The Next American Revolution


The Next American Revolution

By Michael Albert

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               Scrolling collage of photos of interviewees' famous namesakes
               and of interviewees themselves provides a backdrop for the
               main title.  



               DURING THE PRIOR 27 YEARS.


               INT.  OVAL OFFICE - DAY

               MIGUEL GUEVARA, 39, a bit scruffy looking, interviews
               PRESIDENT MALCOLM KING, 59, confident, handsome, an air of

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Mr. President, what a pleasure to
                         celebrate your victory.  How do you

                                   MALCOLM KING
                         Elated.  Eager.  Cautious.  But it
                         wasn't my victory.  Ideas won. 
                         Program won.  Vision won.  Millions
                         of volunteers and 100 million
                         voters won.  

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Were you surprised?


               King, CELIA CURIE, 51, poised and beautiful, and
               conventioneers wildly celebrate nomination.

                                   MALCOLM KING
                         Thirty years ago, I would have
                         deemed this an impossible dream. 
                         But then vision grew.  Hope grew. 
                         Despair died.  Activism flourished. 
                         And here we are.  Dream then,
                         reality now!

               INT.  OVAL OFFICE - DAY 

               Interview continues.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Your first reactions to the Oval

                                   MALCOLM KING
                         I felt unwelcome in a hall of
                         horrors.  I prefer having a museum
                         of good deeds so I will redecorate
                         with people's art.  The walls will
                         look forward rather than back.  

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         And beyond remodeling?

                                   MALCOLM KING
                         We will host a constitutional
                         convention to redefine how
                         government works.  We will enlarge
                         the Supreme Court to reflect a
                         diverse new society.  We will
                         accelerate giving our armed forces
                         socially worthy agendas.  We will
                         enact massive prison pardons and
                         wisely renovate jurisprudence.  We
                         will massively seek climate
                         redemption and ecological balance. 
                         We will legalize all on-going
                         workplace take-overs to urge new
                         equitable, cooperative economics. 
                         We will do all that, and more, of

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         What about personal goals?

                                   MALCOLM KING
                         Keep my head.  Honor activists who
                         preceded us.  Seek truths. 

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         You now speak of construction
                         compared to earlier speaking about
                         consciousness raising and
                         contestation.  Can you explain?

               EXT.  VIDEO MONTAGE - DAY

               Scenes of early RPS.

                                   MALCOLM KING (V.O.)
                         RPS's early members had beliefs
                         seriously different from their
                         neighbors, schoolmates, workmates,
                         and often even their relatives.  To
                         gain allies we had to discuss the
                         differences and raise
                         consciousness.  As RPS grew we
                         could seek change.  We still raised
                         consciousness, but campaigns,
                         strikes, and occupations became
                         central.  In time, we began to
                         create  structures for immediate
                         benefit but also as seeds of a
                         better future.  We constructed, and
                         now construction is paramount. 
                         Activists first chronicled
                         nightmares and envisioned better,
                         then we won modest but escalating
                         gains, and finally we can make
                         desirable dreams reality.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA  (V.O.)
                         Did you enjoy Inauguration Day? 

               EXT.  CELEBRATIONS - DAY

               Views of diverse crowds in many places.

                                   MALCOLM KING
                         We knew rebels and rakes, outcasts,
                         the gentle, the kind, the poets and
                         painters, the bricklayers and truck
                         drivers, saints and sinners too,
                         all wanted to attend.  History had
                         been so harsh and so unkind for so
                         long that many millions wanted to
                         dance in the streets of our little
                         town.  To accommodate, we held
                         events in most counties in the U.S.
                         We celebrated a decades-long
                         struggle.  Of course I loved it.

               EXT.  CENTRAL PARK - DAY

               Miguel Guevara queries JULIET BERKMAN, 49, sedate and
               confident, walking in park, August 1 2042.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Juliet do you remember first
                         becoming radical?

                                   JULIET BERKMAN
                         Trump's election exploded my mind. 
                         I drank myself sick.  A friend
                         restored my focus and before long,
                         I was radical.  

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         What were some key events for you?

                                   JULIET BERKMAN
                         The first two RPS conventions and
                         the campaign for balanced jobs in
                         2024, and for the 30-hour work week
                         in 2025, but I also remember a
                         meeting arranged with workers in a
                         defense plant connected with a
                         university where students were
                         opposing military research.  I
                         spoke to an assembly of protesting
                         students and defense-involved

               INT.  ASSEMBLY HALL - DAY

               Audience includes workers dressed for work and student
               protestors holding signs.  YOUNG JULIET BERKMAN, 23, dressed
               for street battle, speaks.  The workers boo her words.

                                   YOUNG JULIET BERKMAN
                         War making has to stop.  Your war
                         production has to stop.  Your war
                         has to stop.  All war has to stop.  

                                   JULIET BERKMAN  (V.O.) 
                         I threatened the employees' future
                         livelihoods and by the next day I
                         hated myself for having ignored the
                         situations of those I was trying to
                         reach.  The workers booed me
                         because I was obnoxious.  I had to

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         And the second personal event?

               INT.  CHURCH - DAY

               Respectful Memorial Service.  

                                   JULIET BERKMAN (V.O.)
                         At a memorial service for sixties
                         civil rights activists, the music
                         and solidarity transported me until
                         I saw in my head past activists
                         risking life and limb.

               EXT.  BIRMINGHAM RALLY - DAY

               Activists struggle.  Then King speech.

                                   JULIET BERKMAN (V.O.)
                         The next day I re-read Martin
                         Luther King Jr.'s letter from a
                         Birmingham Jail and his Mountaintop
                         speech.  Later, I often repeated
                         his words to myself.  "I have heard
                         numerous southern religious leaders
                         admonish their worshipers to comply
                         with a desegregation decision
                         because it is the law, but I have
                         longed to hear white ministers
                         declare:  'Follow this decree
                         because integration is morally
                         right and because the Negro is your

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA (V.O.)
                         Juliet, what can you tell us about
                         the first signs of RPS?

                                   JULIET BERKMAN
                         I had my first RPS feelings at a
                         Detroit rally for a higher minimum
                         wage and reduced police violence.  


               Lively crowd of a few thousand listen to DETROIT SPEAKER.

                                   DETROIT SPEAKER
                         We must raise wages, reduce
                         violence, and gain peace.  Class,
                         race, gender, and sexuality - low
                         wages, and police violence, we must
                         create our own new organization to
                         seek all these gains.  We must not
                         settle.  We must change everything.  

               EXT.  CENTRAL PARK - DAY

               Walking and talking.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Surely those weren't new thoughts?

                                   JULIET BERKMAN
                         I had heard similar rhetoric, but
                         Detroit felt more real.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Many pinpoint the 2021 March of
                         three hundred thousand on Wall
                         Street as their RPS start.  Were
                         you there?

               EXT.  MARCH ON WALL STREET - DAY

                                   JULIET BERKMAN (V.O.)
                         Yes, I was there.  In fact, I gave
                         a speech called "We Are the Future"
                         Have you heard it?

                                   YOUNG JULIET BERKMAN
                         We seek dignity and justice.  We
                         won't settle for the periphery of
                         power.  We do not oppose
                         impoverished budgets, escalating
                         inequality, resurgent racism,
                         sexual predation, assembly line
                         schools, pharmaceutical drug
                         dealing, corporate profiteering,
                         divisive classism, heinous war,
                         hideous repression, OR planetary
                         climate catastrophe.  No, we oppose
                         them all.  We don't demand racial
                         solidarity, cultural integrity,
                         gender equity, sexual diversity,
                         political freedom, collective self
                         management, OR economic equity and
                         classlessness.  No, we demand them

               EXT.  CENTRAL PARK - DAY

               Sitting on a bench, looking out over pond.

                                   JULIET BERKMAN 
                         If you told me then that twenty
                         five years later we would be on the
                         verge of transforming society, I
                         would have laughed.  A hundred
                         years, okay.  Fifty, maybe.  Twenty
                         five? No way.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Challenging class division has been
                         your personal focus.  What was the
                         turning point in seeking

                                   JULIET BERKMAN
                         I can suggest two early


               AMAZONIA WORKER mechanically does her task.  Camera pans to
               more and more workers, doing likewise, then to plant after
               plant, then to workers sitting, striking.

                                   AMAZONIA WORKER
                         We will not move.  We will not
                         allow scabs to take our place.  We
                         will strike until Amazon meets our

                                   JULIET BERKMAN (V.O.)
                         People nationwide were
                         flabbergasted.  We had bought our
                         books and goods from Amazon by 
                         clicking links seemingly with no
                         humans involved.  Almost 300,000
                         humans, invisible before, sat down
                         to become visible.

               EXT.  AMAZON WAREHOUSE - DAY

               WORKERS occupy and speak from doorway.  SUPPORTERS surround
               plant and speak from makeshift stage.  FAMILIES and FRIENDS
               bring food and tents.  Students bring supplies and buffer
               against police intervention.  POLICE approach.  

                                   AMAZONIA STRIKE LEADER
                         We are AmazonIA workers.  Invade
                         our warehouse and we will ravage
                         it.  If need be, we will die at our
                         posts.  You enter, we wreck chaos.

                                   YOUNG JULIET BERKMAN 
                         You can bash us, but we too will
                         not be moved.  Like workers inside,
                         we will remain.  We are neighbors,
                         students, mail carriers,
                         assemblers.  We are lawyers, and
                         doctors.  We are off duty cops.  We
                         learn, all across the country, from
                         Amazonia's strikers.

                                   AMAZONIA STRIKE LEADER
                         Say no to our demands, and we will
                         maintain our occupation and you
                         will lose.  Bring on cops to smash
                         us.  We will replenish.  Issue
                         court orders to scare us.  We will
                         scoff.  Serve injunctions to
                         restrain us.  We will shred them. 
                         Arrest us.  We will happily enter
                         your jails.  Go ahead.  Get tough. 
                         We will collapse your workplaces.

               Looks at rows of police.

                                   AMAZONIA STRIKE LEADER (CONT'D)
                         Officers, we know you feel 
                         responsible to follow your orders. 
                         But you have kids.  You have lives. 
                         You want shorter work hours, better
                         wages, humane conditions.  You are
                         our future allies.  Bludgeon us. 
                         We will talk with you.  

                                   JULIET BERKMAN (V.O.)
                         Some police began talking with us. 
                         Their anger was checked.  After a
                         week, United Package Workers
                         stopped delivering.  Then National
                         Express workers stopped.  Then it
                         was bam.  New work hours.  Bam. 
                         New payment schemes.  A second
                         early turning point was new
                         attitudes to work relations.


               STUDENTS rally with signs.

                                   JULIET BERKMAN (V.O.)
                         There was a campaign to raise the
                         wages of Harvard's kitchen and
                         custodial workers.  Activists
                         sought  improved conditions for the
                         workers while debating what
                         people's incomes really ought to

                                   STUDENT DEMONSTRATOR
                         Why should those who tediously
                         clean classrooms earn less than
                         those who comfortably lecture
                         students on how to seek profit?

                                   JULIET BERKMAN (V.O.)
                         After dozens of dorm and classroom
                         discussions, work stoppages, teach
                         ins, and repressive administration
                         threats and actions, a group of
                         medical students, some in RPS,
                         began questioning admissions
                         policies, training methods, and the
                         culture of the profession they were
                         supposed to enter.  The sentiment
                         mushroomed and there soon emerged
                         Doctors for the People, Lawyers for
                         the People, Accountants for the
                         People, Engineers, Architects, and
                         Faculty for the People.

               EXT.  NYU LAW SCHOOL - DAY

               Rally hears LAW STUDENT with megaphone.

                                   LAW STUDENT
                         We know we have bad habits that
                         operate obstructively.  We know we
                         face intense resistance from folks
                         opposing radical change.  Still, we
                         seek new relations between each
                         profession and the population.  We
                         seek to serve.  Lawyers for people
                         not corporations.

               INT.  UNIVERSITY OFFICE - DAY

               Miguel Guevara queries ANDREJ GOLDMAN, 50, who looks like
               somewhat nerdish professor.  Bookshelves show titles by

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Andrej Goldman, do you remember
                         your radicalization?

                                   ANDREJ GOLDMAN
                         In college, I saw economics as a
                         good career choice.  I did the
                         equations, pontificated about
                         supply and demand, and moaned about
                         government spending.  I knew
                         inflation and tax rates.  I didn't
                         know how corporations function.  

               EXT.  CAMPUS RALLY - DAY

               Students rally against global warming.

                                   ANDREJ GOLDMAN (V.O.)
                         As a junior, a friend took me to my
                         first demonstration.  I admired
                         speakers taking a stand.  Their
                         words made sense.  Their anger
                         seemed warranted.  I watched and
                         respected, but did not join.  I
                         worried over that and before long
                         got involved.

               INT.  UNIVERSITY OFFICE - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Can you tell us what RPS events
                         most affected you?

                                   ANDREJ GOLDMAN
                         The 2021 Schools for the People
                         campaign and later the 2027 Amazon
                         strike inspired me.  Plant
                         occupations and take overs, and all
                         manner of massive demonstrations
                         and actions moved me.  But the
                         early days most got me.

               INT.  HIGH SCHOOL - NIGHT

               Aroused PARENTS confront school officials in auditorium.

                         We demand a community center where
                         we can learn and socialize.  We
                         want to learn, to share, to
                         progress.  We want roses on our
                         tables, not diamonds on our necks.


               Strikers block access.  Supporters rally beyond.

                         We demand worthy pay.  We demand
                         respect and a say.  This is our
                         lives.  Who are we? We are workers
                         and we will not move short of
                         winning dignity and income.  

               INT.  UNIVERSITY OFFICE - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         What role did RPS's boycotts play?

                                   ANDREJ GOLDMAN
                         I was in college, near Boston, 
                         studying abysmal economics, when
                         the Wall Street Rally led to
                         calling boycotts.

               EXT.  WALL STREET RALLY - DAY

               Throngs listen to RALLY SPEAKER.

                                   RALLY SPEAKER
                         All of us, our families, our
                         friends, and everyone we can reach,
                         must stop buying products from the
                         hatemongering producers of the
                         automatic high velocity weapons
                         prevalent in public mass shootings.  

                                   ANDREJ GOLDMAN (V.O.)
                         This was a few years on the heels
                         of the 2018 massive student
                         demonstrations that began the
                         rollback of gun culture and also
                         propelled so many young people into
                         their first taste of actively
                         seeking change.  I didn't myself
                         own a gun and was never going to
                         buy one.  To build a gun boycott,
                         activists had to reach gun
                         advocates who disagreed with them. 
                         That was a major step, but where I
                         was, we needed a different focus.

               INT.  UNIVERSITY OFFICE - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   ANDREJ GOLDMAN
                         At MIT, and we went from opposing
                         gun violence to resisting
                         militarizing campus police and
                         opposing all complicity with war.  

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         What were the obstacles?

                                   ANDREJ GOLDMAN
                         Some students believed there were
                         just wars.  U.S. intervention was
                         Others said MIT ending war research
                         would be budgetary suicide.  To
                         win, we had to show the moral
                         failings of militarism, and also
                         how to survive without it.  

               EXT.  MIT CAMPUS RALLY - DAY

               A STUDENT with a bullhorn addresses ADMINISTRATORS looking
               out at Rally from windows.

                         How can you sensibly oppose our
                         calls for greater attention to
                         global warming? How can you
                         sensibly reject focusing research
                         on new energy sources and needed
                         health campaigns? 
                         How can you sensibly refute our
                         rejection of weapons research? 
                         You can't.

               EXT.  MONTAGE - ACTIONS - DAY

               Rally at Boston Common, then MIT and Harvard sit-ins,
               Northeastern and BU Strikes

                                   ANDREJ GOLDMAN (V.O.)
                         I worked on teach-ins, organized
                         rallies, and helped picket and
                         occupy labs.  Before long, cross
                         campus solidarity provoked citywide
                         demonstrations.  Movements began
                         sharing lessons and lending each
                         other support.  After two
                         tumultuous years we held a rally
                         culminating in a sit-in at MIT that
                         attracted 30,000 students from all
                         over the Boston area.  When even
                         more attended a subsequent rally
                         and sit-in at Harvard, and when
                         Northeastern and Boston University
                         then held simultaneous campus-wide
                         strikes, our confidence soared.

               INT.  UNIVERSITY OFFICE - DAY

               Interview continues. Now with drinks.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         What lessons did you take?

                                   ANDREJ GOLDMAN
                         Mostly I learned about the mindset
                         of students who balked at joining
                         the effort.  I learned why good
                         people put up with and even defend
                         horrible injustices.

               INT.  DORM ROOM - NIGHT

               YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN 24, scruffy, and STUDENT argue.

                         The weapons aren't offensive.  They
                         won't be used.  We need them to
                         preserve peace.  

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA  (V.O.)
                         Did you keep your temper hearing

                                   ANDREJ GOLDMAN (V.O.)
                         Sadly, at first I often got very
                         aggressive, but as we overcame each
                         rationale with evidence, we got
                         more patient and finally reached
                         the heart of the matter.  

                         Suppose I accept you are right
                         about the facts and ethics of war
                         making.  You will nonetheless lose,
                         and losing isn't worth my time.

                                   YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN
                         Administrators won't retain war
                         research when doing so will cause
                         students and faculty to close their

                         Perhaps, but even if you eliminate
                         war research here, profiteers will
                         do it elsewhere.  Even if you
                         organize lots of resistance in many
                         places, it will come back somewhere
                         and eventually everywhere.  You
                         can't stop war.  Human nature
                         sucks.  Play along and get what you
                         can.  Change is impossible.  I will
                         not be Don Quixote pushing peace
                         against intractable war just to
                         feel moral.

               INT.  UNIVERSITY OFFICE - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA 
                         Young folks acted like worn out old

                                   ANDREJ GOLDMAN
                         Though it was severely challenged
                         and shaken in the Sixties, cynicism 
                         had retained command.  People
                         considered suffering inevitable. 
                         We had to reverse that.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Did you take other lessons?

                                   ANDREJ GOLDMAN
                         We fought to get our universities
                         to stop supporting military agendas
                         only to see schools spin off labs
                         as private corporate firms.  It
                         taught us we had to transcend
                         campuses and take on private
                         corporations.  First MIT, Stanford,
                         and Cal Tech.  Then the spinoffs,
                         NSA, and Boeing.  

               EXT.  BOEING CORP.  - DAY

               PICKETERS with signs partially block the entrance and enter
               conversations with workers.

                                   YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN
                         We want war firms like yours to do
                         socially desirable work in place of
                         war work.  We want Congress to re
                         assign funds from military to
                         social use.  Government could pay
                         your workplace to produce a transit
                         system, schools, and hospitals just
                         like it can pay it to produce a
                         missile system.  Your workplace
                         could employ you in either case. 
                         So why doesn't it happen?
                         The obstacle is that enlarged
                         social spending establishes the
                         idea that the government ought to
                         benefit the whole population.  It
                         insures workers against threats of
                         firing.  It empowers workers to win
                         greater gains. 
                         Elites prefer war spending because
                         it employs fewer people and avoids
                         empowering workers.  You can have a
                         more meaningful job, better
                         conditions, and more pay, and so
                         can all workers, with less or even
                         no war production.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Did you take any personal lessons?

               EXT.  UNIVERSITY LAWN - DAY

               Small group congregates around arguers. Goldman and GUN
               ADVOCATE argue.

                                   ANDREJ GOLDMAN (V.O.)
                         After I gave a public talk at a
                         university in Florida about
                         boycotting military work, I was
                         accosted by a charismatic advocate
                         of open carry.  We argued and soon
                         people were tossing in comments.

                                   GUN ADVOCATE
                         At any moment some maniac can
                         unholster a gun and start shooting. 
                         If most students carry hand guns,
                         even a crazy student hell bent on
                         murder will succumb before doing
                         much harm.  

                                   YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN 
                         But open carry would unleash
                         hysterical fear often escalating
                         moderate disputes into violent

                                   GUN ADVOCATE
                         Escalations are unavoidable.  Open
                         carry will reduce deaths.

