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THE NEXT AMERICAN REVOLUTION

Written by

Michael Albert

Based on the book, RPS/2044 by Michael Albert

215

Atlantic Avenue, Hull, MA

339

236 1991

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ii.

The next American Revolution

Written by

Michael Albert

Based on the book, RPS/2044 by Michael Albert

215

Atlantic Avenue, Hull, MA

339

236 1991

EXT. VAST OPEN PLAIN - DAY

Scrolling collage of photos of historic actors and events, past and future, culminates in the main title and text:

“RPS - THE NEXT AMERICAN REVOLUTION”

“FROM A TIME BARELY BEYOND TOMORROW. FROM A PLACE BARELY BORDERING PERCEPTION. REPORTS OF REVOLUTION RESOUND. MASSACHUSETTS SENATOR MALCOLM KING AND HIS RUNNING MATE, CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR CELIA CURIE, ARE IN 2044 ELECTED U.S. PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT. AS MEMBERS OF THE ORGANIZATION, REVOLUTIONARY PARTICIPATORY SOCIETY, OR RPS, THEY KNOW THEIR INAUGURATION IS BUT A SINGLE INTERIM STEP IN TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF CONCEIVING, ORGANIZING, DEMONSTRATING, STRIKING, OCCUPYING, AND CREATING. THEY ARE MARCHING TOWARD A NEW WORLD MADE REAL.”

INT. OVAL OFFICE - DAY

MIGUEL GUEVARA, 39, a bit scruffy, interviews PRESIDENT MALCOLM KING, 59, EX-MASSACHUSETTS SENATOR, exuding calm, and VICE PRESIDENT CELIA CURIE, 51, EX-CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR, EX-ACTRESS, poised and exuberant. Pictures of various ex-presidents adorn the walls.

MIGUEL GUEVARA Mr. President

CELIA CURIE

Call him Malcolm.

I do, we all do.

MIGUEL GUEVARA But Madame Vice President

CELIA CURIE Miguel, please, call me Celia.

MIGUEL GUEVARA

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

MALCOLM KING Eager. Cautious. Ideas won.

MIGUEL GUEVARA Yes, but you traversed the country. You campaigned. You won

CELIA CURIE No. Millions of volunteers and 100 million voters won.

INT. CONVENTION HALL - EVENING

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

MALCOLM KING Twenty five years ago, 2019. Someone running for President with my views. An impossible dream. Then hope grew. Activism flourished.

INT. OVAL OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

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

CELIA CURIE (points at portraits, laughs) We need to redecorate.

MIGUEL GUEVARA And immediate program?

CELIA CURIE Hold a constitutional convention to revamp government. Enlarge the Supreme Court to reflect society. Build community housing, schools, and clinics. Drastically down-size the military. Deliver prison pardons. Renovate judicial procedures.

MALCOLM KING Further innovate energy for ecological balance. Support workplace take-overs. Empower neighborhood assemblies. Pursue equitable economics to demolish income and wealth inequity. Institute more workers self management. Initiate more participatory planning.

CELIA CURIE We have waged a quarter century journey of ceaseless struggle, but there is much more to come.

MIGUEL GUEVARA Do you feel pressure? Fear?

CELIA CURIE I feel tense and excited for the impact we can have.

MALCOLM KING Ignorant choices could impede change. I fear that.

CELIA CURIE Like the doctor’s “do no harm,” or the ecologist’s “precautionary principle,” we have to do good but avoid damage.

MONTAGE - SCENES OF EARLY RPS

-- Trumpism vs. Anti Trump hostilities

-- Organizers go door to door.

-- Revolutionary Participatory Society (RPS) teach in.

CELIA CURIE (V.O.) At RPS’s beginning, friends, workmates, and relatives often feuded. Revolutionary Participatory Society members clashed with their non RPS neighbors. To advance, we had to overcome differences. We had to raise consciousness.

-- Sit-in at immigrant detention center.

-- Strike at a local workplace.

MALCOLM KING (V.O.) As RPS grew, we sought change.

-- RPS community center.

-- RPS daycare program.

CELIA CURIE (V.O.) We planted seeds of a better future. We won modest but escalating victories.

-- Occupied factory.

MALCOLM KING (V.O.) There were losses and setbacks but mostly a steady march forward.

EXT. NEW YORK TIMES SQUARE - DAY

JULIET BERKMAN, 49, dressed jaunty, introduces MAYOR BILL HAMPTON, wearing an RPS hat, looking elated. They address a massive crowd from a New Year's Eve-like stage, including a banner: RPS 2020-2044.

JULIET BERKMAN Inauguration Day. Another step toward fulfilling our aims in every workplace, school, city, and state. Mr. Mayor, Bill Hampton

Bill Hampton reaches out and sweeps the audience.

BILL HAMPTON

Politics used to be a competitive, elitest, money grubbing, bureaucratic producer of hypocrisy. Now, politics is

you!

EXT. SKY - DAY (DREAM)

Dreamscape visual of planes dropping parachutes.

BILL HAMPTON (V.O.) As a child I suffered nightmares of big planes silently, ominously, almost gently, dropping massive parachutes, and beneath each chute, swaying to a devil's dirge, huge cylindrical, nuclear coffins drifting down, to destroy all.

EXT. NEW YORK TIMES SQUARE - DAY

Crowd goes silent. Bill Hampton smiles, points all around.

I woke up.

carry on.

INT. OVAL OFFICE - DAY

BILL HAMPTON

We woke up. Celebrate. Then

Interview by Guevara continues.

MALCOLM KING Inauguration Day approached. Rebels and rakes, outcasts, the gentle, the kind,

poets and painters, bricklayers and truck drivers, saints and sinners. All sought

a moment’s celebration on the road to greater victories.

CELIA CURIE History had shackled society so long that many millions wanted to dance in the streets.

MALCOLM KING To accommodate, we held events in hundreds of counties. Danced to decades of struggle. Danced preparatory to battling on.

EXT. CENTRAL PARK - DAY

Miguel Guevara queries Juliet Berkman, a sedate and confident union organizer. They walk in Central Park.

SUPER: AUGUST 4, 2042.

MIGUEL GUEVARA

Juliet, do you remember first becoming

radical?

JULIET BERKMAN In 2016, horrified at Trump's election I drank myself sick. What had happened? It seemed like Hell made real. Earth would burn. Friends roused me.

MIGUEL GUEVARA But why become radical? Why not pursue conventional success?

JULIET BERKMAN

I feared fascism but I despised

conventional success. To me the dinner parties, stretch limos, and mansions were morally repulsive. I preferred love and

dignity to money and power.

MIGUEL GUEVARA

I became a dissident rather than a

mainstream journalist with the same feelings. What were some key RPS events

for you?

JULIET BERKMAN The first two RPS conventions woke me. The campaign for balanced jobs in 2024 inspired me. The campaign for the thirty- hour work week in 2025 steeled me. But even earlier I particularly remember a meeting arranged with workers at 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 and STUDENT PROTESTORS. YOUNG JULIET BERKMAN, 25, dressed for street battle, speaks. Workers boo, students cheer.

YOUNG JULIET BERKMAN War kills. Stop weapons! Stop killing! Shut down!

ANGRY WORKER You steal our livelihoods. You ignore our needs.

EXT. CENTRAL PARK - DAY

Berkman Guevara interview continues.

JULIET BERKMAN They were right. I had much to learn. It wasn’t easy.

MIGUEL GUEVARA Was there a 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 activists decades earlier risking life and limb in Birmingham.

EXT. 1963 BIRMINGHAM - DAY

Activists at Birmingham rallies. Historic footage.

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.'

JULIET BERKMAN (V.O.) But I had my first truly RPS moment at a Detroit rally.

EXT. DETROIT STREETS - DAY

Lively crowd listens to DETROIT SPEAKER on makeshift stage.

DETROIT SPEAKER Raise wages! End police violence! Wage peace! Win the world!

EXT. CENTRAL PARK - DAY

Berkman and Guevara walk past adults playing soccer.

JULIET BERKMAN So what got you into journalism?

MIGUEL GUEVARA (looks at soccer players)

I was in college, headed, I thought, for

a soccer future. Olympics and all. But

the competitiveness and macho behaviors of coaches and players alike drove me away from soccer. The eye-opening revelations of those time and the readings I followed up with took me into activism. But, back to you. Many pinpoint the 2021 march of a half million protestors on Wall Street as their RPS

start. Were you there?

JULIET BERKMAN

Yes, and as nervous as I was, I even gave

a speech.

EXT. WALL STREET - DAY

Young Juliet addresses huge cheering crowd.

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, corporate profiteering, divisive classism, heinous war, hideous repression, OR planetary climate catastrophe. No, we oppose them all! We don't demand racial solidarity, cultural integrity, gender equity, sexual diversity, political freedom, collective self-management, OR economic equity, classlessness, and ecological sanity. No, we demand them all! We don’t want old bosses, nor new ones!

EXT. CENTRAL PARK - DAY

Guevara and Berkman sit on a bench, near a pond with ducks.

JULIET BERKMAN If you told me in 2019 that twenty-five years later we would witness society

fundamentally transforming, I would have laughed. A hundred years, maybe. Twenty-

five? No way.

people only needed hope.

But it turned out that

MIGUEL GUEVARA Anger roused me. But you are right, hope gave me direction.

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MIGUEL GUEVARA (CONT'D)

MIGUEL GUEVARA (CONT'D)

You focused on workers’ lives. What were early turning points in battling economic injustice?

JULIET BERKMAN The Amazonia strike was one. We had all bought from Amazonia just by clicking links. Suddenly 300,000 Amazonia workers sat down and became visible. They sat down to stand tall.

INT. AMAZONIA ASSEMBLY PLANT - DAY

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

EXT. AMAZONIA WAREHOUSE - DAY

WORKERS occupy. AMAZONIA STRIKE LEADER speaks from doorway. SUPPORTERS surround plant and speak from makeshift stage. FAMILIES and FRIENDS bring food. STUDENTS bring supplies and buffer against police intervention. POLICE approach.

AMAZONIA STRIKE LEADER (addresses police) We are Amazonia's workers. We will not move. Scabs will not replace us. Invade our warehouse, we will dismantle it. Enter, we will wreak havoc.

YOUNG JULIET BERKMAN Do as you will, but like workers inside, we will remain. We are students, lawyers, mail carriers. We are cooks, farmers, assemblers. We are doctors, and off-duty cops. Amazonia has our hearts.

AMAZONIA STRIKE LEADER Reject our demands, we will maintain our occupation. Issue court orders, we will scoff. Serve injunctions, we will laugh. Arrest us, we will clog your jails. Smash us, we will replenish. We will persist. (looks at rows of police) Officers, we know it is your job to follow orders. But you too want shorter hours and better wages. You too want a better world for your kids. Bludgeon us if you must, we will talk with you. (Police and workers converse.)

EXT. CENTRAL PARK - DAY

Guevara and Berkman interview continues.

JULIET BERKMAN Talking diminished police anger. After a

week, American Package and United Express workers stopped delivering. Then, bam. New work hours. New payment schemes. But the speed arguably obscured the difficulty. The workers and their supporters too, had to overcome our habits and fears to take the stand we

did.

The night before I went I was

petrified. Couldn’t sleep. Some slid easily into dissent. They were courageous or so aroused they were

oblivious to the risk. really afraid.

MIGUEL GUEVARA Can you recall another turning point for you?

Not me.

I was

JULIET BERKMAN Yes, a second turning point was a campaign to raise Harvard's kitchen and custodial workers‘ wages. Activists sought improved work conditions and higher wages, but also envisioned optimal conditions and incomes for the future.

EXT. HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL - DAY

STUDENTS rally with signs. Many in medical garb.

STUDENT DEMONSTRATOR Why do those who clean classrooms earn less than those who lecture students? Do they work less hard? Is the cleaning they do less onerous? Do they work fewer hours?

JULIET BERKMAN (V.O.) After dozens of dorm and classroom discussions, teach-ins, work stoppages, and administration threats, a group of medical students rejected admission policies, training methods, and even the culture of the profession they planned to enter. Their dissent spread and soon we had embattled movements of Doctors, Lawyers, Economists, Engineers, Accountants, and Architects for the People.

EXT. NYU LAW SCHOOL - DAY

Rally cheers LAW STUDENT with megaphone.

LAW STUDENT We harbor bad habits of entitlement that operate obstructively.

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LAW STUDENT (CONT'D)

LAW STUDENT (CONT'D)

We face intense resistance from many classmates, faculty, and media. Nonetheless, we seek to be lawyers for people not for corporations!

EXT. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS - DAY

Rally hears YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN 24, economics grad student.

YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN

I will not justify low wages,

unemployment, and alienation. I will not rationalize profits over people and celebrate growth over sustainability. I will do economics for workers, not for owners; for people, not for profits; for

the planet, not for plutocrats.

INT. UNIVERSITY OFFICE - DAY

Miguel Guevara queries ANDREJ GOLDMAN, 50, professor. Bookshelves show titles by Goldman.

ANDREJ GOLDMAN In college, I memorized equations. I worshipped supply and demand. I ridiculed government spending. I learned lots about inflation and tax rates but nothing about corporate process. Me and my mates were ignorant self-important wannabe wonks swimming blindly with other ignorant self-important wannabe wonks.

EXT. CAMPUS RALLY - DAY

Students rally against global warming.

ANDREJ GOLDMAN (V.O.)

As a junior, a friend took me to my first demonstration. The speakers’ passion was contagious. I watched, I respected, but

I didn't join. After returning to my

room, I felt embarrassed that I stood silent even as I admired what I saw. Feeling that I had avoided responsibility

shamed me but also woke me.

INT. UNIVERSITY OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

MIGUEL GUEVARA What were some pivotal events for you?

ANDREJ GOLDMAN The 2021 Schools for the People campaign and the 2029 Olympia Refinery takeover come immediately to mind.

INT. HIGH SCHOOL - NIGHT

PARENTS and TEACHERS confront SCHOOL PRINCIPAL in auditorium.

SCHOOL PRINCIPAL CHAMBERS

What do you want from us?

children.

good principal. Let me educate your kids without suffering your anger. Be

grateful. Go home.

We teach your Let me be a

We house them.

MALE PARENT We want education not warehousing for our children. We want a community center where we can all learn.

FEMALE PARENT Teachers want better wages. We want better access. Principal Chambers, we want a second home, right here.

Audience erupts in militant glee.

EXT. OLYMPIA REFINERY OIL PLANT - DAY

OCCUPIERS block access. Supporters rally beyond. OWNER glares back. Drones fly over.

OWNER

My workers. My company. My machines.

My product.

You produce what I tell you. That's how

You earn what I pay you.

it works.

Now move your asses out of my

way.

