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P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 11.08.10 1. Peace walk 11.08 6pm RiverFalls WI 2. War/warriors 11.08 6:30pm 3. Divest Israel 11.08 6:30pm Northfield MN 4. Save N High 11.09 4:30pm 5. FBI repression 11.09 5pm 6. NARAL 11.09 5:30pm 7. 9-11 11.09 6:30pm 8. Salon/poetry 11.09 6:30pm 9. Cuban 5 art 11.09 7pm 10. Bullied/Mpls 11.09 7pm 11. Charles Sullivan - Capitalism and the war on public education 12. Chris Hedges - A recipe for fascism --------1 of 12-------- From: Nancy Holden <d.n.holden [at] comcast.net> Subject: Peace walk 11.08 6pm RiverFalls WI River Falls Peace and Justice Walkers. We meet every Monday from 6-7 pm on the UWRF campus at Cascade Ave. and 2nd Street, immediately across from "Journey" House. We walk through the downtown of River Falls. Contact: d.n.holden [at] comcast.net. Douglas H Holden 1004 Morgan Road River Falls, Wisconsin 54022 --------2 of 12-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: War/warriors 11.08 6:30pm Potluck and Program: "Peacemaker's Predicament: Opposing War while Affirming Warriors" Monday, November 8, 6:30 p.m. St. Michael's Lutheran Church, 1600 County Road B, Roseville. Lowell Erdahl, Bishop Emeritus of the St. Paul Area Synod of the ELCA, will lead a discussion on whether it's possible to be supportive of warriors while still sending a clear message of opposition to war. Open to the public. Bring a dish to pass. Sponsored by: Every Church a Peace Church (ECAPC). Endorsed by: WAMM. FFI: 651-631-2510 --------3 of 12-------- From: Rowley Clan <rowleyclan [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Divest Israel 11.08 6:30pm Northfield MN 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8: "Why and How Minnesota Should Divest from Israel." Library, 210 Washington, Northfield. Minnesota Break the Bonds. (507) 645-7660. --------4 of 12-------- From: lydiahowell [at] comcast.net Subject: Save N High 11.09 4:30pm TUES. NOV9 KEEP NORTH HIGH OPEN! 4:30pm Rally outyside/5:30pm Protest School Board Mtg inside 801 BROADWAY NE, MPLS MEL REEVES: Stand with North High students to save their school by Mel Reeves Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder Originally posted 11/3/2010 An open letter to the community As most folks know by now, there has been a recommendation to close Minneapolis North High School. However, 265 young people have taken a stand and have committed to fight to keep their school open, and a few hundred community folks and teachers have stood with them and, in some cases, stood in for them. If these children have the intestinal fortitude to stand up for themselves, then who are the rest of us not to stand with them? What's important for the community to know is that North High has not closed, and despite rumors about what "they" are talking about doing, there has only been a recommendation. So, many of your fellow community members have rolled up their sleeves and begun to organize protests and other tactics and strategies to¬†ensure the school stays open. Some say we ought to just give up, and that the closing of North is a bygone fact. Pessimism and fatalism are perfectly understandable, considering the David and Goliath relationship we have with the "system," with the community usually playing the role of David. We have a history of bad and sometimes racist policies shoved down our throats. So it makes sense that some folks are apathetic. But Biblical scholars would tell you that the Davids win every once in a while, and they don't win by not fighting! In fact, it appears that it was the protest by more than a few hundred parents, students and community members that caused the board to take a more conciliatory approach and agree in principle to work with the community on a proposal that would enable North to stay open . For the record, the protesters did so in a very dignified and disciplined manner. What may pass for undignified and even disingenuous conduct are Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson's claims about why she suggested that North be closed. While the superintendent said that North's enrollment was too low to sustain it, it was the Minneapolis School Board that turned North into a relatively small 500-student school. It was the school board that failed to promote North while taking away its more attractive programs. And there are persistent rumors that some parents were in fact discouraged from sending their kids to North. The superintendent also failed to inform folks that North High, unlike the other schools, did not have a "home zone." That means that even kids living across the street from North were not required to go there, but were assigned to Henry instead. It's also important to note that nearly half of the students at North are in the high-achieving International Baccalaureate Program. Despite rumors to the contrary, the vast majority of the 265 are not failing; only five to 10 percent of the students are struggling academically. And while there has been much fanfare about bringing in the Noble Charter Schools, they are not even close to the panacea they promise to be. According to a national study - the CREDO study conducted by Stanford University - only 17 percent of all charter schools actually exceed the performance of the public schools they replaced, and 37 percent performed worse than the public schools they