                                   ANDREJ GOLDMAN (V.O.)
                         I realized that while the NRA
                         profiteers drove gun policy, many
                         grassroots gun advocates weren't
                         posing a hypothetical.  They
                         weren't gun nuts.  They felt social
                         corruption was irreversible. 
                         Violence was unavoidable.  The only
                         defense was a gun of one's own.
                         I couldn't convey that students
                         carrying guns in classes would be
                         horrible for everyone without first
                         establishing that society did not
                         have to be a kill or be killed
                         danger land.

               INT.  MAYOR'S OFFICE - DAY

               Miguel Guevara interviews MAYOR BILL HAMPTON, 45, looking
               relaxed but dressed formal, in his office.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Bill Hampton, you became an anti
                         racist activist, joined RPS, and
                         later became Mayor of New York
                         City.  What got you going?

               EXT.  CHURCH - DAY

               Police vans visible, police line up in three rows, ten
               abreast.  They face the church entrance.  The PASTOR stands
               atop the Church steps, with 50 CONGREGANTS, and the full
               CHURCH CHOIR.  

                                   BILL HAMPTON (V.O.)
                         I was at a sanctuary for immigrants
                         slated to be deported.  The site
                         was a church in San Antonio, Texas.  

                         To take our immigrant families, you
                         will have to go through our
                         extended family.  You can assault
                         us.  You can brutalize our limbs
                         into physical silence and shove our
                         trembling husks aside.  You can
                         even kill us.  It will not change
                         our minds.  If you feel that is
                         warranted, come ahead.

               Pastor and congregants lock arms.  Church doors open
               revealing rows of congregants who also lock arms.  At the
               pulpit, the sheltered families stand resolute.

                                   BILL HAMPTON (V.O.)
                         This was our Selma.  Our Pettus
                         bridge.  Our Birmingham.  San
                         Antonio's sheriff was our Bull
                         Connor.  He so disrespected anyone
                         who could side with immigrants that
                         he felt a few swings of police
                         batons would open a clear path to
                         the deportees.  

                         You have two minutes to vacate. 
                         After that, we will vacate you.  

                                   CHURCH CHOIR
                         We shall not be moved, we shall not
                         be movedÉ 

               Two minutes pass.  Sheriff and deputies march into the human
               barrier striking viciously with their long, scary batons.

                                   CHURCH CHOIR (CONT'D)
                         Deep in our hearts we know . . .  

               Officers tromp and batter, congregants grunt and moan, but
               none scream.  Choir sings.  More congregants emerge and lock
               arms.  Onlookers are horrified.  Congregants reach up and
               embrace their tormentors.  Hugs diminish space for brutal
               swings.  Congregants don't beg but militantly persist.  

                                   BILL HAMPTON (V.O.)
                         After a bit, some deputies
                         relented.  Then the sheriff did
                         too.  They could have physically
                         demolished us, leaving a
                         battlefield of blasted souls in
                         their wake, but nothing less would
                         take the families, and scorched
                         earth was too much.  The Pastor was
                         bloodied and bent, but I can still
                         hear him.  

                         Leave your batons and guns with
                         your fellow officers outside.  Do
                         that, and you are welcome to talk
                         to the immigrant families, to
                         myself, and to others in our space
                         of peace and worship within.

               Tears flow.  Medics aid congregants.  Calmly, respectfully,
               after what seems like an eternity of just standing there
               staring at the bloodied Pastor, the Sheriff takes off his
               gun, and walks with the Pastor into the Church.


               Sheriff stands before dozens of press.

                         I will no longer recognize federal
                         orders, or any orders at all, to
                         deport immigrants.

               Drops mic, walks off.

                                   BILL HAMPTON (V.O.)
                         That was the whole thing.  It was
                         the shortest, longest, press
                         conference ever.  It was the
                         beginning of the end of the blame
                         the immigrant, beat the immigrant,
                         expel the immigrant, mindset.

               INT.  MAYOR'S OFFICE - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   BILL HAMPTON
                         Before San Antonio, I hated cops. 
                         To me, my family, and my friends,
                         cops spelled danger and even death. 
                         The only way to deal with them:
                         fight fire with fire, eye to eye,
                         toe to toe - or run like hell.  The
                         sanctuary didn't make me a
                         pacifist, but I saw that non
                         violence plus compassion beat what
                         would have totally demolished any
                         attempt to fight back.  Police
                         could sometimes be turned our way. 
                         And when they were, the rich and
                         powerful could no longer subdue us.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         How did RPS program emerge? 

                                   BILL HAMPTON
                         A little earlier, the Bernie
                         Sanders campaign had program.  The
                         Black Lives Matter movement first
                         ignored program but then offered
                         it.  The massive women's marches
                         offered program.  But dozens of
                         essays addressed Trump's Tweeting
                         for every essay that addressed BLM,
                         Women's, or any program at all.

               EXT.  DEMOS - DAY

               Video of sanctuaries and demos.

                                   BILL HAMPTON (V.O.)
                         In response to Trump trying to
                         hugely escalate deportation,
                         activists created local sanctuaries
                         in churches and universities and
                         even in some private homes.  

               INT.  CAMPUS CENTER - DAY

               Campus center provides housing and protection.

                                   STUDENT ACTIVIST
                         Our sanctuaries teach and
                         celebrate.  If you take our
                         friends, you have to take us. 
                         Neither we nor they are going
                         without a fight.

               EXT.  SPORTS STADIUM - DAY

               On field athletes and immigrants mingle.

                                   BILL HAMPTON (V.O.)
                         Prominent athletes welcomed
                         immigrants into sports arenas,
                         first on various college campuses,
                         then in the NFL and NBA.  That
                         created a mutual aid mindset that
                         had been absent in some other anti
                         Trump activism.  It nourished
                         incredible momentum.


               Thirty protestors march into a rich neighborhood and cops
               quickly clear them out.  

               EXT.  POOR NEIGHBORHOOD - DAY

               A large rally in a poor neighborhood collectively marches to
               an executive's home.  It includes hundreds.

                                   BILL HAMPTON (V.O.)
                         Another effective early choice was
                         our response to war mongering,
                         climate denying, cabinet members.  
                         We exposed their views, then
                         proposed progressives for their
                         posts.  We rallied where they 
                         worked, lived, and worshipped.  The
                         cabinet members wanted us driven
                         off, but imagine the impact of
                         gassing their neighborhoods.  

               EXT.  POLICE STATION - DAY

               Group rallies outside police station. Demonstrator addresses

                         We demand better ways to spend
                         funds and changes in police
                         structure, policy, and community
                         oversight and control, including
                         using prisoners to build low income
                         housing funded by military budgets. 
                         We invite you into neighborhood and
                         household meetings to discuss how
                         to create safer communities and
                         avoid racist policing.  

               EXT.  MILITARY BASE - DAY

               Group rallies outside military base. 

                                   BILL HAMPTON (V.O.)
                         We went to military bases and
                         police stations and organized.  We
                         didn't just condemn and protest. 
                         We listened and proposed.  We
                         fought but we also made friends.

               INT.  MAYOR'S OFFICE - DAY

               Interview continues. Hampton, seated, answers.

                                   BILL HAMPTON
                         Still, most people's responses to
                         program remained disjointed.  A
                         project would latch onto one aim
                         with gusto.  Another project would
                         latch onto a different aim with
                         equal gusto.  Few strayed from past
                         narrow priorities to embrace full
                         program.  Activism occurred in
                         isolated silos.  We had to create
                         overarching unity.  We turned
                         community centers into meeting
                         places for diverse campaigns.  We
                         founded cultural centers.  We
                         combined a campaign to end flying
                         immigrants out through a local
                         airport with a campaign to clean up
                         plumes of toxic waste from the same
                         airport.  A local progressive
                         candidate would talk at a community
                         center, sign on to a campaign, and
                         get support.  Community centers
                         would have evenings where folks
                         from different campaigns would
                         share the stage. 
                         Speakers on violence against women
                         appeared with speakers on minimum
                         wage struggles.  Activists fighting
                         for prison reform appeared with
                         activists fighting for solar power.   
                         RPS hoped that while single issue
                         campaigns would persist, they would
                         each ratify an overarching agenda
                         and support all its components.  We
                         wanted to meaningfully share good
                         program so that those who focused
                         most on war would aid those who
                         focused most on immigration would
                         aid those who focused most on
                         global warming, on toxic clean-up,
                         on tax reform, on improving public
                         spaces, on distributing food and
                         medicine, on sexual harassment, on
                         police violence.  We wanted a web
                         of mutual aid.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Bill, I wonder if you could
                         describe the barriers to successful
                         organizing before RPS?

               INT.  LECTURE HALL - NIGHT

               YOUNG BILL HAMPTON, 20, confident beyond his years,
               emotionally addresses a large audience.

                                   YOUNG BILL HAMPTON
                         Why have we had so much trouble
                         winning a new society? It is right. 
                         It is needed.  We fight.  We lose. 
                         Why? Society debilitates us until
                         we lack strength to fight well. 
                         Oppression harms us until we lose
                         our ability to cooperate and be
                         strategic.  The roles we occupy
                         each day mold us until we pick up
                         habits that destroy unity and
                         clarity.  Sometimes we do
                         oppressive things.  Sometimes we
                         are too passive.  Defeatism crushes
                         us until we doubt we can win.  We
                         lose motivation to seek success. 
                         We try to please friends.  We try
                         to win something short term.  But
                         we ignore long term prospects.  
                         Lacking hope, we try to punish
                         opponents or to prove our worth
                         more than we try to win a new
                         We find it easier and more
                         pleasurable to talk to people we
                         like.  We write for people who
                         already know left jargon.  We don't
                         create channels for new recruits to
                         participate effectively.  
                         Even when we write or speak
                         accessibly, too often we write or
                         speak only against society.  When
                         non leftists read or hear us, they
                         wonder what we are for and why we
                         repeat the same negative things. 
                         We are anti-religion, anti-sports,
                         anti-country music, anti-fast food. 
                         Our organizations and program
                         reflect professional values more
                         than working class values.  Each of
                         our organizations has its own
                         promotion, data base, fundraising,
                         and residence.  Our  budgets
                         replicate purchasing all that,
                         leaving less for actual work.  We
                         are silo-ed.  We play at violence. 
                         We succumb to liberalism or rail
                         wildly at it.  We disdain reforms
                         and denigrate folks who aren't yet
                         radical.  You get the idea.  We
                         have plenty to fix.  But many
                         resist admitting that.  Some of you
                         may even feel angry at me for
                         saying it.  But listen.  The
                         prevalence of problems is actually
                         good news.  If everything yesterday
                         was wonderful, how could we do
                         better tomorrow?

               INT.  MAYOR'S OFFICE - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         It sounds like the left needed lots
                         of psychiatrists.

                                   BILL HAMPTON
                         More like collective attention to 
                         our baggage.  For that, we allotted
                         time for everyone to tell their
                         stories.  Everyone listened.  Tears
                         happened.  People got heard.  We
                         saw the full person.  We remembered
                         that we each had a lot going on. 
                         It generated new levels of respect
                         and connection, and not just based
                         on what people could get done. 
                         Admitting and addressing problems,
                         we felt less needy and more
                         present.  We were more able to
                         engage because we got seen and
                         heard.  We had more compassion for
                         each other and realized our fears
                         weren't ours alone.  We stuck to
                         tasks at hand and showed up for
                         each other.  And this all mattered
                         even more than great courage or
                         brilliant analysis.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         I would like to return to violence,
                         if you are willing.  You had a
                         confrontation about that at the
                         second convention, is that right?

                                   BILL HAMPTON
                         Yes, a group of ex-military 
                         proposed we should arm and train to
                         battle directly with police.  

               INT.  LARGE ASSEMBLY - DAY

               Seven RPS members, ex-SOLDIERS, occupy the stage and speak.  

                                   SOLDIER 1
                         Rejecting weaponry is cowardly and
                         phony.  If we reject weapons, the
                         status quo will inevitably win by
                         force of arms.  We cannot win
                         fundamental change unless we
                         overcome state violence.  But
                         overcoming state violence requires
                         movement violence.  Anyone who says
                         otherwise accepts defeat.  

                                   BILL HAMPTON (V.O.)
                         What made this a problem wasn't
                         that such a view was offered, but
                         the way it was offered.  These guys
                         felt marching in, armed with
                         rifles, and taking the stage
                         demonstrated the power of guns. 
                         They offered a one-step logic.  You
                         are with us, or with the state.  

                                   YOUNG BILL HAMPTON

               Stands, gathers a group, walks up onto the stage - addresses
               the soldiers and then leads them off to talk further.
                         Violence would not only distort our
                         ability to think straight it is the
                         one contest the state wins.  We
                         have to disarm state violence by
                         making it ineffective because their
                         using violence against us would
                         generate more dissent.  So now what
                         do we do with our disagreement? Are
                         you going to shoot us because we
                         reject your argument? Or would
                         shooting us do your agenda more
                         harm than good? We clearly aren't
                         cowardly and phony.  We aren't on
                         the side of the state.  But you
                         have the guns.  Shoot us, or let's
                         go talk about this further.  

                                   BILL HAMPTON (V.O.)
                         The armed guys revealed that in a
                         group, one guy with a club is a
                         problem.  Five guys with guns are a
                         bigger problem.  We faced two
                         issues.  On the one hand, could we
                         handle police and military violence
                         at local demonstrations? The answer
                         to that was yes, but only by
                         creating situations in which police
                         or military violence would rebound
                         to our benefit, not theirs.  The
                         second issue was could we handle
                         motivated infiltrators or confused
                         thuggery coming from our own people
                         - such as these vets?  It would be
                         hard if not impossible to make
                         internal violence counterproductive
                         for those doing it if they were
                         beyond reasoning much less if they
                         were actively trying to damage RPS. 
                         If the vets with guns had been
                         enemies of RPS, or crazy, things
                         could have gone really badly.  And
                         so RPS had to have a means to deal
                         with internal or external craziness
                         or sabotage.  Could we address it
                         without corrupting the style and
                         modes of operation of RPS? Could we
                         manage  vile situations without our
                         actions  harming us more than the
                         situations themselves? 
                         We first thought, why not have a
                         few people with the training and
                         experience for handling crazy,
                         violent interlopers.  They could be
                         armed and prepared.  We decided the
                         decision had to be made by the
                         organization as a whole.  We
                         decided we should elect a group who
                         would secretly designate security
                         folks.  But what if the security
                         folks themselves became
                         problematic? We decided we
                         shouldn't pick the most macho and
                         military of our members. 
                         Experienced folks should train
                         people who were picked based on
                         their patient temperament.  We next
                         decided that while our plan made
                         sense, we weren't sure it was
                         really needed.  After all, we had
                         completed two conventions and had
                         undertaken countless demonstrations
                         and campaigns, often running up
                         against police and state power
                         without such a special arrangement. 
                         Maybe fear of internal lunacy was a
                         bigger problem than such lunacy
                         itself.  And it turned out that
                         this cautiousness at undertaking
                         the project was wise.  We had the
                         plan ready to propose for a wide
                         discussion and vote, but we decided
                         to hold off until and unless
                         practical evidence suggested it was
                         needed.  On the other hand, I and
                         various others around the country
                         quietly worked with folks on how to
                         deal with local intruders, drunks,
                         ideologically intractable folks,
                         infiltrators, and the like.  


               Miguel Guevara interviews CYNTHIA PARKS, 50, plain outfit and
               calm demeanor, and HARRIET LENNON, 42, a bit dressier, a bit
               less calm.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Cynthia Parks, you watched your
                         family lose their modest home due
                         to unemployment.  Do you remember
                         first becoming radical?

               INT.  CHILDHOOD HOME - DAY 

               Cops come to evict CYNTHIA PARK'S MOM, and YOUNG CYNTHIA
               PARKS, 27, similar plain outfit to later life.

                                   CYNTHIA PARK'S MOM
                         Cynthia, the economy is in trouble. 
                         We don't have money to pay bills. 
                         The bank is taking our home.  We
                         have to move.  

                                   YOUNG CYNTHIA PARKS
                         How does that help the economy?

                                   CYNTHIA PARKS MOM
                         It helps rich bankers.  

                                   CYNTHIA PARKS (V.O.)
                         I watched my father sink into
                         alcohol-enhanced depression.  I
                         watched my mother protect the
                         family from poverty and my father's
                         illness.  I remember ice covering
                         the insides of our windows.  By age
                         seven, my life was mapped out,
                         though it was years before I knew
                         what I had become.


               Interview continues.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Do you remember the start of RPS?

                                   CYNTHIA PARKS
                         I mostly remember that initially
                         RPS lacked certainty.  Who were we
                         to take on such tasks? Nights of
                         sleepless doubt followed days of
                         fearing error.  Too few people had
                         to do too much work.  We feared
                         failing so much that we often
                         wouldn't listen and hear others.  

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         It was hard recruiting at first? 


               Cynthia trying to recruit a neighbor.

                                   YOUNG CYNTHIA PARKS
                         Come on.  Join us in RPS.  Fight
                         for better conditions in our

                         Why should I? You don't stand a
                         chance.  Injustice always wins. 
                         Anyhow, what could I contribute?
                         How could I matter?  I can work to
                         make my family more healthy and
                         fulfilled, but the whole country?
                         The whole world? I can't win that. 
                         To deny my kids, my family, just to
                         lose? Not me.

                                   CYNTHIA PARKS (V.O.)
                         For her to think that way - was
                         that her fault or was it we who
                         knew better but had not yet made
                         hope compelling and believable?


               Interview continues.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Harriet, do you remember how you
                         got involved in housing issues?

                                   HARRIET LENNON
                         I was in school thinking about
                         social change when I started
                         meeting with friends to discuss
                         ideas.  We visited tenants' rights
                         groups and encountered many RPS
                         members, and before long my friends
                         and I joined too.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Joining wasn't a major decision? 

                                   HARRIET LENNON
                         No, we were sitting around talking,
                         and we noted that people we liked
                         were in RPS, so we joined.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         And then?


               Young Harriet Lennon talks with tenants, the POSNERS.

                                   HARRIET LENNON (V.O.)
                         Our talks hatched two plans.  The
                         first was we would visit an
                         apartment complex, make friends,
                         and hear about issues and problems. 
                         Then we would make tentative
                         suggestions and help implement
                         modest gains.  

                                   YOUNG HARRIET LENNON
                         Would you be interested in swapping
                         apartments with someone from the
                         first floor so you would no longer
                         have to walk up four flights to
                         your flat?

                                   MRS.  POSNER
                         For two years climbing the stairs
                         has devastated my husband and hurt
                         me too.  He worked assembly and his
                         legs are bad.  I have tired lungs. 
                         It never even occurred to me to see
                         if anyone would make the switch,
                         and no one offered.

                                   YOUNG HARRIET LENNON
                         Society twists us so badly that we
                         take isolation for granted.  But it
                         turns out, when we mention elderly
                         tenants like you on a high floor,
                         younger tenants on lower floors are
                         willing to swap.  


               Interview continues.

                                   HARRIET LENNON
                         We reached out to student tenants
                         where one or more were already in
                         RPS.  Then we approached families. 
                         We offered modesty, engagement, and
                         eager listening.


               Video montage of apartment food coop, day care, laundry,
               meeting about drugs.

                                   HARRIET LENNON (V.O.)
                         Gains residents could themselves
                         enact like painting corridors
                         quickly revealed potential. 
                         Once we built trust and excitement,
                         we helped people set up tenants'
                         food co-ops to reduce costs and
                         time spent shopping.  We organized
                         collective day care and laundry.   
                         People realized sharing could work. 
                         We started holding parties and
                         hosting group events.  New
                         friendships brightened lives.
                         With still more trust among
                         residents, we began addressing drug
                         use and even sexual harassment and
                         spouse abuse.  People publicly
                         talked about personal violations
                         and took steps to reduce them.


               Interview continues.

