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"So, once again, a gauntlet has been thrown down, but so far activists, advocates, unions, and even progressive journalists stay submerged in fighting partisan wars and are not taking on the deeper fight for economic justice."


". . .[H]ere in America, only eight to nine percent of the people say they have confidence in Congress, and it's not clear why the pols even enjoy that record low in support. . . .

"Objectively, this is a time when a new force can shake up politics, but is OWS, as presently constituted, that force?"

Schechter informs us that Occupy, a subject which weaves in and out of the narrative, not only attracted but tolerated a healthy number of us holdover hippies (see above for more on this), spread to more than 160 cities and towns. And witness the New York Times on this subject:

"A recent New York Times/CBS News poll found that almost half of the public thinks the sentiments at the root of the movement generally reflect the views of most Americans."

This section ends with a poignant memoir of Schechter's marching with the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.


What follows are brief reflections on subsequent sections, teasers to lead you to the book, not a play-by-play review of it.

Section 4 discusses the Arab Spring, Fukushima, and the capture of bin Laden :

"They could have captured him, but that would lead to the hassle of putting him on trial. Besides, what if he revealed his long connection with the CIA and U.S. officials? Can't have that. So the kill order was given, along with a quick disposal of the body at sea, mafia-style (as in "sleeping with the fishes")."

On the implications of Fukushima, noting that President Obama has hired the same contractor who built the reactors now polluting Japan as well as the Pacific Ocean, and that plans to expand this form of energy production continue in other countries, Schechter writes that

"The chain of events at the reactors now running out of control provides a case history of the underlying mismatch between human nature and the force we imagine we can control."

But at least, for some consolation, he quotes Ralph Nader:

"The unfolding multiple nuclear reactor catastrophe in Japan is prompting overdue attention to the 104 nuclear plants in the United States--many of them aging, many of them near earthquake faults, some on the west coast exposed to potential tsunamis. . . ."

"Bernie Sanders is calling for a full investigation of nuclear safety here."

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A jack of some trades, writing and editing among them, Marta Steele, an admitted and proud holdover from the late sixties, returned to activism ten years ago after first establishing her skills as a college [mostly adjunct] professor in three (more...)

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