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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
EXT. VAST OPEN PLAIN - DAY

Scrolling collage of photos of historic actors and events,
and then of interviewees and their events culminates in the
main title and text.

“RPS - THE NEXT AMERICAN REVOLUTION”

“FROM A TIME JUST BEYOND TOMORROW, FROM A PLACE JUST BEYOND
PERCEPTION, HAVING STARTED FROM OUR PRESENT BUT ENJOYING
THEIR OWN FUTURE, MEMBERS OF THEIR ORGANIZATION FOR A
REVOLUTIONARY PARTICIPATORY SOCIETY, RPS, MASSACHUSETTS
SENATOR MALCOLM KING AND HIS RUNNING MATE, CALIFORNIA
GOVERNOR CELIA CURIE, ARE IN 2044 ELECTED U.S. PRESIDENT AND
VICE PRESIDENT, CAPPING TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF CONCEIVING,
ORGANIZING, DEMONSTRATING, STRIKING, OCCUPYING, AND
CREATING.”

“JOURNALIST, MIGUEL GUEVARA, INTERVIEWS DIVERSE PARTICIPANTS
WHO DESCRIBE THEIR EXPERIENCES, EFFORTS, FAILINGS, SUCCESSES,
THOUGHTS, AND LESSONS.”

INT. OVAL OFFICE - DAY

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

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

MALCOLM KING
Elated. Eager. Cautious. Ideas
won. Program won.
2.

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

CELIA CURIE
Vision won. Millions of volunteers
and 100 million voters won. We
rode their wave.

INT. CONVENTION HALL - EVENING

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

MALCOLM KING
Twenty five years ago, in 2019, I
would have deemed this an
impossible dream, but then hope
grew and activism flourished.

INT. OVAL OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

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

CELIA CURIE
(points at portraits)
The art celebrates horrors.

MALCOLM KING
Murderers row. We should
redecorate...

CELIA CURIE
Look forward not back...

MIGUEL GUEVARA
And immediate program?

MALCOLM KING
Hold a constitutional convention to
revamp government. Enlarge the
Supreme Court to reflect society.
Enlarge community building by a
down-sized armed forces. Deliver
prison pardons and renovated
procedures for a new judiciary.

CELIA CURIE
Initiate energy innovations for
ecological balance.
(MORE)
3.

CELIA CURIE (CONT'D)
Escalate workplace take-overs,
neighborhood councils, local,
regional, and national
participatory planning to achieve
equitable economics.

MALCOLM KING
A quarter century journey to 2044.
Each year was notable, with more to
come.

CELIA CURIE
We follow the will of the populace.

MIGUEL GUEVARA
Yes, but surely your role matters.
Do you feel pressure? Fear?

CELIA CURIE
We know our choices can advance
change. Why else run for office?
I feel tense, sure, for the impact
we can have.

MALCOLM KING
If we make ignorant choices we
could seriously slow change, that
possibility haunts me.

CELIA CURIE
Like the doctor’s do no harm
advisory, or the ecologist’s
precautionary principle, we have to
do good but avoid harm. It is not
the most comfortable posture, but
it is our job.

MONTAGE - SCENES OF EARLY RPS

-- Trumpism vs. Anti Trump hostilities

-- Organizers go door to door.

-- RPS teach in.

CELIA CURIE (V.O.)
At our beginning, during Trump’s
Times, friends, workmates, and
relatives often feuded. RPSers
clashed with neighbors. To advance
we had to overcome differences and
raise consciousness.

-- Sit-in at immigrant detention center.
4.

-- Strike at local workplace.

MALCOLM KING (V.O.)
But then, once RPS grew a bit, we
could focus more on making change.

-- RPS community center.

-- RPS daycare program.

CELIA CURIE (V.O.)
And later we grew enough to start
building seeds of a better future.

-- Occupied factory.

MALCOLM KING (V.O.)
We chronicled nightmares but also
envisioned better. We won modest
but escalating victories.

CELIA CURIE (V.O.)
We suffered losses and setbacks but
overall we enjoyed a long steady
march forward to the recent
election.

EXT. NEW YORK TIMES SQUARE - DAY

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

JULIET BERKMAN
...it's Inauguration Day. Time to
fulfill our aims in every state,
city, workplace, and school. Mr.
Mayor, Bill Hampton...

Bill Hampton reaches out and sweeps the audience.

BILL HAMPTON
How incredible is this?

EXT. SKY - DAY (DREAM)

Dreamscape visual of planes dropping parachutes unfolds.

BILL HAMPTON (V.O.)
As a child I suffered nightmares of
big planes filling the sky.
(MORE)
5.

BILL HAMPTON (V.O.) (CONT'D)
Silently, ominously, almost gently,
they dropped massive parachutes,
and beneath each chute, swaying to
a devil's dirge, huge cylindrical,
nuclear coffins drifted down, to
destroy all.

EXT. NEW YORK TIMES SQUARE - DAY

Crowd pensive. Bill Hampton smiles, points all around.

BILL HAMPTON
But my nightmare was then, and this
is now. Your presence announces a
new world dawning.

INT. OVAL OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

MALCOLM KING
We knew rebels and rakes, outcasts,
the gentle, the kind, the poets and
painters, the bricklayers and truck
drivers, saints and sinners too,
all sought celebration.

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

MALCOLM KING
To accommodate, we held events in
most counties in the U.S. We dance
to decades of struggle.

EXT. CENTRAL PARK - DAY

Miguel Guevara queries Juliet Berkman, a sedate and confident
a 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. Friends roused me.
6.

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

JULIET BERKMAN
Partly I feared fascism. Partly I
worried for others. But, it was
natural because I found
conventional success morally
abhorrent and personally repulsive.
I found money vile and instead
sought dignity.

MIGUEL GUEVARA
What were key RPS events for you?

JULIET BERKMAN
The first two RPS conventions and
the campaign for balanced jobs in
2024, and the campaign for the
thirty-hour work week in 2025. But
I also remember a meeting arranged
with workers 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, 23, dressed for street battle, speaks.
Workers boo. Students cheer.

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

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

JULIET BERKMAN (V.O.)
I had to learn empathy. Angry as I
was, that wasn’t easy.

MIGUEL GUEVARA (V.O.)
And the second personal event?

INT. CHURCH - DAY

Respectful Memorial Service.
7.

JULIET BERKMAN (V.O.)
At a memorial service for sixties
civil rights activists, the music
and solidarity transported me until
I literally saw in my head decades
earlier activists 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 real 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.
Win peace. Change everything.

EXT. CENTRAL PARK - DAY

Berkman and Guevara walk past adults playing soccer.

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

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

EXT. WALL STREET - DAY

Young Juliet addresses huge cheering crowd.
8.

JULIET BERKMAN (V.O.)
Yes, and nervous as I was, I even
gave a speech.

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

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 transforming, I would have
laughed. A hundred years, maybe.
Twenty-five? No way.

MIGUEL GUEVARA
You have focused on workers’ lives.
What were some early turning points
in battling class division?

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.

JULIET BERKMAN (V.O.)
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 and I
stood. People nationwide stood.
9.

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 take our
place. Amazonia will meet our
demands. Invade our warehouse, we
will dismantle it. Enter, we will
wreak chaos.

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

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

Police and workers converse here and there.

JULIET BERKMAN (V.O.)
Talking with us diminished police
anger. After a week, United
Package and National Express
workers stopped delivering. Then,
bam. New work hours. Bam. New
payment schemes. But the speed
arguably hid the difficulty. The
workers, their supporters, and me
too, had to overcome our habits and
fears to take the stand we did.
(MORE)
10.

JULIET BERKMAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)
The night before I went I was
petrified. Some people slid into
dissent. They were either
courageous or so aroused they were
oblivious to the risk. But I was
really afraid. For me, to join was
a really big step into a new life.

EXT. HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL - DAY

STUDENTS rally with signs. Many in medical garb.

JULIET BERKMAN (V.O.)
A second turning point was a
campaign to raise Harvard's kitchen
and custodial workers‘ wages.
Activists sought improved work
conditions and higher wages now,
while also debating what incomes
really ought to be in the future.

STUDENT DEMONSTRATOR
Why do those who clean classrooms
earn less than those who lecture
students? Is their work less hard?
Do they work fewer hours? Is their
work more fulfilling? Why do they
get less pay?

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

EXT. NYU LAW SCHOOL - DAY

Rally hears LAW STUDENT with megaphone and cheers.

