by: Carl Finamore, Truthout
"There are no shortcuts in politics," bellowed a respected, much-older labor veteran as we young militants sat around hoping to pick up a few things. "No gimmicks, no tricks, you only end up fooling yourself."
In his book, only working-class people themselves could solve the enormous social problems of war, poverty and discrimination. He emphasized that no matter how difficult it is to achieve, politics should be measured by how it helps or hinders the direct involvement and political empowerment of working people. There was no getting around it.
That was some 40 years ago, but I never forgot it.
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