70 years ago today Sophie Scholl was murdered by the state. She was caught distributing a leaflet at Munich University, where she was a student, condemning Hitler and the war. She was a member of the non-violent resistance group, ‘Die weisse Rose’: The White Rose. She was brought to trial on the 22nd of February 1943, convicted of treason, and beheaded that afternoon. She was 21. Her last words were:
What do you mean how did they get away with it?
History isn’t one straight line progressing towards a liberal society.
Look how much Americans attitudes have changed between 1980 and today. 1980 was the first time most very religious people voted, they abstained before that at the behest of their churches. Now they dictate policy at every election.
In my family photo album there are pictures from the 20s of a woman called ‘uncle bob’. She dressed in men’s clothing, and had a ‘companion’. This was a rough industrial town, they were working class, nobody cared. It was her business.
This is why politics is important - the moment you think everything is better today than it was in the past, you let other people take control of the direction society goes in - with you sitting back presuming we’re going forwards.