The Last Wish of Martin Luther King

Dr. King showed most profoundly that in an interdependent world, lasting power grows against the grain of violence, not with it. Both the cold war and South African apartheid ended to the strains of “We Shall Overcome,” defying all preparations for Armageddon. The civil rights movement remains a model for new democracy, sadly neglected in its own birthplace. In Iraq today, we are stuck on the Vietnam model instead. There is no more salient or neglected field of study than the relationship between power and violence.

We recoil from nonviolence at our peril. Dr. King rightly saw it at the heart of democracy. Our nation is a great cathedral of votes — votes not only for Congress and for president, but also votes on Supreme Court decisions and on countless juries. Votes govern the boards of great corporations and tiny charities alike. Visibly and invisibly, everything runs on votes. And every vote is nothing but a piece of nonviolence.

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Published in: on April 6, 2008 at 8:05 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Apertheid ended in glory, it has faded though, FAST.

    Even the blacks are saying apartheid was better than the chaos they have now.

    The ANC government has failed dismally, and murder, rape, poverty and disease are what they have to offer the world.

    While i am a Martin Luther King admirer, both the man and his policies, he would be disgusted at what his “brothers” have created, and continue to perpetuate.

    Apartheid racism had nothing on the current racism of the ANC. King would have been horrified.


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