In 1831, William Lloyd Garrison, an American abolitionist, began publishing what would become a very influential abolitionist newspaper — The Liberator. He vowed to use his newspaper and all the resources at his disposal to end the abominable practice of slavery. I have always admired his energy, focus and determination. In a way we are enslaved by an abominable economic ideology which has brought a lot of injustice to the world and inured us to sufferings.
Garrison’s words published in The Liberator’s inaugural issue (January 1, 1831) remain for me an emotional and visceral call to action:
“I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or to speak, or write, with moderation. No! No! Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; – but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest – I will not equivocate – I will not excuse – I will not retreat a single inch – AND I WILL BE HEARD. The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal, and to hasten the resurrection of the dead.”