                                   HARRIET LENNON
                         We started wondering how to provide
                         affordable housing non
                         exploitatively.  Who would do the
                         work? Why would they do it? With
                         what financing? 

               EXT.  DEMOS / DAY

               Video Montage of RPS members organizing at prison and
               military bases and in neighborhoods around bases and prisons.

                                   YOUNG HARRIET LENNON
                         Instead of learning how to kill or
                         honing advanced criminal skills,
                         why can't soldiers and inmates
                         cooperatively make their own
                         decisions while generating a much
                         needed product?  Why can't we
                         transform military bases and
                         prisons to constructing housing?
                         Why not give soldiers and inmates,
                         once they leave the military or
                         prison, first claim on the houses
                         they helped build? Why not give the
                         rest to young or homeless people.  


               Interview continues.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Going a step back, when did you
                         become radical? What caused it?

                                   HARRIET LENNON
                         I was 19, in community college,
                         when I first heard various
                         progressive formulations,
                         particularly about racism and
                         global warming.  I was sympathetic,
                         but more into music, movies, boys,
                         and social media.  One night I was
                         talking with a new friend who
                         turned out to be very radical.  


               Young Harriet Lennon and COLLEGE FRIEND converse.

                                   COLLEGE FRIEND
                         So the Wall Street march was great
                         but we obviously need more,
                         including on our campus.  

                                   YOUNG HARRIET LENNON
                         Come on.  That will never happen.

                                   COLLEGE FRIEND
                         Why do you assume indignity is
                         permanent? Why do you put all your
                         effort into navigating current
                         circumstances, and none into
                         seeking change?

                                   YOUNG HARRIET LENNON
                         I rule out change and take for
                         granted horrible existing relations
                         like I defend scientific theories
                         against lunatic heresy.  Your hope
                         is crazy.

                                   COLLEGE FRIEND
                         No scientist would assume cancer
                         was incurable at the outset of
                         considering what to do about it.   
                         No engineer would assume a bridge
                         couldn't span the Hudson River at
                         the outset of trying to connect
                         cities on either side.  You assume
                         failure.  Why, unless you desire
                         failure or you fear success? 

                                   HARRIET LENNON (V.O.)
                         This ate at me.  What was my axe to
                         grind? What made me jump to a
                         depressing conclusion? Nothing
                         warranted.  I was RPS bound.


               Interview continues.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Cynthia, what drew you to RPS?

                                   CYNTHIA PARKS
                         When my family lost its home I was
                         ten years old.  people we knew lost
                         their's too.


               Families of four, five, and more living in one or two room
               ramshackle apartments, or two or more families living
               together in a space too small for one family, and families
               living in cars. Families plunged into anger, despair, alcohol
               and opioid addiction.  

                                   CYNTHIA PARKS (V.O.)
                         At times I had rats for roommates I
                         felt incredible tension, saw
                         incredible violence.  But then, as
                         I got older, I met folks who
                         devoted themselves to preventing
                         evictions or to helping those who
                         were evicted find new homes.  The
                         contrast between housing activists
                         seeking just results and real
                         estate developers, bankers, and
                         police callously carrying out
                         evictions decided my life.


               Interview continues.

                                   CYNTHIA PARKS
                         Housing organizing required
                         listening, hearing, and
                         empathizing.  It involved raising
                         consciousness, developing skills,
                         and building confidence.  We had to
                         pay close attention to the means at
                         hand and to attainable ends.  We
                         had to be patient with people, but
                         impatient with institutions.   
                         Housing organizing involved
                         activism RPS needed.  And what we
                         housing organizers needed back from
                         RPS was a large organization's
                         support.  It was a wonderful

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         But what about personal
                         difficulties becoming radical? Did
                         you fit right off? Or was joining
                         RPS hard?

                                   CYNTHIA PARKS
                         Activists I first encountered had
                         lots of education.  They were
                         comfortable and confident.  They
                         expected people who looked,
                         dressed, and talked like me to
                         defer to them.  Luckily for me,
                         some folks tried to not just
                         welcome me but to hear and learn
                         from my ways of interrelating.  My
                         connections to self proclaimed
                         redneck activists who used gun
                         culture to reach into rural
                         communities horrified some lefties
                         but it showed others how to move
                         beyond passively enduring class
                         oppression without becoming

               INT.  GOVERNOR'S OFFICE - DAY

               Miguel Guevara interviews Governor Celia Curie, n her office.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Celia Curie, can you tell us how
                         you first became radical?

                                   CELIA CURIE
                         I was raped by my uncle when I was
                         fifteen.  I didn't tell anyone.  I
                         was afraid and at first I thought
                         it was my fault.  My father's
                         brother did it.  The fallout of me
                         speaking up would be horrendous for
                         my dad and for my uncle's family.   
                         Afterward, I used the internet to
                         learn more about rape.  I went
                         deeply into the subject and became 
                         indebted to many feminist writers
                         who saved my life and opened my
                         door to radicalism.

               INT.  FILM MONTAGE - DAY

               Displays misogyny in life, then in films.

                                    CELIA CURIE (V.O.)
                         Being raped, watching a loved one
                         killed or jailed, being torn apart
                         by unemployment, alcohol, and
                         drugs, or suffering preventable
                         illness dominates many peoples'
                         early memories.  It can cripple for
                         life.  It can also educate and
                         inspire.  I had difficulty escaping
                         my dark times not least because
                         every year since, I saw reminders.  

               INT.  GOVERNOR'S OFFICE - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Just ten years later RPS was
                         percolating, and soon thereafter,
                         Hollywood RPS got going.  Do you
                         remember how it started?


               Group of actors meet in an enormous ornate living room.  One
               wall is all window overlooking a massive deck with a huge
               pool.  Beyond that floats the Pacific.

                                   CELIA CURIE (V.O.)
                         The first Hollywood chapter got
                         going when some actors started to
                         meet face to face to discuss how
                         they could relate to RPS.  It was
                         shortly after the first convention
                         and we took a few meetings to
                         settle on joining RPS and
                         undertaking three types of

                                   YOUNG CELIA CURIE
                         We should reach out to other people
                         in our artistic communities to join
                         RPS.  We should agitate for changes
                         in Hollywood film practices to make
                         our industry better reflect worthy
                         values and aims.  We should reach
                         out to the broader population using
                         film and our visibility as actors.

                                   CELIA CURIE (V.O.)
                         It started with just eleven people. 
                         We got less curious about our
                         fellow actors' sex lives and more
                         curious about ideas. 
                         Joining RPS was like deciding to
                         relate to a film by collectively
                         assessing a screenplay.

               EXT.  PARK - DAY

               Two actors walk and talk.

                                   CELIA CURIE (V.O.)
                         We began reaching out to other
                         Hollywood people to join us in RPS.

                         Why should I address much I would
                         rather ignore? It would cost time. 
                         It would alienate producers.  And
                         what would I do, other than talk? 

                                   YOUNG CELIA CURIE
                         Talking is a lot, but I understand
                         we need to have activities beyond
                         talking you can relate to.  So help
                         us come up with some.  

               INT.  GOVERNOR'S OFFICE - DAY

               Interview continues. 

                                   CELIA CURIE
                         Like everyone, the roles I occupied
                         in society largely determined who I
                         was by the requirements they
                         imposed on me.  However, after
                         joining RPS, though the daily
                         pressures of my situations,
                         contracts, and people's
                         expectations still pushed and
                         pulled me, now I was part of RPS
                         and that became who I was at a more
                         basic level than the rest.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Didn't obstacles intimidate you? 

                                   CELIA CURIE
                         I don't know how to explain our
                         reaction to obstacles other than to
                         say it wasn't a time to hesitate. 
                         We had to agitate.  We had to make
                         the change we wanted.  The earlier
                         rise of feminist and anti-racist
                         demands among actors were likely
                         essential to our mindset. 
                         At any rate, within a year we began
                         three projects.  First, we
                         assembled courses about
                         understanding current society,
                         advocating vision, and addressing
                         possibilities of the film industry. 
                         Second, we uncovered and publicized
                         the pay rates of everyone in
                         Hollywood and then agitated for
                         more equitable relations.  You can
                         imagine how that went over, but the
                         ethics were clear and with informed
                         persistence we eventually went from
                         our appearing crazy, to those
                         defending old ways appearing
                         greedy.  Third, we pressured local
                         media producers to give space and
                         tools to grassroots participants
                         and we created short films and
                         later some full-length ones
                         promoting RPS ideas and program.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Do you remember the meeting where
                         you first got together?


               Eleven ACTORS meet. 

                                   CELIA CURIE (V.O.)
                         We first got together at a famous
                         actor's house.  

                                   HOST ACTOR
                         We should do as we have done, hold
                         funding events for candidates. 
                         Raise them money.  Help them win.

                                   YOUNG CELIA CURIE
                         Come on.  You know the conditions
                         most people endure overseas and in
                         the U.S. require more than band
                         aids.  Just donating won't end
                         global warming, poverty, and war. 
                         Society needs a rewrite.  

               INT.  GOVERNOR'S OFFICE - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         What opposition did you face?

                                   CELIA CURIE
                         Artists' incredibly elitist egos.

               INT.  MOVIE SET - DAY

               Young Celia Curie tries to recruit actor.

                                   TALL ACTOR
                         We are not like other workers.  We
                         should enjoy incomes commensurate
                         to our talent.  Balanced jobs
                         shouldn't sap our focus.  

                                   YOUNG CELIA CURIE
                         A scientist is creative, as are
                         doctors, designers, and builders,
                         not just artists, and with training
                         and new jobs, we could all be
                         creative for part of our work time. 
                         Saying that actors, directors, or
                         other art workers shouldn't do
                         balanced work implies that others
                         who do creative work shouldn't
                         either.  Twenty percent of the
                         population should do only
                         empowering work and, as a result,
                         eighty percent should do only
                         disempowering work.  

                                   TALL ACTOR
                         But it would cut into our
                         creativity.  Why lose that?

                                   YOUNG CELIA CURIE
                         It is true that balancing your
                         circumstances for empowerment will
                         reduce your time for creative work,
                         but having everyone do balanced
                         work will free the potentials of
                         vast new constituencies.  

                                   TALL ACTOR
                         Perhaps, but it's insane to think
                         the public should plan art.  We
                         plan it.  The public likes it or
                         not.  We know what is creative,
                         what we can do, how we can do it. 
                         Negotiating art would mean I do
                         what others decide.  That is
                         absurd.  That would end art.

                                   YOUNG CELIA CURIE
                         No.  Workers and consumers self
                         managing doesn't mean the public
                         decides what goes in a novel, play,
                         or film, any more than it means the
                         public decides what research a
                         biologist does, or how an architect
                         designs a building.  The public
                         decides, in cooperation with
                         producers, what benefits society. 
                         If the public wants no music,
                         creating music wouldn't count as
                         socially valued work.  If the
                         public wants little music, the
                         number of musicians would be
                         accordingly low.  The same applies
                         if the public wants no novels, no
                         engineering, or no medicine.  But
                         the public doesn't have to
                         understand or appreciate every
                         film, painting, song, performance,
                         construction method, or research
                         project to know it wants society to
                         have art, engineering, and science. 
                         The public settles on how much it
                         wants, which in turn determines the
                         amount producers can produce for
                         income.  Producers then decide what
                         they create and how.

                                   TALL ACTOR
                         But still, not everyone is equally
                         creative.  Not everyone is equally
                         smart, fast, or strong.  We aren't
                         born alike with some of us then
                         repressed.  We are born different
                         with some of us then elevated.  And
                         that is as it should be.

                                   YOUNG CELIA CURIE
                         There are certainly inborn
                         differences and I agree that to say
                         otherwise is absurd.  Training
                         matters.  Access to education and
                         conditions consistent with
                         confidence matters.  But even if I
                         had all that, I wouldn't be the
                         great actor you are, much less a
                         great dancer, runner, surgeon, or
                         physicist.  We should enjoy,
                         benefit from, and celebrate great
                         qualities that some have, athletic,
                         artistic, or intellectual.  Of
                         But your rightly recognizing that
                         virtually all human qualities come
                         in different ranges and patterns in
                         different people, doesn't imply
                         that only a relative few, say a
                         fifth, can do engaging, uplifting,
                         empowering tasks.  And the
                         recognition of inborn differences
                         doesn't morally or for the sake of
                         output imply that those lucky in
                         the genetic lottery, having faster
                         reflexes, better sight, quicker
                         calculation, stronger muscles, or
                         whatever else, should on that
                         account be not just involved in
                         good works, but also showered in
                         wealth and power.  Even if current
                         injustice and hierarchy - a few
                         riding and most being ridden - had
                         some kind of real measure of
                         talents or strengths or whatever
                         else determining those riding -
                         instead of it overwhelmingly being
                         a result of pressures of
                         hierarchical institutions plus
                         socially distorted motives, plus
                         past power and also luck - it still
                         wouldn't be necessary or just.  We
                         can have excellence and have
                         equity.  We can have genius, and
                         have participation.  That is what
                         RPS is about.  Not leveling
                         humanity.  Not denying excellence. 
                         Finding the best in people, but
                         also treat people fairly, properly,
                         equitably, justly, with all having
                         fair say.

               INT.  GOVERNOR'S OFFICE - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         How will RPS success alter future

                                   CELIA CURIE
                         The audience for artistic work will
                         grow due to people having more time
                         for enjoyment, appreciation, and
                         inspiration, but artistic workers,
                         like all others, will receive
                         equitable incomes and a fair mix of
                         work in industries that relate to
                         the will of both workers and
                         consumers.  Society will admire and
                         celebrate great artists, but it
                         won't excessively enrich them.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         But will there be as high
                         creativity as now? 

                                   CELIA CURIE
                         I would guess there will be
                         considerably less outrageous and
                         unreal special effects and parading
                         the exaggerated psyches and mayhem
                         of murderers, but much more
                         creativity.  At the same time, high
                         levels of excellent art, though
                         wonderful, will not be our only
                         criteria of judgement.  

               INT.  CLASSROOM - DAY

               Young Celia Curie teaching at actors RPS School

                                   YOUNG CELIA CURIE
                         Suppose you are part of a workplace
                         producing shirts.  Should you have
                         as your your only aim maximizing
                         the quality and quantity of shirts
                         that come out the door?  Many might
                         say yes, but then why not work
                         people to death and dump them in
                         the alley while calling in
                         replacements? Why not produce more
                         shirts than people want? Why not
                         produce only exotic, fancy shirts?  
                         It turns out sensible output should
                         take into account those working,
                         those receiving product, and those
                         not receiving other products that
                         could have been produced instead. 
                         RPS's cooperative planning
                         recognizes that it's fine if we
                         sometimes seek less output or
                         settle for good output if seeking
                         more or better would impose too
                         much hardship on those involved or
                         take too many resources.  But even
                         so, people in each industry will be
                         able to provide more, and the
                         public will be able to benefit
                         more, because the population will
                         have far more of its creative
                         potentials nurtured and supported.

                                   BALD ACTOR
                         I still worry about a decline of
                         art, and, yes, also doctoring,
                         engineering, and ecological
                         research.  If people who previously
                         only did empowering tasks have to
                         do balanced work, the loss of
                         contributions from them won't be
                         offset by newly cultivated and
                         expressed talents of the 80% of the
                         population who were formerly
                         silenced and subordinated because
                         the 80% lack the needed talent.  

                                   YOUNG CELIA CURIE
                         Asserting that those who now aren't
                         doing creative work couldn't do it
                         given training and opportunity goes
                         way too far.  We can't all do
                         everything.  That is true.  Nor
                         will we all be geniuses at some
                         particular thing.  That too is
                         true.  But eighty percent aren't
                         born to  be ridden.  Not being best
                         or not being in the top fifth,
                         doesn't imply you can't nonetheless
                         contribute effectively.  If one
                         hundred children train identically,
                         enjoy, all conditions the same, and
                         then race and your child comes in
                         21st, 45th, or even 100th, does
                         that mean your child can't run at
                         all, much less can't do other
                         Even while answering your concern
                         in its strongest form, I want to be
                         clear that whatever inborn
                         differences we have, the overriding
                         fact is that eighty percent are
                         schooled, repressed, and oppressed
                         into seeming ill equipped for any
                         empowering involvement.  Sufficient
                         creativity to participate isn't
                         missing at birth.  Society's pliers
                         crush creativity and initiative.   
                         It wasn't that long ago that men
                         claimed women couldn't be creative,
                         couldn't doctor, lawyer, or
                         discover.  Their argument was, look
                         around, women don't do those things
                         which shows they can't.  Same for
                         whites evaluating blacks.  They
                         don't, therefore they can't.  But
                         it was all nonsense.  Women and
                         blacks  didn't because they were
                         reviled, excluded, denigrated,
                         denied, crushed, and even killed. 
                         Women were half the population, and
                         blacks roughly a tenth.  And now
                         you are talking about eighty
                         percent.  A worker in a factory
                         isn't Einstein because he can't be,
                         just like I can't be.  But the
                         worker doesn't do any engaging,
                         empowering tasks not because he
                         can't but because he has been
                         repressed and excluded while others
                         hoarded benefits and wrongly
                         disparaged him.

               INT.  GOVERNOR'S OFFICE - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         When you attended your first
                         Hollywood meeting, you weren't yet
                         revolutionary.  What brought you
                         the rest of the way?

                                   CELIA CURIE
                         The literature I was reading taught
                         me a lot, but organizing in our
                         group was key.  We become what we
                         do.  When our group jettisoned
                         liberalism, I did too.  Thinking
                         about kids also affected me. 
                         What should I say to them about
                         right and wrong? Each good answer I
                         offered pushed me as much as them. 
                         But I think the main thing was an
                         attitude I first encountered in
                         RPS.  It spread slowly, but folks
                         began to disagree without taking
                         for granted they were right. 
                         Increasingly RPS members didn't
                         reflexively defend their past
                         views.  As often as not, we wanted
                         to be wrong so progress could
                         happen.  Our emphasis became
                         learning, not defending what we
                         previously said.  If you think
                         about your experiences in arguments
                         and disputes, that's a big deal. 
                         Instead of taking pleasure in
                         calling someone wrong and
                         dismissing her by angry assertion,
                         RPS folks learned to want to find
                         what was right even when it meant
                         they were wrong.  Conversations
                         could happen.  Minds could change. 
                         Unity could emerge.  This mattered
                         for morale and for progress.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Celia, when did you feel the
                         struggle went from trying to build
                         support, to its being assured of

               EXT.  HOLLYWOOD - DAY

               Actors and others march, meet, and march more widely.

                                   CELIA CURIE (V.O.)
                         For me, it was when writers,
                         actors, directors, editors,
                         videographers, designers, drivers,
                         dressers, stunt people, and music
                         people, marched through Hollywood
                         chanting and singing, and then went
                         to neighborhood meetings for
                         conversation at community
                         gatherings.  And when we then did
                         it again, and again, in New York,
                         Chicago, Boston, Denver, Houston,
                         Nashville, Memphis, Miami, Atlanta,
                         Seattle, San Francisco, Portland,
                         Detroit, and Cleveland.

               INT.  GOVERNOR'S OFFICE - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         I hope it is okay if I ask you a
                         personal question about acting and
                         your experiences of it?  You have
                         been considered beautiful all your
                         life, and I wonder what place you
                         think this had in the past and
                         should have in the future, too?