STRIKER

We work for our families, our community, and ourselves, not for you. We will get worthy pay. We will get respect and a

say.

violate nature and threaten survival any

longer. We will NOT move.

scabs, or anyone else will refine oil

here again. (looks skyward)

Your drones don’t intimidate us. Your commands don’t move us. Your wealth

doesn’t scare us.

is you who will move. Henceforth we are converting this plant to Solar Panel production. We have had enough of your authority. We have had enough of global warming. Stay on and work for society

like us, or get the hell out.

That's how it will be.

We will not

NOT you, your

Your time is over.

It

INT. UNIVERSITY OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

MIGUEL GUEVARA I reported on the refinery take-over. How they redefined their lives so inspired me that I joined RPS. What was your path?

ANDREJ GOLDMAN Back at school, I was a young man studying abysmal economics. Then the Wall Street Rally proposed an arms boycott.

EXT. WALL STREET - 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 high-velocity weapons fueling mass shootings. Boycott gun manufacturers. Make them retool or fail. Make the NRA relent or die.

INT. UNIVERSITY OFFICE - DAY

Guevara Goldman Interview continues.

ANDREJ GOLDMAN The boycott built on the 2018 high school demonstrations that began the rollback of gun culture and propelled many young people into their first activism. But to build a meaningful weapons boycott, activists had to convince gun buyers who disagreed with us. At MIT, we went from opposing gun violence to resisting militarizing campus police to opposing all campus complicity with war. Not easy. Some students believed U.S. intervention was selfless. Other students said MIT ending war research would be budgetary suicide.

EXT. MIT CAMPUS RALLY - DAY

Young Andrej Goldman with a bullhorn addresses ADMINISTRATORS who look out from office windows.

YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN

How can you sensibly oppose our calls for greater attention to global warming? Do

you want to fry us all?

reject focusing research on new energy

sources and needed health campaigns? Do you want tsunamis, pestilence, and

disease? (MORE)

How can you

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YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN (CONT'D)

YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN (CONT'D)

How can you sensibly refute our rejection of weapons research? Do you want relentless murder?

MONTAGE - CAMPUS ACTIONS

-- Large MIT Teach In.

-- Rally at Boston Common.

ANDREJ GOLDMAN (V.O.)

I worked on teach-ins. I organized

rallies. I helped occupy labs. I became

who I now am.

-- Massive MIT sit-in.

-- Massive Harvard sit-in.

-- Northeastern strike.

ANDREJ GOLDMAN (V.O.) Before long, cross-campus solidarity provoked citywide demonstrations. Movements shared lessons and lent each other support. After two tumultuous years of constant educating and agitating 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 held simultaneous campus-wide strikes, our confidence soared. Success like that steeled us against all opponents.

INT. UNIVERSITY OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues. Now with drinks in hand.

MIGUEL GUEVARA What lessons did you take?

ANDREJ GOLDMAN

I learned how much confidence matters. I

also learned why good people often accept

horrible injustices.

INT. DORM ROOM - NIGHT

Young Andrej Goldman, a grad student, argues with STUDENT 1.

STUDENT 1 American weapons aren't for offense. They preserve peace.

YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN Not for offense? Preserve peace? Are you blind or just heartless?

ANDREJ GOLDMAN (V.O.) Sadly, hearing student rationalizing, at first I was aggressive and communication stalled. Later I became more patient and beyond rhetoric we would reach the heart of the matter.

INT. DORM ROOM - NIGHT

Young Andrej Goldman argues with STUDENT 2.

STUDENT 2 Okay, perhaps you make a good moral case, but even if you are ethically right, you can’t win.

YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN Even morally deficient administrators won’t retain war research when doing so will cause students and faculty to close their institutions.

STUDENT 2 Maybe not, but eliminate war research here, and war profiteers will do it elsewhere. Organize resistance in many places, and war profiteers will bring it back somewhere and eventually everywhere. You can't stop war. Human nature sucks. We have to play along and get what we can. I will not be Don Quixote pushing for peace against intractable war just to feel moral.

INT. UNIVERSITY OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

MIGUEL GUEVARA I remember being radical to like myself, to be liked by my friends, but not to win. Doubt about winning didn’t only restrain conservatives.

ANDREJ GOLDMAN Yes, and while we easily addressed morals, the hard obstacle was cynicism. Sometimes college felt like a jaded old folks home

MIGUEL GUEVARA Were there other lessons?

ANDREJ GOLDMAN When we forced universities to stop supporting military agendas they spun off labs as private corporate firms. That taught us to transcend campuses and take on private corporations. First MIT, Stanford, and the University of Michigan. Then the spinoffs, NSA, and huge arms manufacturers.

EXT. AIR CRAFT CORP. - DAY

Activists block the entrance and converse with workers. Helicopter circles above.

YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN We want war firms like yours to work against global warming and for education and equity. We want Congress to re- assign funds from building bombers, missiles, and tanks to producing transit systems, schools, hospitals, and solar plants.

WEAPONS WORKER After you put us out of work, how do I feed my kids? Answer me that!

YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN Why should you lose your job? Why shouldn't your workplace employ you in worthy production? You think the rich

opt for war production instead of social production for technical or military

reasons.

enlarged social spending reveals that the government ought to benefit the whole population. They do it because enlarged social spending empowers workers against

It is a lie. They do it because

threats of firing.

WEAPONS WORKER You expect me to believe war spending trumps social spending because building hi-tech weapons employs fewer people and avoids empowering workers?

YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN Exactly. You could have a more meaningful job, better conditions, and more pay too, and so could all workers, with no war production. But owners would lose and that’s why they prefer building missiles and bombs to ending global warming and building hospitals and schools.

WEAPONS WORKER But owners are in charge

YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN For now, yes they are, but not forever.

EXT. UNIVERSITY LAWN - DAY

Small group surrounds 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, an open carry advocate confronted me.

OPEN CARRY ADVOCATE At any moment some maniac can start shooting. If students carry hand guns,

even a crazy student hell bent on murder will be killed before doing much harm.

Disarm us, more will die. blind fool.

You are a

YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN Open carry would unleash hysterical fear and escalate moderate disputes into violent catastrophes. Draw or be drawn on. More arms mean more flash points of mayhem at home and abroad. Arms feed a military mindset that infects all policy.

GUN ADVOCATE You are so damn naive. So damn ignorant. So damn Pollyanna. Escalations happen. Gun control will bring more deaths. Killing killers here and abroad is the only solution. The blood of innocents will be on your hands.

INT. UNIVERSITY OFFICE - DAY

Guevara Goldman interview continues.

ANDREJ GOLDMAN NRA profiteers drove gun policy, but many grassroots gun and war advocates just felt social corruption was irreversible. Violence was unavoidable. The only defense they saw was a gun of one's own. We had to establish that society did not have to be a shooting gallery.

MIGUEL GUEVARA

It reminds me of advocates of coal and

oil.

readers’ thoughtfully, not just shout my

feelings and call them fools.

I had to address my papers’

ANDREJ GOLDMAN Yes, some of the coal and oil advocates likely felt doom was inevitable so why not profit now, but those people

literally knew there were alternatives to pursue. They lacked any remotely ethical excuse no matter how confused they were.

I am not sure history has any group as

monstrous, risking as much mayhem for others just to personally frolic in their private, walled off estates, while the rest of us suffer the flooded ruins beyond. Of course we had to stop that. The RPS task was to prevent global ecological disasters while winning social gains as well. At first that meant

seeking a Green and just new deal.

INT. MAYOR'S OFFICE - DAY

Miguel Guevara interviews Mayor Bill Hampton in his office. Malcolm X and MLK Jr. posters look down from the wall.

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

BILL HAMPTON (V.O.)

I joined a sanctuary for immigrants at a church in San Antonio, Texas.

EXT. CHURCH - DA

Police vans visible. Police line up in three rows, ten abreast. PASTOR stands with 50 CONGREGANTS and the CHURCH CHOIR. News helicopters circle. Hundreds support from surrounding street.

PASTOR To take our immigrant families, you will have to go through our extended family. Come ahead if you must. Brutalize our limbs. Shove our beaten bodies aside. You will not break our spirit.

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

BILL HAMPTON (V.O.) This was our Selma. 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.

SHERIFF You have two minutes to vacate. After that, we will forcefully vacate you and take the illegals.

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. Blood flows. Damage spreads. No one runs.

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

Officers stomp. Congregants moan. Choir sings. More congregants emerge and lock arms. Onlookers and cameras witness in horror. Congregants reach up to embrace their tormentors. Hugs diminish space for brutal swings. After a bit, some deputies relent. Then the sheriff relents as well, staring at the bloodied pastor.

BILL HAMPTON (V.O.) They could have demolished us, leaving blasted bodies in their wake. Our Pastor was bloodied and bent, but I can still hear him.

PASTOR 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 congregants. Calmly, respectfully, after a seeming eternity of staring at the bloodied Pastor, the Sheriff takes off his gun, drops his baton, and walks into the Church.

INT. PRESS CONFERENCE - NEXT DAY

Sheriff stands before dozens of press.

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

Drops mic, walks off.

INT. MAYOR'S OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

BILL HAMPTON It was the shortest, longest press conference ever. Fierce conflict. Horrible losses in prior years.

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BILL HAMPTON (CONT'D)

BILL HAMPTON (CONT'D)

Other Sheriffs who didn’t budge. Kids who were separated from parents and violated. Activists who were beaten and jailed. Epithets and fear. But San Antonio Sunday broke the pattern and brought an end to the blame the immigrant, beat the immigrant, cage the immigrant, expel the immigrant era. San Antonio’s sheriff may or may not have found his humanity, but either way, activism won.

MIGUEL GUEVARA

I interviewed that sheriff years later

for a retrospective. He cried, remembering. He had become an RPS member. But what was your view of cops

back then?

BILL HAMPTON Before San Antonio, I hated cops. To me, my family, and my friends, cops spelled

danger, even death. Our way to deal with cops was to imagine fighting fire with fire, eye to eye, toe to toe. Call them pigs, throw a rock, day dream beating

them, but then run like hell.

sanctuary didn't make me a pacifist, but

I saw nonviolence plus compassion disarm

what would have totally demolished any attempt to fight back. Divide the police, defuse the police, finally make the police allies, and their powerful

paymasters become weak.

The

MIGUEL GUEVARA What about cursing cops?

BILL HAMPTON

It may feel good.

command. It angers them. Addressing cops as fellow citizens puts strategy in

command. It disarms them.

But it puts emotion in

MIGUEL GUEVARA How did RPS program first emerge?

BILL HAMPTON

A few years earlier, the Bernie Sanders

campaign had program.

Matter at first ignored program, but then brilliantly offered it. Massive women's marches offered program. Those tried but, still, dozens of essays addressed Trump's idiot vile Tweets for every essay that addressed what to do. But then activists created local sanctuaries in churches and universities and even in

some private homes, and program emerged.

Black Lives

INT. CAMPUS CENTER - DAY

Campus center provides housing and protection.

STUDENT ACTIVIST Our sanctuaries teach and celebrate. To take our friends, you have to take us. Neither we nor they are going easily.

EXT. SPORTS STADIUM - DAY

On the Philadelphia Condors’ football field, athletes and immigrants mingle. Tents with families are visible. Kids play. Signs wave. Teams work out.

BILL HAMPTON (V.O.) Prominent athletes welcomed immigrants into sports arenas on many college campuses. Then a few NFL and NBA teams did the same. That created a mutual aid mindset and built incredible momentum.

EXT. POOR NEIGHBORHOOD - DAY

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

BILL HAMPTON (V.O.)

Another effective early choice was our response to war mongering, climate

violating cabinet members.

their views. We proposed progressives for their posts. We rallied where they worked. We went where they lived. The cabinet members wanted us driven off, but how? Tear gas their offices, their

neighborhoods?

We exposed

EXT. POLICE STATION - DAY

GROUP rallies outside a police station. DEMONSTRATOR addresses police bunched at door.

DEMONSTRATOR ONE We demand community oversight.

DEMONSTRATOR TWO Come to our neighborhood meetings to discuss how to create safer communities and end racist policing. We want prisoners to build low-income housing. We want to fund it with refocussed military and police budgets.

EXT. MILITARY BASE - DAY

GROUP rallies outside a military base. Demonstrators talk amiably with soldiers going in and out.

BILL HAMPTON (V.O.) We went to military bases and police stations and organized. We listened and proposed. We fought, but we also made friends. I won't make believe it was easy. There was hostility to overcome, difference to deal with. We often got the shit kicked out of us. But necessity birthed invention. It was our only winning path and we took it.

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 adopt one aim. Another project would equally aggressively adopt a different aim. Few strayed from narrow priorities to embrace full program. Activism occurred in isolated silos. You

did this, I did that. overarching unity.

We needed

INT. ASSEMBLY HALL - NIGHT

YOUNG BILL HAMPTON, 20, confident, calls for various actions.

YOUNG BILL HAMPTON We must combine campaigns to end deporting immigrants through local airports with campaigns to clean up plumes of toxic waste from those same airports. Efforts to curb CO2 emissions must mesh with efforts to create and ensure good jobs. Community centers must feature speakers on women's rights and also on wage struggles. Activists for prison reform must support and be supported by activists for solar power.

INT. MAYOR'S OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

BILL HAMPTON RPS wanted those who focused most on war to aid those who focused most on immigration to aid those who focused most on global warming, resource depletion, toxic clean-up, tax reform, improving public spaces, distributing food and medicine, sexual harassment, police violence, worker safety, and income redistribution.

MIGUEL GUEVARA Bill, what do you think hindered greater activist success 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 with date drapes the lectern.

YOUNG BILL HAMPTON

Why have we had so much trouble winning a

new society?

is needed.

lose.

To win is desired.

To win

Yet so often we fight and

(turns to Cynthia)

Why?

YOUNG CYNTHIA PARKS

I think it’s because society debilitates

us until we lack sufficient strength to

fight well.

oppression distorts us until we lose our ability to cooperate and be strategic. Can’t you feel society’s roles bend us until we pick up habits that destroy our

unity and clarity?

I feel it is because

YOUNG BILL HAMPTON So we fail because we do bad things?

YOUNG CYNTHIA PARKS

Yes, sometimes we get overly aggressive, other times too passive. Sometimes we attack opponents to prove our worth more

Often we find

than to win a new system.

it easier to talk to people who like us and to avoid people who dislike us. Always we complain. We rarely

sufficiently welcome new participants. (turns to Bill) Why do we subvert ourselves?

YOUNG BILL HAMPTON

I think defeatism crushes us until we

doubt we can win and we lose motivation to seek success. Then we prioritize pleasing friends, not winning a new society. We focus short term, not long term. We lack hope and ridicule vision. (beseechingly) We silo ourselves. We succumb to liberalism or rail pointlessly at it. We disdain reform. We denigrate those who are not yet radical and play at violence. We denigrate religion, sports, country music, and fast food. We celebrate professional not working class values.

YOUNG CYNTHIA PARKS Some of you may resist admitting these many faults. Some of you may even castigate us for reporting them, but the truth is if everything was already wonderful, how could we do better?

