April 4th, The Day Every Antiwar Activist Should Know

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This April 4th, 2017 is be the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech. On this day in 1967, Dr. King confronted society’s triple evils of racism, materialism, and militarism. Then, exactly one year from his speech Dr. King was assassinated on April 4th, 1968.

 

Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” is probably the greatest speech against militarism. In under one hour, Dr. King stated everything that is wrong with our society. From racism to materialism to militarism. All of my favorite MLK quotes come from this one speech.

“The greatest purveyor of violence in the world: My own government, I cannot be silent.”

“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on the programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

“Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism.”

“I am convinced that if we are to get on to the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society.”

“Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism.”

Please take the time to watch and listen to one of the greatest speeches against militarism. Dr. King’s words are as important today as they were 50 years ago. Maybe more.

If you would like to read his words while listening, just click here

 

If you wish to read Dr. King’s speech, you can do so here:

Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence