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Monday, 21 January 2013

Liberals, Labour and MLK...

Martin Luther King on white liberals from his Letter from a Birmingham Jail:

"First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.”

Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection."

...and this is the danger that Liberal Democrats pose in the present coalition government towards the working class and the poor in our struggle against the Tories, though I firmly believe that the Labour Party have also made a negative peace with Neo Liberalism.

How do we move from progressive society being stymied by these economic Chamberlain-esque patsies?  Certainly in my opinion in Scotland a YES vote will create a new politics British Isles wide.  

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