Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Dissent in Times of War

Text supplied by poster of YouTube.com video:

Mark Twain was one of the most popular writers in America, and his fiction is at the heart of American literature. Yet, he was a staunch opponent of US military adventures at the dawn of the 20th century, and proudly opposed such militarism. Naturally, the
establishment questioned his patriotism. In one of his novels, *A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court*, Twain gave eloquent voice to his brand of loyalty:

You see my kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its office holders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal
thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are
extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become ragged, cease to be comfortable, cease to protect the body from winter, disease, and death. To be loyal to rags, to shout for rags, to worship rags, to die for rags — that is loyalty to unreason, it is pure animal; it belongs to monarchy, was invented by monarchy; let
monarchy keep it. [fr. Howard Zinn, *Artists in Times of War* (NY: 7 Stories/Open Media, '03), p. 16]

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What does the Non-White World See?:
[or at least what is being said by a few, speaking for Non-Whites]


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