INT. MAYOR'S OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

MIGUEL GUEVARA I remember getting angry at messengers reporting movement faults to spur improvement, but eventually I understood finding flaws to overcome them and became just that kind of messenger.

BILL HAMPTON RPS had to give collective attention to previously bemoaned but untreated personal baggage. For that, we allotted time for everyone to tell their stories. People were heard. Tears flowed. We admitted and addressed problems. We felt less needy and more present. We felt compassion for each other and realized our fears weren't ours alone.

MIGUEL GUEVARA You were in a confrontation at the second convention, am I right?

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

INT. LARGE HALL - DAY

Seven ex-SOLDIERS in RPS hats and military jerseys occupy the stage beneath an RPS flag.

WHITE SOLDIER Rejecting weapons is cowardly. Did Luke and Han leaflet the Empire? They blew it up! Overcoming their violence requires our violence. If we reject weapons, the uniformed thugs win.

BILL HAMPTON (V.O.) These ex soldiers felt marching in with rifles demonstrated the power of guns. Their logic was one-step. 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 distort our ability to think straight and is the one contest the state always wins. To overcome state violence we must make it ineffective. We must ensure that their violence strengthens us. We clearly aren't cowardly and phony. We clearly aren't on the side of prosecutors. Are you going to shoot us because we reject your argument? Shoot us, or let's go talk further.

After a pause, young Bill Hampton leads soldiers off.

INT. SIDE ROOM - DAY

Young Bill Hampton and Soldiers talk further.

WHITE SOLDIER The issue isn't just the police.

group, one person with a club is a big problem. Five people with guns are a

huge problem.

In a

YOUNG BILL HAMPTON We can handle police at local demonstrations by creating situations in which public reaction to police or military violence rebounds to our benefit and by infiltrating police forces and organizing them.

WHITE SOLDIER Maybe you can do that, but you can’t make violence counterproductive for those doing it if they are trying to damage RPS from within. If we were enemies of RPS things could have gone really badly. Hell, we could have shot you.

YOUNG BILL HAMPTON I agree we need ways to deal with craziness or sabotage, but we have to do it without our efforts harming us more than the saboteurs.

BLACK SOLDIER What if it is impossible non violently? Do you then just give up and let crazies mow you down?

YOUNG BILL HAMPTON

No, we have a few good people trained to handle crazy interlopers. We elect security folks based on their patient

temperament. (MORE)

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YOUNG BILL HAMPTON (CONT'D)

YOUNG BILL HAMPTON (CONT'D)

But we have completed two conventions and countless demonstrations and campaigns, including against police and state power without having such a special arrangement. Maybe fear of lunacy is a bigger problem than lunacy itself.

INT. MAYOR'S OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

BILL HAMPTON We were wise to be cautious.

plan ready for wide discussion and vote, but we held off until practical evidence suggested we couldn't do without it. Meanwhile, I and others quietly worked with folks on how to deal with local intruders, drunks, infiltrators, and the like. State violence, however, we thwarted the only way possible, by

organizing.

We had a

INT. CYNTHIA'S APARTMENT - EVENING

Miguel Guevara interviews housing organizers CYNTHIA PARKS, 50 and HARRIET LENNON, 42. Posters of John Lennon and Kendrick Lamar look on from wall.

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

INT. CHILDHOOD HOME - DAY

Cops evict CYNTHIA PARKS'S MOM and YOUNGEST CYNTHIA PARKS, 8.

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'S MOM It helps rich bankers.

INT. CYNTHIA'S APARTMENT - EVENING

Interview continues.

CYNTHIA PARKS I watched my father sink into alcohol soaked depression. I watched my mother protect the family from poverty and from my father's illness.

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CYNTHIA PARKS (CONT'D)

CYNTHIA PARKS (CONT'D)

I remember ice covering the insides of

our windows. I remember resistant mites and vicious lice. I can still see sewage backing up in our toilets in my dreams. Survival was on our minds, not a better world. But by age twelve, my life was mapped out though it was years till I

knew who I had become.

MIGUEL GUEVARA Do you remember the start of RPS?

CYNTHIA PARKS

I remember when RPS lacked confidence.

Who were we to undertake such tasks? Nights of sleepless doubt followed days of stumbling error. Too few people had

too much work.

MIGUEL GUEVARA Was recruiting hard at first?

INT. NEIGHBOR'S LIVING ROOM - DAY

Young Cynthia Parks wearing RPS hat talks with NEIGHBOR.

YOUNG CYNTHIA PARKS Join us. Fight for better

NEIGHBOR Why? You don't stand a chance.

Injustice always wins. Anyhow, what

could I do?

can make my family more healthy and fulfilled, but the whole building? The whole country? To deny my kids, my

family, just to lose? Not me.

How could I matter? Maybe I

INT. CYNTHIA'S APARTMENT - EVENING

Interview continues.

CYNTHIA PARKS

For my neighbor to be so defeatist felt it was my fault for not conveying

hope.

I

But how could I?

Did I even hope?

MIGUEL GUEVARA

(turns to Harriet)

Harriet, how did you get involved in housing issues?

HARRIET LENNON In school I met with friends to discuss

ideas. We visited tenants' rights groups and met many RPS members. I liked them

so I joined.

We had two plans.

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HARRIET LENNON (CONT'D)

HARRIET LENNON (CONT'D)

The first was to visit an apartment complex, hear about issues and problems, make tentative suggestions, and help implement modest gains.

INT. LIVING ROOM - DAY

YOUNG HARRIET LENNON, 20, housing organizer, talks with tenants, the POSNERS in their living room.

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 three 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.

never occurred to me to ask anyone to

switch, and no one offered.

I have tired lungs.

It

YOUNG HARRIET LENNON Society twists us so we take our own and other peoples’ isolation for granted but when we mention elderly tenants stuck on a high floor, younger tenants on lower floors offer to swap.

INT. CYNTHIA'S APARTMENT - EVENING

Interview continues.

HARRIET LENNON We reached out to student tenants in buildings where one or more residents were already in RPS. Next, we approached families. We were modest but eager. We listened.

MONTAGE – APARTMENT ORGANIZING AND GAINS

-- Tenants paint corridors.

-- Apartment food coop meets.

-- Group day care gathers.

-- Meeting about drugs.

HARRIET LENNON (V.O.) Gains that residents could themselves enact like painting corridors revealed potential.

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HARRIET LENNON (V.O.) (CONT'D)

HARRIET LENNON (V.O.) (CONT'D)

Once we built that trust, we helped people set up food co-ops to reduce costs and time spent shopping. Then we helped organize collective day care and laundry. It was slow going but in time people realized sharing could work and we started holding social events. New friendships formed. Gaining more trust,

we began addressing drug use, alcoholism, sexual harassment and spousal abuse. For the first time, people talked publicly about personal violations and worked together to reduce them. We had

setbacks.

thing to get folks involved in some very specific project. It was much harder to get folks to continue relating after a project ended. But this was RPS housing

organizing seeking a new world.

It took time.

It was one

INT. CYNTHIA'S APARTMENT - EVENING

Interview continues.

HARRIET LENNON We next wondered how to provide housing for the homeless. Who would build it? Why would they build it? With what financing?

EXT. MILITARY BASE - DAY

Young Harriet Lennon talks with soldiers at a military base.

YOUNG HARRIET LENNON Instead of learning to kill or how to be a bigger criminal, why can't soldiers and inmates cooperatively make their own decisions while generating a much-needed product?

SOLDIER (Incredulous) You want military bases and prisons to construct housing?

YOUNG HARRIET LENNON Yes, exactly, why not? And to give soldiers and inmates, once they leave the military or prison, first claim on the houses they helped build.

INT. CYNTHIA'S APARTMENT - EVENING

Interview continues.

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

HARRIET LENNON At nineteen, in community college, I heard progressive talks about racism, sexism, and global warming. I was sympathetic, but more into music, movies, and social media. One night I was talking with a friend who turned out, to my surprise, to be very radical.

INT. COMMUNITY COLLEGE - DORM ROOM

Young Harriet Lennon and COLLEGE FRIEND sit. Beyonce and Angela Davis posters look on from above.

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 not? Why assume indignity? Why endure harsh circumstances? Why not seek

change?

YOUNG HARRIET LENNON

I take for granted harsh circumstances

because the world is harsh and thinking

it doesn’t have to be is deluded. not cynical, I am aware.

I am

COLLEGE FRIEND As a biologist would you assume cancer was incurable at the outset of seeking

health? As an engineer would you assume

a bridge couldn't span a river at the

outset of trying to connect cities on either side? Why do you assume oppression is forever? Why do you favor

failure? Do you fear success?

INT. CYNTHIA'S APARTMENT - EVENING

Interview continues.

HARRIET LENNON Did I always see the social

Was I jaded?

glass half empty? In a semester my roommate turned me from aggressive cynic

to cautious optimist. I joined RPS.

MIGUEL GUEVARA

(turns to Cynthia)

Cynthia, what drew you to RPS?

CYNTHIA PARKS My family lost its home when I was eight. People I knew lost theirs too.

MONTAGE - LIFE

-- Family of five living in two room ramshackle apartment.

-- Family plunged into anger, despair, alcohol and opioid addiction.

-- Families and organizers fight house eviction.

INT. CYNTHIA'S APARTMENT - EVENING

Interview continues.

CYNTHIA PARKS At times I had rats for roommates. felt incredible tension and saw unforgettable violence. Life was seriously harsh, but as I got older, I met folks devoted to preventing evictions or helping evicted families find new homes. Experiencing housing activists helping people and real estate developers and bankers evicting people decided my life.

MIGUEL GUEVARA And turning toward RPS

I

CYNTHIA PARKS

Housing organizing required empathy. We

had to be aware.

We had to utilize means at hand to seek attainable ends. We had to be patient with people but impatient with

institutions. it was a good fit

We had to be confident.

MIGUEL GUEVARA What about personal difficulties joining RPS?

CYNTHIA PARKS

Activists I first encountered had lots of education and were comfortable and appeared confident. They expected rural folks who looked, dressed, and talked

like me to defer to them.

unsure, hurt, but also angry. Luckily some folks tried to not just welcome me but to learn from my ways of relating. My redneck activist friends who used gun culture to reach into rural communities horrified some lefties but taught others new ways to reach out. Seeing that made me realize I could and should contribute.

That made me

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CYNTHIA PARKS (CONT'D)

CYNTHIA PARKS (CONT'D)

The hardest part was always getting from others, and even my having own allegiance to something larger and beyond the immediate moment.

INT. HOSPITAL OFFICE - DAY

Miguel Guevara queries MARK FEYNMAN 52, in nurse's outfit and BARBARA BETHUNE, 50, in doctor's gown. Medical poster on wall features quote, “Do No Harm.”

MIGUEL GUEVARA Mark, can you tell us how you first got heavily involved?

MARK FEYNMAN I went to the first RPS convention as a working class nurse hostile to doctors’ elitism. I doubted the convention would even address my concerns, much less elevate them.

INT. AUDITORIUM - DAY

Young Mark Feynman addresses doctors and nurses in auditorium. Sign:

"Welcome to First RPS Convention."

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN We nurses hate bad health care. We want better, but we also want respect. You

doctors with your power and income at our

expense.

priority here?

It's got to stop.

Is that a

INT. HOSPITAL OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

MARK FEYNMAN At the convention we celebrated our emergent program and formed Health Care Workers United to organize medical workplaces and win broader health policy reforms. We investigated and learned about hospital finances. We attracted support and initiated positive campaigns. But before all that, we held some sessions and invited doctors to one.

INT. AUDITORIUM - DAY

Speech continues.

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN We respect your work but feel you are overpaid, overprotective, and overly hostile. Do you really think you deserve more income, status, and power than us?

YOUNG DOCTOR

(shouts from the audience)

Damn right I do.

Can you breathe life into a dying child?

I can, you can’t.

should have more say and more status. I mean, really, isn’t it obvious? How can

you think otherwise?

Can you repair a heart?

I

I should earn more.

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN

(stares at young doctor) You ignore that our different tasks - and different life circumstances - give us different means to attain knowledge which in turn enforces our differences in income and power. (plaintive but militant)

I know many of you doctors like lawyers and managers and others with empowering work situations sincerely believe you are properly empowered and rewarded. I know many of you really believe we workers are dumb, parochial, and should be grateful. Many of you really feel workers should join a movement for a new society, but not make decisions. We should help you dump the old boss for you to become the new boss. You should lead, we should follow. You should order, we should obey. And you know what, sometimes we nurses even doubt that we can handle empowered work. Sometimes we accept that

Or if we

we deserve less income and say.

are not submissive, sometimes we furiously want doctors out of RPS. Even worse, we get so angry we get baited into denigrating knowledge and skill. But other times, like now, 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 but without letting you dominate RPS. We

see ourselves and all workers empowered.

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 lots of us do publicly address these 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.

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YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN (CONT'D)

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN (CONT'D)

Still, even once we become aware and active, we don't want to antagonize

doctors into rejecting change. So we

often put a lid on our feelings. your excuse for keeping us down?

What is

SHORT DOCTOR (calls out from audience)

I read progressive media. I don't see this concern. Is it just you?

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN You don't expect mainstream media to question private ownership because it would violate the owners' interests. Similarly, in alternative media coordinator class rule by those who are empowered gets ignored because our media is run by coordinator class members like you, and due to background, experience, and material interests, they, like you, ignore these issues.

INT. HOSPITAL OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

MIGUEL GUEVARA

Mark, what pushed you to ever broader

radicalism?

MARK FEYNMAN General class anger and also insights about race and gender played a big role. But so did my daily circumstances. How often could I silently see the effects of pollution, monopoly-priced care, paternalistic doctoring, and bullet wounds? How often could I timidly address overdoses, obesity, hunger, and addiction? How often could I abet overuse of antibiotics and rampant hospital and pharmaceutical profiteering and not become activist?

EXT. PARK - DAY

Young Mark Feynman and YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG, 73, dressed like 40, walk, in 2020. Child with red wagon goes by.

YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG

In the sixties and seventies I could rebel, so I tuned in to the reality

around me.

to my full feelings of human solidarity.

I could revolt, so I joined the militant

radical path of the day. Later, things got less active.

I could fight, so I turned on

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YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG (CONT'D)

YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG (CONT'D)

I could still dissent, but if I expressed

my outrage like I had earlier my acts would be misunderstood. And since I couldn't express my deepest feelings, I didn't retain them. I tuned out parts of

myself.

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN Do you remember your feelings from the earlier days?

YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG

I wrote a 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 in the book.

INT. LIVING ROOM - EVENING

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

YOUNGEST LYDIA LUXEMBURG

I wrote a dedication for my new book but

I am worried it is too much and too long. Can I read it and you let me know?

MALE FRIEND

Sure, go ahead. done before lunch!

