Friday, June 10, 2011

#161 / A Demand

My discouragement with national politics in the Obama era may reflect my own failure (and our collective failure) to remember the words of W.E.B. DuBois:
…Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
To be honest, "remembering" these words is not enough. We need to act on the insight they convey.

Only dedicated political organizing, in which hundreds, and thousands, and tens of thousands of us put our own lives on the line, and give up our comfortable existences in an effort to change the world, will have any chance of modifying this nation's ever deeper march into militarism, or will make an effective challenge to this nation's continuing capitulation to the oil companies that are willing to destroy the natural world to make more money.

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