The Next American Revolution


The Next American Revolution

By Michael Albert

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               Scrolling collage of photos of interviewees provides a
               backdrop for the main title.  




               INT. OVAL OFFICE - DAY

               MIGUEL GUEVARA, 39, a bit scruffy, interviews PRESIDENT
               MALCOLM KING, 59, ex-Massachusetts Senator, confident, an air
               of calm, and VICE PRESIDENT CELIA CURIE, 51, ex-California
               Governor, ex-actress, poised, exuberant. Pictures of ex
               presidents clearly visible on the walls.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Mr. President. . .

                                   CELIA CURIE
                         Call him Malcolm.  I do, we all do.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         But Madame Vice President. . . 

                                    CELIA CURIE 
                         Please, Celia.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Well, okay. . .
                             (turns to Malcolm)
                         What a pleasure to celebrate
                         victory.  How do you feel?

                                   MALCOLM KING
                         Elated.  Eager.  Cautious.  But it
                         wasn't our victory.  Ideas won. 
                         Program won.  

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Yes, but you were the candidates,
                         traversing the country, debating. 
                         You won. . .

                                   CELIA CURIE
                         No, vision won.  Millions of
                         volunteers and 100 million voters
                         won.  We rode their wave. 


               President Malcolm King Vice President Celia Curie and
               conventioneers wildly celebrate nomination.

                                   MALCOLM KING
                         Thirty years ago, I would have
                         deemed this an impossible dream. 
                         Then hope grew and activism

               INT. OVAL OFFICE - DAY 

               Interview continues.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Celia, your first reactions to the
                         Oval Office?

                                   CELIA CURIE
                         To me, this is a hall of horrors. 
                         Am I wrong, Malcolm?

                                   MALCOLM KING
                         I agree.  I'd prefer to have a
                         museum of good deeds.  We should
                         redecorate the Oval Office, yours
                         too, Celia, with people's art. . .  

                                   CELIA CURIE
                         . . . so the art looks forward
                         rather than back. . . 

                                   MALCOLM KING
                         We will host a constitutional
                         convention to redefine government. 
                         We will enlarge the Supreme Court
                         to reflect society.  We will give
                         our armed forces socially worthy
                         agendas.  We will enact massive
                         prison pardons and wisely renovate
                         jurisprudence.  Our art should
                         propel that.

                                   CELIA CURIE
                         We will stupendously seek climate
                         redemption and ecological balance. 
                         We will spur and legalize on-going
                         workplace take-overs to achieve new
                         equitable, cooperative economics.  

                                   MALCOLM KING
                         Think 2017, and then, after 27
                         years, election 2044. 2044 is just
                         one year on a long road.  Maybe
                         it's a little notable, but there is
                         so much more to come. Our role is
                         to follow the will of the populace
                         in motion . . .

                                   CELIA CURIE
                         . . . we dance to their song.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         What about personal goals?

                                   MALCOLM KING
                         Keep our head.  Honor activists who
                         preceded us.  Follow activists who 
                         lead us. 

                                   CELIA CURIE
                         Seek and tell truth.  Inspire.


               -- Organizers go door to door.

                                   CELIA CURIE (V.O.)
                         RPS's early members, just post
                         Trump, had beliefs at odds from
                         those of their neighbors. Friends,
                         workmates, and often even relatives
                         feuded. To get anywhere we had to
                         discuss our differences and raise

               -- RPS strikes and occupations.

                                   MALCOLM KING (V.O.)
                         Then, as RPS grew, we could focus
                         more on winning change.  

               -- RPS community centers, daycare programs, occupied

                                   CELIA CURIE (V.O.)
                         In time, as we grew in numbers,
                         confidence, and resources, we built
                         new relations for immediate benefit
                         but also as seeds of a better
                         future. . .  

                                   MALCOLM KING (V.O.)
                         We chronicled nightmares always
                         envisioning better. We won modest
                         but escalating gains.

               EXT. CELEBRATIONS - DAY

               JULIET BERKMAN, 49, dressed for the street, introduces MAYOR
               BILL HAMPTON, looking elated. They speak to a massive crowd
               from a New Year's Eve-like stage in New York's Times Square.  

                                   JULIET BERKMAN
                         . . . We won national office, it's
                         Inauguration Day and now we must
                         carry through our efforts in every
                         state and city, in every workplace
                         and school.  Mr. Mayor, Bill
                         Hampton. . .

               Bill Hampton reaches out and sweeps the audience, then looks

                                   BILL HAMPTON
                         How incredible is this? 

               EXT. HAMPTON'S DREAM - DAY

               Dreamscape visual of planes dropping parachutes unfolds.

                                   BILL HAMPTON (V.O.)
                         When I was a child I used to have
                         nightmares of big planes filling
                         the sky, silently, ominously,
                         almost gently they dropped massive
                         parachutes, and beneath each,
                         swaying like a devil's dance, huge
                         cylindrical, nuclear coffins
                         drifted down, built to destroy

               EXT. CELEBRATIONS - DAY

               Crowd pensive.  Bill Hampton smiles, holds out hands.

                                   BILL HAMPTON
                         Now, however, we are not dreaming. 
                         This is real time, real world.
                         And I don't see bombs.  I see
                         beautifully designed announcements
                         that a new world is dawning, a new
                         world for all.  And so we
                         celebrate!  And tomorrow we nurture
                         our new world! Participate!

                                   MALCOLM KING (V.O.)
                         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.  

                                   CELIA CURIE (V.O.)
                         History had been so unkind for so
                         long that many millions wanted to
                         dance in the streets of our little

                                   MALCOLM KING (V.O.)
                         To accommodate, we held events in
                         most counties in the U.S.  We
                         celebrated a decades-long struggle. 
                         Like Juliet and Bill, of course
                         Celia and I loved it.

               EXT. CENTRAL PARK - DAY

               Miguel Guevara queries Juliet Berkman. She is sedate and
               confident, a union organizer.  They walk in Central Park,
               passing others out for the day, AUGUST 4, 2042.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Juliet, do you remember first
                         becoming radical?

                                   JULIET BERKMAN
                         In 2016 Trump's election exploded
                         my mind.  I drank myself sick.  A
                         friend helped me out of it and
                         before long, I was protesting.  

                                   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 the campaign for the
                         thirty-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 employees.

               INT. ASSEMBLY HALL - DAY

               Audience includes WORKERS dressed for work and STUDENT
               PROTESTORS.  YOUNG JULIET BERKMAN, 23, dressed for street
               battle, speaks.  Workers boo her words.  Students cheer.

                                   YOUNG JULIET BERKMAN
                         War making kills.  Stop building
                         weapons.  Stop war.  

                                   JULIET BERKMAN  (V.O.) 
                         I threatened the employees' future
                         livelihoods but ignored the
                         situation of those I was trying to
                         reach.  The workers rightly booed
                         me.  I had to change.

                                   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 in

               EXT. 1963 BIRMINGHAM - DAY

               Activists at Birmingham rallies, then Historic footage of
               excerpt of Martin Luther King's speech.

                                   MARTIN LUTHOR KING JR.
                         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 brother.'

               EXT. CENTRAL PARK - DAY

               Interview continues, walking and talking, kids in background.

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

                                   JULIET BERKMAN (V.O.)
                         I had my first RPS feelings at a
                         Detroit rally for reduced police


               Lively crowd of a few thousand listen to DETROIT SPEAKER.

