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The Quotable Rebel: Political Quotations for Dangerous Times Paperback – October 1, 2005
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The Quotable Rebel was created to fill a gap and be of use. It does more. It galvanizes those of us committed to social transformation to enter the breach, once again. It testifies to our common courage over the long haul. It makes the Movement "irresistible."
--Michelle Gibbs, excerpted from her review, "A Meeting of Minds," Toward Freedom, January 17, 2006. Gibbs is a writer, poet, artist and teacher based in Oaxaca, Mexico. She is the author of Riffin' to a Maroon Tune, Line of Sight, and Island Images. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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Consider this a political tool that you can use with your writing, your speaking, your stump speeches, your advocacy efforts, your sales pitches to funding sources...
Or use it for inspiration, to energize you when your mojo is slumping, to pump you up when you are about to embark on a mission or a day of canvassing.
Building an organization and talking to new members, how about Tennessee Williams quote, " The most dangerous word in any human tongue is the word for brother. It's inflammatory."
Or pretend this is 2006 and the Republicans run the congress, the whitehouse and the supreme court, and think of what Eldridge Cleaver said, "When fascism comes to the U.S., it won't be wearing swastikas-- it will be wearing red, white and blue and whistling Yankee Doodle Dandy."
I keep this book handy, on top of my computer.
In the week or two that I've had this book, edited by the way-too-brilliant-for-his-29-years, Teishan Latner, I've already picked it up five or six times, looking for the right words to help me understand a frustration, for poem inspiration, for drawing inspiration, and for something piercing to tape to my bathroom mirror for a daily bolt of consciousness.
The book is nearly four hundred pages of wisdom, philosophy, humor and hope from politically left radicals and rebels. Latner has obviously done extensive reading and research; his sources are global, throughout history, and ideologically diverse (even in contradiction in some cases). In addition to the usual suspects (Noam Chomsky, Audrey Lorde, Malcolm X, Winona LaDuke, and June Jordan, to name a few), Latner quotes little-known activists and writers, as well as poets, singers, MCs, bumper stickers, proverbs, organization manifestos and court transcripts.
The book is divided into chapters by theme (like History; Political Commitment and Perseverance; Spirituality, Religion, Liberation Theology ; and Truth and Falsehood), allowing one to track down the right words on a given topic.
I was left wishing Latner had written a brief introductory section for each of these chapters, pulling out common themes, giving some context, and illuminating the "rebel" nature of these quotations (particularly in places where one quotation directly contradicts the next...as in the chapter on violence and nonviolence). Such introductions might make this book even more useful to folks without a lot of prior knowledge of the ideas reflected in it.
As is, however, this book is nonetheless brilliant and useful for all those jonesers for quotes, searchers for meaning, pursuers of a better world, and students of rage, love and possibility.
Coauthor, "How to Get Stupid White Men Out of Office"