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We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art, the art of words.

Ursla Le Guin (1929-2018)

National Book Foundation speech, 2014

This Week in History:

April 12th - 15th

Test yourself:

Press the buttons to reveal the answers.
1
What caused angry protests in Indonesia and when?
The publication of Playboy magazine in 2006
2
What did Yuri Gagarin achieve and when?
In 1961 he became the first man in space.
3
What happened in 1968?
Students clashed with police in West Berlin.
4
What sank and when?
The Titanic in 1912
5
Who died and at what age?
Pol Pot, aged 72
6
Who set a new women's marathon world record and when?
Paula Radcliffe in 2003

Notes:

No mention is made of the US bombing of Cambodia and the US support given to the Khmer Rouge. Read the Jacobin article Nixon and the Cambodian Genocide.

1968 was a year of revolt worldwide.

What value do world records really hold?

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