                                   DETROIT SPEAKER
                         Raise wages.  End police violence. 
                         Gain peace.  Class, race, gender,
                         and sexuality.  We must create our
                         own organization.  We must not
                         settle.  We must change everything.  

               EXT. CENTRAL PARK - DAY

               Talking, Berkman and Guevara walk past adults playing soccer.

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

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

               EXT. MARCH ON WALL STREET - DAY

               Young Juliet addresses huge cheering crowd.

                                   JULIET BERKMAN (V.O.)
                         Yes, I was there and I gave a
                         speech called "We Are the Future." 

                                   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.  
                             (speaks ever more loudly)
                         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

               Guevara and Berkman sit on bench, look over pond with ducks.

                                   JULIET BERKMAN 
                         If you told me in 2019 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 economic injustice has
                         been your personal focus.  What was
                         the turning point in seeking to end
                         class division?

                                   JULIET BERKMAN
                         I clearly see, even now, 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 Amazonia meets
                         our demands.  

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


               WORKERS occupy and AMAZONIA STRIKE LEADER speaks 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.  Some police begin talking with strikers. 

                                   AMAZONIA STRIKE LEADER
                         We are Amazonia's workers.  Invade
                         our warehouse and we will dismantle
                         it.  If necessary, we are prepared
                         to die at our posts.  You enter, we
                         wreak chaos.

                                   YOUNG JULIET BERKMAN 
                         You can bash us, but we will not be
                         moved.  Like workers inside, we
                         will remain.  We are neighbors,
                         students, mail carriers, and
                         assemblers.  We are lawyers, and
                         doctors.  We are off-duty cops. 

                                   AMAZONIA STRIKE LEADER
                         Say no to our demands, and we will
                         maintain our occupation.  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
                         clog your jails.  Go ahead.  Get
                         tough, we will collapse your
                             (looks at rows of police.)
                         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. 
                         We should be allies.  Bludgeon us,
                         we will talk with you.  

                                   JULIET BERKMAN (V.O.)
                         Some police began talking with us. 
                         It checked their anger.  After a
                         week, United Package Workers
                         stopped delivering.  Then National
                         Express workers stopped.  Then it
                         was bam.  New work hours.  Bam. 
                         New payment schemes.  


               STUDENTS rally with signs, many wearing medical garb.

                                   JULIET BERKMAN (V.O.)
                         A second turning point 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 be.  

                                   STUDENT DEMONSTRATOR
                         Why should those who 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, many in RPS,
                         began questioning admission
                         policies, training methods, and the
                         culture of the profession they were
                         supposed to enter.  The sentiment
                         grew and soon we had Doctors for
                         the People, Lawyers for the People,
                         Economists for the People,
                         Engineers, Architects, and
                         Accountants for the People.

               EXT. NYU LAW SCHOOL - DAY

               Rally hears LAW STUDENT with megaphone and cheers.

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


               Rally hears economics student, YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN 24, grad

                                   YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN
                         No more economists justifying low
                         wages, unemployment, and
                         alienation.  No more economists
                         rationalizing profits over people,
                         growth over sustainability.  We
                         will be economists in service of
                         workers not owners, in service of
                         people not profits. 


               Miguel Guevara queries ANDREJ GOLDMAN, 50, economist,
               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 ridiculed
                         government spending.  I learned
                         about inflation and tax rates.  I
                         didn't learn about corporations.  

               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 witnessed
                         speakers taking a stand.  Their
                         words ringed true. 
                         Their anger seemed warranted.  I
                         watched.  I respected.  But I
                         didn't join.  After returning to my
                         room, my inaction embarrassed me
                         and before long I got involved.


               Interview continues.

                                   ANDREJ GOLDMAN
                         The 2021 Schools for the People
                         campaign and the 2027 Amazonia
                         strike particularly inspired me. 
                         Plant occupations, take overs, and
                         all manner of massive
                         demonstrations and actions moved
                         me.  But I'd have to say the early
                         days affected me most.

               INT. HIGH SCHOOL - NIGHT

               Aroused PARENTS and TEACHERS confront SCHOOL PRINCIPAL in

                                   SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
                         What do you want from us?  We teach
                         your children.  We house them.  Let
                         us do it without suffering your
                         anger.  Be grateful.  Go home.

                                   MALE PARENT
                         We want education for our kids but
                         we also want a community center
                         where we can learn and socialize. 
                         We want to share, to progress.  

                         Like I want better conditions and
                         wages, he wants better access.

                                   FEMALE PARENT
                         We want roses on our tables, not 
                         diamonds on anyone's necks.  I want
                         a second home, right here.

               Audience of parents erupts in militant glee.


               STRIKERS block access.  Supporters rally beyond.  OWNER
               fights back.  Drones fly over.

                         You are my workers.  This is my
                         company.  You use my machines.  You
                         produce my product.  You earn what
                         I decide to pay you.  That's how it
                         works.  And you damn well will

                         No.  We will get worthy pay.  We
                         will get respect and a say.  We are
                         workers for our families, not for
                         you; for the community, not for
                         you; for ourselves, not for you;
                         that's how it is going to work, and
                         we will not move and we will not
                         allow you, your scabs, or anyone
                         else access to Amazonia short of
                         our winning dignity and fair
                             (looks skyward)
                         Fly all the drones you want.  It
                         will not intimidate us.  We are
                         beyond your command, no longer
                         cowed by your wealth.  Our time is


               Interview continues.

                                   ANDREJ GOLDMAN
                         I was a young man studying abysmal
                         economics when the Wall Street
                         Rally called for boycotts.

               EXT. WALL STREET RALLY - DAY

               Cheering crowds listen to RALLY SPEAKER.

                                   RALLY SPEAKER
                         All of us, our families, our
                         friends, and everyone we can reach
                         must stop buying products from the
                         hate-mongering producers of the
                         automatic high-velocity weapons
                         fueling mass shootings.   

                                   ANDREJ GOLDMAN (V.O.)
                         This was a few years after 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
                         own a gun and I 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.


               Interview continues.

                                   ANDREJ GOLDMAN
                         At MIT, we went from opposing gun
                         violence to resisting militarizing
                         campus police to opposing all
                         complicity with war.  It wasn't
                         easy.  Some students believed there
                         were just wars.  U.S. intervention
                         was selfless.  Other students 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 arms revenues.  

               EXT. MIT CAMPUS RALLY - DAY

               Young Andrej Goldman with a bullhorn addresses ADMINISTRATORS
               looking out at the rally from windows.

                                   YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN
                         How can you sensibly oppose our
                         calls for greater attention to
                         global warming?  Do you want to fry
                         us all?  How can you sensibly
                         reject focusing research on new
                         energy sources and needed health
                         campaigns?  Do you want tsunamis
                         and pestilence?  How can you
                         sensibly refute our rejection of
                         weapons research?  Do you want
                         relentless murder?


               -- Teach In

               -- Rally at Boston Common

               -- 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.


               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 accept and even defend
                         horrible injustices.

               INT. DORM ROOM - NIGHT

               Young Andrej Goldman, grad student, argues with STUDENT. 

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

                                   ANDREJ GOLDMAN (V.O.)
                         Sadly, hearing that kind of
                         rationalizing, 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 that you are right
                         about the facts and ethics of war
                         making.  You will lose anyway, lose
                         and waste my time!

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

                         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.  Lasting, major change is
                         impossible.  I will not be Don
                         Quixote pushing peace against
                         intractable war just to feel moral.


