Everywhere I go in my activism, someone invariably trots out that quote, and I've never understood why it is quoted and accepted so uncritically. Why can't the master's tools dismantle the house? Couldn't they possibly be the most effective ones? And can't the master's gun shoot the master dead?
No one has ever been able to satisfactorily explain the passage to me, even people who use it to cut off debate. I asked Patricia about it afterwards, and she admitted that it's a "challenging" passage... and that in her current work, she found tools such as voting and legal action to be quite effective.
So... what am I missing here? And why has this become an unquestioned article of faith among progressive activists?