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We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor it must be demanded by the oppressed There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light injustice must be exposed with all the tension its exposure creates to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself These were the words of Dr Martin Luther King Jr as seen in his letter entitled Civil Disobedience in Defense of God-Given Rights in which he argues the need for the American nation to live up to the ideal it professes but imperfectly realizes Cohen 652 His letter was written in hope of provoking moral reflection and legal reform within the nation It was a plea for liberation utilizing deliberate self-sacrifice as a means to provoke such a change However Dr Kings example of an ideology based on liberation is only one of many Fascism Nationalism both liberation theology and fundamentalism Feminism and student radicalism are all examples of liberation based ideologies Any liberation-oriented cause works to achieve some sort of liberation from oppression or reform in a lack of freedom It is this goal which eventually inspires action within the cause or ideology Yet just as in other ideologies such as democracy or Marxism the specific events or conditions igniting such a need for reform and liberation seem to determine the way or the system in which the goal of liberation is achieved Fascism is an ideology of liberation which centers around three key themes of elitism irrationalism and myth Fascism is a political
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