               Interview continues.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA 
                         Seems like young folks acted like
                         worn-out old folks?

                                   ANDREJ GOLDMAN
                         Yes, though severely challenged and
                         shaken in the sixties, cynicism had
                         retained command.  People still
                         considered suffering inevitable. 
                         We had to reverse that.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         You must have learned more. . .

                                   ANDREJ GOLDMAN
                         When we fought to get our
                         universities to stop supporting
                         military agendas they spun off labs
                         as private corporate firms.  That
                         taught us we had to transcend
                         campuses and take on private
                         corporations.  First MIT, Stanford,
                         and Cal Tech.  Then the spinoffs,
                         NSA, and huge arms manufacturers.  


               WORKERS partially block the entrance and enter conversations
               with workers.  Helicopter circles above.

                                   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 so government pays your
                         workplace to produce a transit
                         system, schools, and hospitals just
                         like it now pays to produce tanks,
                         bombs, and missile systems.  

                                   WEAPONS WORKER
                         Oh great.  And after you put me out
                         of work, how do I feed my damn
                         kids? Answer me that!

                                   YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN
                         Why should you lose your job?  Your
                         workplace could employ you in
                         worthy production.  The obstacle
                         blocking change isn't technical and
                         it isn't demand or even immediate
                         profits.  It is that enlarged
                         social spending establishes the
                         idea that the government ought to
                         benefit the whole population.  It
                         empowers 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 also more pay, and so can all
                         workers, with less or even no war

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA (V.O.)
                         Did you learn any more personal

               EXT. UNIVERSITY LAWN - DAY

               Small group congregates around arguers, Young Andrej Goldman
               and GUN ADVOCATE.

                                   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.  Disarm us, more die. 
                         You are a blind fool.

                                   YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN 
                         But open carry would unleash
                         hysterical fear.  It would escalate
                         moderate disputes into violent
                         catastrophes.  More arms mean more
                         flash points of mayhem.  

                                   GUN ADVOCATE
                         You are so damn naive.  So damn
                         ignorant.  Escalations are
                         unavoidable.  Open carry will
                         reduce deaths.  Gun control will
                         bring more deaths.  The blood will
                         be on your hands.

                                   ANDREJ GOLDMAN (V.O.)
                         I realized that while 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.  
                             (plaintive pause)
                         I couldn't convey that students
                         carrying guns in class 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 of New York Bill Hampton,
               relaxed but dressed formal, in his office. Posters of Malcolm
               X and MLK Jr. on wall.

                                   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.  News helicopters circle overhead. 

                                   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 silence and shove our beaten
                         bodies aside.  You can even kill
                         us.  It will not change our minds. 
                         If you feel 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.  We
                         will take the immigrants.

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

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

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

               Officers stomp and batter.  Congregants grunt and moan.  None
               scream.  Choir sings.  More congregants emerge and lock arms. 
               Onlookers witness in horror.  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 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 baton and gun with your
                         fellow officers outside.  Do that,
                         and you are welcome to talk to the
                         immigrant families, to me, and to
                         others in our space of peace and
                         worship within.

               Tears flow.  Medics aid the congregants.  Calmly,
               respectfully, after a seeming eternity of just standing there
               staring at the bloodied Pastor, the Sheriff takes off his
               gun, and walks 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.  The conflict was
                         fierce, the battle long.  The
                         losses in prior years were
                         horrible.  It was the beginning of
                         the end of the blame the immigrant,
                         beat the immigrant, expel the
                         immigrant mindset. 
                         It wasn't over, but a corner was
                         rounded.  The sheriff may or may
                         not have found his humanity. 
                         Either way, activism won.  

               INT. MAYOR'S OFFICE - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   BILL HAMPTON
                         Before San Antonio, as a kid, I
                         hated cops.  To me, my family, and
                         my friends, cops spelled danger and
                         even death.  The only way to deal
                         with cops: 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 we made them allies, 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
                         brilliantly offered it.  The
                         massive women's marches also
                         offered program.  But dozens of
                         essays addressed Trump's Tweeting
                         for every essay that addressed BLM,
                         Women's, or any program at all.  In
                         response to Trump trying to
                         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
                         To take our friends, you have to
                         take us.  Neither we nor they are
                         going easily.

               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 built
                         incredible momentum.


               Thirty protestors march into a rich neighborhood and cops
               quickly clear them out.  Fancy cars are the only spectators.  


               A large rally in a poor neighborhood marches to an
               executive's home.  Neighbors and media watch. 

                                   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
               police, bunched at door and stretching out sideways in front
               of demonstrators.

                         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 and
                         police budgets. 
                         We invite you into neighborhood and
                         household meetings to discuss how
                         to create safer communities and end
                         racist policing.  

               EXT. MILITARY BASE - DAY

               GROUP rallies outside military base. Talks amiably with
               soldiers going in and out.

                                   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.  Mayor Hampton, seated, answers.

                                   BILL HAMPTON
                         Still, most people's responses to
                         program remained disjointed.  A
                         project would aggressively latch
                         onto one aim.  Another project
                         would equally aggressively latch
                         onto a different aim.  Few strayed
                         from past narrow priorities to
                         embrace a full program.  Activism
                         occurred in isolated silos.  We had
                         to create overarching unity.  

               INT. ASSEMBLY HALL - NIGHT

               YOUNG BILL HAMPTON, 20, confident beyond his years, calls for
               various actions.

                                   YOUNG BILL HAMPTON (V.O.)
                         We must turn community centers into
                         meeting places for diverse
                         campaigns.  We must establish
                         cultural centers.  We must combine
                         campaigns to end flying immigrants
                         out through local airports with
                         campaigns to clean up plumes of
                         toxic waste from the same airports. 
                         Community centers must have
                         speakers on violence against women
                         appear with speakers on minimum
                         wage struggles.  Activists for
                         prison reform appear with activists
                         for solar power.    

               INT. MAYOR'S OFFICE - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   BILL HAMPTON
                         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 and YOUNG CYNTHIA PARKS, 28, housing
               organizer, stand together and emotionally address a large
               student audience.  RPS flag drapes the lectern.

                                   YOUNG BILL HAMPTON
                         Why have we had so much trouble
                         winning a new society?  It is
                         right.  It is needed.  We fight.  
                         We lose. 
                             (turns to Cynthia)

                                   YOUNG CYNTHIA PARKS
                         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.  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 only for people who
                         already know left jargon.  Even
                         when accessible, too often we write
                         or speak only against society.  Non
                         leftists wonder what we are for and
                         why we endlessly harp on the same
                         negative things.  We don't create
                         channels for new recruits to
                         participate effectively. 
                             (turns to Bill)

                                   YOUNG BILL HAMPTON
                         Defeatism crushes us until we doubt
                         we can win.  We lose motivation to
                         seek success.  We try to please
                         friends, not win a new society.  We
                         try to win something short term,
                         not a new society.  Lacking hope,
                         lacking vision, we ignore long term
                         prospects.  We begin to define
                         ourselves as better.  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.  

                                   YOUNG CYNTHIA PARKS
                         You get the idea.  We have plenty
                         to fix.  Some of you may resist
                         admitting that.  Some of you may
                         even feel angry at us 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
                         No, just 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
                         which generated new levels of
                         respect based on more than just
                         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 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, in RPS caps, occupy the stage
               beneath RPS flag, and speak.  