LAW STUDENT
We harbor bad habits of entitlement
that operate obstructively. We
face intense resistance from many
classmates. Nonetheless, we seek
to be lawyers for people, not for
corporations!
11.

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 theorize
for workers, not owners; for
people, not profits; for the
planet, not plutocrats.

INT. UNIVERSITY OFFICE - DAY

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

ANDREJ GOLDMAN
In college, I memorized equations,
worshipped supply and demand, and
ridiculed government spending. I
learned lots about inflation and
tax rates. I learned nothing about
corporate process. I was an
ignorant self-important guppy
swimming blindly with other
ignorant self-important guppies.

EXT. CAMPUS RALLY - DAY

Students rally against global warming.

ANDREJ GOLDMAN (V.O.)
Then, 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. That ate at me and
finally caused me to participate.

INT. UNIVERSITY OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

MIGUEL GUEVARA
What were some pivotal events for
you?
12.

ANDREJ GOLDMAN
The 2021 Schools for the People
campaign and the 2029 Olympia
Refinery take over particularly
inspired me.

INT. HIGH SCHOOL - NIGHT

PARENTS and TEACHERS confront SCHOOL PRINCIPAL in auditorium.

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

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

FEMALE PARENT
Like teachers want better wages, we
want better access. Principal
Chambers, you say we should go
home. 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 earn
what I pay you. Produce what I
tell you. That's how it works. And
you will move.

STRIKER
We work for our families, our
community, ourselves, not for you.
We will get worthy pay. We will
get respect and a say. That's how
it will be. And we will not
violate ecology and threaten
survival any longer. We will NOT
move. NOT you, your scabs, or
anyone else will refine oil here
again.
(MORE)
13.

STRIKER (CONT'D)
(looks skyward)
Your drones don’t intimidate us.
Your commands don’t move us. Your
wealth doesn’t scare us. Your time
is past. It 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 or get out.

INT. UNIVERSITY OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

ANDREJ GOLDMAN
Back at school, what seemed like a
lifetime but was only years
earlier, I was a young man studying
abysmal economics and 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 them. Make
them retool or fail. Make the NRA
relent or die.

ANDREJ GOLDMAN (V.O.)
This closely followed the 2018
student demonstrations that began
the rollback of gun culture and
propelled so many young people into
their first taste of activism. To
build a weapons boycott, activists
had to reach gun advocates who
disagreed with them.

INT. UNIVERSITY OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.
14.

ANDREJ GOLDMAN
At MIT, we went from opposing gun
violence to resisting militarizing
campus police to opposing all
campus complicity with war, but it
wasn't easy. Some students
believed there were just wars and
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? How can you sensibly
reject focusing research on new
energy sources and needed health
campaigns? Do you want tsunamis,
pestilence, and disease? 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, organized
rallies, and 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
(MORE)
15.

ANDREJ GOLDMAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)
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
then held simultaneous campus-wide
strikes, our confidence soared.

INT. UNIVERSITY OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues. Now with drinks.

MIGUEL GUEVARA
What lessons did you take?

ANDREJ GOLDMAN
I learned why good people often
accept horrible injustices.

INT. DORM ROOM - NIGHT

Young Andrej Goldman, grad student, argues with STUDENT.

STUDENT
The 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 we would reach the
heart of the matter.

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

YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN
Even morally lacking administrators
won’t retain war research when
doing so will cause students and
faculty to close their
institutions.
16.

STUDENT
Maybe not, but even if you
eliminate war research here,
War profiteers will do it
elsewhere. Even if you organize
resistance in many places, they
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
It was like you encountered a jaded
old folks home at the college...
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 we had to
transcend campuses and take on
private corporations. First MIT,
Stanford, and Cal Tech. Then the
spinoffs, NSA, and huge arms
manufacturers.

EXT. AIR CRAFT CORP. - DAY

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

YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN
We want war firms like yours to do
socially desirable work against
global warming and for education
and equity, not war work. We want
Congress to re-assign funds from
military use to produce transit
systems, schools, and hospitals, to
battle global warming, not to build
tanks, bombs, and missile systems.

WEAPONS WORKER
After you put us out of work, how
do I feed my kids? Answer me that!
17.

YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN
Why should you lose your job? Your
workplace can employ you in worthy
production. The rich don’t opt for
war production instead of social
production for technical or
military reasons. They do it
because enlarged social spending
reveals that the government ought
to benefit the whole population.
Enlarged social spending empowers
workers against threats of firing.

WEAPONS WORKER
You expect me to believes 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 also more pay, and
so could all workers, with less or
even no war production. Only
owners would lose which is why they
prefer building missiles and bombs
to ending global warming and
building hospitals and schools.

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, a
charismatic advocate of open carry
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 succumb before
doing much harm. Disarm us, more
will die. You are a blind fool.

YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN
Open carry would unleash hysterical
fear and escalate moderate disputes
into violent catastrophes.
(MORE)
18.

YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN (CONT'D)
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 too is the
only solution. The blood of
innocents will be on your hands.

ANDREJ GOLDMAN (V.O.)
While NRA profiteers drove gun
policy, many grassroots gun and war
advocates just felt social
corruption was irreversible.
Violence was unavoidable. The only
defense was a gun of one's own. To
make headway I had to establish
that society did not have to be a
kill-or-be-killed danger land.

INT. UNIVERSITY OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

MIGUEL GUEVARA
It reminds me of socially suicidal
pronouncements by advocates of coal
and oil.

ANDREJ GOLDMAN
Maybe a little similar, I guess.
Some of the coal and oil advocates
likely felt doom was inevitable, so
why not profit meanwhile, and those
people literally knew there were
alternatives to pursue. They
lacked any remotely ethical excuse,
no matter how confused. 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
castles, while others suffer in the
flooded ruins beyond. Of course we
had to stop that. The RPS task was
to prevent global ecological
disasters while stating social
gains as well.
19.

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 became Mayor of New York
City. What got you going?

EXT. CHURCH - DAY

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

BILL HAMPTON (V.O.)
I joined a sanctuary for immigrants
at a church in San Antonio, Texas.

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 with blood stained batons.
20.

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 and embrace their
tormentors. Hugs diminish space for brutal swings. After a
bit, some deputies relent. Then the sheriff does too.

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 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.

BILL HAMPTON (V.O.)
It was the shortest, longest press
conference ever. Fierce conflict,
horrible losses in prior years.
Sheriffs who didn’t budge. Kids
separated from parents. Activists
beaten and jailed. Epithets and
fear. But San Antonio Sunday broke
the pattern and began the end of
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.
21.

INT. MAYOR'S OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

BILL HAMPTON
Before San Antonio, I hated cops.
To me, my family, and my friends,
cops spelled danger and even death.
Our way to deal with cops was to
imagine fighting fire with fire,
eye to eye, toe to toe - but then
run like hell. The 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, disarm
the police, finally make the police
allies, and the formerly powerful
become weak. Cursing cops
bolstered our feeling violent
toward them. That was emotions in
command. It was trying to feel
good. Seeing cops as people allowed
us to weaken and even disarm them.
That was strategy in command. It
was trying to win.

MIGUEL GUEVARA
How did RPS program first emerge?

BILL HAMPTON
A few years earlier, the Bernie
Sanders campaign had program.
Black Lives Matter at first ignored
program, but then brilliantly
offered it. Massive women's
marches offered program. But,
still, dozens of essays addressed
Trump's Tweeting for every essay
that addressed what to do. Then
Trump escalated deportations and
activists created local sanctuaries
in churches and universities and
even in some private homes, and
program emerged.

INT. CAMPUS CENTER - DAY

Campus center provides housing and protection.

STUDENT ACTIVIST
Our sanctuaries teach and
celebrate.
(MORE)
22.

STUDENT ACTIVIST (CONT'D)
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
college campuses. Then a few NFL
and NBA teams did the same,
creating a mutual aid mindset that
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 denying cabinet members.
We exposed their views, then
proposed progressives for their
posts. We rallied where they
worked, lived, and worshipped. The
cabinet members wanted us driven
off, but how? Tear gas their
neighborhoods?

EXT. POLICE STATION - DAY

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

DEMONSTRATOR ONE
We demand community oversight.
Have prisoners build low-income
housing. Fund it with military and
police budgets.

DEMONSTRATOR TWO
Come to our neighborhood meetings
to discuss how to create safer
communities and end racist
policing.
23.