replaced . The other 46 percent remained at the same level as the public schools. Sports teams that find themselves behind late in the game spend little to no time looking back. Instead they focus on the task at hand - winning the game - which in our case is reaching the goal of keeping North High open. In the same sense, pointing fingers at parents, the community and the students at this point does no one any good. Either help us win or stay on the bench (preferably quietly). Historically, finger-pointing and naysaying only encourages our enemies, as evidenced by the Star Tribune's article entitled "Loving North from afar." The story, written with the help of Strib hatchet man Steve Brandt, is a prevarication and a not-so-subtle slap in the face that somehow blames the Northside community for the failure of the Minneapolis School Board. And make no mistake, it has always been protest in some form or other that has helped win struggles in the past. Those who are criticizing the protests only prove that they are poor students of history. History indicates that all of the progress that has been made by Black folks in this country, as well as others, have indeed come ultimately through some form of protest. I am reminded of the words of Frederick Douglass, who said, "If there is no struggle, there is no progress." They have closed Lincoln, Willard, and too many other schools. Shouldn't we say, "No more"? Join the young people who have said they want to be educated in this city, by this school board, at this high school. History should record that the Northside community stood with them. Mel Reeves is a longtime political and community activist who lives in Minneapolis. He welcomes reader responses to mellaneous19 [at] yahoo.com --------5 of 12-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: FBI repression 11.09 5pm "Repressing Revolution at Home and Abroad" Twin Cities area anti-war activists recently raided and subpoenaed by the FBI to a grand jury share their experiences. National Lawyers Guild members describe some of the context of the raids and the impending grand jury in Chicago. (October, 2010) SPNN 15 viewers: "Our World In Depth" cablecasts on St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) Channel 15 on Tuesdays at 5pm, midnight and Wednesday mornings at 10am, after DemocracyNow! Households with basic cable may watch. Tues, 11/9 @ 5pm & midnight + Wed, 11/10, 10am "Repressing Revolution at Home and Abroad" --------6 of 12-------- From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org> Subject: NARAL 11.09 5:30pm November 9: NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota Special Evening to Celebrate the accomplishments of two very special women. The Jane Hodgson Reproductive Freedom Award will go to Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher and the Volunteer of the Year Award will go to Ella Vincent. 5:30 - 7:30 PM in St. Paul. RSVP. --------7 of 12-------- From: shirley johnson <skjohnsn [at] comcast.net> Subject: 9-11 11.09 6:30pm The next meeting of Minnesota 9/11 Truth will be held at the Rondo Community Library, southwest corner of University Avenue and Dale Street, on Tuesday November 9 at 6:30 pm. We will have a speaker who will make a short presentation and lead a discussion about the limited evidence of Israeli involvement in, or prior knowledge of, the events of 9/11. That topic has been discussed extensively elsewhere in the world, but seldom in America. Guaranteed to be interesting and informative. Two Rules and one bit of Advice: 1) When we have speakers on specific topics, let's try to stay on topic and schedule separate meetings for separate issues. 2) Courteously make your statement or question and then give everyone else an opportunity to speak. Diatribes do not help anyone. The advice is, Be slow to judge others. Millions of people around the world jumped to conclusions about who did what on 9/11 when there was virtually no evidence to consider. Even the official 9/11 Commission which had millions of dollars for staff support and years to spend produced a report we now know is riddled with errors. While we have all rushed to judge others from time to time, this is especially bad when covert operations are involved since they are designed to fool those who rush to judgment. "If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't need to worry about answers." - Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow" --------8 of 12-------- From: patty <pattypax [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Salon/poetry 11.09 6:30pm The salon for this Tuesday will be reading from Mary Oliver's poems. She does have a new book out, SWAN, but we can read from others, too. Nice time of year to read Mary Oliver. The last Tuesday of the month we will be discussing our Nov. book, A Town Called Alice, by Nevil Shute. Pax Salons ( http://justcomm.org/pax-salon ) are held (unless otherwise noted in advance): Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Mad Hatter's Tea House, 943 W 7th, St Paul, MN Salons are free but donations encouraged for program and treats. Call 651-227-3228 or 651-227-2511 for information. --------9 of 12-------- From: Anya Achtenberg <aachtenberg [at] gmail.com> Subject: Cuban 5 art 11.09 7pm The paintings, their content, technique and meaning Tuesday, November 9, 7p Homewood Studios, 2400 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, 