As long as we can be

YOUNGEST LYDIA LUXEMBURG Before dinner, anyway, okay. (reads, emotionally)

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/

welfare or off, looking in or looking out, employed or unemployed, alone or in

For those on

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YOUNGEST LYDIA LUXEMBURG (CONT'D)

YOUNGEST LYDIA LUXEMBURG (CONT'D)

pairs, hiding their sex or flaunting it, angry, sad, mad/ For 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 Sounds a bit like Dylan

YOUNGEST LYDIA LUXEMBURG

I hope so, yes.

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

But it isn't done.

For

MALE FRIEND Great, but how about 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

EXT. WALKING IN PARK - DAY

Conversation continues.

MARK FEYNMAN That is what Lydia could feel in the sixties and through the seventies.

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MARK FEYNMAN (CONT'D)

MARK FEYNMAN (CONT'D)

Looking back, I can see it was RPS sentiments taking shape. But in the eighties and nineties, and nearly twenty

years into this century, too, few people understood such feelings, so she buried

them.

long emotional coma. She belatedly became myself again. Do you remember when the Swedish 16 year old Greta Thunberg told off the U.S. Congress. I think in some ways that spurred lots of

emotional awakening.

For her, the birth of RPS ended a

INT. HOSPITAL OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

MARK FEYNMAN (CONT'D) Hearing Luxemburg, I realized that reduced empathy helped me function daily in hospitals, but writ large it buttressed the system. From there, I asked 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 who bribed doctors to write excessive prescriptions. We took up single payer health care. We initiated mass campaigns to serve rural and low-income areas and treat children in schools. By 2027 over 200,000 nurses from around the country marched in Chicago and many more held marches elsewhere. Incredible feelings of empathy, anger, hope, and desire fueled our efforts. Soon after, we campaigned in medical schools to revamp curricula and in hospitals to overthrow the idea of interning being like boot camp. Strikes and occupations played a big role, films and writing too, 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 (V.O.) It was in 2023. One day at work I went to lunch and happened to sit with a hospital psychiatrist acquaintance 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.

INT. HOSPITAL LUNCH ROOM - DAY

Mark and PSYCHIATRIST at lunch argue. Psychiatrist leaps out of his seat, leans on the table to hold himself, and his nose moves inches from Mark's. He is trembling with anger and seems about to assault Mark.

PSYCHIATRIST

I don't have to 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 doctor of the mind!

I am smarter!

INT. HOSPITAL OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

MARK FEYNMAN How could a trained psychiatrist who routinely had to maintain his calm in difficult situations get so hostile over such an indirect affront? It made me think about how to communicate about issues of coordinator class dominance over workers without polarizing folks.

MIGUEL GUEVARA

I often felt the butt end of similar anger. What did you conclude?

MARK FEYNMAN

I saw the intense emotional insecurity

that drove coordinator class folks to defend their views of themselves, and I

saw the potential of that inclination to subvert reason and personal connection.

I saw a person more aware than most about coordinator class and working class relations become more polarized and

hostile than people whose views were much further away from mine. I questioned my

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MARK FEYNMAN (CONT'D)

MARK FEYNMAN (CONT'D)

I suspect a lot of people in RPS had

similar experiences, and our history

suggests we learned from them.

MIGUEL GUEVARA (Turns to Barbara) Indeed, I certainly did. Barbara, as a doctor, were you like that psychiatrist? How did you feel about nurses?

BARBARA BETHUNE

I disdained. I dismissed. I gave their

concerns lip service and even tried to

support nurses, but I ultimately saw them as wannabe doctors who couldn't make the

grade.

unlike during Jim Crow racism white folks said they had black friends. I thought nurses should feel thankful that I administered them. Yes, I could have attacked someone like Mark for challenging me. At the first RPS convention, I struggled to register Mark's message. I saw how many notions he challenged and felt how radicalizing

his words were.

I said I have nurse friends, not

INT. MEETING ROOM - DAY

Young Mark Feynman addresses nurses and doctors in meeting room. RPS flag and sign welcome all to first RPS convention.

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN Can you see how your view hides from you the gigantic volume of talent stifled to maintain hospital hierarchies? Can you see how you maintain your advantages by denigrating us? If society didn't squash desires, most nurses could do some doctoring, and if being a doctor didn't appeal to some of us, or wasn't in our range of talents, we could do other empowering tasks. It is disgusting for society to have relatively few people do all the empowering tasks and then use their empowerment to make the rest of us believe we deserve less.

INT. HOSPITAL OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

BARBARA BETHUNE (V.O.) The way I finally understood Mark was by seeing that with racism white people

convinced themselves they deserved better circumstances. Whites are worthy.

Blacks and browns are not.

similarity between that racism and my

classist attitude toward nurses.

I saw the

MIGUEL GUEVARA What about broader economic views?

BARBARA BETHUNE I had heard RPS economic ideas earlier and deemed them ridiculous. Balance jobs for empowerment? Give income for duration, intensity, and onerousness of work? Self-manage? RPS said those things, and I thought, Come on. Get serious. It’s stupidity on steroids. My view was remove owners, sure, but leave people like me in charge. But I vividly remember a moment in the first convention after the meeting with nurses that so challenged me. There was a talk about RPS-type economics and after it ended, I spoke to the speaker.

INT. CONVENTION HALL MEETING ROOM - EVENING

YOUNG BARBARA BETHUNE, 29, doctor, walks up to the speaker, Young Lydia Luxembourg, wearing RPS hat.

YOUNG BARBARA BETHUNE For years I dismissed your economic vision as silly and impossible. But I dismissed it without engaging it. But hearing you describe it, I now realize I did that because of my own class interests. I apologize for that.

YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG We are all twisted and fed by our upbringing, schooling, and social roles. Having been subjected to all that, it is no sin to have some elitist beliefs. What’s hard, and exemplary, is to understand and jettison those beliefs.

YOUNG BARBARA BETHUNE But the views were ignored for so long, wasn’t that difficult?

YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG

(Distraught

)

Of course it was. My partner for decades died thinking that ideas we favored were dead, that our efforts were useless. I felt alone, often, honestly, also disregarded, even discarded. But I lived on, and now you give me renewed hope.

INT. HOSPITAL OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

MIGUEL GUEVARA Mark, your speech at the convention occurred not long after Trump’s exit. Was it connected?

MARK FEYNMAN The anger of a good part of Trump's supporters was hostility to a perceived class enemy. But the class they most viscerally hated was not capitalists.

MIGUEL GUEVARA Workers didn’t hate capitalists?

MARK FEYNMAN You have to realize that we workers rarely if ever personally encounter owners. On the other hand, we often encounter doctors, lawyers, accountants, engineers, and others with highly empowering jobs, elevated status, and great wealth. We daily encounter and obey what we came to call coordinators.

MIGUEL GUEVARA And that's who you hated?

MARK FEYNMAN Why not? They routinely treated us like children. They dressed and talked differently than us. They enjoyed different movies and TV. They expected us to stay out of their way and to follow their instructions. Everyone hates being rendered powerless, considered inferior, and paternalized.

MIGUEL GUEVARA But you had to get essential aid from coordinators. You had to accept their arrogance to get the services they offer.

MARK FEYNMAN Exactly, while our hostility for managers, doctors, lawyers, and the rest was warranted, on average we workers depended on and obeyed coordinators and humiliatingly even wanted our kids to become them.

INT. MEETING IN LARGE ROOM AT CONVENTION - DAY

Young Mark Feynman addresses audience.

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN Not long ago, Trump won. Why didn't activists' answers about the state of working class lives resonate more with workers than did the ramblings of a demented billionaire who treated workers with contempt? How could decades of organizing leave so many workers so susceptible to a narcissistic reactionary?

AUDIENCE MEMBER What's complicated? Racism and sexism overrode reason. The fault was the voters warped beliefs.

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN That was true for some. The misogyny was incredible and so too the racism. But I think decades of prior organizing had often been rooted in coordinator class connections, assumptions, and values. It had often had manners, style, tone, taste, vocabulary, and policies that dismissed working people. Workers felt this even when some electoral candidate, anti-nuke organizer, campus radical, or obscure writer said screw the 1 percent. Leftists’ manners and styles left us feeling they despised us. Movements talked a lot about evil owners and unjust profit but showed no interest in relations between coordinators and workers. Movements didn't hear workers, didn't respect workers, and didn't elevate much less follow workers. For many white workers suffering indignities, Trump seemed to offer something new.

INT. HOSPITAL LUNCH ROOM - DAY

Interview continues.

MIGUEL GUEVARA Barbara, how did you become 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, we all

did, but I shouldn't challenge employers. Obeying let me graduate but it also prepared me to impose similar insanity on those who came after. Don’t get me

wrong.

soul. But hospital roles undercut my

intentions. (MORE)

I cared about patients.

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I had a

BARBARA BETHUNE (CONT'D)

BARBARA BETHUNE (CONT'D)

To become a doctor I had to fulfill doctor rituals and defend doctor privileges. I accepted restraints. I bludgeoned those below. I sought growing income.

MIGUEL GUEVARA But then you resisted?

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

EXT. MILITARY TRAINING FIELD - DAY

Soldiers go through their paces. DRILL SERGEANT bosses them.

INT. HOSPITAL LUNCH ROOM - DAY

Interview continues.

BARBARA BETHUNE Boot camp includes learning to shoot, to work together, to handle danger, just like interning includes useful medical learning, but boot camp mainly produces soldiers ready, willing, and sometimes even eager to kill on command. Boot camp educates recruits to ask no questions. It removes social and moral resistance. Boot camp graduates unquestioningly fulfill their roles.

MIGUEL GUEVARA And that reminded you of interning?

BARBARA BETHUNE Interning creates doctors who defend huge salaries against any challenge regardless of the health implications for patients and society. Doctors who abet pharmaceutical profit-seeking by promoting excessive opioid use. Doctors who denigrate nurses and exclude them from medical decisions at the expense of patient well being. Doctors who defend incredibly inflated incomes by using excessively exclusionary medical school practices to keep down the number of doctors. I became curious so I looked and found similar dynamics for lawyers

MIGUEL GUEVARA Becoming a lawyer was also like basic training? You could have looked at journalism.

BARBARA BETHUNE Yes, training for all empowered professions conveys skills, knowledge, and confidence, but it also trains recipients to use their knowledge on behalf of themselves and those above at the expense of those below.

MIGUEL GUEVARA But surely doctors, lawyers, and journalists try to be ethical?

BARBARA BETHUNE Yes, but without challenging their role assignments because we believe challenging our roles would change nothing and incur personal loss. We doctors deliver medicine to the sick if treating them won’t disrupt hospital hierarchies. We don’t address the underlying causes of sickness. Role structures in hospitals, like in churches, law firms, corporate board rooms, TV networks, and political parties induce going along to get along. Rejecting one's role seems impossible. Complying with one's role morphs from something we do under duress to who we are. We don’t see ourselves as hijacking our skills. We see ourselves as innately better. Someone who retains sufficient humanity to resist seems saint-like or crazy. And the same class logic holds for lawyers, journalists, and all empowered workers.

MIGUEL GUEVARA So what changed?

BARBARA BETHUNE

When we went to the convention, we met other medical workers from around the country and realized we had fewer differences than we feared. We shared stories and discussed changes to fight

Habit and fear gave way to

innovation and hope.

for.

MIGUEL GUEVARA What plans emerged?

BARBARA BETHUNE Seeking comprehensive single payer health care, fighting misuse of medicines, bringing doctors to poor locales, empowering nurses, changing the income and decision-making structure of the profession, and agitating for more responsible food policies and more healthful ecological policies and work conditions.

EXT. RALLY AT PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY - DAY

Young Barbara Bethune addresses demonstrators.

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

INT. HOSPITAL LUNCH ROOM - DAY

Interview continues.

BARBARA BETHUNE The practices we unearthed were nauseating, but we were even more shocked to discover that most people found grotesque medical malfeasance unsurprising.

MIGUEL GUEVARA Everybody knew?

BARBARA BETHUNE Not the details but, yes, everybody knew so we realized we mainly needed to convince people medical malfeasance wasn’t inevitable. We brought class action suits wherein young claimants fought misuse of mood-altering medications. Elderly claimants fought companies trying to grab all their savings by entrapping them in fruitless and often horribly harmful and useless life extending therapies. Those addicted to opioids fought pharmaceutical drug dealing. Everyone fought the overuse of antibiotics that risked pandemics.

EXT. RALLY AT PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY - DAY

Young Barbara Bethune continues.

YOUNG BARBARA BETHUNE (militantly) It is time to undertake a national boycott of pharmaceutical culprits. It is time to link these campaigns to larger ones about the roots of the problems in the overall medical system, polity, and economy. We have to reveal that people can not only win and preserve an immediate gain, but keep winning more. We reject doctor arrogance and support nurses and other medical workers and non- medical staff. Medicine is a rapaciously self-seeking trade. It is sick and we must operate on it.

INT. HOSPITAL LUNCH ROOM - DAY Interview continues.

BARBARA BETHUNE My other focus was challenging elitist dynamics inside hospitals and health care generally. Workplace racism and sexism had been addressed with considerable progress, particularly by the then recent #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements, but workplace 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. The trick was to fight for immediate gains in ways developing commitment to a larger vision for the future.

INT. GOVERNOR'S OFFICE - DAY

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

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

CELIA CURIE

My father's brother raped me when I was

I didn't tell anyone.

afraid and thought it was my fault. The fallout of me speaking up would have been horrendous for my dad and for my uncle's family. Afterward, I did research on the internet, alone, to learn more about rape. I became indebted to many feminist writers who opened my door to radicalism.

fifteen.

I was

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CELIA CURIE (CONT'D)

CELIA CURIE (CONT'D)

Horrors like being raped, watching a loved one killed, having a parent jailed or ravaged by unemployment, alcohol, or drugs dominates many peoples' early memories. Such harms can cripple but also educate and inspire.

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

CELIA CURIE The first Hollywood chapter got going when some actors met to discuss how they might relate to RPS. It was shortly after the first convention and we took a few meetings to settle on joining.

INT. ACTOR'S OPULENT LIVING ROOM - DAY

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 adorns all walls.

YOUNG CELIA CURIE We should reach out to other people in our artistic communities to join RPS. We should agitate 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. We can do what #MeToo did, but more broadly.

INT. GOVERNOR'S OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

CELIA CURIE

It started with eleven people. Seven were women who had been active in #MeToo. Joining RPS was a little like deciding to

relate to a film.

assessed participants. We evaluated aims. We joined. We began reaching out

to others in Hollywood to join RPS.

We read a text.

We

EXT. PARK - DAY

Young Celia Curie walks and talks with ACTOR. HAPPY CHILD crosses their path. SAD DRUNK slumps on bench.

ACTOR Why should I address what I would rather ignore? It would cost time.

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ACTOR (CONT'D)

ACTOR (CONT'D)

It would alienate producers. And what would I do, other than talk?