                                   WHITE SOLDIER 
                         Rejecting weaponry is cowardly and
                         phony.  If we reject weapons, the
                         status quo will inevitably win by
                         force of arms.  We cannot secure
                         our objectives unless we overcome
                         state violence.  Did Luke and Han
                         leaflet the Empire?  No, they blew
                         it the hell up!
                         Overcoming state violence requires
                         movement violence.  To say
                         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 that marching in 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.

                                   YOUNG BILL HAMPTON
                         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 clearly aren't on the
                         side of the state.  But you have
                         the guns.  Shoot us, or let's go
                         talk about this further.  

               After a pause, leads soldiers off to talk further.

               INT. SIDE ROOM - DAY

               Young Bill Hampton and Soldiers talk further.

                                   WHITE SOLDIER
                         The issue isn't just dealing with
                         police.  In a group, one person
                         with a club is a problem.  Five
                         people with guns are a bigger

                                   YOUNG BILL HAMPTON
                         First, can we handle police and
                         military violence at local
                         The answer is yes, but only by
                         creating situations in which police
                         or military violence would rebound
                         to our benefit, not theirs.  And by
                         infiltrating them, and organizing
                         them.  Second, can we handle
                         motivated infiltration by them, or
                         confused thuggery coming from our
                         own people?  It would be hard if
                         not impossible to make internal
                         violence counterproductive for
                         those doing it if they are beyond
                         reasoning much less if they are
                         actively trying to damage RPS.  If
                         you guys had been enemies of RPS,
                         or crazy, things could have gone
                         really badly.  So I agree that RPS
                         has to have a means to deal with
                         internal or external craziness or
                         sabotage but without our actions
                         harming us more even than the
                         situations themselves.  

                                   BLACK SOLDIER
                         But what if that's impossible?  Do
                         you give up and let some crazies
                         mow you down?  What if you need us,
                         armed and ready?

                                   YOUNG BILL HAMPTON
                         Then we would be have to have a few
                         people with the training and
                         experience for handling crazy
                         interlopers.  We would have to
                         elect a group to designate security
                         folks based on their patient
                         temperament.  But while that plan
                         makes sense, and might work, is it
                         really needed?  We have completed
                         two conventions and have undertaken
                         countless demonstrations and
                         campaigns, often running up against
                         police and state power without
                         having such a special arrangement. 
                         Maybe fear of lunacy is a bigger
                         problem than lunacy itself.

                                   BILL HAMPTON (V.O.)
                         It turned out our 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
                         practical evidence suggested we
                         couldn't do without it.  On the
                         other hand, I and 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, housing organizer, and HARRIET LENNON, 42, a
               bit dressier, a bit less calm, housing organizer.  John
               Lennon poster with "Imagine"'s lyrics on the wall.  Also
               Kendrick Lamar poster.

                                   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 PARKS' MOM and YOUNGEST CYNTHIA
               PARKS, 8, similar plain outfit to later life.

                                   CYNTHIA PARKS'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.  

                                   YOUNGEST 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
                         too much work.  We feared failing
                         so much, it made us so defensive
                         that we often wouldn't listen and
                         hear others.  

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         It was hard recruiting at first? 


               Young Cynthia Parks talks with NEIGHBOR.

                                   YOUNG CYNTHIA PARKS
                         Come join us in RPS.  Fight for
                         better conditions in our building.

                         Why should I?  You don't stand a
                         chance.  Injustice wins.  Anyhow,
                         what could I do?  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 my neighbor to think that way -
                         was that her fault or were we who
                         knew better but had not yet made
                         hope believable at fault?


               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 and 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

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Was it a major decision? 

                                   HARRIET LENNON
                         Actually, no. We sat around
                         talking.  We realized people we
                         liked were in RPS. We joined.


               YOUNG HARRIET LENNON, 20, housing organizer, talks with
               tenants, the POSNERS.

                                   HARRIET LENNON (V.O.)
                         Our talks spurred 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 stuck on a high floor,
                         younger tenants on lower floors
                         offer 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.


               -- Tenants paint corridors.

               -- Apartment food coop meets.

               -- Group day care gathering.

               -- Collective laundry project.

               -- Meeting about drugs.

                                   HARRIET LENNON (V.O.)
                         Gains residents could themselves
                         enact like painting corridors
                         quickly revealed potential.  Once
                         we built trust, 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 build
                         the units?  Why would they build
                         them?  With what financing? 

               EXT. MILITARY BASE - DAY

               Young Harriet Lennon talks to soldiers outside a military

                                   YOUNG HARRIET LENNON
                         Instead of learning to kill or
                         advanced criminal skills, why can't
                         soldiers and inmates cooperatively
                         make their own decisions while
                         generating a much-needed product? 
                         Why can't they 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 of the houses to
                         young folks and 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.  Beyonce
               poster and Angela Davis poster, overlook the scene.

                                   COLLEGE FRIEND
                         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

                                   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 deluded.  I am not cynical, I am

                                   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.  if you aren't cynical,
                         then why assume defeat 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?  I was soon
                         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
                         theirs too.

               MONTAGE - LIFE

               -- Families of four, five, and more live in one or two room
               ramshackle apartments.   

               -- Families live in cars.

               -- Families plunge into anger, despair, alcohol and opioid

               -- Families and organizers fight evictions.

                                   CYNTHIA PARKS (V.O.)
                         At times I had rats for roommates I
                         felt incredible tension, saw
                         incredible violence.  But 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 we
                         housing organizers needed a large
                         organization's support.  It was a
                         wonderful marriage.

                                   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 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. HOSPITAL OFFICE - DAY

               Miguel Guevara queries MARK FEYNMAN 52, in nurse's outfit,
               and BARBARA BETHUNE, 50, in doctor's gown.  Poster on wall
               with quote, "Do No Harm."

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

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

               INT. AUDITORIUM - DAY

               Young Mark Feynman, in nurse's outfit and RPS hat, 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 we
                         feel you are overpaid,
                         overprotective of yourselves, and
                         overly hostile to us.  Do you
                         really think you are doctors and we
                         are nurses because you are
                         superior?  Do you really think you
                         deserve more income, more status,
                         more power?  

                                   YOUNG DOCTOR
                             (shouts from the audience)
                         Damn right I do.  Can you repair a
                         heart? Can you breathe life into a
                         dying child?

                                   YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN
                             (stares at young doctor)
                         Yes, I know you think there is good
                         reason for your advantages.  I know
                         you believe our different tasks
                         justify our difference in income
                         and power.  I know you don't see
                         that our different tasks - and
                         different life circumstances -
                         create differences in our means to
                         attain knowledge which then enforce
                         differences in our income and
                             (plaintive but militant)
                         I know many of you doctors, like
                         other coordinator class members
                         with empowering work situations,
                         sincerely believe you are properly
                         empowered and rewarded.  Many of
                         you really believe we workers are
                         dumb and parochial, and should be
                         grateful.  Many of you really 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
                         And you know what, sometimes we
                         nurses even doubt we can handle
                         empowered work and accept we
                         deserve less income and say.  Or
                         sometimes, if we are not
                         submissive, we furiously want
                         doctors out of RPS.  Even worse, we
                         sometimes get so angry we get
                         baited into denigrating training,
                         knowledge, and skill.  
                             (militant again)
                         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 doctors,
                         lawyers, and other coordinator
                         class members in RPS without your
                         dominating RPS.  We see ourselves

                                   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
                         us.  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
                             (calls out from audience.)
                         I read progressive media.  I don't
                         see this concern.  Is this just

                                   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 is 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 psychiatric drugs and
                         antibiotics, and hospital profit
                         seeking and not become activist,
                         unless you block yourself from

               EXT. CAR IN MUMBAI - DAY

               Young Mark Feynman 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

               Young Mark Feynman and YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG, 73, dressed
               like 40, long time activist, converse.  Child with red wagon
               goes by.  Parent follows close.

