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Spirits of Revolutionaries

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Some believed in peaceful tactics, some not. There needs to be better understanding of this issue because it is divisive these days. I believe in peaceful methods, but I do not flatly condemn those who participated in armed rebellion. There is a lot of death happening around the world due to the actions of our empire. To quote current US President, Donald Trump, "We got a lot of killers. What, you think our country's so innocent?"

Most were vilified by the powers they were resisting though one, Helen Keller, was sanitized to hide her revolutionary thoughts. I am reading her biography now. M. L. King is also being sanitized. Many were ostracized, deported, imprisoned and/or murdered. None of them would I categorize alongside the amoral/immoral scumbags currently running our country both in the spotlight and behind the scenes. While this list can illuminate what we want and need in a leader, it also helps show the traits we do not want in leaders.

Who would you put on your list? What commonalities do you see and cherish? What traits are you looking for in the leaders showing us the way out of this mess?



Deena Stryker, Cuba, a Diary of a Revolution

Che Guevera, The Motorcycle Diaries, Bolivian Diaries

Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States

Fredrick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of a Fredrick Douglass,

Dorothy Herrmann, Helen Keller, A Life

John Muir, A Thousand mile Walk to the Gulf, My first Summer in the Sierra, Our National Parks, and others

Lytton Strockey, Eminent Victorians (see chapter on Florence Nightingale)

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