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Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.
     —Helen Keller

You know, that Helen Keller was one amazing, smart person. Clearly she understood the politics of fear.

I expect few who recognize her name nowadays would have any idea just how radical she was. Here, for example, is another thing she said:

The only moral virtue of war is that it compels the capitalist system to look itself in the face and admit it is a fraud. It compels the present society to admit that it has no morals it will not sacrifice for gain. During a war, the sanctity of a home, and even of private property is destroyed.

and this

This great republic is a mockery of freedom as long as you are doomed to dig and sweat to earn a miserable living while the masters enjoy the fruit of your toil.

Seems she also understood Wealth Bondage.

I guess that's why her name has been 99 44/100% sanitized: by removing the commie dirt she'll function as a more pure example to others of how the downtrodden can be expected to magically lift themselves up.

via Winston

And yet I just cannot resist telling my favorite Heller Keller joke:

Q: What was Helen Keller's favorite color?
A: Corduroy.