The people of this country, not special interest big money, should be the source of all political power.
I emphasize self-esteem, self-confidence, and dignity, not as an ideal, but as a real test of community organization. Without leadership development, community organizations do not have staying power.
Politics is not about power.
The American polity is infected with a serious imbalance of power between elites and masses, a power which is the principal threat to our democracy.
There is a major ingredient missing from our perception of how changes are brought about; that ingredient is power.
What the poor, the weak, and the inarticulate desperately require is power, organization, and a sense of identity and purpose, not rarefied advice of political scientists.