612-587-0230 The gallery is open Tuesday, 5p to 9p; Wednesday and Friday, 1p to 6p; Saturday, 1p to 4p. Viewing is also available by appointment; contact 612-721-8440 or MNCuba [at] gmail.com. The exhibition will run November 4 - 30. --------10 of 12-------- From: Barry <bshillin [at] comcast.net> Subject: Bullied in Mpls 11.09 7pm Free Screening of Bullied in Minneapolis Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 7 p.m. Central Lutheran Church, 333 S 12th St, Minneapolis, MN The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)†will present a free Minneapolis screening of the new Teaching Tolerance film "Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case that Made History". SPLC Founder Morris Dees, President Richard Cohen and Jamie Nabozny, the student portrayed in the film, will speak at the event. Too many children have taken their own lives after enduring relentless bullying. In the Anoka-Hennepin school district near Minneapolis, for example, several LGBT students have committed suicide. Tickets are free, but seats should be reserved in advance. Please reserve early as seating is limited. https ://secure. splcenter .org/events/bullied/ minnesota ? ondntsrc = minnos Bullied chronicles the powerful story of a student from Ashland, Wis., Jamie Nabozny, who stood up to his anti-gay tormentors with a federal lawsuit. The suit led to a landmark decision that held school officials accountable for not stopping anti-gay bullying. Despite that ruling, anti- LGBT bullying continues to be a severe problem. Today, more than 80% of LGBT students report being harassed at school - yet schools across the country are still unwilling or afraid to address anti-gay bullying openly. We know that nothing will change - and thousands more children will continue to suffer violence and humiliation - until schools confront the problem head-on. The Southern Poverty Law Center urges school districts to adopt policies that specifically address bullying based on sexual orientation and gender expression. All children are entitled to a safe learning environment - one free from harassment and abuse. --------11 of 12-------- Capitalism and the War on Public Education by Charles Sullivan November 8th, 2010 Dissident Voice My own experience indicates that the average college student is more concerned with grades than with learning. Therefore grades are more of an impediment to learning than they are an accurate measure of it. Scoring well on tests is not an indication of comprehension of complex ideas or the thought processes behind them. Nevertheless, test scores are the Holy Grail of the school reform movement that is sweeping the country as part of a political agenda to privatize the public domain and put it under absolute corporate control. Right-wing politicians of the Republican and Democratic parties are wrecking what remains of the public education system. They have been doing so for decades. Some of them are castigating it as socialist. Under the guise of reform, a movement is afoot to under fund public schools and replace them with "for profit" charter schools. Firing qualified teachers and busting teachers unions is part of the process. College and University education is being priced out of the reach of working class people. We are witnessing the death of the liberal arts. The war on public education is a front in the broader class war that pits workers against owners and the working class against the wealthy. There is a widespread notion among neoconservatives, neoliberals, and civil libertarians that government is the enemy of the people. Many people believe that government is incapable of serving the public, that it is incapable of doing good. I am not one of those people. After all, government grudgingly provided social security, the minimum wage, Medicare and Medicaid, and it restrained corporate power. This came as a response to social unrest engendered by social agitators, but it was not enough. Government that serves the needs of the people rather than corporate interests is good government. The problem isn't big government; it is the merging of corporations and big business with government and the philosophical system that engenders it: the market fundamentalism spawned by rapacious capitalism. When corporations, which are motivated by profit rather than regard for the public welfare, merge with government, people are removed from the equation and they are replaced by capital. Thus money is equated with free speech and corporations are given the rights of human beings without the social and moral responsibility of citizenship. This is what capitalism does. Free markets are not an expression of democracy; they are a manifestation of corporate fascism and belligerence. Ideally, from a purely capitalist perspective, corporations socialize costs and privatize profits. We saw this policy in action with the public bailout of banks deemed too big to fail. There will be more bailouts, many more, to come. And there will be millions more foreclosures that leave people living in the streets. Earlier in American history capitalism produced fabulous wealth for a few at the expense of the many through the institution of chattel slavery. Ever since the emancipation of the slaves, multinational corporations and the captains of industry have sought to recapture those glorious days of prosperity when plantations