Thursday, September 15, 2016

Quote of the Day

The crisis in modern democracy is a profound one. Free elections, a free press, and an independent judiciary mean little when the free market has reduced them to commodities available on sale to the highest bidder. Nasty, violent, and fascist groups and individuals will surely emerge from such circumstances. But a movement valuing solidarity, mutual aid, peace, and democracy can also thrive, with enough time, effort, and imagination. The urge for hegemony and preponderance by some will be matched with greater intensity by the longing for dignity and justice by others. Exactly what form that battle takes, whether it's beautiful or bloodthirsty, depends on us.

Arundhati Roy
Quoted in Jake Johnson's article,
"Empire's Religion: Arundhati Roy Confronts
the Tyranny of the Free Market
Common Dreams
September 15, 2016

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Standing Together
Threshold Musings
Quote of the Day – June 30, 2016
Our New Possibility
Hope, History, and Bernie Sanders
Something to Think About – November 26, 2013
Quote of the Day – May 4, 2013
Quote of the Day – October 13, 2011
Rocking the Cradle of Power
In Search of a “Global Ethic”
John le Carré’s “Dark Suspicions”
Tariq Ali Discusses Rudyard Kipling
John Pilger on Resisting Empire

Image: Kristen Solberg

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