MLK and Frederick Douglass

From one of the Italian groups struggling against austerity and for democracy.  The English is something like “liberty is never conceded willingly by the oppressor, it must be claimed by the oppressed.”  The Douglass he is working off goes: “The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. The conflict has been exciting, agitating, all-absorbing, and for the time being, putting all other tumults to silence. It must do this or it does nothing. If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one…but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”

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