June 7, 2008
The Quote of the Week. In this era of MySpace and YouTube the spoken word remains the most powerful instrument of persuasion and the weapon capable of wreaking the most havoc upon one’s enemies. I’ve acquired a few lately about which the less said the better.
Every week I’ll be posting a quote I feel applies to our current situation in some way. A quote, as many do, which still rings with the truth in which it was forged. Still glows from the fire of conflict in which it was tempered. Life is conflict. Life is struggle to to admit defeat is to die.
Here’s this week’s:
Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want
rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may
be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never
June 7, 2008
Way back when Edwards was still in the running I used to try and talk about this issue. Nobody cared. It was all about ID politics and the wonderfulness of a woman and a black man running for President. Well, we got that out of the way. Now what?
Are we gonna keep on with our ‘national dialogue about race..’ maybe tack on the word ‘gender’ to that? Before you all start clapping and cheering check this out:
‘But only 7% of US households earn more than $150,000; only 18% earn more than $100,000; more than 50% earn under $50,000 (7). Once you have Democrats who consider people on $200,000 as middle class and in need of tax relief, you don’t need Republicans any more. Clinton and Obama are the emblems of a liberalism which has made its peace with a political ethics that will combat racist and sexist inequalities, while almost ignoring inequalities that stem not from discrimination but from exploitation. The candidates’ death match prominently features charges of racism and sexism.’
That’s from an article by Walter Benn Michaels is professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago you can read here……..
Next time we will be talking about GINI, that’s not a person and ‘she’s’ not gonna be Obama’s Veep, what it is and why you aren’t happy with the way things feel.