Agitation: The Essence of Democracy
There is a tendency among some people to be let’s face it, lazy. We want things delivered instantly to our doorstep. That may work for pizza but that’s not the way social change happens. It’s instructive to heed the words of Frederick Douglass, the great 19th century African American freedom fighter, who said, “If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation…want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, writer and public speaker. He is noted for his biting wit. He says he battles the powers that be on behalf of the powers that ought to be. His daily radio commentaries are carried on many stations. The Hightower Lowdown is his award-winning newsletter. He is the author of Thieves in High Places and Swim Against the Current.