                                   CELIA CURIE
                         It is personal, but it is fair. 
                         Growing up, what you look like had
                         and still has major implications. 
                         I was by our society's standards,
                         beautiful.  None of us can see
                         that, easily, in ourselves, but I
                         can see it in others.  Sometimes a
                         person's beauty can be mesmerizing
                         and even addictive.  But in a
                         horribly sexist society there is
                         more to it.  At a young age I
                         learned behaviors  that could get
                         me things I wanted.  I didn't
                         understand why, but I noticed how
                         my smiles or my being flirty
                         affected people.  The behaviors
                         became part of who I was. 
                         Materially, I benefited. 
                         Psychologically, too, because I got
                         confidence and style.  But my
                         personality warped and I got mired
                         in feelings of entitlement and
                         guilt.  And there was harassment
                         and violation.  Hollywood
                         exaggerated such dynamics.  Beauty
                         has been bankable for women, and
                         for men too.  And what has been
                         bankable has been cultivated and
                         sought, but also thrown out when it
                         fades.  Beautiful women and men
                         were signed on and, if you could
                         perform reasonably well and you
                         didn't alienate producers, you
                         would have a career, at least until
                         your looks faded.  I don't know
                         entirely how I feel about it.  I
                         was eyeballed from my preteens, hit
                         on, and sexually fantasized in many
                         people's daily lives. 
                         Even aside from being harassed,
                         think about knowing that thousands
                         and maybe even millions imagine
                         doing things with or to you.  You
                         know everyone undervalues
                         everything else you are. 
                         Transcending that requires help
                         that is often absent.  We should
                         eliminate objectification and
                         exploitation.  We should also not
                         reward beauty with wealth.   
                         Suppose someone is born really
                         strong, able to run outrageously
                         fast, with great reflexes, or able
                         to think really clearly.  RPS says
                         the person should not be able to
                         turn their genetic luck into
                         wealth, power, or unfair
                         circumstances.  The same should
                         apply to looking special.  But, at
                         the same time, we don't mind that
                         great reflexes and thinking are
                         admired, or that having those
                         attributes means you can do some
                         things which, without them, you
                         could not do.  So, though it makes
                         me nervous, shouldn't that also
                         apply to appearance?  Special
                         traits, features, qualities, or
                         talents, in existing societies, all
                         convey both benefits and debits. 
                         The sex overlay gives looks an
                         added dimension, but any special
                         quality tends to convey advantages,
                         pressures, options, rewards, and
                         also some costs.  But in a new
                         society surely being lucky or
                         unlucky in the genetic lottery
                         should not convey material
                         advantage, greater say in society,
                         or freedom from responsibility, nor
                         impose pressures, denials, or

               INT.  HOSPITAL OFFICE - DAY

               Miguel Guevara queries MARK FEYNMAN 52, in nurses outfit, and
               BARBARA BETHUNE, 50, in doctors gown, about class and health.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Mark, can you tell us how you first
                         got involved and about some of your
                         early postconvention activities? 

                                   MARK FEYNMAN
                         I went to the first RPS convention
                         as a working class nurse already
                         hostile to corporate hierarchy, but
                         I didn't know if the convention
                         would address my concerns, much
                         less elevate them.

               INT.  AUDITORIUM - DAY

               YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN, 29, in nurses outfit, addresses doctors
               and nurses in auditorium at first RPS Convention..

                                   YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN
                         We nurses are here to say we hate
                         bad health care.  We want to
                         provide better.  We demand respect.   
                         Allotting excessive power and
                         income to doctors at the expense of
                         nurses, technicians, and other
                         hospital workers must stop.  

                                   MARK FEYNMAN (V.O.)
                         At the convention we nurses met,
                         talked, and shared our views.  We
                         became confident.  We celebrated
                         our emergent program and we decided
                         to form Health Care Workers United
                         (HCWU), a movement for better
                         health for all which later became a
                         militant, multi-focus movement to
                         organize medical workplaces and win
                         broader health policy reforms.   
                         These organizations investigated
                         and learned about hospitals'
                         financial logic.  We learned health
                         workers' attitudes toward their
                         conditions.  We attracted support
                         and initiated positive campaigns. 
                         But before all that, at the
                         convention, after nurses held some
                         sessions, we invited doctors to
                         attend one.  Nurses and doctors
                         from around the country met.  

                                   YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN
                         We respect the work you do, but
                         feel you are overpaid, over
                         protective of yourselves, and
                         overly hostile to us.  Do you
                         really think you are doctors and we
                         are nurses because you are
                         Do you really think you deserve
                         more income, more status, more
                         power? Do you deny you have those
                         benefits without valid
                         justification?  Do you believe our
                         different tasks justify our
                         difference in income and power? Or
                         do you understand our different
                         tasks - and different life
                         circumstances - create differences
                         in means to attain knowledge which
                         then enforce differences in income
                         and power?  Do you doctors, like
                         other coordinator class members,
                         believe you are properly empowered
                         and rewarded? Do you believe we
                         workers are dumb and parochial, and
                         should be grateful? Do you feel we
                         should join a movement for a new
                         society, but not make decisions? We
                         should help you dump the old boss
                         for you to become the new boss?  
                         Sometimes we nurses even believe
                         that we can't handle empowered work
                         and that we deserve less income and
                         say.  Or, if we are not submissive,
                         we sometimes furiously want doctors
                         out of RPS.  Even worse, we
                         sometimes get so angry we get
                         baited into denigrating training,
                         knowledge, and skill.  But other
                         times, like now, we see clearly. 
                         We see we must eliminate class
                         division not only in hospitals but
                         throughout society.  We see we must
                         involve coordinator class members
                         in RPS without your dominating RPS.

                                   ROTUND DOCTOR

               Calls out from audience.
                         If you are right, why don't more
                         nurses say so?

                                   YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN
                         Because we have families to feed. 
                         Because you work us ragged.  A
                         better question is why some of us
                         do publicly address class issues?
                         It's probably because our jobs
                         aren't as successful as most
                         working class jobs at disempowering
                         We are subordinated like other
                         workers, but we are less socialized
                         into accepting our plight.  Still,
                         even once we become aware and
                         active, we don't want to alienate
                         people who have critically
                         important knowledge.  We don't want
                         to antagonize doctors into
                         rejecting change.  So we often put
                         a lid on our feelings.  

                                   SHORT DOCTOR
                         Why isn't this concern visible in
                         the progressive media I read?

                                   YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN
                         We don't expect mainstream media to
                         question private ownership of
                         workplaces.  It would violate the
                         owners' interests and beliefs. 
                         Similarly, in alternative media,
                         coordinator class rule gets no
                         attention.  By analogy, I surmised
                         this was because our media is
                         typically run by coordinator class
                         members who shut off attention to
                         these issues.  

               INT.  HOSPITAL OFFICE - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Mark, what pushed you to ever
                         broader radicalism about health
                         care, and what blocked that path?

                                   MARK FEYNMAN
                         The class revelation, and insights
                         about race and gender, played a big
                         role.  But so did our daily
                         circumstances.  How often can you
                         see the effects of pollution,
                         monopoly-priced care, paternalistic
                         doctoring, bullet wounds,
                         overdoses, obesity, unemployment,
                         hunger, addiction, pharmaceutical
                         overuse of psychic drugs and
                         antibiotics, and hospital profit
                         seeking and not become activist,
                         unless you block yourself from

               EXT.  CAR IN MUMBAI - DAY

               Mark and an INDIAN REVOLUTIONARY drive through Mumbai. 
               Beggars accost them at every stoplight.  

                                   YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN
                         How do you deal with this poverty,
                         this constant pain and pleading,
                         day after day?

                                   INDIAN REVOLUTIONARY
                         I blind myself.  I tune it out.  

                                   MARK FEYNMAN (V.O.)
                         Of course most who took that route
                         developed a creeping coldness of
                         the spirit but my escort was an
                         exception.  Another time I was
                         talking with a prominent activist
                         from the New Left era.

               EXT.  WALKING IN PARK - DAY

               Mark and OLDER ACTIVIST converse.

                                   OLDER ACTIVIST 
                         In the Sixties and Seventies I
                         could rebel, so I tuned in to the
                         reality around me.  I turned on to
                         my full feelings of human
                         solidarity, and I adopted the
                         militant radical path of the day. 
                         Later, when things got less active,
                         I could still dissent, but to
                         express outrage would fail.  Since
                         I couldn't productively express it,
                         I didn't let myself feel it.  

               INT.  HOSPITAL OFFICE - DAY

                                   MARK FEYNMAN
                         When I thought about those
                         examples, I realized that reduced
                         empathy made good sense to function
                         daily in hospitals, but writ large
                         it buttressed the system.  From
                         there, I asked simple questions. 
                         What social policies, behaviors,
                         habits, and requirements caused
                         people to be unhealthy? What
                         changes could improve the
                         situation? Our health movement's
                         early growth freed our feelings.

               EXT.  DEMO VIDEO MONTAGE - DAY

               Various rallies culminate in massive Chicago march.

                                   MARK FEYNMAN (V.O.)
                         We initiated various boycotts of
                         unhealthy products and their
                         manufacturers.  Then we took up
                         demands about pharmaceutical
                         companies courting doctors to write
                         excessive prescriptions.  We took
                         up single payer health care.  We
                         initiated mass campaigns to provide
                         excellent health care in rural and
                         low income areas and in the
                         treatment of children in schools.   
                         In 2027 over 200,000 nurses marched
                         in Chicago and no one knows how
                         many more held strikes and marches
                         around the country.  Incredible
                         feelings of empathy, anger, hope,
                         and desire fueled the effort.  Soon
                         after, we campaigned in medical
                         schools to revamp curricula and
                         behaviors, and in hospitals to
                         overthrow the idea of interning as
                         boot camp.  Strikes and occupations
                         played a big role but most
                         important was ceaseless, informed,
                         effective, organizing.

               INT.  HOSPITAL OFFICE - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Can you tell us of a personally
                         pivotal event in your RPS days.  

                                   MARK FEYNMAN
                         It was 2023 or 2024, I was at work,
                         doing my job, but also talking
                         about politics and RPS.

               INT.  HOSPITAL LUNCH ROOM - DAY

               Mark and psychiatrist at lunch argue.  

                                    MARK FEYNMAN (V.O.)
                         One day I went to lunch and
                         happened to sit with a hospital
                         psychiatrist friend of mine.
                         We got to talking, and he took
                         great offense, feeling my views
                         implied he was insufficiently
                         concerned about the well being of
                         nurses, as well as being classist
                         toward working people generally.

               Psychiatrist leaps out of his seat, leans on the table to
               hold himself and shouts in Mark's face.  His nose moves
               inches from Mark's.  He is red and nearly physically attacks

                                   MARK FEYNMAN (V.O.)
                         We hadn't been talking about him,
                         but about prevalent attitudes to
                         campaigns outside the hospital.  I
                         didn't intentionally push his
                         buttons, but he took it that way.  

                         I don't have to take this from you. 
                         I won't take this from you.  You
                         are purely mental.  You have no
                         feelings.  You are uncaring.  You
                         are manipulative.  You are
                         controlling.  You think you are so
                         smart...  but I am a caring person,
                         I am a doctor of the mind.  I am

                                   MARK FEYNMAN (V.O.)
                         Afterwards, I thought a lot about
                         how to communicate about issues of
                         coordinator class working class
                         relations without so polarizing
                         folks.  But I also wondered how a
                         trained psychiatrist who routinely
                         had to maintain his calm in
                         difficult situations, could get so
                         hostile over such an indirect
                         affront.  What I took from it was
                         the intense emotional power that
                         drove our defending our views of
                         ourselves, and the potential of
                         that inclination to subvert our
                         reason and even our history and
                         I saw a person more aware than most
                         others about coordinator class and
                         working class relations become even
                         more polarized and hostile than
                         people whose views were much
                         further away from mine.  I suspect
                         a lot of people in RPS had similar
                         experiences, and I hope we all
                         learned from them.  RPS history
                         says we did.

               INT.  HOSPITAL OFFICE - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Barbara, as a doctor, how did you
                         feel about nurses, then, and later?

                                   BARBARA BETHUNE
                         Then, I was disdainful and
                         dismissive.  I paid lip service to
                         equity and even tried to support
                         nurses, but I ultimately thought of
                         them as wannabe doctors who
                         couldn't make the grade.  It's
                         embarrassing to admit, but I said I
                         had friends who were nurses, not
                         unlike during Jim Crow racism white
                         folks would say they had black
                         friends.  I thought nurses fit
                         their position and had no reason to
                         complain.  I thought they should
                         feel thankful that I administered
                         and cared for them.

               INT.  MEETING ROOM - DAY 

               Young Mark Feynman addresses nurses and doctors in meeting
               room at the convention.

                                   BARBARA BETHUNE (V.O.)
                         At the first RPS convention, I had
                         a hard time registering Mark's
                         message.  It was incredible how
                         many notions it challenged and how
                         radicalizing its insights were.  

                                   YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN
                         Can you see how your view of nurses
                         hides from you the gigantic volume
                         of talents and skills stifled to
                         sustain existing hierarchies?
                         Can you see the impact of your
                         socialization and your work on your
                         view of who I am? 

                                   BARBARA BETHUNE (V.O.)
                         The way I finally understood was by
                         seeing that with racism white
                         people convinced themselves they
                         deserved their advantages.  Whites
                         are worthy.  Blacks and browns are
                         not.  I realized that there was
                         little difference between that and
                         my attitude toward nurses.

                                   YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN
                         Can you see how dominant groups
                         maintain their advantages and
                         convince themselves those
                         advantages are warranted by
                         denigrating subordinate groups? You
                         doctors do that to us.  If society
                         didn't squash desires, everyone
                         could do a mix of empowering,
                         uplifting tasks as well as share
                         more rote tasks.  Most nurses would
                         do some doctoring, and if being a
                         doctor didn't appeal to some of us,
                         or wasn't in our range of
                         abilities, we would do other
                         empowering tasks.  Can you see that
                         it is disgusting for society to
                         have relatively few people do all
                         the empowering tasks and use their
                         derivative empowerment to
                         aggrandize themselves?

               INT.  HOSPITAL OFFICE - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         How did these realizations affect
                         your views on economics more

                                   BARBARA BETHUNE
                         I had heard RPS economic ideas
                         earlier and scoffed at them as
                         ridiculous.  Balancing jobs for
                         empowerment, giving income for
                         duration, intensity, and
                         onerousness of work, having self
                         management? Come on.  Get serious. 
                         That is stupidity on steroids. 
                         I wanted an end to profit seeking,
                         but I saw the alternative as people
                         like me taking over.  Remove
                         owners, sure, but leave people like
                         me in charge.


               Young Barbara Bethune apologizes to SPEAKER.

                                   BARBARA BETHUNE (V.O.)
                         I remember a moment in the first
                         convention after the meeting with
                         nurses that had so challenged me. 
                         There was a talk about RPS-type
                         economics and after it ended, I
                         spoke to the speaker.

                                   YOUNG BARBARA BETHUNE
                         I am sorry.  For years I have
                         dismissed your economic vision as
                         silly and impossible.  I didn't
                         think about it.  I didn't evaluate
                         it.  I dismissed it without
                         engaging it.  I now realize I did
                         that because of my own class
                         interests and the biases they gave
                         me.  I apologize for that.

                         No one has ever said that so
                         directly before.  Thank you for
                         doing so.  You know, we are all
                         twisted and fed by our upbringing,
                         schooling, and social roles, and
                         having been subjected to all that,
                         it is no sin to have some elitist
                         beliefs.  It is only a sin to cling
                         to such beliefs after we understand

               INT.  HOSPITAL OFFICE - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Mark, your speech was not long
                         after the Trump and anti-Trump
                         period.  Was it connected?

                                   MARK FEYNMAN
                         The passionate anger coursing
                         through a good part of Trump's
                         supporters was in considerable part
                         hostility to a perceived class
                         enemy.  But the class they hated
                         was not capitalists.  You have to
                         realize that we workers never
                         personally encounter a capitalist
                         but we routinely encounter doctors,
                         lawyers, accountants, engineers,
                         and others who have highly
                         empowered jobs, elevated status,
                         and great wealth.  We daily serve
                         these coordinators.  We obey them. 
                         They routinely treat us like
                         children.  They dress and talk
                         differently than we do.  They enjoy
                         different movies and TV.  They
                         expect us to move out of their way
                         and to follow their instructions as
                         we go about our demeaning tasks. 
                         We workers hate being administered,
                         bossed, rendered powerless,
                         considered inferior, and
                         paternalized, but lacking other
                         means, we have to get essential
                         benefits from coordinators.  We
                         have to acclimate to their
                         arrogance in order to get by, and
                         sometimes we become what we do.
                         While Trump's working class
                         supporters' views of him were
                         horrendously misplaced, their
                         antipathy for managers, doctors,
                         lawyers, engineers, and accountants
                         who earn many times what workers
                         earn and who treat workers like
                         children was fully warranted.  On
                         average we workers despise
                         coordinators even as we depend on
                         and obey them and want our kids to
                         become them.


               Young Mark Feynman addresses audience.

                                   YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN
                         Trump won.  Why didn't left
                         commentators' answers about the
                         state of working class lives
                         resonate more with workers than did
                         those of a billionaire who treated
                         workers with contempt? How could
                         decades of organizing leave so many
                         of us susceptible to this
                         narcissistic reactionary? It was
                         because the decades of organizing
                         had often been rooted in
                         coordinator class connections,
                         assumptions, and values.  It had
                         often had manners, style, tone,
                         taste, vocabulary, and even
                         policies dismissive of working
                         people.  We workers felt this even
                         when some electoral candidate, anti
                         nuke organizer, campus radical, or
                         obscure writer said screw the 1
                         percent.  Their manners, words, and
                         style said they despised us. 
                         Movements talked a lot about owners
                         and profit but showed no interest
                         in relations between coordinators
                         and the working class.  Movements
                         didn't hear workers, didn't respect
                         workers, and didn't follow workers.

               INT.  HOSPITAL LUNCH ROOM - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Barbara, can you tell how you
                         became a radical doctor?

                                   BARBARA BETHUNE
                         I went to medical school but became
                         frustrated.  After medical school
                         an internship pressured me to jump
                         ridiculous hurdles and accept that
                         I shouldn't fight the system.  I
                         could whine to friends away from
                         work, but I shouldn't challenge
                         employers.  My silence let me
                         graduate but it also prepared me to
                         impose similar insanity on those
                         who came after.  I cared about
                         patients.  I had a soul.  But
                         hospital roles undercut my
                         To become a doctor I fulfilled
                         academic rituals and defended
                         doctors' privileges.  I accepted
                         impositions, bludgeoned those
                         below, and sought growing income.  

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         But you finally resisted?

                                   BARBARA BETHUNE
                         I began to see interning as
                         sophisticated hazing.  To test my
                         impression I visited a military
                         boot camp and watched new soldiers
                         undergo training.  


               Soldiers go through their paces.

                                   BARBARA BETHUNE (V.O.)
                         Boot camp includes learning to
                         shoot, to work together, to handle
                         danger, just as interning includes 
                         medical learning, but boot camp 
                         mainly produces soldiers ready,
                         willing, and sometimes even eager
                         to kill on command.  It educates
                         recruits to ask no questions.  It  
                         removes social and moral
                         inclinations.  It graduates
                         soldiers ready to follow orders.  

