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05 November 2005


A Post too timely to wait till Monday


Everywhere in these days people have, in their mockery, ceased to understand that the true security is to be found in social solidarity rather than in isolated individual effort. But this terrible state of affairs must inevitably have an end, and all will suddenly understand how unnaturally they are separated from one another. It will be the spirit of the time, and people will marvel that they have sat so long in darkness without seeing the light... But, until then, we must keep the banner flying. Sometimes even if he has to do it alone, and his conduct seems to be crazy, a man must set an example, and so draw other souls out of their solitude, and spur them to some act of brotherly love, that the great idea may not die.

~Fyodor Dostoevsky, "The Brothers Karamazov"

From a Democracy Now interview with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez: "The U.S. people have a major role to play to save this planet. Because we're talking about the government. I was reading recently Noam Chomsky, I read him very frequently. And in one of his most recent books, Chomsky, whom I'd like to meet if anything to give him a handshake --and I've been reading him for a while--, says, in a book called Hegemony or Survival (something like what Rosa Luxemburg used to say, "socialism or barbarism:" either we change capitalism, or we're going back to the caveman) that there are two superpowers in this world. I was initially shocked by that idea, but I think he's right after all. And I think the key to save the world might be found there. One superpower is the U.S. government, and its military might --who can deny that?--, its technological power, its space power, its economic power, and so on. But what is the other superpower that could perhaps stop this government? That could even put an end to imperialism so we can have a true democracy to help the peoples of the world?"

"I believe that the U.S. people is the other superpower that Noam Chomsky is referring to. What is the other superpower? Public opinion. The peoples of the world. That's the other superpower. And the U.S. people have a major responsibility in saving the world. I do think that we're going to save the world. And I hope that you take part in this struggle in the same way we are doing today. And many other people, women and men in this country, in this soil."

People Have the Power

I was dreaming in my dreaming of an aspect bright and fair and my sleeping it was broken but my dream it lingered near in the form of shining valleys where the pure air recognized and my senses newly opened I awakened to the cry that the people have the power to redeem the work of fools upon the meek the graces shower it's decreed the people rule

The people have the power The people have the power The people have the power The people have the power

Vengeful aspects became suspect and bending low as if to hear and the armies ceased advancing because the people had their ear and the shepherds and the soldiers lay beneath the stars exchanging visions and laying arms to waste in the dust in the form of shining valleys where the pure air recognized and my senses newly opened I awakened to the cry

People have the power ...

Where there were deserts I saw fountains like cream the waters rise and we strolled there together with none to laugh or criticize and the leopard and the lamb lay together truly bound I was hoping in my hoping to recall what I had found I was dreaming in my dreaming god knows a purer view as I surrender to my sleeping I commit my dream to you

People have the power ...

The power to dream to rule to wrestle the world from fools it's decreed the people rule it's decreed the people rule

LISTEN I believe everything we dream can come to pass through our union we can turn the world around we can turn the earth's revolution we have the power

People have the power ...

~Patti Smith
My thanks to Jen from DonkeyOD for guest blogging.

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