Quote of the Day 5/31/14 (Rudolf Rocker)

Posted: May 31, 2014 in Anarchism, Civil Liberties, Politics
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Rudolf Rocker, German Anarchosyndicalist

Rudolf Rocker, German Anarchosyndicalist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Political rights do not originate in parliaments; they are rather forced upon them from without. And even their enactment into law has for a long time been no guarantee of their security. They do not exist because they have been legally set down on a piece of paper, but only when they have become the ingrown habit of a people, and when any attempt to impair them will meet with the violent resistance of the populace. Where this is not the case, there is no help in any parliamentary opposition or any Platonic appeals to the constitution. One compels respect from others when one knows how to defend one’s dignity as a human being. This is not only true in private life; it has always been the same in political life as well.”

Rudolf Rocker, Anarchism and Anarcho-Syndicalism

 

 

 

 

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