After years of rigorous scholarship, the editors of Fun Social Nihilism have announced a major find casting doubt on the authenticity of the Margaret Mead quote. The full quote, obtained via a tape recording transcript obtained at a Northampton tag sale, gives the full quote. Ms. Mead said, in shortened form:
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
This was actually truncated, due to faulty minutes-keeping at the meeting. The full quote:
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has, um,
besides the ownership of all major media, the courts, and higher education by the forces of corporate capitalism; and also the effects of mass civilian bombing and intense defoliation and the violent exercise of torture chambers and assassinations by a trillion-dollar global military force; and a few monotheistic religious cults commanding millions of adherents to perpetuate wanton social terror and punishment of non-adherents and decent people. Oh, yeah, and besides the on-going horrors of hedge fund criminality and economic blockades and embargos against the worldwide poor. Oh, and a few other thousand manifestations of the supersystem, which thwart and control and contradict social betterment all across the known world, yeah, besides those, the only way to get vegan cookies on the cafeteria menu is for a couple of older folks to have a two-hour meeting about it.
Hopefully, the full quote can provide some guidance to the easily-duped.