This is from Jeffrey St Clair’s “Roaming Charges” column over at Counterpunch [cp]
We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
I recently listened to the audiobook version of a series of lectures and Q&A with Noam Chomsky. If you have problems with being depressed into immobility by world politics and economics, I don’t recommend it. This is a sort-of review of the audiobook, with some comments by me and some quotes, and I plan to, over time, post a few passages from it.
It would be embarrassing to try to comment on James Baldwin; he’s so brilliant, so articulate, so absolutely ruthless, and so fucking right.
Hanna Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism has been widely quoted, lately. To say it’s interesting is an understatement, but I have long felt that she’s over-generalizing the commonalities between Stalinism and Hitlerism.
I’m looking at you, Barack and Joe. From Howard Zinn’s speech on “The Southern Influence in Politics” (1963)
From The Way of Chuang-Tzu, translated/assembled by Thomas Merton.
From Malcolm X’s “The Ballot or The Bullet” speech: