by Carwil James
Why talk of revolution when it's easier to believe that we're living out an apocalypse? Dreams of empire are being raised while nightmares of prisons, missile strikes, and starvation spread across our homelands. Mortality looms not just for individual human beings, but for whole cultures, forests, languages and nations.
And the invitation comes to us, in so many ways, to sell ourselves into the system. To grasp for the bling-bling when our cousins still have chains around their feet and gold mines leach poison into Africa's Great Lakes. And the invitation comes to be an overseer and a jailer in Iraq while prisons consume our neighbors here at home.