Standing By

“There’s no such thing as an innocent bystander.”  ~Abbie Hoffman

People sometimes ask rhetorically, “If you could go back in time and kill Hitler, would you?”  but there’s a big problem with that premise:  it assumes that only one man was responsible for World War II, and the millions of other people who participated were merely dragged behind in the great man’s wake, powerless to do anything other than bob along in the waves he created.

It denies the power of any individual– save the one– to influence world events.

I reject that.


3 thoughts on “Standing By

  1. …it would also set in a whole new set of possibilities… for instance… whatever comes of the current presidency, should something happen to the incumbent, I believe that the logical replacement, the Vice President, could well be worse… it is fantasy, wish fulfillment, that makes people believe that one change will undo the entirety of the movement…

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