Justice For The Rest Of Us

A middle-aged social scientist who started blogging to support social justice and spread the gospel of non-violence. Though it may cost me followers, I will criticize the left when we make mistakes, including resorting to violence when it isn't necessary. Cesar Chavez, who organized disenfranchised migrant workers and Martin Luther King, who not only fought for civil rights but for economic justice, exemplify the principles I espouse here. But make no mistake about it: I am a proud member of the left.

On a personal note, I love Siamese cats, and I'm addicted to baseball. As a public service, I post one cute animal picture everyday. Don't be surprised to see something about music from the 60s every once in a while.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Christopher Hedges addresses the crowd at the Occupy National Gathering on Sunday. Hedges reminded us that social movements take years, and inevitably suffer defeats and make mistakes. He also cautioned against ‘spontaneous insurrectionist’ tactics (violence) that have already begun to scare people away from Occupy events — noting that in Philadelphia, families would come out with babies in strollers for the early marches. Such tactics play into the hands of those who want to strangle this movement and limit the American imaginary to the confines of the two-party system.

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