One of Lydian's favorite books is 'The House of The Spirits.' Today I read a passage retelling a story of the hens who joined forces to confront a fox who had made a habit of stealing their eggs and eating their baby chicks. The hens were paralyzed by grief and fear until they collectively decided enough was enough. They waited for him as a group and when he entered the coop they blocked his way, surrounded him and pecked him half to death before he regained his wits and ran away in shame.
There have been a few times in American history when poor peoples have come together in exclamation against the individuals controlling their government. Every dollar in this capitalism is a vote and there are few safeguards against the few whose insatiable hunger for more and more than they could ever need is rewarded with more and more power. Michelle Alexander has shown that the few populist movements that might have stopped this trend in its tracks have been thwarted by the conscious effort by those in power to divide poor people of color and poor white people, to convince them that their interests are not one and the same.
I see this happening right now. I have dreams in which I assassinate Donald Trump and afterwards wash my hands. I play out again and again scenarios in which billionaire white men sit around the coziest room of a casino patting each other on the back in congratulations that they remembered in time the lessons of James B. Weaver's People's Party: that to save the oligarchy all they need do is inspire fear in the poor.
Within the next nine months we will watch history either repeat itself or we will hold on fast and inspire the foxes to shame. No you cannot take our eggs. No we will not wait for our grandchildren's grandchildren to finally unite as we couldn't.
I also play out over and over again scenarios in which Obama and Aislinn Pulley speak over the phone or in illicit meet-up, conspiring how to inspire people to defiance, to well-examined questioning, to overcome the mountain of money spent to keep those virtues quiet.