EXT. MILITARY BASE - DAY

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

BILL HAMPTON (V.O.)
We went to military bases and
police stations and organized. We
listened and proposed. We fought,
but we also made friends. I won't
make believe it was easy. There
was anger and hostility to
overcome, differences to deal with,
but it was the only viable winning
path and we travelled 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 latch
onto one aim. Another project
would equally aggressively latch
onto a different aim. Few strayed
from narrow priorities to embrace a
full program. Activism occurred in
isolated silos. We needed
overarching unity.

INT. ASSEMBLY HALL - NIGHT

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

YOUNG BILL HAMPTON (V.O.)
We must combine campaigns to end
deporting immigrants through local
airports with campaigns to
clean up plumes of toxic waste from
the same airports. Efforts to curb
CO2 emissions must mesh with
efforts to ensure good jobs.
Community centers must have
speakers on women's rights appear
with speakers on wage struggles.
Activists for prison reform must
appear with activists for solar
power.

INT. MAYOR'S OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.
24.

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, all in a web of
mutual aid.

MIGUEL GUEVARA
Bill, what hindered greater 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 drapes the lectern.

YOUNG BILL HAMPTON
Why have we had so much trouble
winning a new society? To win is
desired. To win is needed. Yet so
often we fight and lose.
(turns to Cynthia)
Why?

YOUNG CYNTHIA PARKS
Society debilitates us until we
lack strength to fight well.
Oppression distorts us until we
lose our ability to cooperate and
be strategic. Society’s roles mold
us until we pick up habits that
destroy our unity and clarity.

YOUNG BILL HAMPTON
We fail because we do bad things?

YOUNG CYNTHIA PARKS
Sometimes we get overly aggressive,
other times too passive. We attack
opponents to prove our worth more
than to win a new system. We find
it easier to talk to people we like
and avoid people who disagree. We
obsessively complain. We don't
welcome new participants.
(turns to Bill)
Why do we do these things?
25.

YOUNG BILL HAMPTON
Defeatism crushes us until we doubt
we can win and lose motivation to
seek success. We prioritize
pleasing friends, not winning a new
society. We focus short term, but
not long term. We lack hope and
ridicule vision. We celebrate
professional values. We denigrate
religion, sports, country music,
and fast food.
(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.

YOUNG CYNTHIA PARKS
Some of you may resist admitting
these faults. Some of you may even
hate us for reporting them, but if
everything was already wonderful,
how could we do better? Luckily,
we have plenty to fix.

INT. MAYOR'S OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

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.
Tears happened. People were heard.
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.
26.

INT. LARGE HALL - DAY

Seven ex-SOLDIERS in RPS hats, occupy the stage beneath an
RPS flag.

WHITE SOLDIER
Rejecting weaponry is cowardly and
phony. Did Luke and Han leaflet
the Empire? They blew it up!
Overcoming state violence requires
movement violence. If we reject
weapons, the status quo wins.

BILL HAMPTON (V.O.)
These guys felt marching in with
rifles demonstrated the power of
guns. They had a one-step logic.
You are with us or with the state.

Young Bill Hampton stands, gathers a group, walks up onto the
stage - addresses the SOLDIERS.

YOUNG BILL HAMPTON
Violence would distort our ability
to think straight and is the one
contest the state always wins. We
have to disarm state violence by
making it ineffective. We have to
ensure their using violence against
us always generates more dissent.
So now what will you do with our
disagreement? We clearly aren't
cowardly and phony. We clearly
aren't on the side of the state.
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 dealing with
police though that is crucial. In
a group, one person with a club is
a serious problem. Five people
with guns are a huge problem.

YOUNG BILL HAMPTON
Can we handle police at local
demonstrations?
(MORE)
27.

YOUNG BILL HAMPTON (CONT'D)
Yes, 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, but you can’t make violence
counterproductive for those doing
it if they are beyond reasoning
much less actively trying to damage
RPS. If we were enemies things
could have gone really badly.

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

BLACK SOLDIER
What if that's impossible? Do you
thief just give up and let crazies
mow you down?

YOUNG BILL HAMPTON
Then we would need a few good
people trained to handle crazy
interlopers. We would have to
elect security folks based on their
patient temperament. 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.

BILL HAMPTON (V.O.)
It turned out we were wise to be
cautious. We had a plan ready to
propose 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, ideologically
intractable folks, infiltrators,
and the like. State violence we
thwarted the only way possible, by
organizing.
28.

INT. CYNTHIA'S APARTMENT - EVENING

Miguel Guevara interviews CYNTHIA PARKS, 50 and HARRIET
LENNON, 42, housing organizers. John Lennon with “Imagine”'s
lyrics and Kendrick Lamar posters 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.

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

INT. CYNTHIA PARKS' APARTMENT - EVENING

Interview continues.

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.
29.

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
Come join us. Fight for better
conditions.

NEIGHBOR
Why? You don't stand a chance.
Injustice always wins. Anyhow,
what could I do? How could I
matter? I 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.

CYNTHIA PARKS (V.O.)
For my neighbor to think that
way... I felt it was my fault for
not conveying hope.

INT. CYNTHIA'S APARTMENT - EVENING

Interview continues.

MIGUEL GUEVARA
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 and joined.

INT. LIVING ROOM - DAY

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

HARRIET LENNON (V.O.)
We had two plans. The first was to
visit an apartment complex, hear
about issues and problems, make
tentative suggestions, and help
implement modest gains.
30.

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

MRS. POSNER
For two years climbing the stairs
has devastated my husband and hurt
me too. He worked assembly and his
legs are bad. I have tired lungs.
It never occurred to me to ask
anyone to switch, and no one
offered. In hindsight, why not?

YOUNG HARRIET LENNON
Society twists us so badly that 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.
Then we approached families. We
offered modesty, engagement, and
eager listening.

MONTAGE – APARTMENT ORGANIZING AND GAINS

-- Tenants paint corridors.

-- Apartment food coop meets.

-- Group day care gathers.

-- Collective laundry project.

-- Meeting about drugs.

HARRIET LENNON (V.O.)
Gains residents could themselves
enact like painting corridors
quickly revealed potential.
(MORE)
31.

HARRIET LENNON (V.O.) (CONT'D)
Once we built that trust, we helped
people set up tenants' food co-ops
to reduce costs and time spent
shopping. Then we organized
collective day care and laundry.
People realized sharing could work
and we started holding parties and
hosting group events. New
friendships brightened tenants’
lives. Gaining more trust, we
began addressing drug use and even
sexual harassment and spousal
abuse. For the first time, people
publicly talked about personal
violations and worked together to
reduce them. We had setbacks. It
took time. But this was the
essence of RPS organizing.

INT. CYNTHIA'S APARTMENT - EVENING

Interview continues.

HARRIET LENNON
Beyond helping those with housing
win gains, we wondered how to
provide housing for the homeless.
Who would build the units? Why
would they build them? With what
financing?

EXT. MILITARY BASE - DAY

Young Harriet Lennon talks with soldiers outside 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
You want military bases and prisons
to construct housing?

YOUNG HARRIET LENNON
Yes, and to give soldiers and
inmates, once they leave the
military or prison, first claim on
the houses they helped build.
32.

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 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 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 the hell not? Why assume
indignity is permanent? Why endure
harsh circumstances without seeking
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. I am not
cynical, I am aware.

COLLEGE FRIEND
As a biologist would you assume
cancer was incurable at the outset
of treating it? As an engineer
would you assume a bridge couldn't
span the Hudson River at the outset
of trying to connect cities on
either side? Why assume oppression
is forever? Why assume defeat? Do
you desire failure? Or do you fear
success?
33.

HARRIET LENNON (V.O.)
This ate at me. Did I have an axe
to grind? Did I always see the
social glass half empty? My
roommate turned me from cynic to
optimist.

INT. CYNTHIA'S APARTMENT - EVENING

Interview continues.

MIGUEL GUEVARA
Cynthia, what drew you to RPS?

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

MONTAGE - LIFE

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

-- Family of four living in car.

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

-- Families and organizers fight house eviction.

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

INT. CYNTHIA'S APARTMENT - EVENING

Interview continues.

CYNTHIA PARKS
Housing organizing required
empathizing, raising consciousness,
and building confidence. We paid
close attention to means at hand
and attainable ends.
(MORE)
34.

CYNTHIA PARKS (CONT'D)
We were patient with people but
impatient with institutions. It fit
well with RPS.

MIGUEL GUEVARA
What about personal difficulties
joining RPS?

