Chaos or Community

Source: CounterPunch
by Andrew Moss

“Fifty-five years ago this month, Martin Luther King, Jr. published his fourth and final book: ‘Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?’ In it he described the turmoil then engulfing American cities as representing a new phase in the struggle for freedom: as a shift from a primary focus on dismantling Southern apartheid to a broader grappling with racism and economic inequality nationwide. Extending his analysis globally, Dr. King called for an end to the madness of the Vietnam War, for an eradication of global poverty, and for a recognition of nonviolence as the only sane path forward. Dr. King’s ideas and words resonate today, but it is the last phrase of the title, ‘chaos or community,’ that speaks most sharply to our time.” (06/07/22)