Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Oral history: Studs Terkel on Hope and Activism: "There's a Swahili warrior song that I like: 'Life has meaning only in the struggle / Triumph and defeats are up to the gods / So let us celebrate the struggle.' ... Thirty-something years ago, when I was first here as a young farmworker, I heard a labor song, and it talked about how freedom is a hard-won thing, and it said that every generation has to win it again... "

Sentiments such as these remind me of a phrase used by early Australian georgists, 'you have to keep up the fight against injustice even though there's no hope of winning'.

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