# Brecht on art and politics by Brecht, Bertolt; Bradley, Laura J. R.; Brecht, Bertolt;

By Brecht, Bertolt; Bradley, Laura J. R.; Brecht, Bertolt; Giles, Steve; Kuhn, Tom

"A guy with one thought is misplaced. He should have a number of, 4, many! He needs to stuff them in his wallet like newspapers, continuously the latest, you could reside good among them, you could reside simply among the theories."-Bertolt Brecht, 1920

"Brecht manages as a Marxist comic to mix a very delicate nostril for the imperfect, unfinished country of human affairs with the main resolute progressive dedication. In an epoch like our personal, whilst those strategies became more and more polarized and unique, Brecht deals a no longer inconsiderable lesson."-Terry Eagleton

"Brecht's suggestion is current in all places at the present time with no bearing his identify and with out our being conscious of it."-Fredric Jameson

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A few literati, anxiously orientated to left or right, put together texts which were based on the calculation that a simple lack of intelligence is enough to make plays comprehensible. Typically, they presented themselves to the proletariat as 'the new', as themselves, or else they believed that 'literary feeling' is the feeling which foments revolutions. A harmless mistake. Altogether, the defining characteristic of all these efforts, from left to right, is a harmlessness which is bound to irritate any normal human being.

It invented microscopes in order to make chaos out of an orderly, touchingly harmonious drop of water. I am perfectly aware that people would prefer not to read the word chaos quite so often. Some of our friends - naturally they 43 B R E C H T ON ART A N D P O L I T I C S were the influential ones - had their work cut out proving to the public that we were just beginning to emerge from chaotic conditions. Actually, this was a well-intentioned concession to the forces of reaction, and there was no real reason for calm.

The 23 B R E C H T ON ART A N D P O L I T I C S teacher is someone who presumes to know something just because he enjoys the promise of being a know-a/J, who teaches and is therefore unteachable, who never loves anything as it is, but always thinks that he could do everything better. The serpent in Paradise was the first teacher; it wanted to 'teach' mankind what is good. Amongst the ranks of teachers we alsofindthe revolutionaries, that is to say the minor revolutionaries, those who are currently getting rid of the Kaiser and introducing Communism, and their conservative opponents are teachers too.