July 30, 2012
Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco
These two have published a book with a great title: Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt. It is a fascinating journey into Pine Ridge, South Dakota; Camden, New Jersey; Welch, West Virginia; and Immokalee, Florida. This book hit me in the gut. It will move you to engage in battle. (Bill Moyers spent a whole hour interviewing Hedges and Sacco on Bill Moyers and Company.)
Hedges is ready for the revolt and believes it is just around the corner. I have trouble going that far, but Hedges sure makes me wish I could see the end of this fight. I cannot develop confidence in the occupy movement as the beginning of the revolt. Door-to-door GOTV doesn't make a dent.
What can we do? They raise the fundamental question: With the Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United, how long can we hold on? We thought our all-in effort to elect Kloppenburg would work. It almost did but not quite. We got a million signatures on recall petitions, and we thought that would give us the momentum we needed. Almost, but not quite. We raised lots of money from middle class warriors and we had some good candidates. If letters to the editor, calls to your congressman, and demonstrations don't help, what alternatives do we have?
I look forward to reading your thoughts on Days of Destruction. Hedges has lots of good ideas.
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