CYNTHIA PARKS
Activists I first encountered had
lots of education and were
comfortable and confident. They
expected rural folks who looked,
dressed, and talked like me to
defer to them. That could have
driven me off, hurt and angry, but
luckily some folks tried to not
just welcome me but to learn from
my ways of interrelating. My
connections to redneck activists
who used gun culture to reach into
rural communities horrified some
lefties but taught others how to
move beyond passively enduring
class oppression without dismissing
one’s roots.

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 involved and about some of your
early activities?

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

INT. AUDITORIUM - DAY

Young Mark Feynman, in RPS hat, addresses doctors and nurses
in auditorium. Sign: "Welcome to First RPS Convention."

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN
We nurses are here to say we hate
bad health care.
(MORE)
35.

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN (CONT'D)
We want better but we also demand
respect. Allotting excessive power
and income to doctors at the
expense of nurses and other
hospital workers must stop.

MARK FEYNMAN (V.O.)
At the convention we nurses met,
talked, and shared views. 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
hospitals' financial logic. We
learned health workers' attitudes
toward their conditions. We
attracted support and initiated
positive campaigns. But before all
that, at the convention, after
nurses held some sessions, we
invited doctors to attend one.

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

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

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN
(stares at young doctor)
You believe our different tasks
justify our different income and
power because 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
others with empowering work
situations, sincerely believe you
are properly empowered and
rewarded. Many of you really
believe we workers are dumb,
parochial, and should be grateful.
(MORE)
36.

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN (CONT'D)
Many of you really feel we should
join a movement for a new society,
but not make decisions. We should
help you dump the old boss for you
to become the new boss.
(thoughtfully)
And you know what, sometimes we
nurses even doubt that we can
handle empowered work and accept
that we deserve less income and
say. Or sometimes, if we are not
submissive, we furiously want
doctors out of RPS. Even worse, we
sometimes get so angry we get
baited into denigrating 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
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 class issues.
It's probably because our jobs
aren't as successful as most
working class jobs at disempowering
us. We are subordinated like other
workers, but we are less socialized
into accepting our plight. Still,
even once we become aware and
active, we don't want to antagonize
doctors into rejecting change. So
we often put a lid on our feelings.

SHORT DOCTOR
(calls out from audience)
I read progressive media. I don't
see this concern. Is it just you?

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN
You don't expect mainstream media
to question private ownership
(MORE)
37.

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN (CONT'D)
because it would violate the
owners' interests and beliefs.
Similarly, in alternative media,
coordinator class rule gets little
attention because our media is run
by coordinator class members like
you, and they, like you, ignore
these issues.

INT. HOSPITAL OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

MIGUEL GUEVARA
Mark, what pushed you to ever
broader radicalism?

MARK FEYNMAN
The class revelation 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
treat overdoses, obesity,
unemployment, hunger, and
addiction? How often could I abet
overuse of antibiotics and rampant
hospital profiteering and not
become activist, unless I blocked
myself from feeling - which is
actually a prevalent reaction?

EXT. PARK - DAY

Young Mark Feynman and YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG, 73, dressed
like 40, walk. 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. I could fight,
so I turned on to my full feelings
of human solidarity. I could
revolt, so I adopted the militant
radical path of the day. Later,
things got less active. I could
dissent, but if I was to express
the outrage I felt like I did
earlier my acts would be
misunderstood.
(MORE)
38.

YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG (CONT'D)
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. As long as we can
be done before lunch!

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/ For those on welfare or
off, looking in or looking out,
employed or unemployed, alone or in
(MORE)
39.

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

MALE FRIEND
It is dead on, 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,
(MORE)
40.

YOUNGEST LYDIA LUXEMBURG (CONT'D)
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.

YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG
That is what I could feel in the
sixties and through the early
seventies too. Looking back, I
suppose 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
I buried them. With the birth of
RPS, after a long emotional coma, I
became myself again.

INT. HOSPITAL OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

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

EXT. DEMO - DAY

Various rallies culminate in massive Chicago march.

MARK FEYNMAN (V.O.)
We initiated various boycotts of
unhealthy products and their
manufacturers. Then we took up
demands about pharmaceutical
companies courting doctors to write
excessive prescriptions. We took
up single payer health care.
(MORE)
41.

MARK FEYNMAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)
We initiated mass campaigns to
provide excellent health care in
rural and low-income areas and in
the treatment of children in
schools. By 2027 over 200,000 of
us from around the country marched
in Chicago and many more held
strikes and 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 as
boot camp. Strikes and occupations
played a big role, but most
important was ceaseless, informed,
effective, organizing.

INT. HOSPITAL OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

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

INT. HOSPITAL LUNCH ROOM - DAY

Mark and PSYCHIATRIST at lunch argue.

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.

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!
(MORE)
42.

PSYCHIATRIST (CONT'D)
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
class without polarizing folks.

MIGUEL GUEVARA
And what did you conclude?

MARK FEYNMAN
I saw the intense emotional power
and insecurity that drove people to
defend their views of themselves,
and the potential of that
inclination to subvert reason and
even personal history and
connections. I saw a person more
aware than most others 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 approach. I
suspect a lot of people in RPS had
similar experiences, and RPS
history suggests we learned from
them.

MIGUEL GUEVARA
Barbara, as a doctor, were you like
that psychiatrist? How did you
feel about nurses, then, and later?

BARBARA BETHUNE
Then, I disdained and 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. I said I had nurse friends,
not unlike during Jim Crow racism
white folks said they had black
friends.
(MORE)
43.

BARBARA BETHUNE (CONT'D)
I thought nurses should feel
thankful I administered them. Yes,
I could have attacked someone like
Mark for challenging me.

INT. MEETING ROOM - DAY

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

BARBARA BETHUNE (V.O.)
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.

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN
Can you see how your view hides
from you the gigantic volume of
talent stifled to maintain existing
hierarchies?

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

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN
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 are
incapable.

INT. HOSPITAL OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.
44.

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?
Come on. Get serious. It’s
stupidity on steroids. Remove
owners, sure, but leave my people
in charge.

INT. CONVENTION HALL MEETING ROOM - EVENING

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

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

YOUNG BARBARA BETHUNE
For years I have dismissed your
economic vision as silly and
impossible. I didn't evaluate it.
I dismissed it without engaging 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, and having been subjected to
all that, it is no sin to have some
elitist beliefs. What’s hard, and
exemplary, is to jettison such
beliefs after we understand them.

INT. HOSPITAL OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

MIGUEL GUEVARA
Mark, your speech was not long
after Trump’s exit. Was it
connected?
45.

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

MIGUEL GUEVARA
Workers didn’t hate capitalists?

MARK FEYNMAN
You have to realize that we workers
rarely if ever personally
encountered a capitalist. On the
other hand, we often encountered
doctors, lawyers, accountants,
engineers, and others with highly
empowering jobs, elevated status,
and great wealth. We daily served
coordinators. We obeyed them.

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
administered, bossed, 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 by.

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

INT. MEETING IN LARGE ROOM AT CONVENTION - DAY

Young Mark Feynman addresses audience.
46.

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 billionaire who
treated workers with contempt? How
could decades of organizing leave
so many workers susceptible to a
narcissistic reactionary?

AUDIENCE MEMBER
What's complicated? Racism
overrode reason.

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN
For some, sure. But I think
decades of organizing had often
been rooted in coordinator class
connections, assumptions, and
values. It had often had manners,
style, tone, taste, vocabulary, and
policies dismissive of 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
style said they despised us.
Movements talked a lot about owners
and profit but showed no interest
in relations between coordinators
and the working class. Movements
didn't hear workers, didn't respect
workers, and didn't elevate and
follow workers.

INT. HOSPITAL LUNCH ROOM - DAY

Interview continues.

MIGUEL GUEVARA
Barbara, how did you become a
radical doctor?

BARBARA BETHUNE
I went to medical school but became
frustrated. After medical school,
an internship pressured me to jump
ridiculous hurdles and accept that
I shouldn't fight the system. I
could whine to friends away from
work, we all did, but I shouldn't
challenge employers.
(MORE)
47.

BARBARA BETHUNE (CONT'D)
Obeying let me graduate but it also
prepared me to impose similar
insanity on those who came after.
I cared about patients. I had a
soul. But hospital roles undercut
my intentions. To become a doctor
I fulfilled doctor rituals and
defended doctor privileges. I
accepted impositions, bludgeoned
those below, and 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.

BARBARA BETHUNE (V.O.)
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. It educates recruits to
ask no questions. It removes
social and moral resistance. It
graduates soldiers ready to blindly
fulfill their roles.

INT. HOSPITAL LUNCH ROOM - DAY

Interview continues.

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.
(MORE)
48.

