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Iverson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-31-03 05:41 AM
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MLK quote: unacceptably far left?
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Your opinions, please, as to whether these words from 1966 are safe today or whether they represent political suicide. I happen to think that they're fine, but I say so knowing that I am not in the mainstream.
Thank you in advance.

"The new era of abundance finds us not only with proliferating ghettos, but it finds us enmeshed in confused commitments and distorted values. Our confusion can be illustrated by an unanswered question. Are we more concerned with the size, power, and wealth of our society, or with creating a more just society? The failure to pursue justice is not only a moral default. Without it, social tensions will grow and the recurring turbulence in the streets will persist despite disapproval or repressive action. Even more, a withered sense of justice in an expanding society leads to corruption of the lives of all Americans. All too many of those who live in affluent America ignore those who exist in poor America. In doing so, the affluent Americans will eventually have to face themselves with the question that Eichmann chose to ignore: How responsible am I for the well-being of my fellows? To ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it. "


"In still another area the expenditure of resources knows no restraints--here, our abundance is fully recognized and enthusiastically squandered. This is the waste of war. While the antipoverty program is cautiously initiated, zealously supervised, and evaluated for immediate results, billions are liberally expended for ill-considered warfare. The recently revealed misestimate of the war budget amounts to $10 billion for a single year. The error alone is more than five times the amount committed to antipoverty programs.

The security we profess to seek in foreign adventures, we will lose in our decaying cities. The bombs in Vietnam explode at home--they destroy the hopes and possibilities for a decent America."

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  -MLK quote: unacceptably far left? Iverson  Oct-31-03 05:41 AM   #0 
  - These words were never 'safe.'  dbt   Oct-31-03 05:48 AM   #1 
  - Thanks for posting this. eloquent.  loudnclear   Oct-31-03 06:00 AM   #3 
     - Exactly !!! - And BTW, When Did The Truth Become 'Far Left' ???  WillyT   Oct-31-03 06:07 AM   #5 
        - When lies become government policy.  baldguy   Oct-31-03 06:20 AM   #6 
           - True.  WillyT   Oct-31-03 06:23 AM   #7 
              - True  G_j   Oct-31-03 07:03 AM   #9 
  - No  La_Serpiente   Oct-31-03 05:59 AM   #2 
  - Remember that Paul Robeson thread?  Iverson   Oct-31-03 06:05 AM   #4 
     - Would someone re-post it or link to the Robeson statement, please  loudnclear   Nov-01-03 06:59 AM   #45 
        - Here you go!  prolesunited   Nov-01-03 08:53 AM   #47 
  - About as far left as Cuomo's...  TreasonousBastard   Oct-31-03 06:29 AM   #8 
  - I hope so too.  Iverson   Oct-31-03 07:17 AM   #10 
  - It's hard to admit that our country has been living a lie...  Q   Oct-31-03 07:27 AM   #11 
  - It sickens me...  Michael Harrington   Oct-31-03 07:34 AM   #12 
  - True.  JanMichael   Oct-31-03 08:33 AM   #17 
  - The truth is timeless  Lurking_Argyle   Oct-31-03 07:36 AM   #13 
  - It's the spirit we've lost  Armstead   Oct-31-03 07:39 AM   #14 
  - What is interesting to note  prolesunited   Oct-31-03 08:06 AM   #15 
  - Thanks...  SeattleRob   Oct-31-03 12:47 PM   #24 
  - I agree  prolesunited   Oct-31-03 01:07 PM   #27 
  - "He didn't become 'dangerous' til he started advocating social justice"  Mairead   Oct-31-03 12:54 PM   #26 
  - It seems as if we've been locked in time.  JanMichael   Oct-31-03 08:30 AM   #16 
  - a modest kick  Iverson   Oct-31-03 09:14 AM   #18 
  - and another  Iverson   Oct-31-03 12:13 PM   #19 
  - MLK wasn't a politician  sangh0   Oct-31-03 12:17 PM   #20 
  - sure, but how about the question of the thread.  Iverson   Oct-31-03 12:27 PM   #22 
     - Sure  sangh0   Oct-31-03 12:50 PM   #25 
  - Gotta read the 'Beyond Vietnam' speech too  htuttle   Oct-31-03 12:26 PM   #21 
  - a welcome quote  Iverson   Oct-31-03 12:28 PM   #23 
  - Its not too far left, its just empty  Nederland   Oct-31-03 01:13 PM   #28 
  - Not empty  Armstead   Oct-31-03 01:27 PM   #29 
  - There is a reason for this...  Nederland   Oct-31-03 01:42 PM   #30 
     - We need to be reminded  Armstead   Oct-31-03 02:19 PM   #33 
  - a curious response  Iverson   Oct-31-03 02:33 PM   #34 
  - Just answering the question...  Nederland   Oct-31-03 05:22 PM   #36 
  - The money wasn't transfered to the poor  SeattleRob   Oct-31-03 03:29 PM   #35 
  - Life After Vietnam  Nederland   Oct-31-03 05:32 PM   #37 
     - HUH?  camero   Nov-01-03 06:03 AM   #44 
  - Your analysis  kenzee13   Oct-31-03 06:02 PM   #39 
  - Looks fine to me.....  sgr2   Oct-31-03 02:07 PM   #31 
  - Cheer on the Vietnamese resistance...  Isome   Oct-31-03 05:38 PM   #38 
     - Yeah, I did, did you?  sgr2   Nov-01-03 07:00 AM   #46 
  - How about you speak the truth, and say to hell with whats "popular"  Selwynn   Oct-31-03 02:09 PM   #32 
  - If we had Democrats  kenzee13   Oct-31-03 06:09 PM   #40 
  - I liked this thread  prolesunited   Nov-01-03 12:39 AM   #41 
  - How can....  Ani Yun Wiya   Nov-01-03 01:42 AM   #42 
  - I am DYING for someone to speak truth like this without apology...  Selwynn   Nov-01-03 02:34 AM   #43 
  - Sunday morning kick  Iverson   Nov-02-03 05:20 AM   #48 

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