Friday, July 6, 2012

The Privilege To Do the Right Thing

GUEST: David Swanson, press secretary for Kucinich's 2004 presidential run, co-founder of After Downing Street, and author of War is a Lie, talked about media and social activism.

We started with a heavy discussion: why keep working when the system is set up to resist any real change? David expressed something that I had heard Daniel Berrigan say in Dutchess County 15 years ago. When asked by a minister about why he worked so hard when the chances of success were so small, he answered, "I have been given the privilege to do the right thing in my life."

Perhaps outcomes are a tyranny imposed by our neoliberal world on all political strivings, as if the ends always justified the efforts. But in creating a better world, our everyday efforts are all we have to give our lives meaning. And as the world faces the catastrophe of global warming, is there really another choice for someone who isn't a psychopath? Get filthy rich and kiss your grandchildren goodby?

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