Between 1920 - 1924, Helen Keller lectured regularly on the national Vaudeville circuit. Part of her routine included fielding a series of questions from the audience. Below is a sampling of her typical responses:
Q: Who is your favorite hero in real life?
A: Eugene V. Debs. He dared to do what other men were afraid to do.
Q: What do you think of the KKK?
A: I like them about as much as a hornet’s nest
Q: Who are the 3 greatest men of our time?
A: Vladimir Lenin, Thomas Edison, Charlie Chaplin.
Q: What do you think of Soviet Russia?
A: Soviet Russia is the first organized attempt of workers to establish an order of society in which human life and happiness shall be of first importance, and not the conservation of property for a privileged class.
Q: What do you think of capitalism?
A: It has outlived its usefulness.
Q: Do you believe spiritualism is the cure for the world’s troubles?
A: No. I think the world’s troubles are caused chiefly by wrong economic conditions, and the only cure for them is social reorganization.
Q: Can you suggest any tax that people would pay willingly?
A: Yes! A tax on millionaires.
Q: Do you think any government wants peace?
A: The policy of governments is to seek peace and pursue war.
Q: Do you think the voice of the people is heard at the polls?
A: No, I think money talks so loud that the voice of the people is drowned.
Q: Which is the greatest affliction—deafness, dumbness, or blindness?
Q: What then is the greatest human affliction?
Q: Do you desire your sight more than anything else in the world?
A: No! No! I would rather walk with a friend in the dark than walk alone in the light.
(Photo: Helen Keller and Charlie Chaplin, 1919).