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Forum Post: The Power of One

Posted 2 years ago on July 9, 2012, 1:06 p.m. EST by jrhirsch (4714) from Sun City, CA
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In the fall of 1938, a British stock broker, Nicholas Winton, was traveling to Switzerland for a skiing vacation but changed his plans when a friend told him about the refugee problem in Prague. The camps were deplorable. Parents were eager to find any means of escape for their children as the clouds of war drifted closer to Czechoslovakia. He and a small team of volunteers were able to find foster homes for these children in England and Sweden, managing to raise the large sums of money required to pay for fees and transport to their new homes. By the time that war finally broke out in September of 1939, 669 children were able to escape before the jaws of Nazi tyranny closed tight on the Czech people. More children were scheduled to be transported, but were unable and eventually perished as the door to freedom was closed.

We in the Occupy movement have also seen the dark clouds of economic and political injustice blowing in and the oppression that like rain always accompanies them. Looking at these great and menacing clouds, many would think that surely no single person could stand against them and have any effect. But Nicholas Winton did, and prevailed. If he had given up as easily as some of us do, those 669 children would not be alive today. Think of all the great injustices of the past, genocide, slavery, dictatorships, segregation, discrimination. Each was uprooted because of one reason. Without ever considering how large the mountain, or listening to the voices that said it was impossible, one person began to push because injustice must always be moved.

More details on the life of Nicholas Winton here:

http://www.fee.org/articles/story-nicholas-winton/

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[-] 1 points by DemandTheGoodLifeDotCom (3213) from New York, NY 2 years ago

fee.org

lol

[-] 0 points by jrhirsch (4714) from Sun City, CA 2 years ago

Didn't realize it was a libertarian site. I was just interested in the story.

[-] 2 points by shooz (17842) 2 years ago

It's been for a while now.

[-] 1 points by DemandTheGoodLifeDotCom (3213) from New York, NY 2 years ago

Anything with the words "freedom" and "economics" should be a dead giveaway that they are promoting a tyrannical society ruled by a few rich people.

[-] 0 points by jrhirsch (4714) from Sun City, CA 2 years ago

There was a religious site and a jewish site that had the story too. Imagine the screams.

Couldn't find any liberal or Anarchy sites that had it.

The point of the story is not at all diminished by who did or did not retell it. The mans actions stand on their own merit.

[-] 1 points by DemandTheGoodLifeDotCom (3213) from New York, NY 2 years ago

Thousands of children die every day from capitalism's imposed poverty. Unfortunately, it is going to take more than 1 man to change that.

[-] 1 points by jrhirsch (4714) from Sun City, CA 2 years ago

You need to read the complete story.