Revolutionary thought of the day, from a revolutionary American.Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go ten thousand miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated … . . . → Read More: wmtc: the greatest, forever. rest in power muhammad ali.
Revolutionary thought of the day: Scargill’s got the megaphone and he launces intae one ay his trademark rousin speeches that tingles the back ay ma neck. He talks about the rights ay working people, won through years of struggle, and how if we’re denied the right to strike and organise, then we’re really nae better . . . → Read More: wmtc: rtod
Revolutionary thought of the day: Hunger isn’t about the amount of food around. It’s about being able to afford and control that food. After all, the U.S. has more food than it knows what to do with, and still 50 million people are food insecure.
Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved and The Value . . . → Read More: wmtc: rtod
Revolutionary thought of the day: …if there is a reason for social movements to exist, it is not to accept dominant values as fixed and unchangeable but to offer other ways to live – to wage, and win, a battle of cultural worldviews. That means laying out a vision of the world that competes directly . . . → Read More: wmtc: rotd: this changes everything
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has an excellent essay in Time, something only a big-name writer can get away with in the mainstream media. Abdul-Jabbar names the stark truths behind the uprising in Ferguson, Missouri. And the mere fact that this appears on Time.com is reason for hope. This fist-shaking of everyone’s racial agenda distracts America from the . . . → Read More: wmtc: revolutionary thoughts of the day: kareem abdul-jabbar, the new yorker, howard zinn
Don’t you love it when everything comes together? It’s Let Them Stay Week 2014, I’m thinking about the US war resisters in Canada, and about war resistance in general. And I’m reading a terrific youth novel, Flight, by Sherman Alexie, both fast-paced and rich with insight and meaning. And I come upon this passage. And if . . . → Read More: wmtc: "in the midst of madness, one soldier has refused to participate": let them stay week, revolutionary thought of the day, and other coincidences
Revolutionary thought of the day: …something is significantly wrong with a creature that sacrifices its children’s lives to settle its differences.
Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay
Bob Herbert in Jacobin: I knew that the tributes would be pouring in immediately from around the world, and I also knew that most of them would try to do to Mandela what has been done to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: turn him into a lovable, platitudinous cardboard character whose commitment to . . . → Read More: wmtc: herbert: mandela and king were not warm and fuzzy, they were hard-core revolutionaries
“The time comes in the life of any nation when there remain only two choices – submit or fight.
That time has now come to South Africa.
We shall not submit and we have no choice but to hit back by all means in our power in defence of our people, our . . . → Read More: wmtc: nelson mandela, 1918-2013
Revolutionary thought of the day: This war is murder, this conquest is robbery… If this war be called patriotism then blessed be treason.
Clarence Darrow, 1898, on the Spanish-American war
Revolutionary thought of the day: No healthy democracy can endure when the most consequential acts of those in power remain secret and unaccountable.
Revolutionary thought of the day: I can’t stop looking at Rue, smaller than ever, a baby animal curled up in a nest of netting. I can’t bring myself to leave her like this. Past harm, but seeming utterly defenseless. To hate the boy from District 1, who also appears so vulnerable in death, seems inadequate. . . . → Read More: wmtc: rtod
Revolutionary thought of the day: Across the road at the sawmill smoke was coming out of the chimney and Anselmo could smell it blown toward him through the snow. The fascists are warm, he thought, and they are comfortable, and tomorrow night we will kill them. It is a strange thing and I do not . . . → Read More: wmtc: rtod
Revolutionary thought of the day: “Mankind. Ready to kill. I wonder how humanity managed to survive.”
“We overcame our instinct for violence.”
— Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk, “Spectre of the Gun“, Star Trek, original air date December 31, 1969
We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. And each time I learn the news, I react not as a president, but as anybody else would as a parent. And that was especially true today.
I know there’s not a parent in America who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that . . . → Read More: wmtc: rtod: children in pakistan are as important as children in connecticut
Revolutionary thought of the day, this one brought to you by one of the world’s more famous revolutionaries.A bayonet is a tool with a worker at both ends.Vladimir Ilyich Lenin . . . → Read More: wmtc: rtod
I spent the summer and fall of 2004 working on a Get Out The Vote campaign for the Democrats, not because they were my party of choice, but because I was angry at the prospect of another stolen election, and I wanted to make a difference in the popular vote numbers. After that election . . . → Read More: wmtc: rtod: i ain’t marching (to the u.s. polls) anymore
Revolutionary thought of the day: It is better to vote for what you want and not get it, than to vote for what you don’t want and get it.
Eugene V. Debs
Revolutionary thought of the day: I’d rather go to prison for desertion than kill a child by mistake.
Camilo Mejia, US War Resister
Revolutionary thought of the day: Remember when, in the wake of the 9/11 attack, the Patriot Act was controversial, held up as the symbolic face of Bush/Cheney radicalism and widely lamented as a threat to core American liberties and restraints on federal surveillance and detention powers? Yet now, the Patriot Act is quietly renewed every . . . → Read More: wmtc: rtod: extremism normalized