BARBARA BETHUNE (CONT'D)
Who denigrate nurses and exclude
them from medical decisions at the
expense of patient well being. Who
defend incredibly inflated incomes
by keeping down the number of
doctors via excessively
exclusionary medical school
practices. I became curious so I
looked and found similar dynamics
for lawyers...

MIGUEL GUEVARA
Becoming a lawyer was also like
basic training?

BARBARA BETHUNE
Yes, and not just doctors and
lawyers. Training for all
empowered professions conveys
skills, knowledge, and confidence,
but also ensures that recipients
mostly use their knowledge on
behalf of themselves and those
above.

MIGUEL GUEVARA
But surely doctors 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 deliver medicine to the sick if
the sick can pay and if treating
them won’t disrupt hospital
hierarchies. We don’t address the
underlying causes of sickness and
we defend existing relations. Role
structures in hospitals, like in
churches, law firms, courts,
corporate board rooms, state
houses, and political parties
induce going along to get along.
Escaping one's role seems
impossible. Complying with one's
role morphs from something we
initially do under duress, to who
we are. Benefiting from a monopoly
on empowering work blinds us to our
arrogance. Someone who retains
sufficient humanity to resist seems
saint-like or crazy.
49.

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 for.
Habit and fear gave way to
innovation and hope.

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,
agitating for more responsible food
policies, and agitating for more
healthful ecological policies and
work conditions. There was no
shortage of issues.

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.

BARBARA BETHUNE (V.O.)
The practices we unearthed were
nauseating, but we were even more
shocked to discover that most
people found grotesque medical
malfeasance unsurprising. We
realized we mainly needed to
(MORE)
50.

BARBARA BETHUNE (V.O.) (CONT'D)
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 that
primarily enriched the professional
overseers of medicine. Those
addicted to opioids fought
pharmaceutical drug dealing.
Everyone fought the overuse of
antibiotics that risked pandemics.

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.

BARBARA BETHUNE (V.O.)
My other focus was challenging
elitist dynamics inside hospitals
and health care generally. Racism
and sexism had been addressed with
considerable progress, but class
division had barely been addressed
at all. We got people to talk at
meetings. We sought greater
income, more influence, and access
to more skills for nurses.

YOUNG BARBARA BETHUNE
(militantly)
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. GOVERNOR'S OFFICE - DAY

Miguel Guevara interviews Governor Celia Curie in her office.
Hollywood memorabilia visible.
51.

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

CELIA CURIE
My uncle raped me when I was
fifteen. I didn't tell anyone. I
was afraid and thought it was my
fault. My father's brother did it.
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
went deeply into the subject and
became indebted to many feminist
writers who saved my life and
opened my door to radicalism.
Horrors like being raped, watching
a loved one killed, jailed, or torn
apart by unemployment, alcohol, or
drugs dominates many peoples' early
memories. It can cripple. But it
can also educate and inspire. I
had difficulty escaping my dark
times not least because every year
since, I saw reminders.

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

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.

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

YOUNG CELIA CURIE
We should reach out to other people
in our artistic communities to join
RPS.
(MORE)
52.

YOUNG CELIA CURIE (CONT'D)
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.

CELIA CURIE (V.O.)
It started with eleven people. We
got less curious about our fellow
actors' sex lives and more curious
about ideas. Joining RPS was like
deciding to relate to a film. Read
text. Assess participants.
Evaluate aims. Join or not.

EXT. PARK - DAY

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

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

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

YOUNG CELIA CURIE
We are talking and talking matters.
But I understand we need activities
beyond talking to relate to. So
help us come up with some.

INT. GOVERNOR'S OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

CELIA CURIE
Like everyone, the roles I occupied
in society largely determined who I
was by the requirements they
imposed on me. However, after
joining RPS, though the daily
pressures of my situations,
contracts, media machinations, and
people's expectations still pushed
and pulled me, now I was part of
RPS and that became who I was at a
more basic level than the rest.
53.

MIGUEL GUEVARA
Didn't obstacles intimidate you?

CELIA CURIE
I don't know how to explain our
reaction to obstacles other than to
say it wasn't a time to hesitate.
We had to agitate to make the
change we wanted. We feared high
water everywhere. The earlier rise
of feminist and anti-racist demands
among actors spurred our can-do
mindset.

MIGUEL GUEVARA
So what emerged?

CELIA CURIE
First, we assembled courses about
current society, vision, and
addressing possibilities of the
film industry. Actors have to
study and learn a lot to perform,
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
in time we went from us appearing
crazy to those defending old ways
appearing greedy. Third, we
pressured local media producers to
give space and tools to grassroots
participants and we created short
films and later some full-length
ones promoting RPS ideas and
program. This was in our
wheelhouse.

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

INT. ACTOR'S OPULENT LIVING ROOM - DAY

Eleven ACTORS meet.

CELIA CURIE (V.O.)
We met at a famous actor's house.
54.

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

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

INT. GOVERNOR'S OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

MIGUEL GUEVARA
What opposition did you face?

CELIA CURIE
The biggest obstacle was artists'
incredible elitism.

INT. MOVIE SET - DAY

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

TALL ACTOR
We are not like other workers. We
should enjoy incomes commensurate
to our talent. Balanced jobs would
only sap our focus. We are
special.

YOUNG CELIA CURIE
Artists are creative 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 the
population should do only
empowering work and eighty percent
should do only disempowering work.

TALL ACTOR
Yes, it says that, and why not?
Doing rote work would cut into our
creativity. Why lose that?
55.

YOUNG CELIA CURIE
Yes, doing a fair mix of empowering
and rote tasks will reduce 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 plan it. The public likes
it or not. We know what’s
creative, what we can do, how we
can do it. Negotiating art would
mean I do what others decide. That
would end art.

YOUNG CELIA CURIE
Workers and consumers self-managing
doesn't mean the public decides
what goes in a novel, play, or
film, any more than it means the
public decides what research a
scientist does, or how an architect
designs a building. The public
decides, in cooperation with
producers, what benefits society.

TALL ACTOR
What if they don't want what we do?
No more films?

YOUNG CELIA CURIE
If the public wants no films,
creating films wouldn't count as
socially valued work. If the
public wants few films, the number
of actors would be accordingly low.
The same applies to music, novels,
engineering, and medicine. But the
public doesn't have to appreciate
every film, painting, song,
performance, construction method,
or research project to know it
wants society to have art,
engineering, and science. The
informed public, with each person
doing a fair share of empowering
tasks and enjoying good education,
in sum settles on how much they
want. That determines the amount
art workers can produce for income.
Art workers then decide what to
create and how.
56.

TALL ACTOR
But still, not everyone is equally
creative, writes equally, can make
a character in a play real, can
convey emotions and passion on
screen, or in text, or music, or a
painting, for that matter. Not
everyone is equally smart, fast, or
strong either. People are born
different.

YOUNG CELIA CURIE
Yes, 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 accept and celebrate talent
differences, why try to level us by
having everyone do a fair share of
rote tasks?

YOUNG CELIA CURIE
I recognize that virtually all
human qualities come in different
ranges, but that doesn’t lead me to
conclude that only a relative few
people should do engaging,
uplifting, empowering tasks. I
celebrate inborn differences but
that doesn’t cause me to think we
should shower those born having
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.
57.

YOUNG CELIA CURIE
First, current differences in
income don’t mainly reflect
different talent but past power and
luck. But more, providing rewards
for excelling is neither necessary
or just. Celebrate excellence but
advance material equity and social
solidarity as well. Admire genius
but also foster participation.

INT. GOVERNOR'S OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

MIGUEL GUEVARA
How will RPS success 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 not
excessively enrich them.

MIGUEL GUEVARA
Will there be as high creativity as
now?

CELIA CURIE
I would guess there will be less
hugely expensive special effects
and less parading the exaggerated
psyches and mayhem of murderers,
but more creativity. However I
think high levels of excellent art
will not be our only criteria of
judgement.

INT. CLASSROOM - DAY

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

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN
Consider a non-artistic situation.
Suppose you produce shirts.
(MORE)
58.

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN (CONT'D)
Should you only maximize the
quality and quantity of shirts that
come out your door?

BALD ACTOR
Sure, of course.

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN
So you would work people to death
and dump them in an alley while
calling in replacements? You would
produce more shirts than people
want? You would produce only
exotic, fancy shirts?