YOUNG CELIA CURIE

We are talking and talking matters. But

I understand that we need activities

beyond talking to relate to. So help us

propose 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 Hollywood’s daily pressures, contracts, media machinations, and expectations still pushed and pulled me, RPS became who I was at a more basic level than the rest.

MIGUEL GUEVARA Didn't obstacles intimidate you? I remember fearing for my career as a journalist when I started supporting RPS, and at the same time doubting our potential, wondering if I was risking all for nothing.

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 to

make the change we wanted. We feared high water everywhere. But I suspect the earlier rise of feminist and anti-racist demands among actors and their successes

spurred our can-do mindset.

MIGUEL GUEVARA So what emerged?

CELIA CURIE First, we assembled courses about current society, better society, and possibilities of the film industry. As actors we were used to studying a lot before performing, so this step came easily. Second, we uncovered and publicized the pay rates of everyone in Hollywood and then agitated for more equitable relations. You can imagine how hard doing that was and how it went over, but with informed persistence we went from our appearing crazy to those defending old ways appearing greedy.

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CELIA CURIE (CONT'D)

CELIA CURIE (CONT'D)

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. This was in our wheelhouse.

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

CURIE I remember we met at a famous actor's house. The setting was a bit intimidating.

INT. ACTOR'S OPULENT LIVING ROOM - DAY

Eleven ACTORS meet.

HOST ACTOR We should do as we have done, publicly

favor candidates, hold funding events for candidates. Give the candidates money.

Help them win. enough.

For us to do less is not

YOUNG CELIA CURIE Seriously? You know current conditions 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 The biggest obstacle was artists' incredible elitism.

EXT. MOVIE SET - DAY

Young Celia Curie talks with TALL ACTOR, walking past a setting for a military scene.

TALL ACTOR We are unlike other workers. We should enjoy incomes commensurate to our talent. Having to do any shit work, like you favor with your nonsense about balancing empowering work, would sap our focus. We are special.

YOUNG CELIA CURIE Artists are creative, of course, but so are scientists, doctors, designers, and builders, and with training and new jobs, everyone could be creative for part of their work. Saying actors, directors, or other art workers shouldn't do a fair share of rote work implies others who do creative tasks also shouldn't. It says twenty percent of all those who work should do only empowering work and eighty percent should do only disempowering work.

TALL ACTOR Yes, and why not? Doing rote work would cut into our creativity. Why lose creativity for some kind of needless correctness?

YOUNG CELIA CURIE Yes, doing a fair mix of empowering and rote tasks will reduce current actors’ time for acting, but everyone doing balanced work will utilize the potential of vast new constituencies.

TALL ACTOR

Even if that was true, it's insane to think the public should plan art. We

We

know what’s creative, what we can do, how

we can do it.

an economic plan, the RPS way, would mean I do what others decide. That would end

art.

Negotiating art as part of

plan it.

The public likes it or not.

YOUNG CELIA CURIE You now do what executive producers decide, but in any case, 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 scientist does, or how an architect designs a building. The public decides what benefits society.

TALL ACTOR What if they don't want what we do? more films?

No

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.

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YOUNG CELIA CURIE (CONT'D)

YOUNG CELIA CURIE (CONT'D)

But the public doesn't have to appreciate every film, painting, song, performance, construction method, or research project to know that it wants society to have art, engineering, and science. The public, with each person doing a fair share of empowering tasks and enjoying good education, would together settle on how much they want. That would determine the amount of art workers can produce for income. Art workers would then decide what to create and how.

TALL ACTOR But not everyone is equally creative, writes equally, can equally convey emotions and passion on screen, or in text, or music, or a painting. Not everyone is equally smart, fast, or strong either. We are born different.

YOUNG CELIA CURIE Yes, and to claim we have no inborn differences would be absurd. But education and training also matter.

TALL ACTOR Of course education and training matter. But even if you had way more of each, you wouldn't be the actor I am.

YOUNG CELIA CURIE Perhaps, and we should certainly benefit from and celebrate the great talents that some have

TALL ACTOR If you celebrate differences, why in its vision does RPS try to level us by having everyone do a fair share of rote tasks?

YOUNG CELIA CURIE Virtually all human qualities come in different ranges, but that doesn’t mean only a relative few people should do engaging, uplifting, empowering tasks. I celebrate inborn differences but I also reject showering those born with faster reflexes, better sight, quicker calculation, stronger muscles, a painter’s eye, or a surgeon’s hand, with wealth and power.

TALL ACTOR But we contribute more. People love our product. It brightens lives. It enriches souls. We should earn more.

YOUNG CELIA CURIE First, current differences in income don’t mainly reflect different talent but past power and luck. More, providing rewards for excelling is neither necessary nor just. Celebrate excellence, sure but also advance material equity and social solidarity. Admire genius but also foster participation.

INT. GOVERNOR'S OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

MIGUEL GUEVARA

I want to get into the details of RPS

aims soon, but even now, can you tell us how RPS success would alter future

artistry?

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 enjoy a fair mix of tasks in industries that relate to the will of both workers and consumers. Society will celebrate great artists, but it will not excessively enrich them.

MIGUEL GUEVARA Will creativity decline?

CELIA CURIE

I would guess we will have fewer special

effects, less emphasis on the psyches and mayhem of murderers, and more creativity. However, high levels of excellent art will not be our only criteria of judgement. Miguel, no doubt you have

encountered similar issues in journalism.

MIGUEL GUEVARA Almost identical.

INT. CLASSROOM - DAY

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN, 29, in jeans, teaching ACTORS at actors RPS School. RPS flag hangs above.

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN Consider a non-artistic situation. Suppose you produce shirts. Should you only maximize the quality and quantity of shirts that come out your door?

BALD ACTOR Sure, of course.

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN So to increase quantity and quality you would work people to death, dump them in an alley, and call in replacements? You would produce more shirts than people want? You would produce only exotic, fancy shirts? You would produce more shirts, workers be damned, environment be damned, consumers be damned?

BALD ACTOR Okay, no. I would take into account those working, the environment, those receiving product, and those not receiving other products that could have been produced instead. I get that.

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN And that’s why RPS's cooperative planning recognizes that it's fine to sometimes seek less output or settle for just good output if seeking more or better would increase waste, impose too much hardship on those involved, require too many resources, or generate too much pollution. Still, people in each industry will provide more, and the public will benefit more, because the whole population will have its creative potentials nurtured. And what’s true for shirt-making is equally true for films.

BALD ACTOR I still worry the lost contribution from highly talented folks doing some rote tasks won't be offset by previously rote workers doing some creative tasks. Rote workers lack the needed talent.

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN We can't all do everything. Nor will we all be geniuses at a particular thing. But eighty percent aren't born to be menial. Not being best doesn't imply you can't contribute at all. If one hundred children all enjoy the same conditions, and your child comes in 21st, 45th, or even 100th in a race, does that mean your child can't run at all, much less can't jump or draw?

BALD ACTOR How can you be so sure those now doing only rote work could do empowering work successfully? It sounds like wishful thinking. You want it. You assert it. You’re deluding yourself.

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN Whatever our inborn differences, the overriding fact is that society represses eighty percent of the population into seeming ill-equipped for empowering involvement. We don’t genetically lack sufficient creativity to participate. Society's pliers crush it out of us.

BALD ACTOR Saying that is so doesn’t make it so. want to fly, but I don't say I can.

would like to be a composer, but wanting

I

I

that doesn’t cause it.

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN It wasn't long ago that men claimed women couldn't doctor, lawyer, engineer, or discover. Their argument was look around, women don't do those things and it is because they can't. Same for whites evaluating blacks. Blacks don't, therefore they can't. But it was nonsense. Women and blacks didn't because they were reviled, excluded, denigrated, denied, crushed, and even killed. Women were about half the population, and blacks roughly a tenth. Now you denigrate about eighty percent. A worker in a factory isn't Einstein because she can't be, just like you and I can't be. But that same worker doesn't do engaging, empowering tasks not because she can't, but because she has been excluded while others hoarded benefits she was denied.

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 we all tend to become what we do so when our group got revolutionary, I

did too.

that folks in RPS learned to disagree without taking for granted they were right. Our emphasis became learning something new, not defending what we previously said. 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 we were wrong.

But I think the main thing was

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CELIA CURIE (CONT'D)

CELIA CURIE (CONT'D)

We based our image of ourselves on our readiness to change, not on staying unchanged. Conversations happened. Accommodations occurred. Truth trumped oneupmanship. That, for me, was being revolutionary.

MIGUEL GUEVARA When did you begin to feel the struggle was assured of victory?

CELIA CURIE When we made our first RPS movie.

It was

way more radical than most films. 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 coming to us or our visiting them. It wasn't a coming of age or a becoming senile story. It had no overgrown animals, super heroes, or pathological villains, no trial, no crime. No one

dying.

remake, a sequel or prequel.

template. It had no big star overcoming personal trauma and deadly danger. It featured a task: to win a new society. It had obstacles to overcome: systemic power and prejudiced habits from the past. But it was idea-driven. The process was protagonist. The star was future history. Imagine giving an Oscar to future history. (pauses in thought) Yet, first two and then more Hollywood a- listers took a risky step away from established conventions to sign on and make it happen and this told me the film industry was broadening out. We offered social substance and out-of-the-box structure and Hollywood signed on and gave the screenplay’s participants distinctive voices and personalities that the initial screenplay lacked. After our movie, the subsequent Hollywood marches sealed my confidence of winning.

No one being saved.

It wasn’t a It fit no

MONTAGE - ACTORS' MARCHES

-- Actors march in LA.

-- Directors attend neighborhood meetings in LA.

-- Stunt people march in NYC.

-- Actors march in Boston.

-- Music people march in Cleveland.

CELIA CURIE (V.O.) Writers, actors, directors, editors, videographers, designers, drivers, dressers, stunt people, and music people marched through Hollywood chanting and singing, going on to neighborhood meetings for conversations at community gatherings. Then we did it in New York, Chicago, Boston, and Denver.

INT. GOVERNOR'S OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

MIGUEL GUEVARA

I hope it’s okay if I ask you a personal

question about acting. You have been considered beautiful all your life. What place do you think beauty had in Hollywood’s past and should have in its

future?

CELIA CURIE Growing up, I was considered beautiful. None of us can easily see that in ourselves, but we can see it in others. Sometimes a person's beauty can mesmerize and even addict. But in a horribly sexist society, there is more to it.

MIGUEL GUEVARA What does beauty do to a person?

CELIA CURIE Very young I learned behaviors that got me things I wanted. I didn't understand

why, but I noticed how smiling and being flirty affected people. The behaviors

became part of who I was.

confidence but my personality warped and

I got mired in feelings of entitlement and suffered guilt.

I got

And later?

MIGUEL GUEVARA

CELIA CURIE There was harassment and violation and Hollywood exaggerated such dynamics. Beauty has been bankable for women, and for men too. And what has been bankable has been cultivated and sought, but also discarded when it fades. Beautiful women and men were hired and, if you could perform reasonably well and didn't alienate producers, you could have a career, at least until your looks faded.

MIGUEL GUEVARA So, how do you judge it?

CELIA CURIE I was eyeballed, hit on, and sexually fantasized in many people's daily lives. Producers fostered it. 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. Getting beyond that requires help but who can you trust? We should eliminate beauty-based objectification, but also beauty-based reward. (pauses, thinking) Suppose someone is born stupendously strong, fantastically fast, ridiculously reflexed, or brilliantly brainy. RPS says she should not be able to turn her genetic luck into wealth, power, or unfair circumstances. But we still admire great reflexes and fast, clear thinking, and we know that having those attributes means we can do some things which, without them, we could not do. So, though it makes me nervous, shouldn't that also apply to appearance? In existing societies, special traits, features, qualities, or talents all convey both benefits and debits. The sex overlay gives appearance an added dimension, but any special quality conveys advantages, pressures, options,

rewards, and costs.

society being lucky in the genetic lottery should not convey material advantage, greater say in society, or freedom from responsibility. Nor should

it impose denials or abuse.

So I think in a new

INT. LYDIA'S LIVING ROOM - DAY

Miguel Guevara queries LYDIA LUXEMBURG, 93, still dressed like 40, life- long feminist activist. Poster of Noam Chomsky giving a talk and one of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez singing together at Woodstock look on.

MIGUEL GUEVARA Lydia, how did you become radical?

LYDIA LUXEMBURG (pensive, wistful)

In college in the 1960s, I got caught up

in the politics of the times.

violence in Indochina. I hated sexism in society and in the Left itself. I rejected women being targets to bomb, icons to rape, ornaments to parade, or servants to do tasks men wished to avoid.

I hated

MIGUEL GUEVARA

But you were in position to be a beneficiary of wealth and power, not a victim. Why didn’t you grab what you

could?

LYDIA LUXEMBURG

I am not the best self-analyst around but

I would say it was partly moral outrage

and partly a sense of solidarity with others. I remember feeling more at one with the Vietnamese and with Mississippi Blacks than with the New York jet set. The sixties birthed a set of communal rather than loner attitudes and desires. The wealth and power we were supposed to sell out for repulsed me. Activism attracted me. Imagine a vegetarian offered a year’s supply of steaks to

ignore the hunger others were suffering.

The

The bribe would be no bribe at all.

truth is, I did grab what I wanted, self

respect.

MIGUEL GUEVARA When RPS was emerging, you were fifty years into a lifetime of activism. Did you feel vindicated?

LYDIA LUXEMBURG

I felt some of us knew what was needed 50

years earlier. I was ecstatic it was happening but I was tormented by how many lives were diminished by my not

communicating better earlier.

MIGUEL GUEVARA What ideas attracted you to RPS?

LYDIA LUXEMBURG

Before RPS I looked at the world through

a filter that highlighted certain

relations but blurred others. I saw

gender permeating workplaces but didn't see class and race permeating families. RPS's holistic demand to equally highlight all of life’s defining parts

felt false.

elevate kinship above the rest, sexist men would peripheralize women. Later I realized RPS was adding more focuses

without diminishing mine.

I feared if we didn't

INT. AUDITORIUM - NIGHT

Young Lydia Luxembourg speaks to audience.

YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG Life is four sided. Economics affects politics, race, and gender.

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YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG (CONT'D)

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 any particular side of life risks missing much about three other sides.

Come on.

AUDIENCE MEMBER We can tell what's more or less

important

YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG No, over-elevating one side addresses that one - race, class, politics, OR gender - but in ways alienating people more affected by other focuses. It pits constituencies against one another.

AUDIENCE MEMBER Surely we can avoid that.

YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG

Can we?

slippery, heavy object to move. Various

teams grab hold.

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 or even while denigrating what other teams are doing. Instead of all the teams moving all the parts in concert, and the whole object going where they together intend, the teams pull and push at odds with each other and the whole object moves a bit here and a bit

Each team has a part of

Have we?

Imagine we have a

there, but never far in any direction.

INT. LYDIA'S LIVING ROOM - DAY

Interview continues.