dotted southern landscapes and the crack of bull whips and screams of agony rented the air. To the capitalist ear, that was the sound of fortunes being made via free labor, socialized cost, and privatized profit. The high priests of capital on Wall Street are pining for a return to the plantation. Like the raw materials of industry, workers are not only dehumanized and alienated from their work and from one another; they are commodified and exploited like chattel. Because workers do not own the means of production, they are essentially the leased property of their employers, who use them up, wear them out, and discard them on the scrap heap to rust and disintegrate. This explains why much of the US manufacturing base was sent elsewhere, and with it, US jobs. The purpose of off-shoring jobs was not to provide workers anywhere in the world with good working conditions or with living wages and health care; it was to maximize corporate profits any way possible and to allow corporations carte blanche to abuse the work force and to pollute the earth with impunity. It was Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich, aided by the toadies in Congress, who brokered the free trade agreements known as NAFTA and GATT. These agreements garnered strong bipartisan support. As a result, US manufacturing jobs left the country, global wages fell, and corporate profits soared. Inner cities became sites of depravity and hopelessness, testifying to the rapacious legacy of capitalism. Those jobs are never coming back. The effects of market fundamentalism are profound and global in extent. Locally owned small businesses were forced out, behemoths like Wal-Mart and Target, with their slick advertising campaigns and corporate bribes, moved in. Diversity was exchanged for monoculture and monopoly. The Walton's took in billions of dollars, but workers at every point of the supply chain suffer both in the US and in sweatshops around the globe. A few people are getting fabulously wealthy while the people who produce the products we buy so cheaply are exploited, the majority of them forced to live in squalor and poverty. None of the blue collar employees at Wal-Wart and Target earns a living wage. According to the dictums of capitalism, profits matter but people do not. To understand what is being done to working people, one has to examine the entire production and distribution chain, not just the terminus at Wal-Mart and Target. Low prices at big box retail exact a high social and environmental cost. These are concealed from public view. The war on public education is part of a broader capitalist agenda to produce a global plantation of private owners and worker drones. Their purpose is not to produce an educated citizenry, but to deliver an obedient and cheap work force to the corporate plantation. Community colleges are enthusiastically fulfilling this role. Virtually every aspect of our culture, including its financial institutions, its media and its education system, as well as organized religion, has fallen under corporate control. None of these institutions functions in the public interest anymore. Market fundamentalism, the idea that deregulated markets are the arbiter of all values, not Christianity, or Islam or the philosophy of Thoreau and Emerson, is America's real religion. The shopping mall is the holy shrine of the gluttonous consumption demanded by capitalism. This provides an example of people serving the economy rather than the economy serving the people. In this inhospitable landscape of consumerism and greed, the idea of democracy remains a utopian dream rooted in socialism and class struggle, a philosophy we have been programed to despise, just as we were conditioned to loathe our own emancipation by falsely equating market fundamentalism and capitalism with democracy. These institutions of usury and greed find their grotesque expression through the corporation and the corporate state. Government is an antagonist to freedom when corporations infest the hallowed halls of our so called democratic institutions. They are a cancer that erodes hope and eats away at human dignity. Market fundamentalists and their servants in government are in control of virtually all of the institutions of society. They hate liberals and progressives because liberals, real liberals, not the kind associated with the Democratic Party, but the kind related to socialism and communism, those who brought us the eight-hour work day and the weekend, protect ordinary working class citizens from the naked greed of the corporation. It protects them from the wealthy sociopaths who operate in secrecy behind corporate masks. The extremists cringe behind the camouflage of the corporation like the public servants that once donned white hoods and burned crosses in the night in order to terrorize black folk and to keep them in their place. These were the people: racists, sexists, homophobes, and white supremacists one and all, who were employed as newspaper editors, court clerks, school teachers, corporate executives, and sheriffs by day. Many of them were church deacons and some were ministers. But no facade of respectability can conceal their black hearts or the venomous hatred they harbor for coal miners, cleaning ladies, environmental sanitarians, taxi drivers, liberal arts professors, and the department store employees they so coldly regard as chattel. If