Private action, however radical and satisfying, only becomes political when it is made known.

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As they change their lives, are they telling others about what they are doing?

…are these kinds of small-scale personal changes political, that is, do they or could they help to bring about change in society as a whole? It depends. Are the things these people are doing things that many others, not rich or powerful nor otherwise unusual, could do if they wanted, without undue risk or sacrifice? And are these people, as they change their lives, telling others about what they are doing and how they might also do it? Private action, however radical and satisfying, only becomes political when it is made known.

In other words, private or small-group actions are political if they have the power to multiply.

by John Caldwell Holt (April 14, 1923 – September 14, 1985)
from Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling
Politics of Unschooling
image – Ed Yourdon

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