               INT.  HOSPITAL LUNCH ROOM - DAY

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         And you felt being an intern was

                                   BARBARA BETHUNE
                         Interning created doctors who will
                         defend huge salaries against any
                         challenge regardless of the health
                         implications for patients and
                         society.  We were prepared to abet
                         pharmaceutical profit seeking by
                         way of increasing opioid addiction. 
                         We learned to denigrate nurses, to
                         exclude them from medical decisions
                         and activities even at the expense
                         of patient well being. 
                         Interning prepared us to defend
                         incredibly inflated incomes by
                         keeping down the number of doctors
                         via exclusionary medical school
                         practices.  I became curious so I
                         looked and found similar dynamics
                         for lawyers and other professions
                         as well.  Training for professions
                         conveys skills, knowledge, and
                         confidence but also ensures that
                         recipients mostly use those gains
                         on behalf of themselves and those
                         above.  Becoming a doctor entails
                         navigating pressure, frustration,
                         and anger and provokes various
                         reactions.  Before RPS, doctors
                         would try to be ethical without
                         challenging their role assignments
                         because they believed challenging
                         their roles would change nothing
                         and incur personal loss.  We
                         delivered medicine to the sick if
                         the sick could pay and if treating
                         them wouldn't disrupt hospital or
                         societal hierarchies, but we didn't
                         address the underlying causes of
                         sickness and we defended and even
                         exploited existing relations.  Role
                         structures in hospitals, like those
                         in churches, law firms, and
                         political parties, induced going
                         along to get along.  Overturning
                         one's role felt like a  pipe dream. 
                         Complying with one's role morphed
                         from something we did under duress,
                         to who we were.  Benefiting from a
                         monopoly on empowering work blinded
                         us to our arrogance.  Someone who
                         retained sufficient humanity to
                         resist seemed saint-like.  When I
                         went to the convention I didn't
                         know if RPS could provide a good
                         path forward, but I would try, and
                         at the convention, I met other
                         medical workers from around the
                         country and realized I was less
                         different than I had feared.  We
                         shared stories and desires.  We
                         talked about changes we could fight
                         The ideas that gained greatest
                         traction were seeking comprehensive
                         single payer health care, fighting
                         pharmaceutical companies misuse of
                         medicines, bringing doctors to poor
                         locales, empowering nurses,
                         changing the income and decision
                         making structure of the profession,
                         agitating for more responsible food
                         policies, and agitating for more
                         healthful ecological policies and
                         work conditions.  I got active
                         trying to battle the pharmaceutical
                         companies and challenging
                         hierarchies of income and influence
                         inside hospitals.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA


               Montage of rallies, etc.

                                   BARBARA BETHUNE (V.O.)
                         To combat misusing prescriptions we
                         rallied and sat-in blocking
                         operations to reveal how
                         pharmaceutical companies not only
                         vastly over charged, but
                         aggressively overprescribed with
                         massive overadvertising.  We showed
                         the true costs of production of
                         drugs and the insanely high markups
                         imposed by monopolistic pricing. 
                         We shined a light on prescribing
                         unnecessary surgeries and
                         destructive pain relief.  The
                         practices we unearthed were
                         nauseating, but we were even more
                         shocked to discover that most
                         people were unsurprised by what we
                         revealed.  We realized we mainly
                         needed to convince people that this
                         grotesque situation wasn't
                         inevitable.  We brought class
                         action suits against pharmaceutical
                         companies.  Young claimants fought
                         misuse of mood altering
                         medications.  Elderly claimants
                         fought companies trying to grab all
                         their savings.  Those addicted to
                         opioids fought pharmaceutical drug
                         Everyone fought the misuse of
                         antibiotics that risked super bugs
                         and pandemics.  We undertook a
                         national boycott of the worst
                         pharmaceutical culprits.  But the
                         main thing, I think, was that we
                         began linking these campaigns to
                         larger ones about the overall
                         medical system, polity, and
                         economy, so people began to feel we
                         could not only win an immediate
                         gain, but keep winning more, and
                         preserve our gains.  My other focus
                         was challenging elitist dynamics
                         inside hospitals and health care
                         generally.  In recent years, racism
                         and sexism had been addressed with
                         considerable progress, but class
                         division had barely been addressed
                         at all.  We got people to talk at
                         meetings.  We sought greater
                         income, more influence, and access
                         to more skills for nurses.  We
                         challenged doctor arrogance and
                         supported nurses and other medical
                         workers and non medical staff. 
                         Medicine was a rapaciously self
                         seeking luxury trade.  It was sick. 
                         We operated on it.

               EXT.  BALLFIELD - DAY

               Miguel Guevara queries PETER CABRAL, 64, large and athletic,
               still, about prison life.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Peter, do you remember your

                                   PETER CABRAL
                         A friend of mine was shot and
                         killed in a drive-by.  Another
                         friend became a gang member and was  
                         the shooter in some feuds before he
                         too was shot.  I grew up around
                         needles and guns.  Gangs were our
                         means to have close allies.  A gang
                         had your back.  A gang promised
                         financial well being.
                         After my friend died I was uneasy
                         but it didn't break my gang
                         loyalty.  But then I visited
                         relatives and heard stories of
                         their arrests. 
                         I visited a few trials, and it was
                         an incarceration parade.  I got
                         arrested, wrongly, though it wasn't
                         anger at the wrongful incarceration
                         that drove me to political
                         awareness.  It was the incredible
                         reality that prison was about
                         control and profit on one side, and
                         surviving and becoming a more
                         effective criminal on the other
                         side.  Prison was a school for
                         crime.  Rhetoric I previously
                         ignored became the reality I lived. 
                         I had to accept my lot as a
                         criminal and make the best of it,
                         or I had to reject my lot and find
                         a different road.  I rejected and
                         ran away from crime toward
                         activism.  I had a talent for
                         explaining, hearing, and relating
                         to others.  Public speaking and
                         activism came naturally. 
                         Nonetheless, but for a few random
                         factors, I'd have been a career

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         You left the gang life but what
                         took you into activism?

               EXT.  PRISON YARD - DAY

               Prisoners gather, talk, YOUNG PETER CABRAL, 42, in prison
               outfit, listens.

                                   PETER CABRAL (V.O.)
                         I went to a meeting in the prison
                         yard with a friend.  I found the
                         people different, and I was
                         provoked.  I went to another.  It
                         took some time undoing old biases.

               EXT.  BALLFIELD - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         You became very active?

                                   PETER CABRAL
                         I had been arrested on trumped up
                         charges and my incarceration was
                         overturned after I served six
                         So I was familiar with the
                         incarceration of innocents not only
                         on trumped up charges, but also due
                         to bureaucratic pressure, racism,
                         and laws that punish victimless

               INT.  VIDEO MONTAGE - DAY

               Images of prison, organizing, strikes, repression.

                                   PETER CABRAL (V.O.)
                         On entering prison my expectations
                         came from TV and gossip.  I quickly
                         realized plenty of inmates were
                         innocent or over sentenced.  I
                         fought to survive.  I learned to
                         relate and navigate.  I made
                         friends with people I could work
                         with.  Next we began to build our
                         numbers.  We shared texts from RPS. 
                         We corresponded to inmates in other
                         prisons about our experiences and
                         and discussed theirs.  By 2026, we
                         made some serious noise.  We didn't
                         have much idea what it could
                         achieve, but we called a one day
                         strike.  The turnout was enormous.   
                         While our one-day strike made
                         demands only about prison
                         conditions, prison labor was our
                         real target.  You work at command. 
                         You anticipate violent repression. 
                         You get subsistence.  Your every
                         breath is overseen.  So why not
                         strike for a living wage? Why not
                         participate in the decisions that
                         affect us? We should improve our
                         current lives, but if we are
                         supposed to leave prison as
                         citizens, we should also develop
                         citizen-like habits.  We initiated
                         a more sustained strike that
                         addressed the behavior of guards,
                         rules for visiting, availability of
                         books, and internet access.  We
                         demanded opportunities to conduct
                         our own classes and we sought good
                         wages, conditions, and other
                         rights.  It wasn't easy talking
                         with hardened inmates whose
                         mindsets were often cautious,
                         hostile, and even violent. 
                         Nonetheless, our strike spread from
                         prison to prison and attracted
                         enormous outside support.  We were
                         hard to repress.  It wasn't that
                         the guards couldn't brutalize us
                         into submission.  They could, and
                         they did, often.  But we didn't
                         fight back.  And that not only won
                         us tremendous support from outside,
                         it also limited the violence.  We
                         would back off, seemingly lose, and
                         within days be back on strike. 
                         Like Cool Hand Luke, a prison
                         favorite, we got knocked down and
                         then got back up over and over. 
                         But we took Luke one better.  We
                         didn't individually heroically
                         escape our hell only to be
                         repeatedly hauled back.  We
                         collectively, methodically,
                         replaced our hell.

               INT.  LYDIA'S LIVING ROOM - DAY

               Miguel Guevara queries LYDIA LUXEMBERG, 93, dressed like 40,
               about joining RPS.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Lydia, how did you first become

                                   LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         In college in the 1960s, I got
                         caught up in the politics of the
                         times.  I hated U.S. violence in
                         Indochina.  I hated sexism in
                         society and in the left itself.  I
                         rejected women being targets to
                         bomb or rape, ornaments to parade,
                         or servants to do tasks men wished
                         to avoid.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         When RPS was emerging, you were
                         around seventy with a lifetime of
                         activism.  Did you feel vindicated?

                                   LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         The opposite.  I felt some of us
                         knew what was needed 50 years ago. 
                         Why didn't we do a better job
                         communicating it sooner?
                         I was ecstatic it was happening but
                         I was tormented by how many lives
                         were diminished by my generation
                         not doing better earlier.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         What ideas distinguished RPS from
                         prior projects? What attracted you?

                                   LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         Before RPS I saw the world through
                         a lens that highlighted gender so
                         heavily that much else went largely
                         unnoticed.  Viewing church,
                         education, sports, TV, work, and
                         families, I saw women being mother
                         like and wife-like and men being
                         father-like and husband-like, but I
                         didn't see other group differences. 
                         It was a bit like looking at the
                         world through a filter that makes
                         certain colors very intense while
                         blurring others.  I saw male and
                         female in high definition.  I saw
                         gender permeating workplaces.  I
                         didn't see class and race
                         permeating families.  At first,
                         RPS's holistic demands to highlight
                         all defining parts of life felt

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Why didn't that insight grab you,
                         right off?

                                   LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         I think I feared that if we didn't
                         elevate kinship above all else,
                         sexist men would peripheralize
                         women.  Later I realized RPS was
                         adding more focuses, not
                         subtracting mine.

               INT.  PUBLIC TALK - NIGHT

               YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG, 73, dressed like 40, speaks to

                                   YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         Economics affects politics, race,
                         and gender.  Politics affects race,
                         gender, and economics.  Race
                         affects economics, politics, and
                         Gender affects economics, politics,
                         and race.  It may seem mantra-like,
                         but to over-elevate a particular
                         side of life risks missing much
                         about other mutually intersecting
                         aspects.  Elevating one aspect
                         above others addresses race, class,
                         or gender but in ways alienating
                         people more affected by other
                         focuses.  It pits constituencies
                         against one another.  Imagine we
                         have a slippery, heavy object to
                         move.  Various teams prepare to
                         grab hold.  Each team has a part of
                         the whole that it most wants to
                         move and can tug better than it can
                         tug any other part.  Each team
                         grabs its part without noticing
                         what the other teams are doing. 
                         Instead of all the teams moving all
                         the parts in concert, and the whole
                         object going where they intend, the
                         teams pull and push at odds with
                         each other and the whole object
                         moves a bit here and a bit there,
                         but never far in any direction.  

               INT.  LYDIA'S LIVING ROOM - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         You said two RPS conceptual
                         innovations attracted you.  What
                         was the second?

                                   LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         To be in an economy, you have to
                         work, buy, and sell.  To be in a
                         religion, you have to relate to its
                         church or other structures.  To be
                         in a family, you have to be a
                         mother, father, brother, or sister.
                         To benefit from some institution,
                         you have to comply with whatever
                         roles define that institution.  If
                         you are a nurse, a congressperson,
                         a priest, a bricklayer, a short
                         order cook, a teacher, or a mayor,
                         to gain benefits you have to behave
                         consistent with your role in the
                         institutions you navigate.  You
                         have to play the game.
                         We do what our situations require
                         and we become what we do.  It is
                         true in a corporation, family,
                         mall, church, prison, government,
                         military, or criminal cartel.  

               INT.  CLASSROOM - DAY

               Young Lydia Luxemburg teaches a class.

                                   YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         To evaluate a workplace, family,
                         government or whatever, we have to
                         reveal the roles people relate to
                         in that institution.  What do the
                         roles demand? Who the roles cause
                         us to become?  To change an
                         institution, we have to decide what
                         roles block our lives, and what new
                         roles could advance our lives.  We
                         have to determine what we can fight
                         for to move us nearer our goals and
                         then also help us win further

               INT.  GLASS FACTORY - DAY

               YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG talks with a group of WORKERS.

                                   LYDIA LUXEMBURG (V.O.)
                         Early in RPS I visited a worker-run
                         glass factory in Cleveland. 
                         Workers there were surprisingly
                         despondent about their new
                         circumstances deteriorating back
                         toward what they had known before
                         they took over.  

                                   TALL MALE GLASS WORKER
                         It feels like there is no
                         alternative to enduring the
                         drudgery and poverty we thought we
                         were escaping.  All the old crap is
                         coming back.  

                                   LATIN FEMALE GLASS WORKER
                             (near tears)
                         We set up a workers council to have 
                         decision making by everyone
                         involved.  We equalized wages.  We
                         practiced mutual support.  A year 
                         passed and in recent weeks few have
                         attended our council meetings. 
                         Wage differences are returning. 
                         Work is reverting to alienating

                                   ASIAN FEMALE GLASS WORKER 
                         Before he left a manager called me
                         naive.  He told me that the
                         inequalities and hierarchies I
                         opposed were part of being human. 
                         He said we are who we are.  He said
                         my joy at taking over the workplace
                         would evaporate into failure.  I
                         laughed at him, but now I fear he
                         was right.

                                   YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         Tell me, are the folks with
                         empowering tasks, as time passes,
                         seeing themselves as deserving more
                         income and better conditions? Are
                         the folks with disempowering tasks
                         becoming resigned to less income
                         and worse conditions? Is that the
                         old crap that is returning?

               Workers nod yes.

                                   YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG (CONT'D)
                         When you took over your workplace
                         you left some people doing
                         overwhelmingly rote, repetitive,
                         and disempowering tasks while other
                         people did mostly empowering tasks.   
                         That way of dividing up work 
                         resurrected the old crap by
                         empowering a few and disempowering
                         the rest.  It isn't human nature
                         bringing back old ills, it is an
                         unchanged division of labor.  You
                         all grew up in working class homes
                         and neighborhoods.  You all had
                         little formal education.  Upon
                         occupying your factory, most of you
                         wound up with assembly work while a
                         few wound up with daily decision
                         making and other empowering
                         responsibilities.  You all thought
                         it was just how things were.  It
                         was how to get work done.  But it
                         was actually a particular choice
                         that elevated some of you into
                         becoming rulers and others ruled,
                         some coordinators, others workers. 
                         It wasn't written in your DNA. 
                         It wasn't inevitable.  It was a bad
                         choice you can undo.

               INT.  LYDIA'S LIVING ROOM - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         The analysis wasn't difficult.  We
                         didn't need a whole new vocabulary
                         and years of study to see the
                         situation.  It was simple and
                         oddly, it's simplicity ran afoul of
                         left academics.  Our critics inside
                         the movement worked hard to use
                         long sentences and obscure words. 
                         For us to speak plainly and
                         advocate simple insights upset
                         them.  It may sound perverse, but
                         after a time we realized there was
                         an underlying reason for it.  When
                         your status, income, and power
                         spring from having a monopoly on
                         empowering circumstances, defending
                         your status, income, and power
                         depends on making sure your
                         information and skills remain
                         inaccessible to people beneath you. 
                         Simplification and clarity spread
                         skills.  So academic-types didn't
                         like our criticizing their
                         monopolizing empowering work, and
                         they also didn't like our
                         demystifying language. 
                         Obscurantism becomes habit,
                         lifestyle even.  Nonetheless,
                         regardless of academics minimizing
                         attention to coordinator habits and
                         attacking us, our simple ideas were
                         not only accessible, they were
                         intensely practical.  It was a
                         battle, but a simple lesson gained
                         ground.  If you don't pay close
                         attention to choices about
                         institutions and roles, some
                         seemingly innocuous choice that
                         seems inevitable and that you take
                         for granted, can subvert your best
                         intentions.  Retaining the old
                         division of labor was just such a
                         choice.  I was forever affected by
                         that lesson.

               EXT.  LAKEFRONT - DAY 

               Miguel Guevara queries NOAM CARMICHAEL, 47, a bit academic
               looking, about joining RPS.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Noam Carmichael, I wonder if you
                         remember first becoming radical?

                                   NOAM CARMICHAEL
                         In 2001 I was old enough to get a
                         vague sense, with my parents' help,
                         for the change in my situation due
                         to my religion and appearance.  I
                         was radicalized by trying to
                         understand and oppose Islamaphobia.   
                         When I got to college my roommate
                         took one look and I could feel his
                         fear.  For two weeks we worked that
                         through and we became close
                         friends, even to this day.  I would
                         guess that had we not dealt with
                         our tensions he would have voted
                         for Trump.  I learned we couldn't
                         reach a good place by being
                         hostile.  We had to listen to one
                         another and work through confusions
                         and biases.  If we didn't talk -
                         much less if we dismissed and
                         denigrated one another - we would
                         become enemies.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Can you remember a personally
                         important event you experienced
                         during the rise of RPS?

                                   NOAM CARMICHAEL
                         I often taught in RPS Schools for
                         Organizers.  The schools focused on
                         analysis of society's ills,
                         movement building, vision of what
                         society could be, and how to attain
                         the desired future.

               INT.  MODEST AUDITORIUM - DAY

               Students and Faculty mill about, then begin session.

                                   NOAM CARMICHAEL (V.O.)
                         There were many such schools. 
                         Sometimes on a campus, sometimes in
                         a workplace.  Sometimes in an
                         apartment complex. 
                         Sometimes the schools were for
                         people in some industry, like the
                         Hollywood schools that began in
                         2022 and propelled the whole
                         extended project.  And sometimes
                         they were for RPS members
                         themselves.  The schools typically
                         ran for at least a week and
                         included classes, discussions, and
                         time to socialize.  About two
                         thirds in, after we reached a level
                         of trust and positive energy, we
                         would have a night session to
                         answer the question, what is
                         responsible for your being here to
                         learn about revolutionizing
                         society?  Some people would tell
                         about first reading some author and
                         the eye-opening effect it had on
                         them.  Or, some would tell of a
                         first rally or a march opening
                         their views and launching them into
                         activism.  But many other stories
                         featured tears and trauma.  

                                   FEMALE TALL STUDENT
                         I was abused as a child.  I was
                         repeatedly raped.  Later I

                                   MALE TALL STUDENT
                         I saw a dear friend gunned down in
                         the streets.  These are his
                         initials tattooed on my arm.  I
                         wanted different streets - for

                                   FEMALE SHORT STUDENT
                         I lost a parent, a friend, and a
                         friend's parent to drugs and
                         suicide.  What caused it? Them or
                         society? I decided society.

                                   MALE SHORT STUDENT
                         I lost my home and lived
                         threadbare.  I became addicted but
                         got straight.  I wanted a ten step
                         program for everyone to escape

                                   NOAM CARMICHAEL (V.O.)
                         Sometimes it was less extreme: I
                         was bullied, or I was a bully.  I
                         was cheated, or I cheated. 
                         People no one expected to tell such
                         stories said publicly what had only
                         been private before.  The suffering
                         they reported cemented my radical
                         commitments.  They made me more of
                         a listener than I had been before. 
                         I learned what went unsaid was
                         often profoundly important.

               EXT.  LAKEFRONT - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         What was the implication of race
                         inside RPS?

                                   NOAM CARMICHAEL
                         The direct implication had been
                         well known for a long time.  An
                         organization seeking a better
                         society had to welcome and benefit
                         from diverse racial communities. 
                         We had to elevate members of
                         diverse communities to leadership. 
                         We had to convey to diverse
                         communities predominant say over
                         their own affairs.

               INT.  VIDEO MONTAGE - DAY

               Black movements, and white allies, displayed in video.

                                   NOAM CARMICHAEL (V.O.)
                         Minority communities suffered low
                         income, little influence, and
                         escalating danger.  But focusing
                         centrally on race caused some to
                         overlook other matters.  We saw we
                         had to instead add to a race focus,
                         a gender, class, and authority
                         focus, as well as vice versa.  We
                         needed to seek a new society rather
                         than only bemoan short term

               EXT.  LAKEFRONT - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         There was a controversial issue, in
                         which I remember you played a role. 
                         It was who should organize whom?

