Why I Support the Extremists.

Today is Blog Action Day, a day when a central group tries to get tens of thousands of blogs to discuss poverty issues. I volunteered, so here is my topic: Why we must support extremists.

By¬†extremists, I do not mean violence, but rather people and organizations who are outside “mainstream” of society. Instead of donating money to WWF, I like to donate to Greenpeace, instead of United Way, I like Amnesty International. Why? Because they represent the sharp end of the spear.¬†
It takes crazy people to change the world, the sane are too scared. The kooks never say no, they will not quit and they do not listen to reason. To solve poverty in our time, we need people like Muhammad Yunus, Deng Xiaoping, Mahatma Ghandi, and Nelson Mandela. Here’s to the crazy ones:

Published on October 15, 2008