Many other obstacles exist. The mass media and mass market, for example, have reduced people’s avenues for community involvement. The news media regularly ignore everything except what officials say. Case in point: Apparently, I was the only reporter at the rally and the film showing.
And there are too few clear-headed activists like rally organizer Chris Buchanan. Being a leftie in the United States often puts you in the same camp as stoned marijuana crusaders or 9/11 conspiracy theorists.
But I was encouraged listening to a thoughtful young man who spoke at the rally, Dan White, a recent University of Maine graduate. He said that even though the American Dream had “fallen apart,” this was not such a bad thing since that dream was “built on the exploitation of nature, of people.” In crisis he sees the opportunity to build the alternative, a task he seemed ready to undertake.
I was also encouraged when I encountered former Occupy Portland activist Heather Curtis and her enigmatic sign, “Only Forever.” It meant, she said, that the activism the rally represented would last “only” forever. That kind of devotion may be needed.
To stream Alperovitz’s movie online, go to garalperovitz.com .