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August 12 at 10:13am

Jack London’s Rallying Cry

By Ted Hope

I was reading the NY Times piece on Occupy Oakland, and came across this quote from Oakland native Jack London, given to NYers at the turn of the 20th century:

 “A million years ago, the cave man, without tools, with small brain, and with nothing but the strength of his body, managed to feed his wife and children, so that through him the race survived. You on the other hand, armed with all the modern means of production, multiplying the productive capacity of the cave man a million times — you are incompetents and muddlers, you are unable to secure to millions even the paltry amount of bread that would sustain their physical life. You have mismanaged the world, and it shall be taken from you.

The words still hold true, and apply to many aspects of modern life.

We can build it better together.

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  1. Laura Hammer / Aug 12 at 10:13am

    Ah! Jack! My dad’s favorite author! I enjoyed reading the complete works of Mr. London by the time I was nine years old. I’d like to think it has something to do with my continued survival as a human being in this crazy world.

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