MIGUEL GUEVARA What was the second RPS innovation that attracted you?

LYDIA LUXEMBURG

To be in an economy, you have to work,

buy, and sell.

have to relate to its church or other structures. To be in a family, you have to be a mother, father, brother, or sister. In other words, to benefit from any 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, a journalist, or a mayor,

To be in a religion, you

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LYDIA LUXEMBURG (CONT'D)

to gain benefits you have to behave consistent with your role in the institutions you navigate. Oppressive institutions oppress. Corrupt institutions corrupt. To get along, we do what our situations require and then most often become what we do. This is true in family, mall, church, prison, government, corporation, military, media, or criminal cartel.

INT. CLASSROOM - DAY

Young Lydia Luxemburg teaches a class.

YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG To evaluate a workplace, family, or government, we have to reveal peoples’ roles in that institution. What do the roles demand? Who do the roles cause us to become? What roles block our lives? What new roles would advance our lives? What can we fight for to move nearer our goals and prepare to win still more?

INT. LYDIA'S LIVING ROOM - DAY

Interview continues.

LYDIA LUXEMBURG Early in RPS I visited a worker-run glass factory in Cleveland. Workers bemoaned their new circumstances deteriorating back toward what they earlier knew.

INT. GLASS FACTORY - DAY

Young Lydia Luxemburg talks with a group of WORKERS.

LATIN 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. Engaging work is reverting to boring drudgery.

TALL GLASS WORKER (distraught) All the old crap is coming back.

feels like there is no alternative to enduring the drudgery we thought we were escaping. Before he left, a manager called me naive. He told me that the inequalities and hierarchies I opposed were part of being human.

It

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TALL GLASS WORKER (CONT'D)

He said, “face it, you are who you are. Your joy at taking over the workplace will evaporate into failure.” I laughed at him, but now I fear he was right.

YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG When you took over your workplace did you leave most people doing overwhelmingly rote, repetitive, and disempowering tasks while others did mostly empowering tasks?

TALL GLASS WORKER Yes, of course

YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG Human nature isn’t bringing back old ills. An unchanged division of labor is the culprit. You all grew up in working class neighborhoods. You 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 tasks. Some of you became rulers while others remained ruled. Some became coordinator class while others remained working class. It wasn't written in your DNA. It flowed from retaining old roles. Folks who got empowering tasks, as time passed, saw themselves as deserving more income and better conditions. Folks who got disempowering tasks, as time passed, became resigned to less income and worse conditions. That’s the old crap coming back due to never rejecting the old division of labor.

INT. LYDIA'S LIVING ROOM - DAY

Interview continues.

LYDIA LUXEMBURG Activists didn't need years of study to see the situation but its very simplicity ran afoul of Left academics.

MIGUEL GUEVARA Come on. They didn't like that it was simple? That’s sad, but familiar.

LYDIA LUXEMBURG For RPS members to speak plainly and advocate simple insights upset left academics who routinely worked hard to use long sentences and obscure words. It may sound perverse, but after a time we realized that when your status, income, and power spring from having a monopoly on empowering circumstances,

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LYDIA LUXEMBURG (CONT'D)

defending your status, income, and power depends on making sure your information and skills remain inaccessible to people beneath you.

MIGUEL GUEVARA Academics didn't like spreading skills?

LYDIA LUXEMBURG They didn't like us criticizing their monopolizing empowering work which included not liking our demystifying the verbal gibber jabber that justified their doing so. Nonetheless, regardless of academics attacking us, our simple ideas were not only accessible, they were intensely practical. It was a long battle with earlier origins, but a simple lesson gained ground. If you don't pay close attention to choices about institutions and roles, some seemingly inevitable choice you take for granted can subvert your best intentions. Retaining the old division of labor was just such a choice. That lesson forever affected me.

EXT. BALLFIELD - DAY

Miguel Guevara queries PETER CABRAL, 64, antiracist organizer, prison organizer, ex-professional ballplayer.

MIGUEL GUEVARA Peter, do you remember your radicalization?

PETER CABRAL As a boy, I lived with needles and guns. Gangs promised income and protected. A drive-by shooting killed a friend of mine. After that, I visited relatives in jail, witnessed a few trials, and saw an incarceration parade. I got arrested, but it wasn't anger at my wrongful jail

term that made me political. It was that for the guards and owners, prison was about control and profit. For inmates, it was about surviving and becoming a more effective criminal. Prison taught crime. Rhetoric about prison I previously ignored became reality I

lived.

criminal and make the best of it, or I could reject my lot and find a different road. I rejected and ran from crime

toward activism.

I could accept my lot as a

EXT. PRISON YARD - DAY

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

PETER CABRAL (V.O.

I attended a meeting in the prison yard

with a friend.

provoked. I went to another meeting. It

took time to undo old biases.

arrested on trumped up charges when I was about to enter the big leagues, and after six years my incarceration was overturned. I knew innocents jailed on trumped up charges, or due to bureaucratic pressure, racism, and laws that punish victimless crimes.

I met new people, and was

I had been

MONTAGE - PRISON LIFE

-- Prisoners endure confinement.

-- Young Peter Cabral organizes in prison yard.

-- Striking prisoners repressed by guards.

PETER CABRAL (V.O.) Entering prison, I had TV and gossip- induced expectations. 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 who saw what I saw. We built our numbers. We shared texts. We corresponded with inmates in other prisons about our experiences and theirs. By 2024, we didn't have much idea what it could achieve, but we called a one-day strike. We were surprised by enormous participation.

YOUNG PETER CABRAL (addresses prisoners) We work at command. We anticipate repression. We earn subsistence. Our every breath is overseen. Why not strike for a living wage? Why not strike to participate in the decisions that affect us? Why not strike to improve our current lives? Why not strike to win changes to prepare for outside by developing citizen-needed habits?

EXT. BALLFIELD - DAY

Interview continues.

PETER CABRAL We challenged the behavior of guards and rules for visiting and for our having books and internet access. We demanded our own classes and sought good wages, conditions, and other rights. It wasn't easy talking with inmates whose mindsets were cautious, hostile, and violent.

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PETER CABRAL (CONT'D)

It wasn’t easy diminishing racial hostility. Nonetheless, our strike spread to other prisons and attracted enormous outside support.

MIGUEL GUEVARA Why couldn’t the prison silence you?

PETER CABRAL It wasn't that the guards couldn't brutalize us into submission. They could, and they did, often. Our success was that we didn't fight back. Our restraint not only won us tremendous support from outside, it 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 but then got back up

over and over.

better. We didn't individually heroically escape our hell only to be repeatedly hauled back. We collectively repeatedly attacked our hell so in the end there would be no hell to haul anyone

back to.

But we took Luke one

MIGUEL GUEVARA Can I ask, do you miss baseball?

PETER CABRAL

In a better world

this one. And you, soccer?

but I was born in

MIGUEL GUEVARA Yes, I miss it, I watch a lot.

EXT. INTERRACIAL NEIGHBORHOOD - DAY

Miguel Guevara walks with NOAM CARMICHAEL, 47, a bit academic-looking, a full time organizer, a Muslim, about his 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 for the change in my situation due to my religion and appearance. I was radicalized by trying to understand and oppose Islamaphobia. Doing so made me

feel one with others.

college my roommate took one look and I could feel his fear. For weeks we worked through that until we became good friends. I would guess that had we not dealt with our tensions he would later have voted for Trump.

When I got to

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NOAM CARMICHAEL (CONT'D)

I learned we had to listen to one another

and work through biases. If we didn't - much less if we 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. There were many such schools focused on society's ills, movement building, vision of what could be, and how to attain the desired future. 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. 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.

first rally or march launching them into activism. But many other stories

featured tears and trauma.

Or, some would tell of a

INT. MODEST AUDITORIUM - DAY

Students and Faculty mill about, then begin session.

TALL FEMALE STUDENT

I was abused as a child, repeatedly raped.

TALL MALE STUDENT

I saw a close friend gunned down. These are his initials tattooed on my arm.

SHORT FEMALE STUDENT

I lost a parent, a friend, and a friend's

parent to drugs and suicide. What caused

it? Them or society?

SHORT MALE STUDENT

I lost my home and lived threadbare. I became addicted but got straight.

EXT. INTERRACIAL NEIGHBORHOOD - DAY

Interview continues while walking amidst city folk.

NOAM CARMICHAEL

Sometimes it was less extreme: I was

bullied, or I was a bully.

cheated, or I cheated. People no one expected to tell such stories said publicly what had earlier been private. The suffering they reported cemented my radical commitments. Their stories made me more of a listener than I had been before. I learned that what went unsaid

was often profoundly important.

I was

MIGUEL GUEVARA How did race impact RPS?

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

EXT. DEMONSTRATION - DAY

Black movement activists and white allies rally.

EXT. INTERRACIAL NEIGHBORHOOD - DAY

Interview continues. Sirens in background.

NOAM CARMICHAEL

Minority communities suffered low-income, little influence, and great danger. But focusing exclusively on race overlooked

other matters.

gender, class, and authority focus, and

vice versa.

We had to add to race, a

MIGUEL GUEVARA

I remember a conflict in which you played

a role. It was who should organize whom?

NOAM CARMICHAEL

I attended an early RPS-sponsored meeting

about an antiracist campaign. Experienced blacks and women rejected having to organize white people or men. The formulation had been repeated so forcefully, so emotively, and for so many years, that it had become virtually unchallengeable.

INT. RPS PLANNING MEETING - DAY

RPS members sitting talking in a meeting.

BLACK WOMAN ACTIVIST It burdens us to expect blacks to combat racism among white folks by educating them or to expect women to combat sexism among men by educating them. White folks and men have to talk to other white folks and men.

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

BLACK WOMAN ACTIVIST Get smarter. Stop thinking I should educate you. Educate yourself and then other whites.

YOUNG NOAM CARMICHAEL

Wait a minute.

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 spend time educating racist white folks.

I also get that doing so is time-

consuming, and demeaning. But I don't see how my agreeing on all that implies

that I should never organize whites about

racism.

follows 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 will my educating whites help the antiracist

cause?

question, then when I am in a better position to organize whites than are

other whites, shouldn't I do it?

I am an activist, I am

Why does that follow?

If it

And if that is the right

Meeting and aftermath proceeds in background.

NOAM CARMICHAEL (V.O.)

I got shouted down, but I didn't fade

away. I knew a great many folks agreed

with what I had said, not least because

they told me so after the meeting.

kept at it. Discussions spread. It wasn’t easy but in time the old viewpoint

altered.

So I

EXT. INTERRACIAL NEIGHBORHOOD - DAY

Walking on street past boarded-up shops, interview continues.

NOAM CARMICHAEL The more I thought about it, the more I felt the main issue was 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 about race and gender than can whites or men.

MIGUEL GUEVARA So the right calculus wasn't how much of a burden it was to do that, but how necessary was doing that?

NOAM CARMICHAEL Yes, and the same held for white activists organizing white working and rural people instead of only urbanites and students.

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

NOAM CARMICHAEL Privilege implies having something you should renounce, but when folks called out white privilege they mentioned safety from abuse, enjoying access and influence, and getting fair treatment. Talking about renouncing white privilege made poor whites think our aim was to take basic things away from them rather than to guarantee to everyone those things and much more.

MIGUEL GUEVARA What about communication issues?

NOAM CARMICHAEL Just preceding RPS, academic leftists felt we were missing nearly incomprehensible ideas that needed to be discovered by way of nearly unreadable texts. So they wrote nearly incomprehensible ideas in unreadable texts. Even if they had merit, which I admit I doubted, they were useless anyhow.

MIGUEL GUEVARA Maybe they just wrote to prop themselves up and make themselves seem worthy with pompous language?

NOAM CARMICHAEL Perhaps, but whatever their reason, the real problem wasn't too few obscure ideas. It was that already known clear ideas were not reaching large audiences. So RPS sought better ways to spread existing insights and vision. We involved ever more people in refining, employing, and implementing thoughts in their own words. We didn't compromise content. We clarified it. We went from activism made obscure by academia to academia renovated by activism.

MIGUEL GUEVARA

I remember another controversy having to

do with issues of solidarity and their implications for being true to one's

views

INT. RPS CLASS - DAY

STUDENTS hear from Young Noam Carmichael wearing an RPS emblazoned shirt.

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.

FEMALE BLACK STUDENT

I don’t want to be subject to the will of racists and sexists. I want to explore my own views, pursue my own agendas, learn from my own mistakes, and benefit

from my own insights.

there is a tension between desires for autonomy and efforts to attain

solidarity. What’s the resolution?

But I get that

YOUNG NOAM CARMICHAEL Over fifty years before RPS this tension was highlighted by Bread and Roses feminists in New England, Black Power activists in the South, and national

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But for movements to operate under their own control and largely unconnected to others was fine in theory, but in practice such choices tended to sacrifice solidarity. Some said, why diminish our overall power with this autonomy fetish? Others said, why subject ourselves to endless hassle from folks who are trying to keep us down or who don't understand our situation? Both concerns were valid.

FEMALE BLACK STUDENT We need autonomy but we also need solidarity. How about having massive coalitions that contain women's organizations and antiracist organizations together fighting 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, their solidarity is seriously limited.

FEMALE LATIN STUDENT Member organizations don't enjoy solidarity for their own full agendas, nor do they offer solidarity to others for anything beyond the coalition focus.

YOUNG NOAM CARMICHAEL Exactly, and that is why RPS proposes groups and projects join a “bloc.” Each group and project retains its autonomy to pursue its own specific program as it decides. But each 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 one or another partner in the bloc, but everyone adopts it all.

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

YOUNG NOAM CARMICHAEL The women's movement has a program 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.

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It receives support from other members. Reciprocally, as a member, it supports other members regarding their programs. Two factors make this hard

FEMALE BLACK STUDENT More like impossible. To join an organization, I would have to decide not only that I liked the organization, but that I liked its bloc too.

FEMALE LATIN STUDENT Organizations would fear this would reduce their membership and even worse, if a bloc includes organizations with contradictory programs, the overall bloc program would have to contain both aspects. That seems ludicrous.

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 members could see the contradictory program components as possibilities that should be explored.

FEMALE LATIN STUDENT Like a good society would do with different proposals

YOUNG NOAM CARMICHAEL Exactly. When one proves better, we chose it, but as long as the choice is uncertain, we keep the contrary aspects in play

FEMALE LATIN STUDENT Groups with a particular agenda reap the benefits of solidarity and, in turn, help others.

INT. UNIVERSITY OFFICE - DAY

Guevara questions BERTRAND DELLINGER, 75, academic-looking.

MIGUEL GUEVARA What’s RPS’s political vision?

INT. AUDITORIUM - NIGHT

YOUNG BERTRAND DELLINGER, 51, physics professor, delivers speech to large AUDIENCE.

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

Points to animation on screen behind him.

