Tuesday, January 20, 2009
MLK: We forget the importance of non-violence
In almost none of the media stuff I've seen today is there much mention of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s commitment to non-violence, yet it was a key to his character -- and his effectiveness. He was certainly one of the half-dozen most consequential Americans of the last half-century or so, yet he held no office and practiced non-violent demonstration and confrontation exclusively. Yet we see most people today committed either explicitly or implicitly to violence, especially when they seek the power of the State to bend others to their will. Here's the Register's editorial on the celebration of his birthday.