of the oppressed teaches us that the ‘state of emergency' in which we
live is not the exception but the rule...There is no document of civilization
which is not at the same time a document of barbarism. And just as such
a document is not free of barbarism, barbarism taints also the manner
in which it was transmitted from one owner to another. A historical materialist
therefore dissociates himself from it as far as possible. He regards it
as his task to brush history against the grain."