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Karl Polanyi on Socialism

Every form of socialism is based on the hope of mankind to attain to a form of social being in which people could normally in their every day existence actualize their responsibilities to their fellows because they would know how their commissions and omissions affect them, and they would be able to act accordingly. Life in society is not free. We influence, burden, harm, and disturb the lives of our fellows whether we will it or not. We must bide by the truth that we humans are condemned to live upon the freedom of our fellows, that we are condemned to live upon the work and toil, upon the health and life, of others.

-Letter to a friend, 1929

Tommy Douglas quote

“Fascism begins the moment a ruling class,
fearing the people may use their political
democracy to gain economic democracy,
begins to destroy political democracy in order
to retain its power of exploitation and special
privilege.”
Tommy Douglas, 1942

“Fascism begins the moment a ruling class, fearing the people may use their political democracy to gain economic democracy, begins to destroy political democracy in order to retain its power of exploitation and special privilege.”

-Tommy Douglas, 1942

Colonialism and benevolence

“From the margins of colonialism emerges an anger, even a hatred, for the people who opress, exploit and commit crimes of genocide and who remain steeped in denial, or worse, benevolence.”

-Dawn Martin-Hill in “She No Speaks and Other Colonial Constructs of the ‘Traditional Woman’” ch. 7 in Strong Woman Stories: Native Vision and Community Survival, Lawrence and Anderson Eds., 2003.