                                   YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         In the sixties and seventies I
                         could rebel, so I tuned in to the
                         reality around me.  I could fight,
                         so I turned on to my full feelings
                         of human solidarity.  I could
                         revolt, so I adopted the militant
                         radical path of the day.  Later,
                         when things got less active, I
                         could still dissent, but to openly
                         express outrage like earlier would
                         be misunderstood and do more harm
                         than good. Since I couldn't
                         productively express my deepest
                         feelings, I didn't let myself feel
                         them.  I suppose I tuned out of the
                         reality around me.  

                                   YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN
                         Do you remember your feelings in
                         those days?

                                   YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         I wrote a kind of long poem, I
                         suppose you might call it, as the
                         dedication for a book in the early
                         seventies.  I still remember
                         reading it aloud for some friends
                         before I decided to include it. 

               INT. LIVING ROOM

               YOUNGEST LYDIA LUXEMBURG, 29, and FRIENDS chat. 
               Revolutionary art and posters overhead.

                                   YOUNGEST LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         I wrote this dedication for the new
                         book and I am worried it is too
                         much and too long.  Can I read it
                         and you let me know?

                                   MALE FRIEND
                         Sure, go ahead.  As long as we can
                         be done before lunch!

                                   YOUNGEST LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         Before dinner, anyway, okay. 
                             (reads, becoming
                         For workers on the line, bored,
                         tired, and robbed of their creative
                         days;  For women raped, pinched,
                         door-opened, de-cultured,
                         feminized, beaten, maimed, married,
                         asylum-ed;  For Blacks, Latinos,
                         Native Americans, Asians, nameless,
                         robbed of dignity, lynched,
                         harassed, low-paid, running,
                         jailed;  For the drunks and
                         addicts, the worn out and the never
                         lively, for the old and ill who
                         should be long lived and wise;  For
                         the young, schooled and unschooled,
                         end-running boredom, doing drugs,
                         stealing sex and losing love,
                         trying to escape or trying to find
                         a way in;  For those on welfare or
                         off, looking in or looking out,
                         employed or unemployed, alone or in
                         pairs, hiding their sex or
                         flaunting it, angry, sad, mad;  For
                         all those who feel less than they
                         could feel, for those who are less
                         than they could be, exploited,
                         starved, cheated, tortured,
                         ambushed, kidnapped, death
                         squadded;  For all the world's
                         citizens suffering brutality and
                         indignity, electric shocks and
                         murdered relatives, starvation and
                         working for pennies, the military
                         boot and the cultural stamp;  For
                         the empire's citizens and the
                         empire's enemies...

                                   FEMALE FRIEND
                         You are Lydia Dylan...

                                   YOUNGEST LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         I guess I am trying for that, yes.
                         But it isn't done.  For the
                         strikers, saboteurs, feminists,
                         anarchists, and nationalists,
                         occupiers and death defiers; 
                         For the New Leftists, Panthers,
                         Women's Liberationists, Farm
                         Workers, Puerto Rican Nationalists,
                         for those of AIM and their
                         relatives who resisted and died in
                         the past and who nonetheless live
                         on;  For the ones who dodged the
                         draft, for those who went and
                         disrupted, and for those who went
                         and died, or lived;  For the French
                         in the streets in May and the
                         Italians in Autumn, for the
                         Mexicans in Summer and the Czechs
                         and Chinese;  For everyone who has
                         fought, fights, or will fight for a
                         better world than they were, are,
                         or are going to be bequeathed...  

                                   MALE FRIEND 
                         It is long, but perfect, except how
                         about some mention of the enemies
                         we face.

                                   YOUNGEST LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         I am working on adding some
                         againsts, like against doctors who
                         deal in dollars not dignity,
                         owners, administrators, bosses,
                         rapists, dealers of bad hands,
                         intellectuals who keep knowledge as
                         if it were their private property,
                         who enshrine their own ignorance
                         under false halos, who can justify
                         barbarism or technically dissect it
                         as their interests require, but who
                         never shed a tear. . . and the
                         rest. . .

                                   FEMALE FRIEND
                         I say go with it.  If it is too
                         long for some to put up with, well,
                         they need to think about why that

               EXT. WALKING IN PARK - DAY

               Conversation continues.

                                   YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         So that is what I felt, what I
                         could feel in the late sixties and
                         through the early seventies too. 
                         Looking back, I suppose it was RPS
                         sentiments already taking shape. 
                         But in the eighties and nineties,
                         and about twenty years into this
                         new century, too, few understood
                         such feelings and I buried them. 
                         With the birth of RPS, they are now
                         mine again.

               INT. HOSPITAL OFFICE - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   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 - 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 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.


               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

               INT. HOSPITAL OFFICE - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   MARK FEYNMAN
                         I thought a lot about how to
                         communicate about issues of class
                         between doctors and workers without
                         polarizing folks.   How could a
                         trained psychiatrist who routinely
                         had to maintain his calm in
                         difficult situations, get so
                         hostile over such an indirect

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         And what did you conclude?

                                   MARK FEYNMAN
                         I began to understand 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
                         connections.  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 questioned myself
                         too, my approach.  I suspect a lot
                         of people in RPS had similar
                         experiences, and I hope we all
                         learned from them.  RPS history
                         says we did.

                                   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 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.  RPS flag visible.

                                   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 that are
                         stifled to maintain 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 than use
                         their empowerment to aggrandize
                         themselves and tell the rest of us
                         we are incapable?

               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 so we can all
                         participate with confidence in
                         decision-making, 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, 29, doctor, apologizes to the speaker,
               Young Lydia Luxembourg, wearing RPS hat.

                                   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.

                                   YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         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 them.  

               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.  

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Why wouldn't workers hate

                                   MARK FEYNMAN
                         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. 

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         And that's who you hate?

                                   MARK FEYNMAN
                         Why not?  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 activists
                         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
                         workers susceptible to this
                         narcissistic reactionary?  

                                   AUDIENCE MEMBER
                         What's complicated?  Racism
                         overrode your reason.

                                   YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN
                         For some, sure.  But I think it
                         misses a point that bears on what
                         comes next.  I think it was because
                         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
                         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.


               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
                         intentions.  To become a doctor I
                         fulfilled academic rituals and
                         defended doctors' privileges.  I
                         accepted impositions, bludgeoned
                         those below, and sought growing

                                   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.  Drill Sargent bosses them.

                                   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.  


               Interview continues.

                                   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 as well.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Becoming a lawyer too was like
                         basic training?

                                   BARBARA BETHUNE
                         Training for all professions
                         conveys skills, knowledge, and
                         confidence but ensures that
                         recipients mostly use those gains
                         on behalf of themselves and those
                         above.  Before RPS, doctors tried
                         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 defended and even
                         exploited existing relations.  Role
                         structures in hospitals, like 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.  But when
                         I went to the convention, I met
                         other medical workers from around
                         the country and realized I was less
                         different than I had feared.  We
                         shared stories talked about changes
                         we could fight for.  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.


