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Storm the Bastille!

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If we do not dare everything, the fulfillment of that prophecy, recreated from the Bible by a slave is upon us: God gave Noah the rainbow sign. No more water, the fire next time.

James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

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U.S. citizens renamed Wall Street Plaza, Liberty Plaza. They came; it was spontaneous at first. Then a chorus of Yes! We've have seen enough.   Whose government is this, anyway!


The heavy-hand presence of the NYC law enforcement is a challenge: maze, isolation of a citizen protester from others, arrests. But the numbers of citizens continues to swell.

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Fourteen days and counting"


Radical when he arrives at the state mental institution in Oregon in 1963? No. But that changes. The confident trickster Randle Patrick McMurphy, to use the words of Marxist philosopher Georg Lukacs, is awakened and discovers he is "lost to himself" (History and Class Consciousness).


So who is Nurse Ratched really, but one more lost to the ideology and mechanics of confining others who's Freedom is forfeited in the belief that the "authorities" know what is best; who's sense of "belonging" derives from the knowledge that the other, too, is subjected to fear of the same "authority." For Ratched and McMurphy's fellow patients, Freedom is danger, uncertainty. Designated spaces offer order and ultimately comfort for those who voluntarily submit to the will of the institution, the State.

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The marble fountain is impossible to move.   The other patients tell him so. McMurphy stands before the fountain. Lift it; carry it to the window, and aim it and freedom.    

But you can't do it, those patients tell him. You can't.

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Dr. Lenore J. Daniels, Black Commentator, Editorial Board and Columnist, Doctorate in Modern American Literature/Cultural Theory

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