BALD ACTOR
Okay, no, I would take into account
those working, 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 go to
waste or impose too much hardship
on those involved or require too
many resources, or generate too
much pollution. Still, people in
each industry will be able to
provide more, and the public able
to benefit more, because the whole
population will have its creative
potentials nurtured and supported.
And what’s true for shirt-making is
also true for films.

BALD ACTOR
I still worry about a decline of
art, and, yes, doctoring,
engineering, and ecological
research. 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. You
are right about that much.
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59.

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN (CONT'D)
Nor will we all be geniuses at a
particular thing. That too is
true. But eighty percent aren't
born to be menial. Not being best
doesn't imply you can't contribute
at all. If one hundred children
enjoy all 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 do other things?

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, so you assert it. You’re
kidding yourself.

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN
Whatever our inborn differences,
the overriding fact is that society
represses and oppresses eighty
percent into seeming ill-equipped
for empowering involvement.
Sufficient creativity to
participate isn't genetically
missing. Society's pliers crush it
out of us.

BALD ACTOR
Saying it doesn’t make it so. I
want to fly, but I don't say I can.
I would like to be sufficiently
musical to be a composer, but
wanting it doesn’t cause it.

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN
It wasn't that 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.
(MORE)
60.

YOUNG MARK FEYNMAN (CONT'D)
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 become what we do
and when our group transcended
liberalism, I did too. Thinking
about kids also affected me. What
should I say to kids about right
and wrong? Each good answer I
offered pushed me as much as them.
But I think the main thing was that
folks in RPS learned to disagree
without taking for granted they
were right. Increasingly RPS
members didn't reflexively defend
past views. As often as not, we
wanted to discover we were wrong so
progress could happen. 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. We
based our image of ourselves on our
readiness to change, not on our
staying unchanged. Conversations
happened. Accommodations occurred.
Truth trumped one-upsmanship.
Unity emerged.

MIGUEL GUEVARA
When did you begin to feel the
struggle was assured of victory?
61.

CELIA CURIE
I first had that feeling making our
first RPS movie. It was way more
radical than most film screenplays.
It was not a technical
extravaganza, not a thriller, not a
mystery, not an exploration of
murder and mayhem, not a
celebration of psychosis, not a
requited or unrequited love story,
not a cartoon, not a comedy. It
wasn't horror, dystopian, or
utopian. It wasn't about aliens
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. It wasn’t a remake, sequel,
or prequel. It fit no template.
Even worse for attracting film
industry interest, it had no 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
convention 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.

MONTAGE - ACTORS' MARCHES

-- Actors march in LA.

-- Directors attend neighborhood meetings in LA.

-- Stunt people march in NYC.
62.

-- 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, Denver,
Houston, Nashville, Miami, Atlanta,
Seattle, San Francisco, Detroit,
and Cleveland.

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 by our society's
standards, 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
At a young age 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.
I benefited materially but also
psychologically because I got
confidence and style.
(MORE)
63.

CELIA CURIE (CONT'D)
But my personality warped and I got
mired in feelings of entitlement
and suffered guilt.

MIGUEL GUEVARA
And later?

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 from my preteens,
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. Transcending that requires
help but who can you trust? We
should eliminate beauty-based
objectification and exploitation,
but also reward and wealth.
(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.
(MORE)
64.

CELIA CURIE (CONT'D)
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 looks an added
dimension, but any special quality
conveys advantages, pressures,
options, rewards, and costs. So I
think in a new society being lucky
or unlucky in the genetic lottery
should not convey material
advantage, greater say in society,
or freedom from responsibility.
But nor should it impose denials or
abuse.

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. I hated 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.

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
Vietnamese and Mississippi Blacks,
than with people in suburbia.
(MORE)
65.

LYDIA LUXEMBURG (CONT'D)
The sixties had birthed a set of
communal rather than loner
attitudes and desires. I found the
wealth and power we were supposed
to sell out for personally
repulsive. I found activism
personally attractive. Imagine a
vegetarian offered a year’s supply
of steaks to ignore the hunger
others were suffering. However
much she was moved by concern for
the plight of others, the bribe was
actually no bribe at all. So truth
be told, I did grab what I wanted.

MIGUEL GUEVARA
When RPS was emerging, you were
seventy 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
tormented by how many lives were
diminished by radicals like me 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 while blurring
others. I saw gender permeating
workplaces but I didn't see class
and race permeating families.
RPS's holistic demand to highlight
all defining parts of life felt
purist. I feared if we didn't
elevate kinship above all else,
sexist men would peripheralize
women. Later I realized RPS was
adding more focuses, but not
diminishing mine.

INT. AUDITORIUM - NIGHT

Young Lydia Luxembourg speaks to audience.

YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG
Economics affects politics, race,
and gender.
(MORE)
66.

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 a particular side
of life risks missing much about
other sides.

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

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

AUDIENCE MEMBER
Surely we can avoid that.

YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG
Can we? Have we? Imagine we have
a slippery, heavy object to move.
Various teams prepare to grab hold.
Each team has a part of the whole
that it most wants to move and can
tug better than it can tug any
other part. Each team grabs its
part without noticing or even
dismissing or denigrating what the
other teams are doing. Instead of
all the teams moving all the parts
in concert, and the whole object
going where they intend, the teams
pull and push at odds with
each other and the whole object
moves a bit here and a bit there,
but never far in any direction.

INT. LYDIA'S LIVING ROOM - DAY

Interview continues.

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

LYDIA LUXEMBURG
To be in an economy, you have to
work, buy, and sell.
(MORE)
67.

LYDIA LUXEMBURG (CONT'D)
To be in a religion, you have to
relate to its church or other
structures. To be in a family, you
have to be a mother, father,
brother, or sister. 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, or a mayor, 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 become what
we do until we resist. It is true
in a corporation, family, mall,
church, prison, government,
military, or criminal cartel.

INT. CLASSROOM - DAY

Young Lydia Luxemburg teaches a class.

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

INT. GLASS FACTORY - DAY

Young Lydia Luxemburg talks with a group of WORKERS.

LYDIA LUXEMBURG (V.O.)
Early in RPS I visited a worker-run
glass factory in Cleveland.
Workers bemoaned their new
circumstances deteriorating back
toward what they earlier knew.
68.

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.
It feels like there is no
alternative to enduring the
drudgery and poverty we thought we
were escaping.

ASIAN GLASS WORKER
Before he left, a manager called me
naive. He told me that the
inequalities and hierarchies I
opposed were part of being human.
He said, “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
It isn't human nature that is
bringing back old ills. It is an
unchanged division of labor. You
all grew up in working class homes
and neighborhoods. You all had
little formal education. Upon
occupying your factory, most of you
wound up with assembly work while a
few wound up with daily decision-
making and other empowering tasks.
You all thought that was how things
had to be to get work done.
(MORE)
69.

YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG (CONT'D)
But it was actually a particular
choice. Some of you became rulers
while others remained ruled. Some
became coordinators while others
remained workers. It wasn't
written in your DNA. It flowed
from retaining old roles. Folks
with empowering tasks, as time
passes, see themselves as deserving
more income and better conditions.
Folks with disempowering tasks, as
time passes, become resigned to
less income and worse conditions.
The old crap returns.

INT. LYDIA'S LIVING ROOM - DAY

Interview continues.

LYDIA LUXEMBURG
The analysis wasn't rocket science.
Activists didn't need a whole new
vocabulary and years of study to
see the situation. It was simple
but, instructively, its simplicity
ran afoul of Left academics.

MIGUEL GUEVARA
Come on. They didn't like that it
was simple? That can’t be.

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

MIGUEL GUEVARA
Left academics didn't like
spreading skills?

LYDIA LUXEMBURG
They didn't like our criticizing
their monopolizing empowering work
(MORE)
70.

LYDIA LUXEMBURG (CONT'D)
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 will 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
A drive-by shooting killed a friend
of mine. Another friend shot
others in some feuds before he was
shot. I lived with needles and
guns. Gangs promised income and
protected. After my friend died, I
visited relatives, 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 I previously
ignored became reality I lived. I
could accept my lot as a 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.
71.

EXT. PRISON YARD - DAY

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

PETER CABRAL (V.O.)
I attended a meeting in the prison
yard with a friend. I met new
people, and was provoked. I went
to another meeting. It took time
to undo old biases.

EXT. BALLFIELD - DAY

Interview continues.

PETER CABRAL
I had been arrested on trumped up
charges and after six years my
incarceration was overturned. I
knew innocents jailed on trumped up
charges, and due to bureaucratic
pressure, racism, and laws that
punish victimless crimes.