               Young Barbara Bethune addresses demonstrators.

                                   YOUNG BARBARA BETHUNE 
                         To combat misusing prescriptions we
                         have to block operations to reveal
                         how pharmaceutical companies not
                         only vastly overcharge, but
                         aggressively overprescribe with
                         massive overadvertising.  We have
                         to show the true costs of
                         production of drugs and the
                         insanely high markups imposed by
                         monopolistic pricing.  We have to
                         shine a light on prescribing
                         unnecessary surgeries and
                         destructive pain relief.  

                                   BARBARA BETHUNE (V.O.)
                         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 by entrapping them in
                         countless, fruitless, and often
                         horribly harmful self help and
                         supposedly life extending therapies
                         that actually only enriched the
                         professional overseers of medicine. 
                         Those addicted to opioids fought
                         pharmaceutical drug dealing. 
                         Everyone fought the misuse of
                         antibiotics that risked super bugs
                         and pandemics.  

                                   YOUNG BARBARA BETHUNE 
                         It is time to undertake a national
                         boycott of the worst pharmaceutical
                         culprits.  It is time to link these
                         campaigns to larger ones about the
                         overall medical system, polity, and
                         We have to reveal that people can
                         not only win an immediate gain, but
                         keep winning more, and preserve our

                                   BARBARA BETHUNE (V.O.)
                         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.

               INT. GOVERNOR'S OFFICE - DAY

               Miguel Guevara interviews Celia Curie in her office.
               Hollywood memorabilia visible.

                                   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.


               -- Rape, murder in life and film

               -- Alcohol and drugs in life and film

                                   CELIA CURIE (V.O.)
                         Being raped, watching a loved one
                         killed or jailed, being torn apart
                         by unemployment, alcohol, and drugs
                         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?


               YOUNG CELIA CURIE, 27, Hollywood actress meets with group of
               actors in an enormous ornate living room.  One wall is all
               window overlooking a massive deck with a huge pool.  Beyond
               that floats the Pacific.  Fancy artwork on walls.

                                   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

               Young Celia Curie walks and talks with ACTOR.  Happy child
               with balloon crosses their path.  Sad drunk with drink in bag
               slumps on bench.

                                   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. Don't knock it.
                         We are talking and it matters.  But
                         I understand we need activities
                         beyond talking to 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

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         So what emerged?

                                   CELIA CURIE
                         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 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 talks with TALL ACTOR in downtime, walking
               past setting for military scene.

                                   TALL ACTOR
                         We are not like other workers.  We
                         should enjoy incomes commensurate
                         to our talent.  We shouldn't have
                         to do any rote work.  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 a
                         fair share of rote 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 doing any rote work would cut
                         into our creativity.  Why lose

                                   YOUNG CELIA CURIE
                         It is true that you doing a fair
                         mix of empowering and rote tasks,
                         like everyone, will reduce your
                         time for creative work, but having
                         everyone do balanced work will free
                         the potentials of vast new

                                   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
                         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. 

                                   TALL ACTOR
                         What if they don't want what we do?
                         I have no job?

                                   YOUNG CELIA CURIE
                         If the public wants no films,
                         creating films wouldn't count as
                         socially valued work.  If the
                         public wants few films, the number
                         of actors would be accordingly low. 
                         The same applies to music, novels,
                         engineering, and 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, writes equally, can make
                         a character in a play real, can
                         convey emotions and passion on
                         screen.  Not everyone is equally
                         smart, fast, or strong either.  We
                         aren't born alike with some of us
                         later repressed. 
                         We are born different with some of
                         us initially elevated.

                                   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 physicist.  We should enjoy,
                         benefit from, and celebrate the
                         great athletic, artistic, or
                         intellectual talents some have, of

                                   TALL ACTOR
                         So what's the problem?  You accept
                         talent differences exist.  You
                         celebrate them.  But then you try
                         to level us all by having everyone
                         do a fair share of rote tasks. 

                                   YOUNG CELIA CURIE
                         First, rightly recognizing and
                         celebrating that virtually all
                         human qualities come in different
                         ranges and patterns in different
                         people, doesn't imply that only a
                         relative few people, say a fifth,
                         can do engaging, uplifting,
                         empowering tasks.  And second,
                         recognizing inborn differences
                         doesn't imply that those lucky in
                         the genetic lottery, born 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.  

                                   TALL ACTOR
                         But we rise and contribute more. 
                         We earn it.

                                   YOUNG CELIA CURIE
                         Rising in creativity or
                         productivity is wonderful.
                         But even if current injustice and
                         hierarchy which cause only a few to
                         rise mainly reflected only some
                         kind of real measure of or strength
                         or whatever else - instead of it
                         overwhelmingly being a result of
                         the pressures of hierarchical
                         institutions plus socially
                         distorted motives, plus past power
                         and also, and even especially, luck
                         - rewards for rising still wouldn't
                         be necessary or just.  We can have
                         excellence and have material
                         equity.  We can have genius, and
                         have participation.  That is what
                         RPS is about.  RPS isn't about
                         leveling humanity by denying
                         excellence.  We want to find and
                         enjoy the best in people, but while
                         we 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 less
                         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 MARK FEYNMAN, 29, in jeans, teaching ACTORS at Actors
               RPS School.  RPS flag visible.

                                   YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN
                         Consider a non - artistic
                         situation. 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. True for shirt
                         making and true for films as well.

                                   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
                         also do rote work. Isn't it obvious
                         that the loss of contributions from
                         those highly talented won't be
                         offset by newly cultivated and
                         expressed talents of the 80% of the
                         population who were formerly
                         silenced and subordinated? The 80%
                         lack the needed talent.  

                                   YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN
                         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 menial.  Not being best
                         doesn't imply you can't contribute
                         effectively.  If one hundred
                         children train identically and
                         enjoy all the same conditions, 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 things?  

                                   BALD ACTOR
                         How can you be so sure those now
                         doing only rote work could do more
                         empowering work successfully?  It
                         sounds like wishful thinking.  You
                         want it, so you say it is true.

                                   YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN
                         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.

                                   BALD ACTOR
                         Again, you are just saying it is
                         so.  I want to fly, but I don't say
                         I can.

                                   YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN
                         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
                         because 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 she can't
                         be, like you and I can't be.  But
                         that same worker doesn't do any
                         engaging, empowering tasks not
                         because she can't but because she
                         has been repressed and excluded
                         while others hoarded benefits and
                         wrongly disparaged her.

               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 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 something new, 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 would happen.  Minds
                         would change.  Unity would emerge. 
                         This mattered for morale and for

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

                                   CELIA CURIE
                         I think I first got near to that
                         feeling when we made our first RPS
                         Hollywood movie.  When broached, it
                         was no normal film idea.  Way more
                         radical than most film screenplays,
                         it was not a technical
                         extravaganza, not a thriller, not a
                         mystery, not an exploration of
                         murder and mayhem, not a
                         celebration of psychosis, not a
                         requited or unrequited love story,
                         not a cartoon, not a comedy.  It
                         wasn't horror, dystopian, or
                         utopian.  It wasn't about aliens,
                         or outer space.  It wasn't a coming
                         of age or a dying-off story.  It
                         had no super heroes, no
                         pathological villains, no trial, no
                         crime.  Even worse for attracting
                         film industry interest, it didn't
                         revolve around a star overcoming
                         personal trauma and deadly danger. 
                         It featured a task: to win a new
                         It included obstacles to overcome:
                         systemic power and prejudiced
                         habits from the past.  But it was
                         idea-driven, not star-driven.  The
                         process was the protagonist.  The
                         star was future history.  Imagine
                         giving an Oscar to future history.
                             (pauses in thought)
                         That first two and then more
                         Hollywood industry people took a
                         giant step away from established
                         convention into a risky different
                         approach to sign on and make it
                         happen said the film industry was
                         on the verge of broadening out.  We
                         had new substance and new
                         structure, but Hollywood was open
                         to it.  But I have to say, it was
                         the subsequent Hollywood marches
                         that sealed my confidence of

               MONTAGE - ACTORS' MARCHES

               -- Hollywood regulars march in LA.

