from War in Val D’Orcia

The general discontent finds open expression in every class, from the senator to the taxi-driver. Every night the streets of Rome are placarded with posters or strewn with pamphlets saying ‘Fascism must go’. Everyone cries ‘How long, oh Lord, how long?’; everyone says quite openly: ‘It is Fascism that has brought us to this.’ But still it is all talk; no one will take a risk, or a responsibility. […] In the towns, in the country, the key-note is apathy. And everywhere, talk, talk, talk, and no action. Resentment without a sense of responsibility

– Iris Origo. War in Val D’Orcia. 1947

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