Chapter 32: Truth Has to Wait.but Not to Wait Forever
There is no hope for the red Indians for two reasons: one, they are not in their senses, they are continuously drunk, continuously unconscious - fighting, murdering each other. Secondly, slavery is paying well; without working you are getting a salary. To fight against this government means you will lose your salary and you will have all kinds of problems, so why bother?
And because I said things exactly. And I invited the president, the governor, the attorney general of America to come and see, to show us what cultivation they had done on this land. And we had transformed the whole land. Rather than praising us, they wanted us to destroy the commune and leave America. It seems they loved the desert so much that now they have made it desert again. Perhaps they need a third world war to make the whole of America a desert. If they love the desert so much, their wishes should be fulfilled.
But these facts that they have produced after one year. Where was this New Yorker when I was there to reply? Now they are writing facts and figures. And they have not consulted the other party at all, to ask, “What are your facts and what are your figures? How has the government misbehaved with you? How has the government proved to be fascist, violent, crude, primitive, undemocratic?” They should have asked us, because we have suffered. But the press is either in the hands of the church or in the hands of a political party, or in the hands of the government, or in the hands of rich people.
The man who came first into the conflict was the ex-vice-president Rockefeller - because he was planning that the whole of Oregon should become a federal state. The federal government owns half of the land of Oregon, and their desire was to have all of the land in Oregon to create shelters in case of a nuclear war. And Oregon is perfectly the right place - not very populated, could easily be converted into a vast shelter in case of nuclear war. When we entered the state, the first person who became annoyed was Rockefeller - because now that one hundred and twenty-six square miles could in no way become federal land. It was he who said in a press conference that this commune is an independent country within a country, and this cannot be tolerated.
If they had asked us. It was a simple thing. They could have given us land somewhere else, we would have moved the commune. Or from the very beginning they could have told us, “We are ready to give you another piece of land.” There was no problem; to us it was the same. But these people have faces of one kind, they say one thing, and they do something else. And they are thinking still something else - you never know exactly what is in their minds, what they are doing, what their purpose is.
They accepted our right to be a city, and it was accepted by the court - three judges. One judge was against us, was a fanatic Christian. But seeing that two of the judges were ready, and his being against us would be useless, he also signed, and we became a city. Now that was the most difficult thing for them to swallow: that against the president, against the whole government, we won the case and we became a city.