He who does not feed you can demand nothing of you. We however, are being fed every day and every year. We say, “Down with imperialism!” yet we can’t ignore our bellies. Even though as revolutionaries we do not want our speech to reflect forms of domination, our stomachs are still there, pushing us to the right, onto the path of reaction and peaceful coexistence with the help of all those who oppress us by means of the grain they pour into the country. Let us consume only what we ourselves control!
Many people ask, “Where is imperialism?” Look at your plates when you eat. These imported grains of rice, corn, and millet—that is imperialism. You need look no further. So, comrades, we must organise to produce here at home and we can produce more than we need.
Thomas Sankara, closing speech to the First National Conference of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution. (via fuckyeahthomassankara)