the truth be told, the plutocrats who are running the country so loathe and detest working people, and they feel so superior to them, that they do not want us to have anything, least of all, autonomy. Their goal, both stated and unstated, is to eradicate the last vestige of liberalism from the earth. They may succeed in driving us underground for a while, but they will never succeed in eliminating traditional liberalism. Extremism always breeds resistance. Empowerment should never be conferred by others; it is the right of every individual to grant oneself power. Nor is it attained through the vote. Replacing one capitalist with another does not offer progressive change; it perpetuates the established orthodoxy. We must change the dominant paradigm that drives social, economic, and political philosophy. Empowerment comes from organized resistance to tyranny. It can only be attained through class struggle. If the vote is ever to become meaningful, democracy must first be won in the streets. We, the people, must be willing to fight and die for it. Charles Sullivan is a naturalist and free-lance writer residing in the hinterlands of geopolitical West Virginia. --------12 of 12-------- A Recipe for Fascism by Chris Hedges Published on Monday, November 8, 2010 by TruthDig.com Common Dreams American politics, as the midterm elections demonstrated, have descended into the irrational. On one side stands a corrupt liberal class, bereft of ideas and unable to respond coherently to the collapse of the global economy, the dismantling of our manufacturing sector and the deadly assault on the ecosystem. On the other side stands a mass of increasingly bitter people whose alienation, desperation and rage fuel emotionally driven and incoherent political agendas. It is a recipe for fascism. More than half of those identified in a poll by the Republican-leaning Rasmussen Reports as "mainstream Americans" now view the tea party favorably. The other half, still grounded in a reality-based world, is passive and apathetic. The liberal class wastes its energy imploring Barack Obama and the Democrats to promote sane measures including job creation programs, regulation as well as criminal proceedings against the financial industry, and an end to our permanent war economy. Those who view the tea party favorably want to tear the governmental edifice down, with the odd exception of the military and the security state, accelerating our plunge into a nation of masters and serfs. The corporate state, unchallenged, continues to turn everything, including human beings and the natural world, into commodities to exploit until exhaustion or collapse. All sides of the political equation are lackeys for Wall Street. They sanction, through continued deregulation, massive corporate profits and the obscene compensation and bonuses for corporate managers. Most of that money - hundreds of billions of dollars - is funneled upward from the U.S. Treasury. The Sarah Palins and the Glenn Becks use hatred as a mobilizing passion to get the masses, fearful and angry, to call for their own enslavement as well as to deny uncomfortable truths, including global warming. Our dispossessed working class and beleaguered middle class are vulnerable to this manipulation because they can no longer bear the chaos and uncertainty that come with impoverishment, hopelessness and loss of control. They have retreated into a world of illusion, one peddled by right-wing demagogues, which offers a reassuring emotional consistency. This consistency appears to protect them from the turmoil in which they have been forced to live. The propaganda of a Palin or a Beck may insult common sense, but, for a growing number of Americans, common sense has lost its validity. The liberal class, which remains rooted in a world of fact, rationalizes placating corporate power as the only practical response. It understands the systems of corporate power. It knows the limitations and parameters. And it works within them. The result, however, is the same. The entire spectrum of the political landscape collaborates in the strangulation of our disenfranchised working class, the eroding of state power, the criminal activity of the financial class and the paralysis of our political process. Commerce cannot be the sole guide of human behavior. This utopian fantasy, embraced by the tea party as well as the liberal elite, defies 3,000 years of economic history. It is a chimera. This ideology has been used to justify the disempowerment of the working class, destroy our manufacturing capacity, and ruthlessly gut social programs that once protected and educated the working and middle class. It has obliterated the traditional liberal notion that societies should be configured around the common good. All social and cultural values are now sacrificed before the altar of the marketplace. The failure to question the utopian assumptions of globalization has left us in an intellectual vacuum. Regulations, which we have dismantled, were the bulwarks that prevented unobstructed brutality and pillaging by the powerful and protected democracy. It was a heavily regulated economy, as well as labor unions and robust liberal institutions, which made the American working class the envy of the industrialized world. And it was the loss of those unions, along with a failure to protect our manufacturing, which transformed this working