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 discussed theirs.
By 2024, we didn't have much idea
what it could achieve, but we
called a one-day strike. The
turnout was enormous.

YOUNG PETER CABRAL
(addresses prisoners)
We work at command. We anticipate
repression. We earn subsistence.
(MORE)
72.

YOUNG PETER CABRAL (CONT'D)
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, rules for visiting, and for
having books and internet access.
We demanded to conduct our own
classes and we sought good wages,
conditions, and other rights. It
wasn't easy talking with hardened
inmates whose mindsets were often
cautious, hostile, and violent. 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
We were hard to repress. 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.
And we took Luke one 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 nothing to haul anyone back to.
73.

EXT. INTERRACIAL NEIGHBORHOOD - DAY

Miguel Guevara walks with NOAM CARMICHAEL, 47, a bit academic-
looking, full time organizer, 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, not one
against others. When I got to
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. And so I learned
we had to listen to one another and
work through confusions and biases.
If we didn't talk - much less if we
dismissed and denigrated one
another - we would become enemies.

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

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

INT. MODEST AUDITORIUM - DAY

Students and Faculty mill about, then begin session.

NOAM CARMICHAEL (V.O.)
There were many such schools.
Sometimes on a campus, sometimes in
a workplace, sometimes in an
apartment complex.
(MORE)
74.

NOAM CARMICHAEL (V.O.) (CONT'D)
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. Or, some would tell of a
first rally or march opening their
views and launching them into
activism. But many other stories
featured tears and trauma.

TALL FEMALE STUDENT
I was abused as a child, 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.

NOAM CARMICHAEL (V.O.)
Sometimes it was less extreme: I
was bullied, or I was a bully. I
was cheated, or I cheated. People
no one expected to tell such
stories said publicly what had
earlier been private. The
suffering they reported cemented my
radical commitments. Their stories
made me more of a listener than I
had been before.
(MORE)
75.

NOAM CARMICHAEL (V.O.) (CONT'D)
I learned what went unsaid was
often profoundly important.

EXT. INTERRACIAL NEIGHBORHOOD - DAY

Interview continues while walking amidst city folk.

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.

NOAM CARMICHAEL (V.O.)
Minority communities suffered low-
income, little influence, and great
danger. But focusing exclusively
on race overlooked other matters.
We had to add to race, a gender,
class, and authority focus, and
vice versa.

EXT. INTERRACIAL NEIGHBORHOOD - DAY

Interview continues. Sirens in background.

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.

INT. RPS PLANNING MEETING - DAY

Debate rages.
76.

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.

NOAM CARMICHAEL (V.O.)
This formulation had been repeated
so forcefully, so emotively, and
for so many years, that it had
become virtually unchallengeable.

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. I am an activist, I
am antiracist, I am black, and I am
experienced. I get that in a
wonderful world I wouldn't have to
worry about educating anyone about
racism, much less 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. Why
does that follow? If that 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?
And if that is the right question,
then when I am in a better position
to organize whites than are other
whites, shouldn't I do it?
77.

Meeting and aftermath proceeds in background.

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

EXT. INTERRACIAL NEIGHBORHOOD - DAY

Walking on street past boarded-up shops.

NOAM CARMICHAEL
The more I thought about it, the
more I felt the main issue was did
we believe we could win? Were
we trying to 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.

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
(MORE)
78.

NOAM CARMICHAEL (CONT'D)
getting fair treatment and so
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 looked back and seeing no
lasting revolutionary gains seemed
to think past failings meant we
were missing hugely difficult ideas
that needed to be discovered by way
of very nearly unreadable texts.

MIGUEL GUEVARA
Or maybe they just propped
themselves up and made themselves
seem worthy with pompous language?

NOAM CARMICHAEL
Perhaps, but in either case, the
problem wasn't too few obscure
ideas. It was known clear ideas
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 new thoughts in their
own words. We didn't compromise
content. We clarified it. We went
from activism ruled 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
(MORE)
79.

YOUNG NOAM CARMICHAEL (CONT'D)
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/sexists. I want to
explore my own views, pursue my own
agendas, learn from my own
mistakes, and benefit from my own
insights. But I get that there is
a tension between desires for
autonomy and efforts to attain
solidarity. What’s the resolution?

YOUNG NOAM CARMICHAEL
Over fifty years before RPS this
tension was highlighted by Bread
and Roses feminists in New England
and Black Power activists in the
South and in Sixties national
groups like the Black Panthers and
the Young Lords. Women, blacks,
and Latinos were tired of expending
excessive time and energy dealing
with male or white complaints. For
movements to operate under their
own control and largely unconnected
to others was fine in theory, but
as your question intimates, 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 with folks who are trying to
keep us down or who don't
understand our situation?

FEMALE BLACK STUDENT
We need autonomy but we also need
solidarity. How about having
massive coalitions that contain
women's organizations and
antiracist organizations fighting
global warming?

YOUNG NOAM CARMICHAEL
The problem is, while coalitions
don't prevent a women's or anti-
racist organization from operating
(MORE)
80.

YOUNG NOAM CARMICHAEL (CONT'D)
autonomously, and while they allow
solidarity around whatever is the
unifying issue of the coalition,
their solidarity is too 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
Which 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. It
receives support from the 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 that’s in a bloc, I
would have to decide not only that
I liked the organization, but that
I liked the bloc too.
(MORE)
81.

FEMALE BLACK STUDENT (CONT'D)
Organizations would fear this would
reduce their membership.

FEMALE LATIN STUDENT
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. And 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.

FEMALE BLACK STUDENT
Can that really work, for movements
and for society?

INT. CHURCH - DAY

Guevara questions BERTRAND DELLINGER, 75, academic-looking.

MIGUEL GUEVARA
Bertrand, what’s RPS’s political
vision?

INT. AUDITORIUM - NIGHT

YOUNG BERTRAND DELLINGER, 51, physics professor, delivers
speech to large AUDIENCE.
82.

YOUNG BERTRAND DELLINGER
RPS recognizes that political
activity includes legislation,
adjudication, and collective
implementation of shared program.
Polity should generate fair
outcomes and produce collective
self-management for all. We take
grassroots mechanisms that
activists often form as our
starting place by seeking to have
every adult in society in local
assemblies, with some in turn
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 has influence, we
won't have the best decision-makers
in charge.

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

AUDIENCE MEMBER
Me?
83.

YOUNG BERTRAND DELLINGER
Of course, so ensuring your
influence when you are affected is
part of ensuring that we respect
expertise. Additionally, 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. 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
legislative structure that allows
everyone to agree 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...
84.

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
policing as part of its vision.

YOUNG BERTRAND DELLINGER
Okay, but are today's police
enemies beyond reason or potential
allies to be organized? Should we
treat police like vicious animals,
or recruit them? 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 and responsibility.
We wouldn’t say people should pilot
themselves as volunteers and
without special training and
responsibilities. We shouldn’t say
people should police themselves
without special training and
responsibilities.

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.
(MORE)
85.

LYDIA LUXEMBURG (CONT'D)
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. What if, as mothers, women
produce daughters who, in turn, not
only have mothering capacities but
want to mother and not father? And
what if, as fathers, men produce
sons who not only have fathering
capacities but want to father and
not mother?

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

YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG
Exactly. 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?
86.

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
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.
(MORE)
87.

LYDIA LUXEMBURG (CONT'D)
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 when one is revolutionary
against the grain of society and of
the child's school and schoolmates,
and even the child’s other
relatives, and culture, things are
much 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. Superficial
communication in both directions.
Aloof love, I guess, you might call
it. Even when well-intended it was
typically disastrous. Just another
dimension of life in pre-RPS
society, particularly in developed
capitalist, consumerist society,
that will die unmourned.
88.

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 wasn't as prevalent as five
decades earlier, but the battle
wasn't fully won.

MONTAGE - RPS CAMPAIGNS

-- RPS daycare facility.

-- RPS teach-in.

BILL HAMPTON (V.O.)
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.
89.

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... Thank you.
(Bill sits.)
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.

YOUNG BILL HAMPTON
Aren't you worried that delaying
meetings to fulfill gender norms
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 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 address
structures, not individuals. We
must set standards for everyone,
including ourselves. I agree, but
if we aren't able to do an event in
a feminist manner, we should delay
doing it until we get ourselves
ready to 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.
(MORE)
90.

YOUNG LYDIA LUXEMBURG (CONT'D)
We want structural changes that
make overcoming sexism part and
parcel of functioning at all.

