further.
Our society is still premised on the idea that an elite few are better than the rest of us and our institutions work to preserve their privilege.
We’ve got a Parliament where a majority of ‘our’ representatives will vote for the idea that a person can do the same work with the same skill but be paid less because of what kind of person they are, not the work they do.
And the choice to change is still ours.
A start would be the parties of the Left remembering that they are and must be parties of the masses, not parties ‘for’ the masses but run by the elite.