A long-term view

This post from April 13, 2003 seems more relevant than ever.

“I was listening to Alternative Radio yesterday on KPFK, with host David Barsamian interviewing Noam Chomsky on the current Iraq invasion.

Barsamian asked Chomsky, “Many people ask, what can we do? How would you answer that?”.

Chomsky’s reply was fascinating. He said he travels worldwide, meeting many different kinds of people. He said when he’s speaking with campensinos in Mexico or labor organizers in a third world county, they never ask, what can we do? Instead, they tell HIM what they ARE doing.

It’s only elites in highly technological countries, he continued, who ask, what can we do, hoping for some quick fix so they can get back to the normal routine of their lives. The campesinos know better than that, they know struggles like this require long term dedication.”

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