YOUNG BERTRAND DELLINGER (CONT'D) It turns out that twenty-five council members is a good choice, since with twenty-five, seven layers can cover even the largest country. Within each council, RPS feels we should seek collective self-management. We should protect and pursue diversity. We should maintain solidaritous feelings and practices by protecting and even promoting dissent. We should get things done without debilitating delays but all should have appropriate influence.

AUDIENCE MEMBER But if everyone influences, we won't elevate the best decision-makers.

YOUNG BERTRAND DELLINGER That seems true until we realize that saying people who are better decision-

makers don't get more say 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, but nor

do we give it undue power.

who is the world's foremost expert in

your desires?

In any case,

AUDIENCE MEMBER

Me?

YOUNG BERTRAND DELLINGER Of course, so ensuring your influence when you are affected respects your expertise. More, 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.

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On the other hand, if experts having disproportionate power is better than informed participation by all affected, dictatorship by a genius is better than democracy for all.

AUDIENCE MEMBER You exaggerate to make the choice go your way.

YOUNG BERTRAND DELLINGER Perhaps, but it makes a point. We have to pick a preferred logic and RPS prefers self-management and a legislative structure that allows everyone to agree that outcomes are reached fairly.

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

YOUNG BERTRAND DELLINGER No, disputes and violations will occur, and to deal with that, RPS says we need a significantly improved court system, plus community-controlled police with balanced job complexes and equitable remuneration, of course.

AUDIENCE MEMBER (outraged) Police? Are you kidding? Fuck that!

YOUNG BERTRAND DELLINGER

I know some are angered by what I 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 it

YOUNG BERTRAND DELLINGER You would fight it, and if you lost, you would justifiably decide RPS was not worth your support.

AUDIENCE MEMBER

You bet I would, which is why I will quit

RPS if it retains its vision.

policing as part of

YOUNG BERTRAND DELLINGER RPS believes a vastly renovated police function is valid, and also that police,

with all their violent faults, are better approached as potential allies than inevitable enemies. In the future, violations of social norms are not all going to magically disappear and dealing with them most effectively and safely requires people with special training and job requirements, not least community involvement and balanced job complexes to enforce their civility. We wouldn’t say people should pilot themselves without special training and responsibilities. We shouldn’t say people should police themselves without special training and responsibilities. So are today's police enemies beyond reason or potential allies

to be organized?

Should we treat police

like vicious animals, or attack the system that denies their better

instincts?

INT. LYDIA'S LIVING ROOM - DAY

Miguel Guevara interviews Lydia Luxemburg.

MIGUEL GUEVARA Lydia, what’s RPS’s kinship vision?

LYDIA LUXEMBURG 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 the pain of losing friends and relatives to premature death. Adults will not all suddenly be equally adept at relating with children. But while it can't eliminate all that, RPS says new kinship can reduce it all and at least end male domination.

INT. CLASS - DAY

Young Lydia Luxemburg teaches class.

YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG

Sexism is enforced by rape and battering but also by the cumulative impact of past sexist experiences on what men and women think, desire, feel, and do, as well as by role differences in home life, and we

need to address all that.

mothers, women produce daughters who, in turn, not only have mothering capacities but want to mother and not father?

What if, as

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And what if, as fathers, men produce sons who not only have fathering capacities but want to father and not mother?

STUDENT Are you saying we should have no mothering versus fathering, just parenting?

YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG Why not? Instead of women doing the nurturing, tending, and cleaning, called mothering, and men doing the decision- based tasks called fathering, both men and women would do a mix of all the tasks called parenting.

INT. LYDIA'S LIVING ROOM - DAY

Interview continues.

MIGUEL GUEVARA How did this belief get beyond the classroom?

LYDIA LUXEMBURG Throughout history, including in our own upbringing, women mothered and men fathered. To change that would put our children’s lives at stake. We would get no do-overs. Nonetheless, first feminists made our own home life more fair, then RPS 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 What about views of family?

LYDIA LUXEMBURG Long before RPS many feminists argued the nuclear family was a problem. Should child care and home-life rest on only one or two biological parents, or involve relatives, friends, and even community members?

MIGUEL GUEVARA You didn’t suggest requiring such things

LYDIA LUXEMBURG RPS rejects legislating how people live but we do urge that chosen patterns should foster gender equity, broaden the care-taking children enjoy, and enlarge children's participation in

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judgements. Children should not only become capable and confident, but unconstrained by narrow feminine or masculine molds.

MIGUEL GUEVARA What about sexuality? And relations among generations?

LYDIA LUXEMBURG No one knows what fully liberated sexuality will provide or all the diverse forms of intergenerational responsibilities adults, children, and elders will share. What sex-gender patterns - monogamous and not, hetero, homo, bi-sexual, or trans? What transformed caregiving institutions - families, schools, and other spaces for children as well as for adults and the elderly. But we do know actors of all ages, genders, and preferences will engage in non-oppressive consensual relations, free from stigma.

MIGUEL GUEVARA What about bringing up children, as a revolutionary?

LYDIA LUXEMBURG Nowadays, with RPS ascendant, a young parent who favors RPS is just honest and open. We give children room to be what they will, and children typically come to favor RPS. But earlier when one was revolutionary against the grain of society and of the child's school and schoolmates, and even the child’s other relatives and culture, things were harder.

MIGUEL GUEVARA How did people deal?

LYDIA LUXEMBURG Some of us put our views upfront and actively tried to convey our hoped for values. Others deemphasized their views to avoid imposing. Way back when I was young, even in the most supportive families most kids knew nearly nothing of their parents deepest desires and beliefs - even what their work entailed, what their hopes were - and that stayed largely true until very recently. And kids reciprocated so we had superficial communication in both directions. Aloof love, you might call it. Even when well- intended it was typically disastrous.

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Just another dimension of life in 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 to motivate activism and spur hope, 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. 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 was way less prevalent than decades earlier, but far from gone.

MONTAGE - RPS CAMPAIGNS

-- RPS daycare facility.

-- RPS teach-in.

BILL HAMPTON In RPS, 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. They were ready to resist.

INT. RPS PLANNING MEETING - DAY

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

From now on all meetings will have at least fifty percent women handling organization and being chair and at least fifty percent women addressing topics raised. If you don't want to comply, that’s fine, but you will have to hold your meeting over unrelenting disruption.

Thank you.

YOUNG BILL HAMPTON But delaying meetings will harm organizing

YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG Don't you see that enabling gender imbalance devastates organizing?

WOMAN ACTIVIST AT MEETING Come on, Lydia. You demand more than we can now usefully accomplish.

YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG We could be ham-handed, so your concern is warranted, but it is not a reason to

accept perpetual hypocrisy and weakness. We must seek solidarity. We must oppose structures, not individuals. We must set standards for everyone, including

ourselves.

event in a feminist manner, we should delay doing it until we can do it properly. Our desire to have public talks or conduct projects has to respect feminism. 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. We don’t assert personal blame. We don’t want apologies. We want structural changes that make overcoming sexism part and parcel of

functioning at all.

If we aren't able to do an

INT. MAYOR'S OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

BILL HAMPTON Previous anti-sexist efforts typically polarized men, and even recalcitrant women. RPS attacked structures, but empathized with men. We organized but didn’t antagonize. In fact, up until fully transforming institutions, that has been RPS's approach regarding overcoming sexism and also racism and classism. Change relations sustainably, mutually supportively, deeply, but change now.

INT. RPS CLASS - DAY

Young Lydia Luxemburg teaches class.

YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG We all become who our roles require us to be. So what roles should we change to prevent men becoming sexist and women accepting sexism?

MALE STUDENT If men earn more, they will dominate.

FEMALE STUDENT If in dating, courting, and raising children, men and women have different roles, they will arrive at different dispositions.

YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG Yes, and in particular, when women do most nurturing and caring and men do most competing and governing, men become thuggish and women become empathetic but also self-denying. Men must do a fair share of nurturing in the movement, society, and families. Women must do a fair share of governing.

EXT. WALKING IN PARK - DAY

Guevara queries Peter Cabral about culture vision. They pass a dog- running section of a 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.

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YOUNG PETER CABRAL (CONT'D)

But we also know that in a competitive environment, religious, racial, ethnic, and national communities often fight one another. We conclude that cultural salvation lies in eliminating racist institutions, dispelling racist ideologies, and changing the environments within which historical communities interrelate. Perhaps the main change is communities should be able to maintain and celebrate difference without fear of subjugation.

STUDENT That’s what guarantees every community can carry on its traditions and self- definitions?

YOUNG PETER CABRAL Exactly. It ensures that the interaction of our many cultures enhances the characteristics of each and provides a richness that no single approach can ever attain. We call it intercommunalism.

EXT. WALKING IN PARK - DAY

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

MIGUEL GUEVARA But is reaching that goal possible?

PETER CABRAL Difficult, yes, which is why until a lengthy history of autonomy and solidarity overcomes suspicion and fear, we need to make it incumbent on more powerful communities to unilaterally de- escalate disputes they have with less powerful communities.

MIGUEL GUEVARA What about violations?

YOUNG PETER CABRAL We will need oversight by an intercommunal legal apparatus specializing in conflict resolution at least until a different historical legacy prevails. But on the road to future harmony, RPS has to prioritize overcoming racist structures and habits.

INT. DEN - DAY

Miguel Guevara questions Andrej Goldman.

MIGUEL GUEVARA Andrej, what about RPS economic vision?

ANDREJ GOLDMAN RPS economics must produce desired goods and services, but also desirable self- management, equity, solidarity, and diversity. Workplace and community councils will give each actor 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 knowledge, and exhausts them. RPS calls the twenty percent the coordinator class and the eighty percent the working class.

INT. RPS CLASS - DAY

Young Andrej Goldman teaches.

YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN We have to eliminate capitalist ownership, but also the coordinator class doing all empowering work. Everyone should own equally but more than that, everyone should do a mix of tasks they are comfortable at, where each person's tasks are comparably empowering.

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 should nevertheless receive a full income, but people who can work should have an income reflecting the duration, intensity, and onerousness of their socially valued labor. I shouldn't be remunerated for anything for which I can't produce outputs others value, but I should be remunerated for socially valuable work. And I should earn more for working longer, more intensely, or at more onerous tasks. That is fair, provides sensible incentives, and conveys 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. Worker and consumer councils enter their desires and steadily update their offers in light of others' offers. Community and industry agencies summarize information. Workers and consumers assess costs and benefits and learn of new jobs and products to self-manage production and consumption in light of personal, social, and environmental costs and benefits and accordingly adapt their offers.

INT. ASSEMBLY HALL - DAY

Young Andrej Goldman on stage hears audience criticism.

MALE AUDIENCE CRITIC Your aims are morally nice but incredibly unreal. Your equitable remuneration seems fair but would not elicit creativity and productivity. Your balanced job complexes and self- management would avoid class division but sacrifice quality. Your participatory planning would involve everyone but squander efficiency. Your views are nonsense on stilts!

YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN Equitable remuneration is morally sound, socially positive, and will also provide appropriate incentives to work harder, longer, or at more onerous tasks producing socially valued products. Balanced jobs and self-management are fair, and they will also unleash otherwise stunted human capacities and eliminate wasteful conflict. Participatory planning not only involves everyone, it will eliminate the motivational and informational ills of markets, the authoritarianism of central planning, and the ecological irrationality of both.

FEMALE AUDIENCE CRITIC So you claim, but why your economic vision and not others from the past?

YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN Unlike some who have gone before, RPS doesn’t exaggerate economics as if it alone is important. We don’t opt for markets or central planning at the

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YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN (CONT'D)

We don’t sacrifice classlessness by denying coordinator/ worker hierarchy and preserving corporate divisions of labor. We don’t overcome the old boss just to elevate a new boss.

FEMALE AUDIENCE CRITIC So is what you seek socialism, but with a twist?

YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN For a long time “socialism” meant mainly no private ownership plus central planning and political authoritarianism. Then for Bernie Sanders and a number of subsequent electoral candidates, “socialism” came to mean New Deal type government intervention on behalf of those in need.

FEMALE AUDIENCE CRITIC Okay, but still, is what you seek “socialism,” but with a twist?

YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN If by “socialism” you mean the first type, our twist is such a huge, basic, transformation that using the same term would be senseless. If by socialism, you mean the second kind, then our twist is a fundamental enlargement and enrichment, getting to the heart of matters rather than stoping at corrective policies without changing underlying institutions.

FEMALE AUDIENCE CRITIC Still, is RPS seeking “socialism” or not?

YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN RPS seeks a goal profoundly different than the first thing “socialism” meant, and profoundly more than the second thing it meant. Nonetheless, some in RPS call our economic aim participatory socialism and try to alter the word “socialism’s” connotations. I call our economic aim participatory economics and our overall aim participatory society to avoid confusion over the word “socialism’s” connotations. But in either case, we all seek the same new system, and that’s what matters.

INT. DEN - DAY

Interview Continues.

MIGUEL GUEVARA Were there objections from inside RPS?

INT. RPS ASSEMBLY HALL - DAY

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

YOUNG ANTON ROCKER

I get that we need full classlessness,

but I think we can't afford to lose coordinators’ potential support. I prefer to offer a less controversial vision closer to current potentials so we don't immediately challenge coordinator

class advantages.

YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN

I agree we shouldn’t write the

coordinator class off. We want lawyers, doctors, and engineers involved. But holding back our full aims is dishonest and, more, it would repel many workers, corrode morale, and risk entrenching coordinator rule. Why can't we tell the truth about what we want and also reach many coordinators without risking workers

feeling jettisoned? Critics' fears that the full vision will cause some coordinators to not relate to RPS are

correct.

believe more coordinator class members will join and classlessness will remain

the goal.

But as each year passed I

INT. LIVING ROOM - DAY

Miguel Guevara questions ANTON ROCKER, 55, writer/organizer.

MIGUEL GUEVARA

Anton, where do we stand regarding new

workplaces?

ANTON ROCKER

I remember a trip to Columbus Ohio. I arrived and was given a tour of an occupied workplace.

INT. WORKPLACE FLOOR - DAY

WORKERS talk with Young Anton Rocker, in work clothes.

STOCKY OHIO WORKER

Our firm was tanking and the owners sold

off its assets.

firm ourselves. Nearly all the managers and engineers left due to thinking that without the owners the firm would

collapse.

We took over to run the

TALL OHIO WORKER In situations like ours, with workers restarting firms, sometimes workers make incomes equitable and institute workplace democracy but ignore job definitions and operate with little change regarding markets. Other times transformation includes balancing jobs and instituting full worker self-management. In the former case, struggle becames a contest between coordinators and workers. In the latter case, struggle becomes 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?

STOCKY OHIO WORKER

I rarely talk about our project with

family and friends. They will do what we are doing 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.

old-style job, giving up having any say and no longer having balanced jobs if I

offered you higher pay?

Would you now take an

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 before their owners cash out?

STOCKY OHIO WORKER (shrugging) 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 hopelessness, but the view came from people who had great hope, at least for themselves.