                                   NOAM CARMICHAEL
                         I attended an early RPS-sponsored
                         meeting about working on an
                         antiracist campaign.  There was a
                         seeming understanding among the
                         experienced blacks present - and an
                         analogous view among women about
                         sexism - that it was not their
                         responsibility to organize among
                         white people, or men.  


               Debate rages.

                                   BLACK WOMAN ACTIVIST
                         It is only another burden on us to
                         expect blacks to explain or to
                         combat racism among white folks by
                         talking with them, or to expect
                         women to explain or combat sexism
                         among men by talking with them. 
                         White folks and men have to do the
                         talking to white folks and men.  

                                   NOAM CARMICHAEL (V.O.)
                         The accepted formulation had been
                         repeated so often, so forcefully,
                         so emotively, and for so many
                         years, that it had become an
                         unchallengeable radical axiom.

                                   YOUNG WHITE MALE ACTIVIST
                         But what if I don't feel I
                         understand racism or sexism enough
                         to be as convincing as someone who
                         has directly experienced the

                                   BLACK WOMAN ACTIVIST
                         Get smarter.  Stop thinking that I
                         should tell you about racism as
                         compared to you educating yourself
                         and other whites.

                                    YOUNG NOAM CARMICHAEL
                         Wait a minute.  I am an activist, I
                         am antiracist, I am black, and I am
                         experienced.  I get that in a
                         wonderful world I wouldn't have to
                         worry about educating anyone about
                         racism, much less spending time
                         educating racist white folks.  I
                         also get that to do so is annoying,
                         time consuming, and demeaning.  But
                         I don't see how my agreeing on all
                         that implies that I should never
                         talk to whites, educate whites, and
                         organize whites about racism.  Why
                         does that follow?  If it's because
                         I shouldn't do anything that
                         compared to being burden-free in a
                         better world burdens me, then
                         compared to not having racism,
                         organizing Blacks burdens me too,
                         but I do it, not every minute, but
                         when I think it can contribute to
                         overcoming racism.  So isn't the
                         right question about my talking to
                         white people about racism - will my
                         doing so help the anti racist
                         cause? And if that is the right
                         question, then when I am in a
                         better position to  communicate or
                         organize whites than are other
                         whites who are present, shouldn't I
                         do it? 

               Meeting and aftermath proceeds in background.

                                   NOAM CARMICHAEL  (V.O.) 
                         I got shouted down, but I didn't
                         fade away.  And I knew that a great
                         many folks agreed with what I had
                         said, not least because they told
                         me so after the meeting.  But I
                         kept at it, discussions spread, and
                         soon the old viewpoint unravelled.

               EXT.  LAKEFRONT - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   NOAM CARMICHAEL
                         The more I thought about it, the
                         more I felt the main issue was the
                         same as in many other cases.  Were
                         we trying to win? Did we believe we
                         could win?
                         Or were we just hammering out a
                         stance that felt  comfortable and
                         made modest gains without seeking
                         long term goals?  I wasn't saying
                         that blacks - or women in the
                         parallel case - should spend all
                         their time talking with intractable
                         white racists or male sexists.  But
                         I was saying that often blacks and
                         women know more and can better
                         motivate what they know than can
                         whites or men.  The right calculus
                         wasn't how much of a burden was it
                         for us to do that, but how
                         necessary was our doing that to
                         winning change?

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         RPS also jettisoned attacking
                         "white skin privilege," and you
                         pursued that battle too, right?

                                   NOAM CARMICHAEL
                         I felt privilege implied something
                         you should renounce, but when folks
                         called out white skin privilege
                         they mentioned safety from abuse,
                         enjoying access and influence, and
                         getting fair treatment.  The issue
                         wasn't that whites had that, but
                         that others did not.  Talking about
                         renouncing white skin privilege
                         made poor whites think our aim was
                         to take basic things away from them
                         rather than to guarantee everyone
                         those things and much more.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         What about communication issues?

                                   NOAM CARMICHAEL
                         Just preceding RPS, activists
                         looking back and seeing no lasting
                         revolutionary gains seemed to think
                         past failings meant we were missing
                         hugely difficult idea that needed
                         to be discovered by way of very
                         nearly unreadable texts.  But the
                         problem wasn't unknown obscure
                         ideas.  It was known clear ideas
                         not reaching large audiences.  
                         To communicate, RPS mostly found
                         better ways to popularly convey
                         existing insights and vision.  We
                         involved ever more people in
                         refining, employing, and
                         implementing new thoughts in their
                         own words.  We went from activism
                         ruled by academia to academia
                         renovated by activism.  We went
                         from obscurity to transparency.  We
                         didn't compromise content, we
                         clarified it.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Another controversy had to do with
                         issues of solidarity and their
                         implications for being true to
                         one's views, right?

               INT.  RPS CLASS - DAY

               STUDENTS hear from Young Noam Carmichael.

                                   YOUNG NOAM CARMICHAEL
                         Showing solidarity means acting in
                         accord with the interests of others
                         and supporting others in their
                         pursuits.  Enjoying autonomy means
                         functioning without intrusion from
                         without.  Clearly we shouldn't
                         always support but nor should we
                         always ignore others' wishes.  So
                         we have to determine what mindset
                         and choices have the best chance of
                         coming up with a desirable mix of
                         solidarity and autonomy.  As an
                         anti racist or a feminist activist
                         you certainly wouldn't want to be
                         subject to the will of
                         racists/sexists, nor even to the
                         will of well-meaning people unaware
                         of the dynamics of racism/sexism. 
                         You would want to be more
                         autonomous, to explore your own
                         views, pursue your own agendas,
                         learn from your own mistakes, and
                         benefit from your own insights.

                                   FEMALE BLACK STUDENT
                         Are there examples that show that?

                                   YOUNG NOAM CARMICHAEL
                         Over fifty years before RPS this
                         wisdom was already encapsulated in
                         what was called the autonomous
                         women's, Black, and Latin
                         movements.  There was Bread and
                         Roses in Massachusetts and Black
                         Power through the South and
                         national groups like the Black
                         Panthers and the Young Lords. 
                         Women, blacks, and Latinos were
                         tired of men and whites determining
                         their agendas.  They were tired of
                         constantly expending excessive time
                         and energy dealing with male or
                         white complaints.  The idea of
                         autonomy first arose in the Black
                         Power movement, meaning they would
                         operate under their own control and
                         pretty much unconnected to other
                         aggregations of non-black people. 
                         It was okay in theory, but in
                         practice such a movement could lose
                         a lot of solidarity from others. 
                         Some said, why diminish our overall
                         power with this autonomy fetish. 
                         Others said, why subject ourselves
                         to endless hassle with folks who 
                         are trying to keep us down or who 
                         don't understand our situation?

                                   FEMALE BLACK STUDENT
                         It seems intractable.  We need
                         autonomy but also solidarity.  How
                         can we have both?

                                   MALE WHITE STUDENT
                         What about forming massive
                         coalitions that contain women's
                         organizations and anti racist
                         organizations that align about 
                         global warming?

                                   YOUNG NOAM CARMICHAEL
                         The problem is, while coalitions
                         don't prevent a women's or anti
                         racist organization from operating
                         autonomously, and while they allow
                         solidarity around whatever is the
                         unifying issue of the coalition,
                         the solidarity is too limited.  

                                   FEMALE LATIN STUDENT
                         The member organizations and
                         movements don't enjoy the benefits
                         of solidarity from other coalition
                         members for their own agendas, nor
                         do they offer solidarity to other
                         members for anything beyond the
                         unifying coalition focus.

                                   YOUNG NOAM CARMICHAEL
                         Exactly.  Over the years,
                         coalitions have accomplished much,
                         but RPS greatly extends the logic
                         of having both autonomy and
                         solidarity by proposing that groups
                         work together on what we might call
                         their greatest common sum agenda.   
                         Groups and projects join a "bloc."
                         Each group and project retains its
                         autonomy to pursue its own specific
                         program as it decides.  But each
                         group and project also pledges to
                         support the programs other bloc
                         members propose.  The agenda of the
                         bloc is the sum of all the agendas
                         of all its component organizations,
                         movements, and projects.  Each part
                         of the bloc's agenda comes from the
                         leadership of one or another
                         partner in the bloc, but everyone
                         adopts it all.  

                                   FEMALE BLACK STUDENT
                         I see how that way all members
                         would receive and give solidarity,
                         and how everyone would retain their 
                         focus.  But aren't you just
                         brushing away difficulty by saying
                         everyone would support the whole

                                   YOUNG NOAM CARMICHAEL
                         I hope not.  Let's see.  Suppose we
                         take the women's movement discussed
                         earlier.  It has a program and
                         style rooted in feminist activism. 
                         If it joins a bloc with others,
                         then its prior program becomes one
                         part of the program of the whole
                         bloc.  It will receive support from
                         the other members. 
                         Reciprocally, as a member, it will
                         have to support other members
                         regarding their programs.  Two
                         factors make this hard.  

                                   FEMALE BLACK STUDENT
                         To join an organization in a bloc,
                         I would have to decide not only
                         that I liked the organization, but
                         that I liked the bloc too. 
                         Organizations would fear this will
                         reduce their membership.  

                                   FEMALE LATIN STUDENT
                         If a bloc includes organizations
                         with contradictory programs, the
                         overall bloc program would have to
                         contain both aspects.  That seems

                                   YOUNG NOAM CARMICHAEL
                         I too initially considered the
                         obstacles insurmountable.  But if
                         the overall purpose of the bloc is
                         winning a new society with various
                         agreed features, then we could see
                         the contradictory program
                         components as possibilities that
                         should be explored.  If one proves
                         better, in time we chose it.  But
                         while the choice is uncertain, we
                         keep the contrary aspects in play.   
                         And as soon as groups with a
                         particular agenda reap the benefits
                         of solidarity from others and, in
                         turn, celebrate helping others,
                         doubt dissipates.  

               INT.  CHURCH PEW - DAY

               Guevara questions BERTRAND DELLINGER, 75, short and academic

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Bertrand, can you briefly describe
                         the political vision of RPS.

               INT.  AUDITORIUM - NIGHT

               YOUNG BERTRAND DELLINGER, 51, short and academic looking,
               delivers speech to AUDIENCE of two hundred or thereabouts.

                                   YOUNG BERTRAND DELLINGER
                         RPS recognizes that political
                         activity includes legislation,
                         adjudication, and collective
                         implementation of shared program.  
                         Polity should generate fair
                         outcomes and produce collective
                         self-management for all.  We take
                         grassroots mechanisms activists
                         often form as our starting place by
                         seeking to have  every adult in
                         society in local councils, with
                         some elected to higher-level
                         councils, and another layer, and

                                   BERTRAND DELLINGER (V.O.)
                         In time we discovered that twenty
                         five council members was a good
                         choice, since with twenty-five,
                         eight layers can cover even the
                         largest country.

                                   YOUNG BERTRAND DELLINGER
                         Within each council, RPS feels we
                         should seek self-management by
                         everyone affected.  We should
                         protect and pursue diversity.  We
                         should maintain solidaritous
                         feelings and practices.  We should
                         get things done without
                         debilitating delays.  But all
                         should have appropriate influence.

                                   AUDIENCE MEMBER
                         But if everyone has influence, we
                         won't have just the best decision
                         makers decide.  

                                   YOUNG BERTRAND DELLINGER
                         That seems true but first, saying
                         that people who are better decision
                         makers don't get more say just for
                         that reason, doesn't mean they
                         shouldn't be heard.  They simply
                         need to convince others of the
                         validity of their views, not impose
                         them.  We don't ignore expertise,
                         nor do we give it undue power.  
                         Second, who is the world's foremost
                         expert in your desires? 

                                   AUDIENCE MEMBER
                         My mother!

                                   YOUNG BERTRAND DELLINGER
                         No you are, clearly, so ensuring
                         your influence when you are
                         affected is part of ensuring that
                         we respect expertise.  And third, a
                         decision reached without the will
                         of those affected being counted is
                         not a good decision in any event. 
                         It is imposed, not supported.  If
                         democracy is better than autocracy,
                         then collective self-management is
                         better yet.  On the other hand, if
                         experts having disproportionate
                         power is better than informed
                         participation by all affected, than
                         dictatorship by a genius is better
                         than democracy for all.  We have to
                         pick our preferred logic.  RPS
                         picks self-management and so seeks
                         legislative structure that allows
                         everyone to agree that outcomes are
                         reached fairly and are subject to
                         review.  But violations can still
                         certainly occur, and to deal with
                         that, RPS favors a significantly
                         improved court system, plus
                         community-controlled police with
                         balanced job complexes and
                         remuneration for effort and
                         sacrifice for all work, of course.

                                   AUDIENCE MEMBER
                         Police? Are you kidding?
                         I want none of that.

                                   YOUNG BERTRAND DELLINGER
                         I know some in RPS are angered by
                         what I and many others say about
                         police and I understand why. 
                         Imagine you had been raped and RPS
                         was saying there is a place for
                         rape, suitably redefined, in the
                         new society we seek.  You would
                         fight the insanity, and if you
                         lost, you would justifiably decide
                         RPS was not worth your support and
                         involvement.  I think members who
                         have or who will quit RPS for
                         retaining policing as part of its
                         vision feel that sort of disgust
                         and anger.
                         To put the issue more immediately,
                         should we treat today's police as
                         enemies beyond reason or as
                         potential allies to be organized? 
                         That discussion has the same
                         passions as the visionary debate
                         over having policing in a good
                         society.  Should we treat police
                         like vicious animals, or organize
                         them?  RPS believes a vastly
                         renovated police function is valid,
                         and that police now, with all their
                         violent faults, are better
                         approached as potential allies than
                         inevitable enemies.  Violations are
                         not going to magically disappear
                         and dealing with them most
                         effectively and safely requires
                         people with special training and
                         job requirements which enforce
                         their own civility and

               INT.  LYDIA'S LIVING ROOM - DAY

               Miguel Guevara interviews LYDIA LUXEMBURG, 93, dressed like

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Lydia, what does RPS say about
                         kinship vision?

                                   LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         RPS wants to enhance solidarity,
                         preserve diversity, apportion
                         benefits and responsibilities
                         fairly, and foster self-management. 
                         Even in a wonderful society, I
                         might love someone who did not love
                         me.  Previously strong ties could
                         wither.  Rape and other violent
                         acts might still occur.  Social
                         change won't eliminate losing
                         friends and relatives to premature
                         death.  Adults will not all
                         suddenly be equally adept at
                         relating with children.  It can't
                         solve all that, but RPS says new
                         kinship can stop causing men to

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         But what would better kinship look

               INT.  CLASS - DAY

               YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG, 70, dressed like 40, teaches class.

                                    YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         Sexism is enforced by rape and
                         battering, by the cumulative impact
                         of past sexist experiences on what
                         men and women think, desire, feel,
                         and do, but also by role
                         differences in home life and we
                         need to address all these.  What
                         if, as mothers, women produce
                         daughters who, in turn, not only
                         have mothering capacities but want
                         to mother and not father.  And what
                         if, as fathers, men produce sons
                         who not only have fathering
                         capacities but want to father and
                         not mother.  Then couldn't one
                         feature of a vastly improved
                         society be having no mothering
                         versus fathering, just parenting. 
                         Instead of one gender doing the
                         nurturing, tending, and cleaning in
                         families, called mothering, and the
                         other gender doing the decision
                         based tasks called fathering, both
                         genders do a mix of all the tasks
                         called parenting.

               INT.  LYDIA'S LIVING ROOM - DAY

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         How did this get beyond the

                                   LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         Through history, including in our
                         own upbringing, everyone practiced
                         mothering and fathering.  Our
                         child's lives were at stake.  There
                         would be no do overs.  Nonetheless,
                         we decided to break the mold.  It
                         began with feminists making their
                         own home life more fair, but RPS
                         also addressed surrounding
                         institutions.  For example, to have
                         genderless parenting we had to have
                         parental leave for newborn care,
                         not leave for women only.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         And controversy about the family?

                                   LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         Long before RPS many feminists
                         argued the nuclear family was a
                         problem.  Should child care and
                         family involvement rest on only one
                         or two biological parents, or
                         instead involve relatives, friends,
                         and even community members?  We
                         don't want to legislate how people
                         live but we do urge that whatever
                         patterns exist, each should foster
                         gender equity.  We seek to broaden
                         the care-taking children enjoy and
                         enlarge their participation in
                         judgements.  We hope children will
                         not only become capable and
                         confident, but also unconstrained
                         by narrow feminine or masculine
                         molds.Ê We still don't know what
                         fully liberated sexuality will be
                         like or all the diverse forms of
                         intergenerational relations adults,
                         children, and elders will share. 
                         What sex-gender patterns -
                         monogamous and not, hetero, homo,
                         or bi-sexual, trans, or not.  What
                         transformed caregiving
                         institutions, families, schools,
                         and other spaces for children as
                         well as for adults and the elderly?
                         But despite much our having more to
                         discover, we are confident actors
                         of all ages, genders, and
                         preferences will engage in non
                         oppressive consensual relations,
                         free from stigma.

               INT.  MAYOR'S OFFICE - DAY

               Miguel Guevara queries Bill Hampton on fighting sexism.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Bill, beyond having a vision of
                         feminist future relations, why was
                         having powerful feminist program
                         essential for RPS?

                                   BILL HAMPTON
                         Regarding society, when RPS
                         emerged, women still earned way
                         less than men for the same work. 
                         Sexist violence was even
                         escalating.  Women's health was
                         still manipulated.  Women still
                         feared night on the streets,
                         suffered vicious harassment online,
                         and lacked attentive audiences. 
                         Harassment at work was viral. 
                         Sexism wasn't as prevalent as five
                         decades earlier, but the battle
                         wasn't fully won.  Regarding RPS
                         itself, we enacted daycare at all
                         organizational gatherings with a
                         proviso that staffing should
                         immediately be at least half male. 
                         We legislated that public speaking
                         at our events, marches, teach-ins,
                         and meetings and leadership for our
                         events always had to be at least
                         fifty percent female.  When women
                         were not available or were not felt
                         to be prepared by prior experience
                         to accomplish the tasks, we had to
                         redress that imbalance with
                         training and practice.  The new
                         norm was simple.  Correct gender
                         imbalance or don't proceed.  
                         Movement women organized
                         themselves.  They didn't care about
                         happy smiles and promises.  They
                         weren't appeased by men saying have
                         a nice day, or not being rapists.


               About 60 women and 100 men discuss an action.  Young Bill
               Hampton is chairing.  Suddenly the door opens and 20 more
               women march in and stand in front, arms locked...  

                                   YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         Bill, sit down...  Thank you.
                         From now on all meetings will have
                         at least 50% women handling
                         organization and being chair, and
                         at least 50% women addressing
                         topics raised.  If you don't want
                         to comply, fine, you will have to
                         hold your meeting over unrelenting

                                   BILL HAMPTON (V.O.)
                         At this time, the rising tally of
                         rapes on campuses had spurred
                         Then, a rape occurred in Los
                         Angeles, and a male movement leader
                         was the rapist.  Hesitancy had

                                   YOUNG BILL HAMPTON
                         Are't you worried that to hold back
                         meetings waiting to fulfill gender
                         norms will harm organizing? 

                                   YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         Don't you see that not dealing with
                         gender imbalance is devastating? 

                                   WOMAN ACTIVIST AT MEETING
                         Come on, Lydia.  You demand more
                         than we can accomplish.  Worse, to
                         disrupt will abet reaction.  

                                   YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         Yes, we could be ham-handed.  You
                         are right we should avoid that. 
                         Hopefully you will help.  Your
                         concern is warranted, but it is not
                         a reason to consign the left to
                         perpetual hypocrisy and weakness. 
                         We must seek solidarity.  We must
                         address structures, not
                         individuals.  We must set standards
                         for everyone, including ourselves. 
                         But if we aren't able to do an
                         event or talk in a feminist manner,
                         we should delay doing those things
                         until we get ourselves ready to do
                         them properly.  Our desire to have
                         public talks or conduct projects
                         has to respect our desire for
                         feminist achievement.  If not,
                         nothing will proceed.  We don't
                         seek verbal commitments to
                         feminism.  We don't even seek
                         changes from male leftists to
                         accord with feminist values.  No
                         personal blame is asserted.  No
                         apologies are wanted.  We seek
                         structural changes that make
                         overcoming sexism part and parcel
                         of functioning at all.  

