Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

January 26, 2010

I.F. Stone on the long-term struggle

Filed under: revolutionary organizing — louisproyect @ 11:59 pm

I.F. Stone

(posted to LBO-Talk by Miles Jackson)

The only kinds of fights worth fighting are those you are going to lose,  because somebody has to fight them and lose and lose and lose until someday, somebody who believes as you do wins. In order for somebody to win an important, major fight 100 years hence, a lot of other people have got to be willing – for the sheer fun and joy of it – to go right ahead and fight, knowing you’re going to lose. You mustn’t feel like a martyr. You’ve got to enjoy it.

–I. F. Stone

1 Comment »

  1. Good. It recalls Samuel Beckett’s advice: “Go on failing. Go on. Only next time, try to fail better.” Sour old Sam didn’t mention enjoyment, but I think underneath he was having a great time.

    Comment by Peter Byrne — January 27, 2010 @ 9:41 am

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