Class political consciousness can be brought to the workers only from without, that is, noly from outside the economic struggle, from outside teh sphere of relations between workers and employers.
It is not enought to explain to the workers that they are politically oppressed. Agitation must be conducated with regard to every concrete example of this oppression.
Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
“We are sorry for the inconvenience, but this is a revolution.”
— Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos
When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes.
How’s an intelligent person supposed to react when he discovers that he’s merely the product of a corrupt and evil system? How do you continue to live after you learn that your every breath, every dollar you pay in taxes, every baby you conceive and love will only perpetuate some evil system?
“Feminism isn’t about the elimination of all things traditionally feminine,” she exclaimed to the footman with some exasperation.
This made me smile.
If violence is wrong in America, violence is wrong abroad. If it’s wrong to be violent defending black women and black children and black babies and black men, then it’s wrong for America to draft us and make us violent abroad in defense of her. And if it is right for America to draft us, and teach us how to be violent in defense of her, then it is right for you and me to do whatever is necessary to defend our own people right here in this country.
To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating our enemy is provided by the enemy itself. If we know the enemy and know our self we need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If we know our self, but not the enemy, for every victory gained we will also suffer a defeat. If we know neither the enemy nor our self, we will succumb in every battle
“The only way to police a ghetto is to be oppressive… They represent the force of the white world, and that world’s criminal profit and ease, to keep the Black man corralled up here, in his place. The badge, the gun in the holster, and the swinging club make vivid what will happen should his rebellion become overt… He [the cop] moves through Harlem, therefore, like an occupying soldier in a bitterly hostile country, which is precisely what, and where he is, and is the reason he walks in twos and threes”.
— James Baldwin, ‘Nobody Knows My Name’