Rage against the machine

In case you were wondering where Anonymous got the speech you hear at the end of the video they just released, it’s the famous one given Dec. 2, 1964 by Mario Savio, leader of the Berkeley Free Speech movement:

There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part; you can’t even passively take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop.

And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all.

This is the time, really. Each of us has to look inside our hearts and decide. Are we passive victims of the oligarchy, or are we fighters against the machine? I don’t know about you, but I don’t have much faith that electoral politics can solve much of anything now.

I mean, think about this: The Republican governor of Michigan just gave himself the ability to suspend local governments at his whim. What does that tell you?

Where is our country headed? What are we going to do about it? How do we get the power back?

Maybe you’re not ready to be an activist just yet. Probably you still have something left to lose. But we’re getting dangerously close to the point where most of us don’t.

We’ve been living in a dream. Hear that alarm clock? Time to wake up.

5 thoughts on “Rage against the machine

  1. Thanks much for the attribution. I knew the words but couldn’t for the life of me remember where I’d heard them.

  2. I think I commented here last year or the year before that I had had to “mentally drop out” from paying attention to politics and what passes for “the news” to SAVE what is left of my SANITY. I was an AVID reader of blogs and magazines and newspapers, and paid attention to the TV news every single day for the last fifteen years, but now I can only periodically “check in” and I feel very lucky that I can do it here, Suzie, since you are the most sane and intelligent author (person) I have ever followed/read…I get sick to my stomach if I pay too much attention to what is going on in our country, and I thank God that I have no children to worry about…I do have a nephew, however, and I pray that his future is survivable…it’s why I have a place in the mountains (not only for peace and quiet, but for the land itself, which borders on a stream large enough to provide fish for food, and it is large enough for a vegetable garden, and close to game hunting grounds, so hopefully my nephew will never, ever go hungry if this “recession” becomes a New Great Depression).

  3. We are seeing a Fascist take over of our democracy and if we don’t wake up soon it will be too late. Hitler came to power in 1933 in a protest vote because the public didn’t like the actions of the Social Democrats. The Republicans came to power in 2010 because the voters were dissatisfied with Obama’s refusal to follow through with what he promised as a candidate. The voters didn’t vote for Republicans they voted against Obama who is the dissappointment of the century. Hitler started by getting rid of Unions, opposition parties and democratically elected opposition. This is exactly what is happening in Wisconsin and Michigan.

  4. If there were even a small group of people in my area willing to organize, to do something, anything, I could be a part of, any kind of protest, ANYTHING at all, I would be there in a split second – however, there is too much trouble coming at us much too fast from too many fronts for “mere” protests to do any good, at least where I live…if anyone cares (and I don’t know anyone who really does, everyone is so busy with his/her own problems, all they can see is what is directly in front of their noses), I don’t think people know enough about what’s really going on, or are brave enough to try to stick a wrench in where it might do some good in stopping the machine (or at least temporarily grinding it to a halt)!

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