class into a permanent underclass clinging to part-time or poorly paid jobs without protection or benefits. The "inevitability" of globalization has permitted huge pockets of the country to be abandoned economically. It has left tens of millions of Americans in economic ruin. Private charity is now supposed to feed and house the newly minted poor, a job that once, the old liberal class argued, belonged to the government. As John Ralston Saul in "The Collapse of Globalization" points out, "the role of charity should be to fill the cracks of society, the imaginative edges, to go where the public good hasn't yet focused or can't. Dealing with poverty is the basic responsibility of the state." But the state no longer has the interest or the resources to protect us. And the next target slated for elimination is Social Security. That human society has an ethical foundation that must be maintained by citizens and the state is an anathema to utopian ideologues of all shades. They always demand that we sacrifice human beings for a distant goal. The propagandists of globalization - from Lawrence Summers to Francis Fukuyama to Thomas Friedman - do for globalization and the free market what Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky did for Marxism. They sell us a dream. These elite interpreters of globalism are the vanguard, the elect, the prophets, who alone grasp a great absolute truth and have the right to impose this truth on a captive people no matter what the cost. Human suffering is dismissed as the price to be paid for the coming paradise. The response of these propagandists to the death rattles around them is to continue to speak in globalization's empty rhetoric and use state resources to service a dead system. They lack the vision to offer any alternative. They can function only as systems managers. They will hollow out the state to sustain a casino capitalism that is doomed to fail. And what they offer as a solution is as irrational as the visions of a Christian America harbored by many within the tea party. We are ruled by huge corporate monopolies that replicate the political and economic power, on a vastly expanded scale, of the old trading companies of the 17th and 18th centuries. Wal-Mart's gross annual revenues of $250 billion are greater than those of most small nation-states. The political theater funded by the corporate state is composed of hypocritical and impotent liberals, the traditional moneyed elite, and a disenfranchised and angry underclass that is being encouraged to lash out at the bankrupt liberal institutions and the government that once protected them. The tea party rabble, to placate their anger, will also be encouraged by their puppet masters to attack helpless minorities, from immigrants to Muslims to homosexuals. All these political courtiers, however, serve the interests of the corporate state and the utopian ideology of globalism. Our social and political ethic can be summed up in the mantra let the market decide. Greed is good. The old left - the Wobblies, the Congress of Industrial Workers (CIO), the Socialist and Communist parties, the fiercely independent publications such as Appeal to Reason and The Masses - would have known what to do with the rage of our dispossessed. It used anger at injustice, corporate greed and state repression to mobilize Americans to terrify the power elite on the eve of World War I. This was the time when socialism was not a dirty word in America but a promise embraced by millions who hoped to create a world where everyone would have a chance. The steady destruction of the movements of the left was carefully orchestrated. They fell victim to a mixture of sophisticated forms of government and corporate propaganda, especially during the witch hunts for communists, and overt repression. Their disappearance means we lack the vocabulary of class warfare and the militant organizations, including an independent press, with which to fight back. We believe, like the Spaniards in the 16th century who pillaged Latin America for gold and silver, that money, usually the product of making and trading goods, is real. The Spanish empire, once the money ran out and it no longer produced anything worth buying, went up in smoke. Today's use in the United States of some $12 trillion in government funds to refinance our class of speculators is a similar form of self-deception. Money markets are still treated, despite the collapse of the global economy, as a legitimate source of trade and wealth creation. The destructive power of financial bubbles, as well as the danger of an unchecked elite, was discovered in ancient Athens and detailed more than a century ago in Emile Zola's novel "Money." But we seem determined to find out this self-destructive force for ourselves. And when the second collapse comes, as come it must, we will revisit wrenching economic and political tragedies forgotten in the mists of history. 2010 TruthDig.com Chris Hedges writes a regular column for Truthdig.com. Hedges graduated from Harvard Divinity School and was for nearly two decades a foreign correspondent for The New York Times. He is the author of many books, including: War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning, What Every Person Should Know About War, and American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America. 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