On The Silenced Majority

I recently finished reading The Silenced Majority – Stories of Uprising, Occupations, Resistance, And Hope by Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan. I had obtained this book after attending the authors live giving a speech about it.

Below are key excerpts from the book that I found particularly insightful:

1- “Ben Bagdikian – The media conglomerates are not the only industry whose owners have become monopolistic in the American economy. But media products are unique in one vital respect. They do not manufacture nuts and bolts: they manufacture a social and political world.”

2- “Mohamed Nasheed – It’s easy to beat a dictator, but it’s not so easy to get rid of a dictatorship. The networks, the intricacies, the institutions and everything that the dictatorship has established remains, even after the elections.”

3- “Taniguchi – Nuclear power and mankind cannot coexist. We survivors of the atomic bomb have said this all along. And yet, the use of nuclear power was camouflaged as “peaceful” and continued to progress. You never know when there’s going to be natural disaster. You can never say that there will never be a nuclear accident.”

4- “The election of Barack Obama, the son of an African, was a historic moment in the fight against racism. But unless U.S. cours are open to addressing wrongs, past and present, corporations will still feel free to go abroad and profit from racist and repressive policies.”

5- “People who are against hate are not a fringe minority, not even a silent majority. They are silenced by the chattering classes, who are driving this debate throughout the media.”

6- “Anaya Roy – In this context of inequality, one doesn’t need radical instruments of redistribution. One only needs a few things, like decent public education or access to health care or some sort of reasonable approach that says enough of this massive spending on war.”

7- “David Graeber – Debts between the very wealthy or between governments can always be renegotiated and always have been throughout world history…It’s when you have debts owed by the poor to the rich that suddenly debts become a sacred obligation, more important than anything else. The idea of renegotiating them becomes unthinkable.”

8- “Dwight D. Eisenhower – We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.”

9- “Margaret Mead – Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

10- “Le Carre – Victims never forget, and the winners do. And they forget very quickly.”

11- “Kennedy – The erosion of all these institutions, I think, of American democracy have forced people who care about our country, and who care about civic health, into this box of civil disobedience and local action.”

12- “Luis Iriondo – We have to look to the past to understand the present, to create a better future.”

Regards,

Omar Halabieh

The Silenced Majority

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