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Maybe they sought to avoid clashing with relatives and friends, even if clashing could open a path to greater well-being. Whatever its cause, if that approach had persisted, each transformed workplace would be isolated. We had to overcome workers’ reticence to reach out.

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 why 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 that 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 5 million well established RPS small businesses, and another 5 million that will join the RPS count without much more change. And RPS ideas battle for influence in nearly all the rest. We have about 3,000 500-person-or-more RPS- oriented workplaces and another 4,000 undergoing major struggles - and all 20,000 have RPS-style campaigns with growing degrees of council organization. All over society, momentum is now ours. It comes from workers forming into councils, striking, winning gains, and finally occupying and taking over firms, with each step prodding and helping the next.

INT. UNIVERSITY OFFICE - DAY

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 still housed dull drill, extinguished feelings, narrowed visions, and diminished motivations.

INT. UNIVERSITY LECTURE HALL - DAY

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

BERTRAND DELLINGER

(Furious at students)

I can't usefully lecture. You text,

email, watch videos, listen to music, and browse. You click, click, click. You shift focus so habitually you avoid serious, sustained, attention. You aren't multi-taskers. You are flitters.

Why are you even here?

here? If I

it only adds to the electronic doo-dad dynamic of your flitting from thing to

thing.

We are of course all born

ignorant, but you are making yourselves

stupid by your faulty choices.

Why am I even

content to try to reach you,

INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

Family home for holiday flits from media to media.

BERTRAND DELLINGER (V.O.) Immediately pre-RPS, kids would sit on a couch with a tablet, laptop, and phone, and with the TV on, flitting from one to the other. They couldn't focus on things they still were interested in much less give sustained attention to anything new. They celebrated their social ignorance.

INT. UNIVERSITY OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

Party and play. Shop till you drop. Flit from Facebook to Twitter to TV to web site. Hold views based on Tweets. Screw evidence. Know little. Investigate nothing. Learn to bully. And while parents weren't as screen- bound, they were more into gossip and mass culture than anything lasting. We had pervasive social media. News became reason to laugh or scream, but not think. Facebook bred bullying. Short attention spans precluded serious discussion.

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BERTRAND DELLINGER (V.O.) (CONT'D)

Selfies flourished. So did depression. Chief narcissist Trump epitomized the horrible trends. Looking back, it is a wonder RPS emerged.

INT. RPS CLASS - DAY

Young Bertrand Dellinger speaks at RPS gathering.

YOUNG BERTRAND DELLINGER Schools socialize and sometimes transfer lessons and skills but mainly they deliver students suitably packaged for restricted future lives. 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 suited to maintaining dominance over workers below and obeying owners above. Schools that deliver folks ready for those futures don’t under- or over-prepare graduates for their tasks. Graduates aren't the best they could be but pegs fitting slots fixated on the cash nexus, whether viewing it from below or above.

MONTAGE - SCHOOLING

-- Home schooling.

-- Neighborhood school.

BERTRAND DELLINGER (V.O.) Many RPS folks hosted neighborhood schools and initiated summer schools for children as well as for workmates and townsfolk. A few even created new institutions for higher learning. But transforming education is also about battling inside existing schools.

-- Struggles in existing school.

INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

Interview continues.

BERTRAND DELLINGER Public school teachers, community college teachers, and especially grad students at many colleges and universities, were, 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. Minds changed.

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

BERTRAND DELLINGER We realized having education generate confident, capable adults required having a society that needs confident, capable adults. We decided better education required students, teachers, and families seeking better results in their current or new schools while also seeking a new future for society.

MIGUEL GUEVARA Where has it led?

MONTAGE - SCHOOLS

-- RPS gathering in public school at night.

-- Lecture Hall with some police in attendance.

-- Rally outside Board of Education building.

BERTRAND DELLINGER Gains have included vastly increased involvement of communities in schooling and in night-time occupational and community programs in thousands of schools all over the country. Before long, we wondered, why ask permission?

The schools are there. We should just go

in and use them.

would kick us out, but within days we would just go back. Soon we invited police to take and sometimes even teach courses, which did wonders for dimming their ardor for repressing our takeovers and even gained their active support. Reduction of class size and a steady increase in number of teachers was another huge gain. We realized higher education had to become relevant to people's fulfillment rather than to people passively fitting unfulfilling slots in society.

And so we did.

Police

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BERTRAND DELLINGER (CONT'D)

We changed what students had available to read, who they had available to talk with, and what they could attain.

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

INT. CHICAGO SCHOOL OCCUPATION MASS MEETING - DAY

PARENTS meet.

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. We knew it would spread.

INT. LIVING ROOM COMPUTER LEARNING - DAY

KIDS and PARENT learn 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 made lots of kids highly knowledgeable about flaws in their lessons and able to think through evidence and logical connections which in turn put immense pressure on faculty to do better.

EXT. NYU STRIKE - DAY

NYU STUDENT speaks to crowd.

NYU STUDENT We don't want idle discussion. We will chair sessions. We will present ideas. We will convince faculty of new 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.

EXT. COLUMBIA UNIV STRIKE - DAY

COLUMBIA STUDENT addresses crowd.

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

INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

Interview continues.

BERTRAND DELLINGER Campus innovations mirrored and augmented public schools being open to communities. Universities provided programs for local residents as well as research and resources for local activism. RPS said instead of education defending system maintenance, it should propel system change. Instead of squashing most students into passive conformity while making the rest elitist, education should address the real needs and potentials of all students.

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

INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

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

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

BERTRAND DELLINGER The three of you are the highest elected officials in the organization. Senator

of Massachusetts, Governor of California,

and Mayor of New York.

run for President in 2044?

Should one of you

BILL HAMPTON

I hear people talking about that too, but is the topic worth any time?

BERTRAND DELLINGER Of course it is

BILL HAMPTON

I am not so sure.

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 our entering the corrupting arena ourselves? The complications of running for Mayor, much less winning, have been ridiculous in New York. Imagine how entangling and corrupting the complications would be winning the White House. Why not just keep winning more

institutions, more support?

RPS is making

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

BILL HAMPTON

I am not coopted, but I am exhausted.

And I am not sure what overall gain our winning office has achieved. If every RPS person in New York government who is now partly just keeping the current system from unraveling was instead working in grassroots organizing to build our new system, and receptive though less RPS-ish folks were in the positions we hold, would it be a net loss? Avoiding the corrupting pressures of holding power, tallying allies, and especially keeping the old aspects of New York running has been consuming enough. For the White House, the number of people side-tracked from grassroots work would

be vastly greater.

CELIA CURIE But add the extra 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 around the still unaltered parts of society 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 to run for the

Presidency.

BILL HAMPTON But would it undercut popular participation in building and federating councils? Could we focus as much on a candidate as an election would require, and on governing as winning would require, without sacrificing larger aims?

BERTRAND DELLINGER If we field a good candidate we could easily attract ten million full-time volunteers. While campaigning, we would all work harder and with greater outreach, not less hard and more narrowly. We could have massive grass roots funding with no need for big donors. We could win, which would tremendously help every campaign and struggle now underway and more to follow. Then, in office, all of us could work full time, with major resources. Why couldn’t we emphasize and enlarge 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.

trying. I am an actress turned Governor

for my home state.

like Reagan or Trump - a media personality taking office. I don't want

If I won it would be

I would feel a fool

that. RPS doesn't need that.

MALCOLM KING Well, I think RPS does need you.

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. And in office, far from draining already overflowing grassroots energy, we could greatly enlarge and aid

it.

Your

BILL HAMPTON

I worry about the reaction if we win the presidency. I worry about violent coup attempts.

MALCOLM KING If our victory came twenty or even ten years back, I would agree. But we have built so much support, so many workplaces are RPS, so many neighborhoods, churches, local and state governments, military and even police rank and file - we could handle what violence might be tried. After winning the presidency, resistance to RPS would get nowhere, because of how we won, our decades of organization, our widespread, informed, organized support. Okay, we alone can’t decide, of course, but how about we think about telling RPS we think we should run, in whatever order finally makes sense, and we table this discussion for now before it gets even more tortured?

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

INT. OVAL OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

MALCOLM KING So that small gathering was when running became more than pipe dream gossip.

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

MALCOLM KING

I came to believe we might elect an RPS

President, and keep office, whoever it might be, in 2039 during the general

strike.

MONTAGE - GENERAL STRIKE

-- Cities shut down.

-- Plants empty.

-- Stores and malls empty.

-- Streets full of marching workers, police join.

-- Huge State House rallies.

MALCOLM KING You 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. 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.

weren't ready to staff much less rebuild all the agencies and handle much less redefine 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. We realized that we were goin to protect, maintain, and grow participation in rebuilding society we had to win office and change government in an accountable, participatory way, not by charging into office with no plan. We didn't have time to do that by 2040, so it would be 2044, earliest. Until then, and thereafter as well, we had to keep creating new institutions and winning changes in old ones. We had to build popular support and clarity not only for taking over workplaces, schools, hospitals, local agencies, and also the national government, but to then ward off elite attempts at reversing the steps taken.

But what then? We

MIGUEL GUEVARA So you ran to win?

MALCOLM KING We ran to win, yes, but with an absolute commitment that we would not compromise RPS views to seek votes.

MIGUEL GUEVARA When did you begin to think you really would win?

MALCOLM KING You know, we just worked, day after day, not thinking ahead to winning or not, until, for me at least, at the first debate in late September, when vitriol failed and reason prevailed.

INT. PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE - NIGHT

CANDIDATES' make closing statements. Audience responds.

MODERATOR Now, please, closing statements

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 anarchistically aims to overthrow our government, a man who socialistically wants to obliterate our property rights, a man who feminazi-

like threatens to topple society’s family fabric, a man who would cravenly reduce our armaments, armed forces, and police to passivity, a man who would make our country pitifully weak, a man who denies religion, attacks individual creativity, and promotes 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.

remaining time. Take as long as you like to reply. Your words will only deepen the horror our audience already feels at

your vile intentions.

I happily cede to you my

MALCOLM KING

No more to say?

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 guilty. Unlike you, I don't want

to preserve elitist, centralizing, mind- numbingly anti-democratic bureaucratic structures against participation by the American people just to preserve the power of centralizing sycophants like yourself who unaccountably control the destiny of millions. I prefer popular self-management. You decry my socialistically opposing few hands holding productive property, and I again plead guilty. Unlike you, I am not enamored of enriching property holders

beyond the wildest dreams of past kings.

I do not think being born with a deed in

your hand is the highest form of human achievement, or that it is any achievement at all. I reject that people like yourself should own society's rivers, lakes, resources, machinery, and

places of production, much less rule over them like tin-pot dictators. You ought to be aware, however, that you missed a further target to ridicule. I also oppose a relatively small sector of the population monopolizing empowering work.

I want to share that work more equally so everyone is prepared by their work to participate in social decisions.

No more vague, wild

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MALCOLM KING (CONT'D)

Unlike you, I want equitable incomes for all. I want empowering dignified work

for all.

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?

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, because I reject turning back the gender clock 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 scars 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 paranoid 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 society’s 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 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?

I want people able to decide

Because

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MALCOLM KING (CONT'D)

MALCOLM KING (CONT'D)

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 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.

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.

you. Those fringe dwellings are the soup kitchens, apartment buildings, private homes, schools, hospitals, ball fields, theater stages, churches, and workplaces of America. Fringe 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 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 predict that some folks will vote for

you due to fearing make-believe demons that you and your media moguls have manufactured. And I predict some will vote for you to defend their elite interests with no concern for society. But I predict most people see past the confusions and prejudices that have

historically allowed the likes of you to

win office.

was, say, Donald Trump, 28 years ago. 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

I wish I could be a gentleman

with that.

and say it was a pleasure to run against

you.

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 what the country decides.

You say that it

Well, I have some news for

You are about as venal as

But I can't.

It has been a bore,

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MALCOLM KING (CONT'D)

Will it opt for you and your hate and fear, and the 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 is on our

side. Your day is slip-sliding away.

Pandemonium breaks out.

INT. OVAL OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

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

MALCOLM KING

I guess it would show appropriate modesty to say only when the ballots were

counted, but it would be a lie.

for certain we would win at the Houston Rally the second week in October. To have a million people greet us on the streets of Houston, clearly aware of and supporting our program and not just us, was incredible. I looked at Celia, she looked at me, and we both knew the vote would be a landslide.

I knew

EXT. HOUSTON DOWNTOWN - DAY

People wave at motorcade.

MONTAGE - NATIONAL CELEBRATIONS OF ELECTION VICTORY

-- Celebration in NYC.

-- Celebration in Chicago.

-- Celebration in St. Louis.

-- Celebration in San Francisco.

INT. PRESIDENTIAL PRESS BRIEFING ROOM - DAY

Miguel Guevara, now Press Secretary, reports to assembled press.

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

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MIGUEL GUEVARA (CONT'D)

If you will bear with me a minute, I would like to offer a few words before taking your questions. As you know, yesterday President Malcolm King spoke to the UN General Assembly and the world. His speech was simple, emotional, and blunt. It reflected unfolding events and aspirations. For any of you who may have missed it, in the first part he apologized. In the second part he promised. In the third part he celebrated. In the conclusion he embraced.

INT. UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY - DAY

Malcolm King wearing RPS hat 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

for our arms use.

threats, boycotts, and destruction, for massacring native Americans, for slavery and racism, sexism and sexual predation,

for Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and more.

I apologize for

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.

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MIGUEL GUEVARA (CONT'D)

He promised to aid and learn from all those who have already or who will now take up similar aims, as they deem suitable, worldwide.

INT. UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY - DAY

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 task.

INT. BRIEFING ROOM - DAY

Guevara concludes his remarks.

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

EXT. VAST PLAIN - DAY

Yes,

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

“RPS - THE NEXT AMERICAN REVOLUTION”

“FROM A TIME JUST BEYOND TOMORROW, FROM A PLACE CLONED FROM OUR OWN, ACTIVISTS OF THE ORGANIZATION FOR A REVOLUTIONARY PARTICIPATORY SOCIETY HAVE DESCRIBED THEIR SUCCESSFULLY UNFOLDING STRUGGLE TO TRANSFORM THEIR UNITED STATES.

A QUESTION ARISES. WHAT ABOUT OUR TIME, OUR PLACE, OUR UNITED STATES? DO WE WANT IT TO PERSIST AS IT HAS, WITH SOME MODEST CHANGE NOW AND THEN, BUT BASICALLY WITH ITS FEATURES PRESERVED OR EVEN WORSENED? OR DOES RPS’S STORY CAUSE US TO FEEL WE CAN WIN ENLIGHTENED EQUITY RATHER THAN DEADLY DECADENCE? CAN WE NOW SEEK PROMISING POTENTIALS RATHER THAN SUFFER OPPRESSIVE OBSTACLES? TIME HAS COME TODAY, HASN'T IT?”