Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are people who want crops without plowing the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.
This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
-- Frederick Douglas
(Blogging note: since a mammoth post is going up shortly, this will be the last "commonplace book" entry I'll put up for a while -- I want to leave the forthcoming review on top for at least a couple of days. More to come eventually -- just not right away.)