               -- Hollywood regulars attend neighborhood meetings in LA.

               -- Hollywood regulars march in NYC.

               -- Hollywood regulars march in Boston.

               -- Hollywood regulars march in Cleveland.

                                   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
                         on to neighborhood meetings for
                         conversations at community
                         gatherings.  And tdressed like 40
                         hen we 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 fair.  Growing
                         up, what you look like had 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

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         What does it do to a person?

                                   CELIA CURIE
                         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. 
                         I benefited materially and
                         psychologically, too, because I got
                         confidence and style.  But my
                         personality warped and I got mired
                         in feelings of entitlement and

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         And later?

                                   CELIA CURIE
                         There was harassment and violation,
                         and Hollywood just 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

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         So, how do you judge it?

                                   CELIA CURIE
                         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.
                             (pauses, thinking)
                         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 fast, clear
                         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 should it impose pressures,
                         denials, or abuse.  

               INT. LYDIA'S LIVING ROOM - DAY

               Miguel Guevara queries LYDIA LUXEMBURG, 93, dressed like 40,
               life-long feminist activist, about joining RPS.  Poster of
               Noam Chomsky and one of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez at Woodstock
               look on.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Lydia, how did you first become

                                   LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         In college in the 1960s, I got
                         caught up in the politics of the
                             (pensive, wistful)
                         Truth be told, I suppose half my
                         head is still there.  I hated
                         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 attracted you to RPS?

                                   LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         Before RPS I saw the world through
                         a lens that highlighted gender so
                         heavily that much else went
                         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 like looking at the world
                         through a filter that makes certain
                         colors 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.  RPS's holistic demands
                         to highlight all defining parts of
                         life felt purist.  I feared 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 Luxembourg speaks to audience.

                                   YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         Economics affects politics, race,
                         and gender.  Politics affects race,
                         gender, and economics.  Race
                         affects economics, politics, and
                         gender.  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.  

                                   AUDIENCE MEMBER
                         Come on. . . we can tell what's
                         more or less important. . .

                                   YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         No, elevating one aspect above
                         others addresses that one - race,
                         class, or gender - but in ways
                         alienating people more affected by
                         other focuses.  It pits
                         constituencies against one another.

                                   AUDIENCE MEMBER
                         It could, but we can avoid that.

                                   YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         Can we?  Have we?  For decades now?   
                         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, or even dismissing
                         or denigrating what they 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 do 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 becoming boring drudgery.   

                                   ASIAN FEMALE GLASS WORKER 
                         Before he left, a manager called me
                         He told me that the inequalities
                         and hierarchies I opposed were part
                         of being human.  He said, face it,
                         you are who you 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. 

                                   TALL MALE GLASS WORKER
                         Yes, of course. . .   

                                   YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         Dividing up work that was
                         resurrected the old crap by
                         empowering a few and disempowering
                         the rest.  It isn't human nature
                         that is 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, its simplicity ran afoul of
                         left academics.  

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         They didn't like that it was

                                   LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         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.  

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA 
                         And left intellectuals didn't like

                                   LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         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
                         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. BALLFIELD - DAY

               Miguel Guevara queries PETER CABRAL, 64, large and athletic,
               antiracist organizer, prison organizer, ex-professional
               ballplayer, about prison life.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Peter, do you remember your

                                   PETER CABRAL
                         A friend was shot and killed in a
                         drive-by.  Another friend joined a
                         gang and was the shooter in some
                         feuds before he was shot.  I lived
                         with needles and guns.  Gangs were
                         how we got close allies.  Gangs had
                         my back.  Gangs promised income. 
                         After my friend died, I was uneasy
                         but didn't quit. Then I visited
                         relatives and heard stories.  I
                         visited a few trials, and it was an
                         incarceration parade.  I got
                         arrested, wrongly, but it wasn't
                         anger at the wrongful jail term
                         that made me political.  It was
                         that prison was, for the guards and
                         owners, about control and profit. 
                         For us, it was about surviving and
                         becoming a better criminal.  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 from crime toward
                         activism.  I could explain and
                         relate to others.  Public speaking
                         and activism came naturally.  

               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.

                                   PETER CABRAL
                         I had been arrested on trumped up
                         charges and my incarceration was
                         overturned after I served six
                         years.  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

               MONTAGE - PRISON LIFE

               -- People enduring prison.

               -- Young Peter Cabral organizing.

               -- Strikes and 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 with inmates in
                         other prisons about our experiences
                         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.

                                   YOUNG PETER CABRAL
                             (addresses fellow
                         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. 

                                   PETER CABRAL (V.O.)
                         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.


               Miguel Guevara walks with and queries NOAM CARMICHAEL, 47, a
               bit academic-looking, full time organizer, Muslim, 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.


               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.  

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

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

                                   SHORT FEMALE 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.

                                   SHORT MALE 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.


               Interview continues amidst city folk coming and going.

                                   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.

               EXT. DEMONSTRATION - DAY

               Black movement activists and white allies rally.

                                   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


               Interview continues.  Sirens in background. 

                                   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 other white folks and

                                   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.

                                   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 antiracist 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.


               Walking amongst people on street, boarded shops. Interview

                                   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 ideas 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 in RPS emblazoned

                                   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
                         antiracist 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 antiracist
                         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,
               physics professor, delivers speech to AUDIENCE of two hundred
               or thereabouts.  Screen behind him shows animation of

                                   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

               Points to animation.

                                   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.  

                                   AUDIENCE MEMBER
                         I think you exaggerate to make the
                         choice go your way. 

                                   YOUNG BERTRAND DELLINGER
                         Perhaps, a bit, but I think it
                         makes a point, and in any event, 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.  

                                   AUDIENCE MEMBER
                         You make it sound like everyone
                         will abide every norm. . .

                                   YOUNG BERTRAND DELLINGER
                         No, violations will still certainly
                         occur, and to deal with that, RPS
                         says we need 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.

                                   AUDIENCE MEMBER
                         I would fight against it. . .

                                   YOUNG BERTRAND DELLINGER
                         You would fight the insanity, of
                         course, and more, 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.

                                   AUDIENCE MEMBER
                         You bet I do.

                                   YOUNG BERTRAND DELLINGER
                         Okay, but let's consider a bit. 
                         Let's even 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 also that police now,
                         with all their violent faults, are
                         better approached as potential
                         allies than inevitable enemies. 
                         Violations of social norms and laws
                         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.

                                   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 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

               Interview continues.

                                   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
                         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.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Can I ask you about bringing up
                         children, and then also interacting
                         with them, as a revolutionary?