                                   BILL HAMPTON (V.O.)
                         Earlier anti-sexist efforts had
                         typically polarized men, and even
                         many recalcitrant women, in ways
                         that entrenched opposition. 
                         RPS attacked structures, but
                         empathized with men.  The goal was
                         to organize, not antagonize.  I
                         should note that the precursor to
                         all this wasn't just women's
                         efforts decades earlier, but also 
                         a few years earlier when Hollywood 
                         established a right to have
                         contracts require producers to
                         employ women and minorities in
                         appropriate numbers, and, if they
                         didn't, production stopped.  That
                         was a very similar approach.  Do
                         better, or we won't let you
                         operate.  In fact, up until
                         literally transforming
                         institutions, that has been RPS's
                         approach regarding overcoming
                         sexism, and also regarding
                         overcoming racism and classism.  Do
                         it carefully, do it mutually
                         supportively, do it to win, but do
                         it now.

               INT.  RPS CLASS - DAY

               Young Lydia Luxemburg teaches class.

                                   YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         We know we all largely become who
                         our roles require us to be.  So
                         what roles should we change to
                         prevent men becoming sexist and
                         women accepting sexism? We know if
                         men work and earn more, they will
                         have means to dominate.  We must
                         win equal incomes.  If in dating,
                         courting, and raising children, men
                         and women have different roles,
                         then we will wind up with different
                         dispositions.  We must win equal
                         familial roles.  Further, when
                         women do most nurturing and caring
                         whereas men do most competing and
                         governing, men become sort of
                         thuggish and women become not only
                         empathetic but also self-denying. 
                         To avoid that, men must do a fair
                         share of nurturing in the movement,
                         in society, and in families.  Women
                         must do a fair share of governing.

               EXT.  WALKING IN PARK - DAY

               Guevara queries PETER CABRAL, 63, dressed in athletic
               apparal, about culture vision.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Peter, what about culture vision? 

                                   PETER CABRAL
                         RPS says we need to appreciate the
                         historical contributions of
                         different communities more than
                         ever before.  We need to guarantee
                         cultures greater rather than lesser
                         means for further development.  

               INT.  CLASS - DAY

               YOUNG PETER CABRAL, 42, dressed in sweats, teaches class.

                                   YOUNG PETER CABRAL
                         We know from history that cultural
                         beliefs and habits give people a
                         sense of who they are and where
                         they come from.  But we also know
                         that in a competitive and hostile
                         environment, religious, racial,
                         ethnic, and national communities
                         often fight one another.Ê We
                         conclude that cultural salvation
                         lies in eliminating racist
                         institutions, dispelling racist
                         ideologies, and changing the
                         environments within which
                         historical communities interrelate
                         so communities can maintain and
                         celebrate difference without fear
                         of subjugation.  We call this
                         intercommunalism and it mainly
                         guarantees that every community can
                         carry on its traditions, languages,
                         and self-definitions so the
                         interaction of cultures enhances
                         the characteristics of each and
                         provides a richness that no single
                         approach can ever attain.

               EXT.  WALKING IN PARK - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         But reaching that goal has proven
                         difficult, yes?

                                   PETER CABRAL
                         That wasn't a surprise.  Until a
                         lengthy history of autonomy and
                         solidarity overcomes suspicion and
                         fear between communities, we need
                         to make it incumbent on more
                         powerful communities with less
                         reason to fear domination to
                         unilaterally begin the process of
                         de-escalating disputes they may
                         have with less powerful
                         communities.  When need be,
                         oversight and enforcement need to
                         occur by way of an intercommunal
                         legal apparatus specializing in
                         conflict resolution.  Even more
                         than in other areas,
                         intercommunalist relations will
                         have to be constructed, step by
                         step, until a different historical
                         legacy prevails.  Nor will it
                         always be easy to decide what
                         necessary means communities should
                         have for cultural reproduction, or
                         what development free from
                         unwarranted interference means in
                         particular situations.  But short
                         of the future harmony, we knew that
                         in the present the imbalance was so
                         incredibly harsh that the priority
                         for RPS had to be overcoming racist
                         structures and habits while moving
                         toward a transformed future.

               INT.  DEN - DAY

               Miguel Guevara questions.   

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Andrej, what about RPS economic

                                   ANDREJ GOLDMAN
                         RPS economics produces desired
                         goods and services, but also
                         desirable self-management, equity,
                         solidarity, and diversity.  It
                         utilizes workplace and community
                         councils where each actor has a say
                         proportionate to the impact of the
                         decided issue on them.
                         In capitalist corporations, twenty
                         percent of employees do work that
                         enlarges their confidence, social
                         skills, knowledge of the workplace,
                         and initiative.  Eighty percent do
                         work that reduces their confidence,
                         social skills, and workplace
                         knowledge, and exhausts them.  RPS
                         calls the dominant twenty percent
                         the coordinator class and the
                         subordinate eighty percent the
                         working class.

               INT.  RPS CLASS - DAY

               Young Andrej Goldman teaches class.

                                   YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN
                         We have to not only eliminate
                         capitalist ownership, but also the
                         coordinator class doing all
                         empowering work.  Everyone should
                         own equally.  But more than that,
                         each worker should also do a mix of
                         tasks they are capable of and
                         comfortable at, where each person's
                         tasks provide a comparably
                         empowering situation.

               INT.  DEN - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         What about income? What is
                         responsible? What works?

                                   ANDREJ GOLDMAN
                         RPS says people too young or too
                         old or otherwise unable to work
                         gainfully should nonetheless get a
                         full income, but people who can
                         gainfully work should have an
                         income reflecting the duration,
                         intensity, and onerousness of their
                         socially valued labor.

               INT.  RPS CLASS - DAY

               Class continues.

                                   YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN
                         I shouldn't be remunerated as an
                         athlete, a singer, or anything for
                         which I can't produce outputs
                         others want, but I should be
                         remunerated for socially valuable
                         work.  I should earn more for
                         working longer, more intensely, or
                         at more onerous tasks.  To get that
                         is fair.  It provides sensible
                         incentives.  It conveys essential
                         indicators of people's preferences.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA (V.O.)
                         What about allocation?

                                   YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN
                         RPS rejects competitive or
                         authoritarian allocation and
                         instead advocates cooperative
                         negotiation among workers and
                         consumers.  Each worker and
                         consumer council announces their
                         desires and then updates their
                         offers in light of others' offers. 
                         Community and industry agencies
                         amass and summarize information to
                         help workers and consumers assess
                         costs, benefits, and preferences,
                         and learn of jobs, new products,
                         etc., so we can self-manage our
                         production and consumption in light
                         of emergent measures of personal,
                         social, and environmental costs and

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA (V.O.)
                         What was dissent about your
                         economic vision from outside and
                         even inside RPS like? 

               INT.  ASSEMBLY HALL - DAY

               Young Andrej Goldman on stage hears and reacts to audience

                                   AUDIENCE CRITIC
                         Your aims are morally nice but
                         unreal.  Your equitable
                         remuneration will not elicit
                         creativity and productivity.  Your
                         balanced job complexes and self
                         management will not elicit quality. 
                         Your participatory planning will
                         not elicit efficiency.  Your vision
                         is pie-eyed nonsense on stilts!

                                   YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN
                         Equitable remuneration is not only
                         morally sound and socially
                         positive, it provides appropriate
                         incentives to work harder, longer,
                         or at more onerous tasks.  Balanced
                         job complexes and self-management
                         are not only fair, they  unleash
                         huge swaths of otherwise stunted
                         human capacity while eliminating
                         wasteful conflict.  Participatory
                         planning eliminates the built-in
                         motivational and informational ills
                         of markets, the authoritarianism of
                         central planning, and the
                         ecological irrationality of both. 
                         It reveals true social costs and
                         benefits and  meshes compatibly
                         with equitable remuneration and

                                   ANDREJ GOLDMAN (V.O.)
                         Both critics and advocates could
                         not be right.  Evidence and
                         argument have gone our way.

               INT.  DEN - DAY


                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Were their other objections from
                         inside RPS?

                                   ANDREJ GOLDMAN
                         Yes, some RPS members felt the
                         emerging vision risked alienating
                         potential coordinator class RPS
                         members.  They wanted to offer a
                         less controversial vision closer to
                         current potentials.  
                         Other members also wanted
                         coordinator class involvement, but
                         said hiding our full aims would
                         repel many workers, corrode morale,
                         and risk entrenching coordinator
                         Critics' fears that the full vision
                         would cause some coordinators to
                         not relate to RPS were correct. 
                         But for many coordinator class
                         members, and more as each month and
                         year passed, the predication was
                         wrong.  Workers led.  Coordinators
                         joined.  Classlessness remained the

               INT.  LIVING ROOM - DAY

               Miguel Guevara questions Anton Rocker, 55, dressed casual.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Anton, where do we stand regarding
                         new workplaces?  I remember a trip
                         to Columbus Ohio.  I arrived and
                         got a tour of an occupied workplace
                         from a few employees.  

               INT.  WORKPLACE FLOOR - DAY

               Workers talk with YOUNG ANTON ROCKER, 33, dressed in work

                                   STOCKY OHIO WORKER
                         Our firm was tanking and the owners
                         sold off its assets.  We decided to
                         run the firm ourselves.  Many of
                         the coordinator class left due to
                         thinking that without the owners
                         the firm would collapse.

                                   TALL OHIO WORKER
                         In situations like ours, sometimes
                         workers made incomes equitable and
                         instituted workplace democracy but
                         ignored job definitions and
                         operated with little change
                         regarding markets.  Other times
                         transformation included balancing
                         jobs and full worker self
                         management.  In the former case,
                         struggle became a contest between
                         coordinators and workers.  In the
                         latter case, struggle became
                         workers against old habits and the
                         pressures of the market and banks.

                                   YOUNG ANTON ROCKER
                         How do your relatives and friends
                         who still work at typical  
                         workplaces regard your efforts? Are
                         you having success organizing folks
                         to follow the new path? 

                                   STOCKY OHIO WORKER 
                         I don't talk about our project with
                         family and friends.  They will do 
                         similar only if their owners cash
                         out so they have no choice but to
                         take over or become unemployed.

                                   YOUNG ANTON ROCKER
                         I don't get it.  Would you take a
                         job, giving up having any say, no
                         longer having balanced jobs, if in
                         return you received higher pay?

                                   TALL OHIO WORKER
                         No.  Wages matter but so does
                         dignity.  And in any case, we get
                         better pay, too.

                                   YOUNG ANTON ROCKER
                         Then why can't you explain the
                         benefits to your relatives and
                         friends so they pursue similar aims
                         even in their profitable firms,
                         rather than only when their owners
                         cash out? 

                                   STOCKY OHIO WORKER
                         Just like we didn't, they won't,
                         until they become desperate.  

               INT.  LIVING ROOM - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   ANTON ROCKER 
                         Even now, I wonder what caused that
                         mindset.  Perhaps it was
                         hopelessness, but the view was from
                         people who had great hope, at least
                         for themselves.  Maybe it was to
                         avoid clashing with relatives and
                         friends, even if doing so could
                         open a path to greater well-being.   
                         Whatever its cause, if their view
                         had persisted each transformed
                         workplace would be isolated. 
                         Worker reticence to reach out had
                         to be overcome.  A co-op
                         transforming, a corporation
                         undergoing internal struggles, and
                         a new firm succeeding, would each
                         have to see their task as not
                         simply establishing their own firm,
                         but also enlisting others to do
                         likewise.  To promote that, RPS
                         emphasized creating federations of
                         transformed workplaces that
                         prioritized mutual aid, defense,
                         and insurance, and sponsored events
                         bringing workers from advanced
                         projects to speak at other venues.   
                         Before RPS we had nearly 30 million
                         small businesses in the U.S. About
                         20,000, which sounds like a lot but
                         is less than a tenth of a percent,
                         had more than 500 employees.  Today
                         I would guess we have perhaps 2
                         million well established RPS small
                         businesses, and another 5 million
                         struggling with transforming that
                         will join the RPS count without
                         much more change.  RPS ideas battle
                         for influence in nearly all the
                         rest, too.  And we have about 3,000
                         500 person or more RPS-oriented
                         workplaces, another 4,000
                         undergoing major struggles, and all
                         20,000 include RPS-style campaigns
                         with growing degrees of council
                         organization.  Momentum is now
                         ours.  It came when workers formed
                         into councils, fought for gains,
                         struck, and finally occupied and
                         took over firms, with each step
                         prodding and helping the next.

               INT.  UNIVERSITY OFFICE - DAY

               Guevara questions BERTRAND DELLINGER, 76, dressed like

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Bertrand, universities and
                         schooling are pegged for 
                         renovation, aren't they?

                                   BERTRAND DELLINGER
                         As RPS was being born, universities
                         and schools were repositories of
                         dull drill, extinguished feeling,
                         narrowed vision, and destroyed
                         character, and, as well, the
                         attention span and motivation of
                         students was plummeting.  


               Students in large hall focus on phones, tablets, and laptops.  

                                   BERTRAND DELLINGER (V.O.)
                         I and many friends teaching back
                         then couldn't usefully give
                         lectures that required sustained
                         attention.  Students texted,
                         emailed, watched videos, listened
                         to music, and browsed.  Click,
                         click, click, they jumped from
                         brief focus to brief focus.  Their
                         frequent shifting was so habitual
                         they became driven to avoid
                         serious, sustained, focus.  They
                         weren't good at multi-tasking, but
                         at flitting.  

               INT.  HIGH SCHOOL CLASS - DAY

               Students like in college, but now also listening to music in
               one ear.

                                   BERTRAND DELLINGER (V.O.)
                         Students gravitated toward doing
                         what they were good at, and the
                         trend seeped downward from colleges
                         to become the norm in high schools
                         too.  Kids would even listen to
                         music during class.  To teach I had
                         to accommodate the short focus of
                         my students.  But teachers
                         nuggetizing content only added to
                         the dynamic of electronic doo-dads
                         fostering flitting from thing to

               INT.  UNIVERSITY OFFICE - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   BERTRAND DELLINGER
                         People are born ignorant, but we
                         are made stupid by faulty
                         education.  To see students drift
                         away was like being pummeled,
                         daily, by failure.  It was hard not
                         to get hostile toward the students
                         who preferred to mentally die than
                         set aside their phones.  

               INT.  LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

               Family home for holiday.

                                   BERTRAND DELLINGER (V.O.)
                         At a family gathering, when I was
                         young, we would joke around, watch
                         TV, but also talk about issues of
                         the day.  The young would be
                         curious and want explanations for
                         what was going on.  Likewise for
                         adults.  But immediately pre-RPS,
                         kids would sit on a couch with a
                         tablet, laptop, and phone, and with
                         the TV on, flitting from one to the
                         other.  They couldn't focus on
                         things they still were interested
                         in much less have sustained
                         interest in anything new.  They
                         were almost proud of their social
                         ignorance.  Party and play.  Shop
                         till we drop.  Flit from Facebook
                         to Twitter to TV to web site.  Do
                         it again.  Hold views based on
                         Tweets.  Screw evidence.  Know
                         little.  Investigate nothing. 
                         Compete, learn how to bully or bow
                         down.  It wasn't all young people
                         but it was too many.  And it was
                         adults as well, not least because
                         they accepted it in their kids.  In
                         time, like kids, like parents. 
                         While parents weren't as enmeshed
                         in screens, they were more into
                         gossip and mass culture than
                         anything more lasting.  We had
                         pervasive social media.  News 
                         became little more than
                         entertainment.  Facebook bred  
                         dishonesty, judgementalism, and
                         bullying.  Short attention spans
                         precluded serious discussion. 
                         Selfies flourished.  So did
                         depression hidden by lonely lies.

               INT.  RPS CLASS - DAY

                                   YOUNG BERTRAND DELLINGER
                         Schools socialize and sometimes
                         transfer lessons and skills but
                         mainly they deliver students
                         suitably packaged for their future
                         lives.  And what is suitable to
                         future life of course depends on
                         what roles students will fill.
                         Roughly eighty percent come out of
                         school educated to endure boredom
                         and take orders because those are
                         the two main prerequisites to being
                         a desirable hire for an employer
                         trying to fill working class jobs.  
                         The other twenty percent receive
                         particular knowledge suited to
                         accounting, medicine, engineering,
                         or whatever - but also develop a
                         disposition suitable to maintaining
                         dominance over workers below and
                         obeying owners above.
                         Schools that deliver folks ready
                         for those two futures fit today's
                         societies.  Their graduates fill
                         intended slots.  They aren't under-
                         or over-prepared for their tasks. 
                         They aren't the best they could be. 
                         They are slot fillers, fixated on
                         the cash nexus whether from below
                         or above.

               INT.  VIDEO MONTAGE - DAY

               New school, home schooling, struggles in existing schools.

                                   BERTRAND DELLINGER (V.O.)
                         Many RPS folks host neighborhood
                         schools and initiate summer schools
                         for children as well as for
                         workmates and townsfolk.  A few
                         even create new institutions for
                         higher learning.  But transforming
                         education is also about battling
                         inside existing schools.  
                         Public school teachers, community
                         college teachers, and especially
                         grad students at many colleges and
                         universities, are a bit like nurses
                         in hospitals, eager to be
                         productive workers of a new self
                         managing kind.  Massive teacher
                         strikes preceded RPS and paved the
                         way for teacher activism extending
                         into community life.

               INT.  LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Okay, so what was and is the RPS
                         attitude to schooling?

                                   BERTRAND DELLINGER
                         Having education generate
                         confident, capable adults requires
                         having a society that needs
                         confident, capable adults.  So
                         educational transformation means 
                         students, teachers, and families
                         have to seek better results in
                         their current or new schools while
                         also seeking a new future for
                         society.  That was the long term
                         revolutionary aspect of our
                         approach to education.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Where has it led?

               INT.  VIDEO MONTAGE - DAY

                                   BERTRAND DELLINGER (V.O.)
                         Gains so far include vastly
                         increased involvement of
                         communities in schooling and
                         learning.  You probably remember
                         not just the demand to open schools
                         but the occupational and community
                         programs we enacted in thousands of
                         schools, at night, all over the
                         Fighting to enlarge school
                         services, before long, we wondered,
                         why ask permission? The schools are
                         there.  We should just go in and
                         use them.  And so we did. 
                         Soon we invited police to take
                         courses and enjoy classes too,
                         which did wonders for dimming their
                         ardor for repressing our school
                         takeovers.  Reduction of class size
                         with a steady increase in number of
                         teachers was another a huge gain.  
                         We realized higher education too,
                         had to become relevant to people's
                         fulfillment rather than to people
                         passively fitting unfulfilling
                         slots in society.  
                         We changed what students had
                         available to read, who they had
                         available to talk with, and
                         therefore what they could attain.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         What do you think was the turning
                         point toward winning?


                                   BERTRAND DELLINGER (V.O.)
                         Perhaps the first occupation of a
                         public school - it was in Chicago -
                         with the ensuing mass meeting to
                         determine what uses the school
                         could be put to at night.  We saw
                         people experience that their
                         surroundings should benefit them
                         rather than their having to
                         restrain themselves to fit harsh
                         surroundings, and we knew right
                         away that it would spread.  


                                   BERTRAND DELLINGER (V.O.)
                         Similarly, I think the RPS campaign
                         to provide online curricula that
                         challenged the prevalent social
                         science and history texts had a
                         huge effect.  When lots of kids who
                         learned from our online courses
                         became highly knowledgeable about
                         flaws in their lessons and able to
                         think through evidence and logical
                         connections, it put immense
                         pressure on faculty to do better.  

