Saturday, December 12, 2009

Quote for the Day

This from Viggo Mortensen, with whom I fell in love while watching The Lord of the Rings:
As Howard Zinn has often pointed out, history told from above -- from the standpoint of generals and kings and presidents -- encourages passivity, a sense of helplessness. In this version of history, "great men" make history, not ordinary people. But looked at from below, history has another lesson. Whenever change as happened, it has been through protest, dissent, struggle, social movements, ordinary people picketing, striking, boycotting, sitting down, sitting in. All this means that we make history, history is effected by our everyday decisions.


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