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Audio for MLK Speech

EDIT: I've got it now. No need to got a searchin'. I'd delete this post if I didn't want to preserve prester_scott's comment.

I'm looking for the audio of this speech to the Southern Christian Leadership Council by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:


If I can't get an audio clip to insert into today's podcast within the next half hour or so, then I will have to record myself reading the following words:

I want to say to you as I move to my conclusion, as we talk about "Where do we go from here," that we honestly face the fact that the movement must address itself to the question of restructuring the whole of American society. There are forty million poor people here. And one day we must ask the question, "Why are there forty million poor people in America?" And when you begin to ask that question, you are raising questions about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth. When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy. And I'm simply saying that more and more, we've got to begin to ask questions about the whole society. We are called upon to help the discouraged beggars in life's marketplace. But one day we must come to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. It means that questions must be raised. You see, my friends, when you deal with this, you begin to ask the question, "Who owns the iron ore?" You begin to ask the question, "Why is it that people have to pay water bills in a world that is two-thirds water?" These are questions that must be asked.

Now, don't think that you have me in a "bind" today. I'm not talking about communism.

What I'm saying to you this morning is that communism forgets that life is individual. Capitalism forgets that life is social, and the kingdom of brotherhood is found neither in the thesis of communism nor the antithesis of capitalism but in a highersynthesis. It is found in a higher synthesis that combines the truths of both. Now, when I say question the whole society, it means ultimately coming to see that the problems of racism, the problem of economic exploitation, and the problem of war are all tied together.

And, as much as I like to read well-crafted prose aloud on the podcast, I'd much rather hear MLK's voice speak these words.



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Jan. 11th, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
Got it
Jan. 11th, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
This caught my eye:

You begin to ask the question, "Why is it that people have to pay water bills in a world that is two-thirds water?"

This is an ignorant question. I am an expert in the field of water treatment. First of all, most of the water on earth is seawater, and useless for drinking, irrigation, or industrial applications. Freshwater sources are frequently contaminated, either by natural effects (minerals, microbes) or manmade effects (human waste, industrial waste). There are far too many people on earth for everyone just to have a well and an outhouse in the backyard, or just to go down to the nearest river. If you want clean water to drink, bathe in, etc., you need treatment facilities and distribution infrastructure. Likewise you need collection systems for sewage and stormwater, and treatment facilities for that.

You may say this is a nitpick. But my point is that these things are not free, not by a long shot. Turning dirty water into clean water adds value and it is worth something. Somebody has to pay to build, operate and maintain all that stuff. You have to obtain materials, and expend skilled and unskilled labor. Assuming we want clean water, the remaining question is who shall pay the bill. That is not a new question, it is an old question -- public vs. private; what is the definition of "justice." However you answer, the water bill is not just something invented by society, it is real and it must be paid by someone. And if you want to make a case that water is a public good and justice demands it be "distributed" to those who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford it, then, as night follows day, the individuals who are bearing that burden (whether through charity or taxation) won't have those resources to invest elsewhere. TANSTAAFL.
Jan. 11th, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Scott. I hope that you will listen to the podcast that I'm working on today that will include this quote.

Stay well.
Jan. 11th, 2012 07:57 pm (UTC)
Give me a few seconds to confirm that it's the clip you want. Downloading now.
Jan. 11th, 2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
MP3 http://being.publicradio.org/programs/2011/exodus/speech_king-wheredowego.shtml">here.

I'll isolate the selection in 5 minutes and email to you.
Jan. 11th, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Jan. 11th, 2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
No, that's not it. It's a radio show talking about it. Sorry to get you're hopes up. I'll keep scouring to find it.
Jan. 11th, 2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
You may have to rip the sound off of one of the video links. I found a full text video, but when I tried to play it, a message said "EMI Music" had pulled the file.

Amazon offered to sell me the speech, but I'll bet it's in a locked format like Apple's MP4 crap. Sorry, man.
Jan. 11th, 2012 08:45 pm (UTC)
Spoke too soon!

Downloading now.
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Jan. 17th, 2012 12:31 am (UTC)
Re: small world KMO
Happy MLK Day!
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