'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

An Anarchist View of Elections 

A good, concise statement by Carlos Fierro.

An excerpt:

We don’t need another Lincoln, or an Obama; what we need is more Fredrick Douglasses and Harriet Beecher Stowes. We need more Martin Luther Kings, Big Bill Haywoods, and Helen Kellers. We don’t need more FDRs, we need more Eugene Debs. We don’t need more JFKs, we need more Philip Berrigans. We don’t need to look to great men to lead us to the promised land, we need to recognize the power that we, the nameless and “the powerless,” possess when we assert our power rather than make assertions of faith directed at the great leader myths.

Again, the short article is worth reading in its entirety. I do find it curious, though, that Fierro left out John Brown and even the Wobblies. Perhaps, he has pacifist inclinations.

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