With All Your Might
Wealth and Scum

By Bert Papenfuß

Translation Andrew Duncan

With All Your Might

Ignoring the fact
that I am not interested
in what doesn’t interest me,
it does not interest me
what people know.
It can’t amount to much.
What they think they know
is simply what they’re familiar with,
and that only barely.
What interests me
is what people believe.
With all their might
and if you like with all their violence.

Ignoring the fact
that I am not interested
in what doesn’t interest me,
what gets my interest going
is what people still believe in.
It can’t amount to much.
Whoever carries everything on his back
should rear up and unload
what he hates, and keep what suits him.
With a bit of basic science
you come to have a conscience.
With all your might, individual protest,
and if you like with all your violence.

On the contrary, ignoring the fact
that I am not interested
in what doesn’t interest me,
what especially interests me
is what people steal.
They should snatch up
what has been casually, unjustly
allotted to bureaucrats.
Let court eunuchs ingest
what crawled out of their arses.
Property should remain in theft
With all our might, with a crowd surge,
and if you like with all our violence.

 

Wealth and Scum

Wealth makes you greedy. Those who cultivate greed,
seal themselves off, give out commands, martyr others,
persecute themselves, and gradually die out.
Those who pile up wealth, have lots of company,
especially the uninvited. Those who want to prevent this,
should at least arrange for equal distribution.

The scum must be trampled down,
degraded and knocked about,
must be sent out into the cold,
to freeze to death. Let it happen to the scum,
what the scum organises consciously or not.
Let justice be done. Theft is an obligation.

Politics has run down, is rightfully
discredited, and in the final analysis always on the Right;
there is no more Left politics. Left criticism of capital
is only the forerunner of an effective economics.
So-called Left politics is opportunistic tacking
on the long march to a Left economy.

The scum must be trampled down,
degraded and knocked about,
must be sent out into the cold,
to freeze to death. Let it happen to the scum,
what the scum organises consciously or not.
Let justice be done. Theft is an obligation.

Wealth and scum are steering towards decline,
and it’s not in the short or the long run, but suddenly
and unexpectedly that the cruise ship runs aground.
the quick route leads via uprising directly
to nationalisation, the stew pot and sweetmeats.
The mutineers have their seats on the lifeboats.