“There are no shortcuts to changing the system” “When they distort  articles I have written…” “We just have to stop looking to our ‘leaders’ and start looking to each other” “Most of us are poor” “You will not liberate yourselves by toppling a puppet government” “There is possibly nothing more alienating than violence” “No one owns ideas”

“There are no shortcuts to changing the system”

Real revolution; real change, will not happen by a dramatic event, or a spontaneous transformation. The actual process of change is not only long, but often tedious, frustrating, and even boring...

“When they distort articles I have written…”

they cannot prevent people from reading what the articles actually say, which bears no resemblance to their allegations...

“We just have to stop looking to our ‘leaders’ and start looking to each other”

There is an underlying unity in our conditions and aspirations which it takes great skill to make us overlook...

“Most of us are poor”

Most of us are exploited. Most of us are struggling. We are the overwhelming majority...

“You will not liberate yourselves by toppling a puppet government”

The strings that control it will simply be attached to the next government you install...

“There is possibly nothing more alienating than violence”

Even if you are advocating perfectly justifiable grievances, even if you are promoting the most virtuous of ideas; if you pursue your goals through violence, even the people you intend to help will distance themselves from you...

“No one owns ideas”

If you understand it, it is yours as much as mine. If you can see something through the fog and I can’t, and you point it out to me, the thing you are pointing to doesn’t belong to either of us, it just IS...