               EXT.  NYU STRIKE - DAY

                                   BERTRAND DELLINGER (V.O.)
                         Another key happening was when
                         students on the campus where I was
                         teaching, NYU, called a strike that
                         shut down the place, and then
                         reopened it for a full week of
                         nothing but faculty-student
                         discussion of the purpose of
                         education, and it spread.  

                                   NYU STUDENT
                         We don't just want discussion.  We
                         will chair the sessions.  We will
                         present ideas.  We will convince
                         faculty of our aims and create a
                         new sense of community.  
                         Attend our social events.  Attend
                         our classes.  This strike will end
                         when our campus is reborn.  Commit
                         to student faculty power.  Reject
                         administrative power.  


               Student leader addresses crowd.

                                   COLUMBIA STUDENT
                         We demand preparation for balanced
                         job complexes and solidarity.  We
                         reject classist separatism.  
                         We want solidarity and self
                         management, not arrogance and
                         profit making.  We require
                         renovation of the faculty,
                         curriculum, and particularly the
                         town-gown interface.  

               INT.  LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

                                   BERTRAND DELLINGER
                         Campus innovation mirrored public
                         school's being open to the
                         community.  Now it was universities
                         providing programs for local
                         residents as well as research and
                         resources for local activism.  
                         RPS said instead of education
                         defending system maintenance, it
                         must propel system change.  Instead
                         of squashing most students into
                         passive conformity while making the
                         rest elitist, education must
                         address the real needs and
                         potentials of all students. 
                         Education must serve desire and
                         insight, not profit.

               INT.  OVAL OFFICE DAY

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Malcolm, do you remember first
                         considering and then finally
                         deciding to run for President?

                                   MALCOLM KING
                         I first thought about it when I won
                         for Senator and every so often
                         thereafter.  I saw being Senator as
                         a way to aid movements and help
                         generate new policies and thought
                         of the presidency that way too,
                         only more so.  But running for
                         President first became more than
                         day dreaming one night talking with
                         some good friends.

               INT.  LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

               Malcolm King, Celia Curie, Bill Carmichael, Lydia Luxemburg,
               and Bertrand Dellinger sit and talk.

                                   LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         It is wonderful to be together, and
                         I hope you won't mind that Bertrand
                         and I see it as an opportunity to
                         consider something we have all
                         heard circulating around RPS.  

                                   BERTRAND DELLINGER
                         The three of you are the highest
                         elected officials in the
                         organization.  Senator of
                         Massachusetts, Governor of
                         California, and Mayor of New York. 
                         Should one of you run for President
                         in 2044?

                                   BILL HAMPTON
                         Yes, I hear people talking about
                         that, and I get questioned, but is
                         the topic worth the time?
                         RPS is making incredible strides
                         all over society.  Why not keep
                         building and when needed pressure
                         the ever-more progressive but non
                         RPS Presidents who take office,
                         without entering the corrupting
                         arena ourselves? The complications
                         of running for office, much less
                         winning, have been ridiculous in
                         New York.  Imagine how entangling
                         and corrupting they would be
                         seeking or winning the White House.

                                   LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         You use Gracie Mansion brilliantly. 
                         You build movement and you help win
                         movement gains.  You aren't
                         entangled.  You aren't corrupt.  

                                   BILL HAMPTON
                         I am not coopted, but I am wiped
                         out.  And I am not sure what
                         overall gain it has achieved.  Yes,
                         there have been benefits, but if
                         every RPS person in New York
                         government now keeping the current
                         system from unraveling was instead
                         working in grassroots organizing to
                         build our new system, and if
                         receptive though less RPS-ish folks
                         were in the positions we hold,
                         would it be a net loss?
                         Avoiding the corrupting pressures 
                         of power, pursuing electability, 
                         tallying allies, and especially
                         keeping things running in New York
                         has been bad enough.  For the White
                         House, the number of people side
                         tracked from grassroots work would
                         be vastly greater even if the
                         benefits would also be greater.

                                   CELIA CURIE
                         But add the outreach, the burst of
                         energy which, if done right, can
                         persist, and, in the event of
                         winning, the consciousness raising
                         and major changes able to be far
                         more quickly and easily implemented
                         with an allied rather than a
                         neutral or hostile President, and I
                         think maybe we have gotten to a
                         point where it would make sense
                         running for the Presidency.  But
                         would it undercut focus on popular
                         participation and on building and
                         federating councils? Could we focus
                         as much on a candidate as an
                         election would require, and then as
                         much on governing as winning would
                         require, without losing our
                         participatory aims? 

                                   BERTRAND DELLINGER
                         If we field a good candidate we
                         could easily attract five and maybe
                         as many as fifteen million full
                         time serious volunteers.  While
                         campaigning, we would all work
                         harder and with greater outreach,
                         not less hard and more narrowly,
                         assuming right priorities.  
                         We could have massive grass roots
                         funding with no need for big
                         donors.  We could win which would
                         be tremendously helpful for every
                         campaign and struggle now underway
                         and for more to follow.  We could
                         do it in ways emphasizing and
                         enlarging popular participation. 
                         We should try.  

                                   BILL HAMPTON
                         I wouldn't want to run.  New York
                         was very nearly too much for me.

                                   CELIA CURIE
                         Don't look at me.  I would feel a
                         fool trying.  I am an actress
                         turned Governor for my home state. 
                         If I won it would be like Reagan or
                         Trump - a famous personality taking
                         office.  I don't want that.  RPS
                         doesn't need that.  

                                   MALCOLM KING
                         Well, I think RPS does need you. 
                         Your governorship has been
                         exemplary.  I think a campaign,
                         done without an iota of compromise,
                         done with an unswerving focus on
                         our full participatory vision,
                         could advance our views enough to
                         be worth the time, effort, and
                         resources it would require.  So how
                         about we think about you and I
                         running, should the population
                         continue to agitate for RPS
                         involvement, in whatever order
                         finally makes sense, and table this
                         discussion for now before it gets
                         even more tortured?

                                   CELIA CURIE
                         Okay, I will think about VP if you
                         will think about P.

                                   LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         So that's it for now.  We have an
                         idea that we can all think about
                         and raise with others.

                                   MALCOLM KING (V.O.)
                         So that small gathering was when
                         running first became more than pipe
                         dream gossip.  

               INT.  OVAL OFFICE - DAY

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Okay, but then when did you first
                         think you might actually win?

                                   MALCOLM KING
                         I came to believe we might elect an
                         RPS President, whoever it might be,
                         back in 2039 during the general


               Cities shut down, plants empty, streets empty other than
               workers marching.  State houses attract huge rallies, as do
               Congress and the White House.  Police watch or march.  They
               don't repress.

                                   MALCOLM KING (V.O.)
                         I couldn't experience the
                         incredible power of workers
                         stopping the country and showing
                         such an incredible depth of
                         commitment to revolutionizing
                         society and not feel that one part
                         of what was to come would be taking
                         over the government and putting it
                         in service of fundamental change.  

               INT.  OVAL OFFICE DAY

                                   MALCOLM KING
                         I was amazed, inspired, but also
                         humbled.  The crowds were enormous. 
                         We could have surged into
                         government offices all over the
                         country, including in Washington. 
                         That much was possible, already, in
                         2039.  But what then?  We weren't
                         ready to staff all the agencies and
                         handle all the tasks, and in any
                         case we didn't want to usurp
                         government with a unilateral act. 
                         We didn't have a full program
                         developed from our base, discussed
                         and refined at anything like the
                         comprehensive scale we would need.  
                         I realized that to protect,
                         maintain, and grow participation in
                         rebuilding society we had to win
                         office and then change government
                         in an accountable, participatory
                         way, not by charging into offices
                         with no plan.  We didn't have time
                         to do that by 2040, so it would be
                         2044, earliest.  Until then we just
                         had to keep growing and keep
                         creating new institutions and keep
                         winning changes in old ones.  We
                         had to build popular support and
                         clarity not only for taking over
                         workplaces, schools, hospitals, and
                         local agencies, but also the
                         national government.  I decided it
                         involved enormous risk, but was
                         also essential.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         So when you ran, you expected to
                         win and you ran to win?

                                   MALCOLM KING
                         Rather, we hoped to win and ran to
                         win, with an absolute commitment
                         that we would not compromise or
                         even understate any RPS views to
                         seek votes.  

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Then when did you begin to think
                         you really could win?

                                   MALCOLM KING
                         At the first debate in late
                         September when vitriol failed and
                         reason prevailed.


               Candidates closing statements.  Audience responds.

                                   OPPOSING CANDIDATE
                         Senator King, how can you possibly
                         have the audacity to stand before
                         the American people and say they
                         should elect you President, you a
                         man who aims to anarchistically
                         overthrow our government, a man who
                         socialistically wants to obliterate
                         our property rights, a man who
                         feminazi-like threatens to topple
                         the family fabric of society, a man
                         who would cravenly reduce our
                         armaments, armed forces, and police
                         to passivity, a man who would
                         reduce our country to pitiful
                         weakness, a man who denies religion
                         and decries individual creativity
                         to advance soul-destroying
                         collectivism?  It will be a
                         pleasure to ship you and your
                         movement's pathetic power-envy and
                         psychotic animalistic anger back to
                         the fringe communities that spawned
                         it.  I happily cede to you my
                         remaining time.  Take as long as
                         you like to reply.  Your words will
                         only deepen the horror our audience
                         already feels at your vile

                                   MALCOLM KING
                         No more to say? No more vague, wild
                         assertions? Nothing positive to
                         Okay, I will gladly use your
                         remaining time.  You wonder at my
                         wanting to anarchistically
                         overthrow our government.  I plead
                         guilty.  Unlike you, I don't want
                         to preserve elitist, centralizing,
                         mind-numbingly anti-democratic
                         bureaucratic structures against
                         participation by the American
                         people just to preserve the power
                         of centralizing sycophants like
                         yourself who unaccountably control
                         the destiny of millions.  I prefer
                         popular self-management.  You decry
                         my socialistically opposing few
                         hands holding  productive property
                         and I again plead guilty.  Unlike
                         you, I am not enamored of enriching
                         property holders beyond the wildest
                         dreams of past kings.  I do not
                         think being born with a deed in
                         your hand is the highest form of
                         human achievement, or that it is
                         any achievement at all.  I reject
                         that people like yourself should
                         own society's rivers, lakes,
                         resources, machinery, and places of
                         production, much less rule over
                         them like tin-pot dictators.  You
                         ought to be aware, however, that
                         you missed a further target to
                         ridicule.  I also oppose a
                         relatively small sector of the
                         population monopolizing empowering
                         work.  I want to share that work
                         more equally so everyone is in
                         prepared by their work to
                         participate in social decisions. 
                         Unlike you, I also want equitable
                         incomes for all.  I want empowering
                         dignified work for all.  I want
                         people able to decide their own
                         working lives.  I would say it is a
                         wonder that you don't want these
                         gains for all humanity, but your
                         attitude isn't a wonder.  It is
                         unmitigated, self-seeking, anti
                         social greed.  You say I want to
                         feminazi-like topple the familial
                         fabric of civilization.  Why?
                         Because I want young and old people
                         to have a say over their own lives?
                         Because I want families and all
                         living units to freely nurture the
                         next generation without imposing
                         preordained definitions of what
                         boys and girls have to become? 
                         Because I want parents and children
                         and extended families to have
                         optimal health care, empowering
                         work, and shared responsibility for
                         their own and for all social life? 
                         Because I want women respected and
                         empowered, because I want sexual
                         preference to be whatever free
                         people prefer, all rather than
                         wanting to turn the gender clock
                         back a century - in your
                         misogynistic, homophobic, harassing
                         mode?  The human nurturing fabric
                         of society is already at risk. 
                         People like you don't see it's deep
                         tears despite your own broken homes
                         and the bedlam so visibly endured
                         by so many all around you.  You
                         can't see the truth of our times
                         because your heart is a cash
                         register and your eyes perceive
                         only profit potentials.  I want to
                         restore and enrich society's
                         fabric.  You want to rape and
                         plunder society.  I see all
                         families as repositories of love
                         and sources of wise, confident
                         participation.  You see most
                         families as sources of cheap,
                         obedient labor.  I see societies,
                         countless communities as allied and
                         equal centers of creative
                         diversity.  You see all but your
                         own community as fringe targets to
                         ridicule, restrain, and repress.  
                         You also say I would disarm the
                         country, neuter the police, and
                         leave us helpless, because I reject
                         siphoning society's wealth into
                         useless and pointless weapons that,
                         were they used, would destroy all
                         humanity, and because I want
                         properly paid and empowered police
                         that serve the public not power,
                         and I want our children's and our
                         children's children's human
                         potentials to develop free from
                         war, pestilence, coercion and
                         restriction in a world of shared
                         peace and plenty.  I am guilty
                         again.  You are absolutely right I
                         want all that.  You call it making
                         our country weak and defenseless. 
                         I call it making our country worth
                         defending.  You say I deny religion
                         and sublimate the individual to the
                         collective.  Why?  Because I want
                         all religions, races, ethnicities,
                         and nationalities to be free of
                         fear of imposition and negation
                         from without and because I want
                         individuals and collectives
                         prepared and in position to self
                         manage their destinies without
                         having to submit to the individual
                         whims of the rich and domineering
                         elites you serve.  You are right
                         again.  I do reject your racism,
                         your sexism, your homophobia.  I am
                         guilty as charged.  You say that it
                         was a pleasure to have run against
                         me, and that it will be a pleasure
                         to ship me and  Revolutionary
                         Participatory Society's pathetic
                         envy and psychotic animalistic
                         anger back to the fringe dwellings
                         that spawned it.  Well, I have some
                         news for you.  Those fringe
                         dwellings are the soup kitchens,
                         apartment buildings, private homes,
                         schools, hospitals, ball fields,
                         stages, churches, and workplaces of
                         America.  Fringe to you, to your
                         gilded millionaire lifestyle, yes,
                         I suppose so.  We will see soon
                         what goes away, and what goes
                         Will the American people vote
                         against RPS and their own futures -
                         and less relevantly against Celia
                         and I - or will they not only elect
                         the two of us, but also continue
                         their steadily escalating popular
                         participation in revolutionizing
                         all sides of all of our lives? 
                         After your display here tonight, I
                         too feel ready to predict the
                         outcome.  I believe that some folks
                         will vote for you, in fear of make
                         believe demons that you and your
                         media moguls have manufactured.
                         And I believe some will do so to
                         defend their elite interests with
                         no concern for society.  But I
                         believe most people are past the
                         confusions and prejudices that have
                         historically allowed the likes of
                         you to win office.  You are about
                         as venal as was, say, Donald Trump,
                         28 years ago.  But the problem for
                         you is that the population has come
                         a long way since his time.  Your
                         ignorant posturing, your bullying,
                         your pathetically hypocritical life
                         and your self-serving views, all
                         admittedly more eloquently
                         expressed than Trump could ever
                         manage, have lost too much of their
                         deceiving power for you to push
                         anything aside, much less to push
                         aside RPS, the most grassroots,
                         democratic, participatory, multi
                         focused movement this country has
                         ever seen.  Good luck with that.  I
                         wish I could be a gentleman and say
                         it was a pleasure to run against
                         you.  But I can't.  It has been a
                         bore, because you are an empty
                         vessel of hate.  It has been
                         depressing, because even in one
                         lonely body, such an amalgamation
                         of narcissistic evil as you embrace
                         is seriously depressing to behold.   
                         We will soon see how the country
                         decides.  Will it be for you, and
                         your hates and fears, and the
                         millionaires and billionaires who
                         pray you will prevail to help them
                         amass still more millions and
                         Or will it be for me, Celia, and
                         RPS, for our hopes and thoughts,
                         and for the women and men, boys and
                         girls, movements and activists who
                         work for our campaign to prevail so
                         we can in turn aid their efforts to
                         build a vastly better future?  Time
                         will tell.  And this time, I hope -
                         and just open your pathetically
                         closed mind and listen to see it is
                         true -  that time is on our side
                         and your day is slip sliding away,
                         pushed off stage by the power of
                         people united.

               INT.  OVAL OFFICE - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Okay, then, when were you
                         absolutely sure you would become

                                   MALCOLM KING
                         I guess it would show appropriate
                         modesty to say only when the
                         ballots were counted, but it would
                         be a lie.  I knew for certain we
                         would win at the Houston Rally the
                         second week in October.  To have a
                         million people greet us on the
                         Streets of Houston, clearly aware
                         of and supporting our program and
                         not just or even mainly us, I
                         looked at Celia, she looked at me,
                         and we both knew the polling would
                         be a landslide.


               Video montage of celebrations around the country.


               Miguel Guevara reports to assembled press.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Good morning.  As Press Secretary,
                         as usual I have a lot of ground to
                         cover so let's settle down and
                         If you will bear with me a minute,
                         I would like to offer a few words
                         before taking your questions.
                         As you know, yesterday President
                         Malcolm King spoke to the UN
                         General Assembly and the world. 
                         His speech was simple, emotional,
                         and  blunt.  It reflected unfolding
                         events and aspirations.  For any of
                         you who may have missed it, in the
                         first part he apologized.  In the
                         second part he promised.  In the
                         third part he celebrated.  In the
                         conclusion he embraced.

               INT.  UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY - DAY

               Malcolm King Addresses the General Assembly.

                                   MALCOLM KING
                         In the name of my country I
                         apologize for our military and
                         fiscal role in international mayhem
                         and injustice from Latin America to
                         Asia and from Europe to Africa.  I
                         apologize to Korea, the
                         Philippines, Indonesia, Guyana,
                         Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, the
                         Congo/Zaire, Brazil, the Dominican
                         Republic, and Cuba.  I apologize to
                         Chile, Greece, East Timor,
                         Nicaragua, Grenada, El Salvador,
                         Libya, Panama, Iraq, Afghanistan,
                         Haiti, Yugoslavia, Iran, Venezuela,
                         Somalia, and Syria.  I apologize
                         for our support of dictators, for
                         our exploitative extractions, for
                         our arms shipments and our arms
                         use.  I apologize for threats,
                         boycotts, and destruction, for
                         massacring native Americans, for
                         slavery and racism, sexism and
                         sexual predation, for Hiroshima,
                         Nagasaki, and more.

               INT.  BRIEFING ROOM - DAY

               Guevara continues addressing assembled press.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         King promised we would together
                         reverse our history of exploitation
                         and violence toward others and in
                         its place enact a new agenda of
                         sharing and respect.  He promised
                         we would study war no more and
                         instead foster solidarity and
                         mutual aid with the same energy and
                         effort that we previously put to
                         war making and profit seeking.  He
                         promised and evidenced an entirely
                         new and compassionate,
                         internationalist mindset.  He
                         celebrated transforming our
                         domestic defining institutions of
                         polity, economy, culture, and
                         kinship, and our relation to the
                         natural environment to remove
                         hierarchies of wealth and power and
                         to attain a sustainable new
                         historical beginning.  He promised
                         to aid and learn from all those who
                         have already or who will now take
                         up similar aims, as they deem
                         suitable, worldwide.  

               INT.  UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY - DAY

                                   MALCOLM KING
                         Amidst our tremendous, sustaining,
                         and enriching diversity, we need to
                         embrace our shared universal
                         humanity.  We need to celebrate and
                         apply our shared values of human
                         liberation - solidarity, diversity,
                         equity, self-management,
                         international peace, and
                         environmental balance to all our
                         own countries, each in mutual aid
                         with the rest.  We must reject
                         greed and profit seeking.  We must
                         reject self aggrandizement and
                         power-wielding.  We must usher in a
                         new era of empathy, a new time of
                         joyous exploration of our
                         collective capacities.  I embrace
                         all who will do so, and the UN
                         itself as a valuable tool for the

               INT.  BRIEFING ROOM - DAY

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Now, if you have questionsÉ yes,
                         Leslie, why don't you beginÉ

               EXT.  VAST PLAIN - DAY

               Scrolling collage of photos of interviewees' famous namesakes
               and of interviewees themselves followed by all credits
               provides a backdrop for the main title.  Musical
               accompaniment is a medley of excerpts from powerful songs.




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