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Helen Keller: Radical Socialist

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I recently posted a short article on the late Howard Zinn's amazing book, A Real People's History of the United States. It's a large book and I'm a slow reader when trying to seriously digest what I read. I had to reread this passage several times out of sheer astonishment (along with many others), and decided it was well worth posting on Oped--and if I could, for the whole world to see. It is in regard to that young girl who overcame her blindness and deafness, Helen Keller, which is all I ever knew about her. Yes, I learned from the same history books that you probably did! But my best response is step aside and let Helen and Howard speak for themselves:

Helen Keller, while not an anarchist also believed in continuous struggle outside the ballot box... the Brooklyn Eagle, which had previously treated her as a heroine, wrote that "her mistakes spring out of the manifest limitations of her development." The editor had previously complimented her lavishly. "But now that I have come out for socialism he reminds me and the public that I am blind and deaf and especially liable to error"" She added: "Oh, ridiculous Brooklyn Eagle! What an ungallant bird it is! Socially blind and deaf, it defends an intolerable system, a system that is the cause of much of the physical blindness and deafness which we are trying to prevent". The Eagle and I are at war. I hate the system which it represents".. When it fights back, let it fight fair". It is not fair fighting or good argument to remind me and others that I cannot see or hear. I can read. I can read all the socialist books I have time for in English, German and French. If the editor of the Brooklyn Eagle should read some of them, he might be a wiser man, and make a better newspaper. If I ever contribute to the Socialist movement the book that I sometimes dream of, I know what I shall name it: Industrial Blindness and Social Deafness."

The light of this astounding, courageous, and inspiring soul shall burn brightly in my mind for as long as I have one. 

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The blind and deaf girl you probably never knew...... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 8:09:33 PM
thanks for sharing!... by Meryl Ann Butler on Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 4:12:03 AM
To be an American is respect private property righ... by Bill Johnson on Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 3:39:14 PM
If only you could get rid of the fear of loss of p... by Daniel Penisten on Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 9:49:15 PM
And it is for this reason that I firmly believe we... by Daniel Geery on Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 at 2:09:05 AM
...from Daniel Geery. I too, knew nothing of Helen... by Daniel Penisten on Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 9:38:24 PM
Daniel Geery? Would you help me understand the wor... by Daniel Penisten on Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 11:59:14 PM
and book. As a writer, I confess to doing for a gr... by Daniel Geery on Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 at 2:03:12 AM
as well as your definitions of "progressive" and "... by Meryl Ann Butler on Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 at 4:51:32 AM
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on my "To Read" list!... by Meryl Ann Butler on Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 at 1:39:54 PM
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