                                   LYDIA LUXEMBURG
                         It is a hard thing, depending on
                         the times.  Nowadays, not so hard. 
                         A young parent who favors RPS is
                         just honest and open, nowadays,
                         giving children room to be what
                         they will, and a child will likely
                         come to favor RPS as well, since it
                         is natural at a time when RPS is
                         winning.  But when one is
                         revolutionary against the grain of
                         society, and of the child's school
                         and school mates, even other
                         relatives, the culture, everything,
                         things are much harder.  People
                         deal with this in many ways.  Some
                         put their views very upfront and
                         try to impose their hoped for
                         outcome, and they often generate
                         resistance, only sometimes
                         agreement.  Others deemphasize
                         their views at home and avoid
                         imposing and, I suspect, generate
                         the same two outcomes. 
                         Back when I was young most kids
                         knew nearly nothing of their
                         parents deepest lives, deepest
                         desires and beliefs - and that
                         stayed largely true until very
                         recently.  In fact, it was true in
                         the other direction, too. 
                         Communication was mainly
                         superficial in that respect.  Aloof
                         love, I guess, you might call it.  
                         Well intended and disastrous.  Just
                         another dimension of life in pre
                         RPS society, particularly developed
                         capitalist, consumerist society,
                         that will die unmourned.

               INT. MAYOR'S OFFICE - DAY

               Miguel Guevara queries Bill Hampton.

                                   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.  

               MONTAGE - RPS CAMPAIGNS

               -- RPS daycare facility

               -- RPS teach-in

               -- RPS civil disobedience

                                   BILL HAMPTON (V.O.)
                         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. 
                         They were ready for resistance.


               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
                         urgency.  Then, a rape occurred in
                         Los Angeles, and a male movement
                         leader was the rapist.  Hesitancy
                         had dissipated.  

                                   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.)
                         Previous antisexist 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.
                         But this was also about culture.

               EXT. WALKING IN PARK - DAY

               Guevara queries Peter Cabral about culture vision.  Passing
               dog running section of park.

                                   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 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 walking by pond, ice cream truck in
               background with kids ordering.

                                   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

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         And when there are violations?

                                   YOUNG PETER CABRAL
                         We will need oversight and
                         enforcement 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 Andrej Goldman.   

                                   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.

                                   FEMALE STUDENT
                         What about income?  What is
                         responsible?  What works? 

                                   YOUNG 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.  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.

                                   MALE STUDENT
                         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

               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 self-management.  

                                   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 there other objections from
                         inside RPS?

                                   ANDREJ GOLDMAN
                         Yes, of course, many.

               INT. RPS ASSEMBLY - DAY

               Young Andrej Goldman talks with skeptical RPS MEMBERS,
               including YOUNG ANTON ROCKER, 33, dressed in work outfit.

                                   YOUNG ANTON ROCKER
                         Your vision risks alienating
                         potential coordinator class RPS
                         members.  I get that we need full
                         classlessness, but I think we can't
                         afford to lose potential support. 
                         I prefer to offer a less
                         controversial vision closer to
                         current potentials, one that won't
                         immediately challenge coordinator
                         class advantages.  

                                   YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN
                         We all want coordinator class
                         involvement, of course.  Unlike
                         owners, we cannot simply write them
                         off.  I agree.  But holding back
                         our full aims is dishonest and
                         more, it will repel many workers,
                         corrode morale, and risk
                         entrenching coordinator rule. 
                         Can't we deliver the truth about
                         what we want and also reach many
                         Isn't the real risk, like in the
                         past, worrying about coordinator
                         ill feelings at the expense of
                         workers not trusting change?  And
                         won't most of the coordinators we
                         don't reach when we are honest be 
                         hostile to our aims, at least for a
                         time, if we lie about them, in any

                                   ANDREJ GOLDMAN (V.O.)
                         Critics' fears that the full vision
                         would cause some coordinators to
                         not relate to RPS were correct.  
                         But for many coordinator class
                         members, and for more as each month
                         and year passed, the predication
                         was wrong.  Workers led. 
                         Coordinators joined.  Most
                         important, classlessness remained
                         the goal.

               INT. LIVING ROOM - DAY

               Miguel Guevara questions ANTON ROCKER, 55, dressed casual,

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Anton, where do we stand regarding
                         new workplaces?  

                                   ANTON ROCKER
                         I remember a trip to Columbus Ohio. 
                         I arrived and got a tour of an
                         occupied workplace from a few

               INT. WORKPLACE FLOOR - DAY

               WORKERS talk with Young Anton Rocker, dressed in work outfit.

                                   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.  

               INT. WORKPLACE FLOOR - DAY

               Discussion continues.

                                   YOUNG ANTON ROCKER
                         Whatever your reasons for not
                         talking with friends and family
                         about your accomplishments, can you
                         see that it has to change?  A co-op
                         transforming, a corporation
                         undergoing internal struggles, and
                         a new firm succeeding, each have to
                         see their task as not simply
                         establishing their own firm, but
                         also enlisting others to do
                         likewise.  RPS has to emphasize
                         creating federations of transformed
                         workplaces that prioritize mutual
                         aid, defense, and insurance, and
                         sponsor events bringing workers
                         from advanced projects to speak at
                         other venues.  

               INT. LIVING ROOM - DAY

               Interview continues.

                                   ANTON ROCKER
                         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.


               Guevara questions Bertrand Dellinger.

                                   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


               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 turn off
                         than set aside their phones.  

               INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

               Family home for holiday immersed in flitting from media to

                                   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
                         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 teaches.

                                   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.

               MONTAGE - SCHOOLING

               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

               Interview continues.

                                   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
                         That was the long term
                         revolutionary aspect of our
                         approach to education.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Where has it led?

               MONTAGE - SCHOOLS

               -- RPS gatherings in schools at night

               -- Courses with diverse attendance

               -- Rallies for policy changes

                                   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
                         country.  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

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


               PARENTS in meeting.

                                   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.  


               KIDS and PARENT learning in living room.

                                   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

               NYU STUDENT speaks to crowd.

                                   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.  


               COLUMBIA STUDENT 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

               Interview continues.

                                   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

               Guevara interviews President Malcolm King.

                                   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
                         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

               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?

                                   BERTRAND DELLINGER
                         Of course it is. . .

                                   BILL HAMPTON
                         I am not so sure.  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
                         But 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. 
                         There have been benefits, sure, 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?  How can we

                                   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

               Interview continues.

                                   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.

               -- Stores and malls empty.

               -- Streets full of marching workers, police watching or

               -- Huge State House rallies

                                   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

               Interview continues.

                                   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 offer?  Okay, I will gladly use
                         your remaining time.  You wonder at
                         my wanting to anarchistically
                         overthrow our government.  I plead
                         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 its 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
                         forward.  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
                         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
                         billions?  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.  

               EXT. HOUSTON DOWNTOWN - DAY

               A million people wave at motorcade.

                                   MALCOLM KING (V.O.)
                         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.


               -- Celebration in NYC.

               -- Celebration in Chicago.

               -- Celebration in St. Louis.

               -- Celebration in San Francisco.


               Miguel Guevara, now Press Secretary, reports to assembled

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Good morning.  As Press Secretary,
                         as usual I have a lot of ground to
                         cover so let's settle down and
                         begin.  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


               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.  


               King continues his speech.

                                   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

               Guevara concludes his remarks.

                                   MIGUEL GUEVARA
                         Now, if you have questions. . .
                         yes, Leslie, why don't you begin.

               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 end credits.  Musical
               accompaniment is a medley of excerpts from powerful songs.




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