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  •  honestly, I do not think that we need so called (17+ / 0-)

    leaders to fight for us. I would rather that organisation begins at the grass-roots level and that we build a movement to pressurise our so-called political leaders. If we had waited for a leader to emerge from our political "leaders", we would never have had the development of the social welfare state (that our political leaders seem hell-bent on destroying), civil and voting rights legislation, workers' right protections and laws. It is due to the pressure that the movement put on them that forced our "political leaders" to bend their knees towards any reforms in this system.

    look at the triangle shirtwaist factory fire, those strikes prior to the fire and then 100,000 people at the funeral were very compelling and threatening and forced them into reform; the existence of an alternative in socialism and communism and a strong political movement forced the introduction of the social welfare state, the civil rights movement forced them to introduce changes to voting rights legislation and caused the overturn of plessy vs ferguson (supreme court justices were not oblivious to the movement of society and people).

    History always repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, and the second time as farce. Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

    by NY brit expat on Sun Mar 20, 2011 at 06:22:17 PM PDT

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