BILL HAMPTON (V.O.)
Previous anti-sexist efforts
typically polarized men, and even
recalcitrant women, entrenching
opposition. RPS attacked
structures, but empathized with
men. We organized but didn’t
antagonize. Do better, or don't
operate. In fact, up until fully
transforming institutions, that has
been RPS's approach regarding
overcoming sexism and also racism
and classism. Change sustainably,
change mutually supportively,
change 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.
91.

EXT. WALKING IN PARK - DAY

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

MIGUEL GUEVARA
Peter, what about culture vision?

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

INT. CLASS - DAY

Young Peter Cabral teaches class.

YOUNG PETER CABRAL
We know from history that cultural
beliefs and habits give people a
sense of who they are and where
they come from. But we also know
that in a competitive 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 you call
intercommunalism? That’s what
guarantees that every community can
carry on its traditions, languages,
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.
92.

EXT. WALKING IN PARK - DAY

Interview continues, walking by pond, ice cream truck in
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. Intercommunalist
relations will have to be
constructed, step by step, until a
different historical legacy
prevails. Nor will it always be
easy to decide what communities
should have for their reproduction,
or what constitutes unwarranted
interference. But short of future
harmony, we know 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.
(MORE)
93.

ANDREJ GOLDMAN (CONT'D)
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
dominant twenty percent the
coordinator class and the
subordinate 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 essential indicators of
people's preferences.
94.

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 would not
elicit quality. Your participatory
planning would involve everyone but
would not elicit efficiency. Your
views are pie-eyed 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.
(MORE)
95.

YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN (CONT'D)
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,
we don’t exaggerate economics as if
it alone is important. We don’t
opt for markets or central planning
at the expense of solidarity, self
management, and ecology. 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
also central planning and political
authoritarianism. With Bernie
Sanders and a number of subsequent
electoral candidates, “socialism”
meant mainly 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.
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96.

YOUNG ANDREJ GOLDMAN (CONT'D)
If by socialism, you mean the
second kind, then our twist is a
fundamental enlargement and
enrichment, to get to the heart of
matters rather than stop at
corrective policies without
changing underlying institutions.

FEMALE AUDIENCE CRITIC
I get all that, but 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.
97.

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?

ANDREJ GOLDMAN (V.O.)
Critics' fears that the full vision
would cause some coordinators to
not relate to RPS were correct.
But as each year passed more
coordinator class members joined.
Workers lead. Coordinators joined.
Classlessness remained the goal.

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 outfit.

STOCKY OHIO WORKER
Our firm was tanking and the owners
sold off its assets. We took over
to run the firm ourselves. Nearly
all the managers and engineers left
due to thinking that without the
owners the firm would collapse.
98.

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

YOUNG ANTON ROCKER
How do your relatives and friends
who still work at typical
workplaces regard your efforts?

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. Would you now take
an old-style job, giving up having
any say, no longer having balanced
jobs, if I offered you higher pay?

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

YOUNG ANTON ROCKER
Then why can't you explain the
benefits to your relatives and
friends so they pursue similar aims
before their owners cash out?

STOCKY OHIO WORKER
(shrugging)
Just like we didn't, they won't,
until they become desperate.
99.

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. 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.
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100.

ANTON ROCKER (CONT'D)
Today I would guess we have perhaps
5 million well established RPS
small businesses, and another 5
million struggling to transform
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, another 4,000
undergoing major struggles, and all
20,000 include RPS-style campaigns
with growing degrees of council
organization. All over society,
momentum is now ours. It came from
workers forming into councils,
fighting for gains, striking, 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 (V.O.)
I couldn't usefully give lectures
that required sustained attention.
Students texted, emailed, watched
videos, listened to music, and
browsed. Click, click, click,
students shifted focus so
habitually they avoided serious,
sustained, attention. They weren't
multi-taskers. They were flitters.
101.

INT. HIGH SCHOOL CLASS - DAY

Many students listen to music in one ear.

BERTRAND DELLINGER (V.O.)
Students gravitated toward doing
what they were good at, and the
trend seeped downward from colleges
to become the norm in high schools
too. High schoolers would even
listen to music during class. To
teach I had to accommodate the
short focus of my students. But my
nuggetizing content only added to
the electronic doo-dad dynamic of
their flitting from thing to thing.
We are of course all born ignorant,
but we are made stupid by faulty
education. To see students drift
away from serious focus was like
being pummeled, daily, by failure.

INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

Family home for holiday immersed in flitting 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. Party and
play. Shop till we drop. Flit
from Facebook to Twitter to TV to
web site. Do it again. Hold views
based on Tweets. Screw evidence.
Know little. Investigate nothing.
Learn to bully or to bow down. And
while parents weren't as enmeshed
in screens, they were more into
gossip and mass culture than
anything lasting. We had pervasive
social media. News became little
more than a reason to laugh or
scream, but not think. Facebook
bred bullying. Short attention
spans precluded serious discussion.
Selfies flourished. So did
depression, hidden by lonely lies.
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102.

BERTRAND DELLINGER (V.O.) (CONT'D)
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 instead
slot fillers, fixated on the cash
nexus, whether viewing its gilded
barriers 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.
103.

BERTRAND DELLINGER (V.O.)
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.

INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

Interview continues.

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. That was our
revolutionary approach to
education.

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 (V.O.)
Gains include 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.
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104.

BERTRAND DELLINGER (V.O.) (CONT'D)
We should just go in and use them.
And so we did. Police 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
gaining 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. We changed what
students had available to read, who
they had available to talk with,
and what they could attain. The
new generation revolutionized
itself.

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
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105.

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

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

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.
106.

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.
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107.

BERTRAND DELLINGER (CONT'D)
Senator of Massachusetts, Governor
of California, and Mayor of New
York. Should one of you run for
President in 2044?

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. RPS is making
incredible strides all over
society. Why not keep building and
when needed pressure the ever-more
progressive but non-RPS Presidents
who take office, without 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?

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
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108.

BILL HAMPTON (CONT'D)
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 participatory
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 would 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.
109.

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

MALCOLM KING
Well, I think RPS does need you.
Your governorship has been
exemplary. I think a campaign,
done without an iota of compromise,
done with an unswerving focus
on our full participatory vision,
could advance our views enough to
be worth the time, effort, and
resources it would require. And in
office, far from draining already
overflowing grassroots energy, we
could greatly enlarge and aid it.

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.
110.

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

INT. OVAL OFFICE - DAY

Interview continues.

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 (V.O.)
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.

INT. OVAL OFFICE DAY

Interview continues.

MALCOLM KING
I was amazed, inspired, but also
humbled. The crowds were enormous.
We could have surged into
government offices all over the
country, including in Washington.
That much was possible, already, in
2039. But what then?
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111.

MALCOLM KING (CONT'D)
We 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 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 offices with no
plan. We didn't have time to do
that by 2040, so it would be 2044,
earliest. Until then we had to
keep growing and 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. It
involved great risk, but was also
essential.

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.
112.

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. I happily cede to you
my remaining time. Take as long as
you like to reply. Your words will
only deepen the horror our audience
already feels at your vile
intentions.

MALCOLM KING
No more to say? No more vague,
wild assertions? Nothing positive
to offer? Okay, I will gladly use
your remaining time. You wonder at
my wanting to anarchistically
overthrow our government. I plead
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.
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113.

MALCOLM KING (CONT'D)
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.
Unlike you, I want equitable
incomes for all. I want empowering
dignified work for all. I want
people able to decide their own
working lives. I would say it is a
wonder that you don't want these
gains for all humanity, but your
attitude isn't a wonder. It is
unmitigated, self-seeking, anti-
social greed. You say I want to
feminazi-like topple the familial
fabric of civilization. Why?
Because I want young and old people
to have a say over their own lives?
Because I want families and all
living units to freely nurture the
next generation without imposing
preordained definitions of what
boys and girls have to become?
Because I want parents and children
and extended families to have
optimal health care, empowering
work, and shared responsibility for
their own and for all social life?
Because I want women respected and
empowered, because I want sexual
preference to be whatever free
people prefer, 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.
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114.

MALCOLM KING (CONT'D)
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? Because I want
all religions, races, ethnicities,
and nationalities to be free of
fear of imposition and negation
from without and because I want
individuals and collectives
prepared and in position to self-
manage their destinies without
having to submit to the individual
whims of the rich and domineering
elites you serve. You are right
again.
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115.

MALCOLM KING (CONT'D)
I do reject your racism, your
sexism, your homophobia. I am
guilty as charged. You say that it
was a pleasure to have run against
me, and that it will be a pleasure
to ship me and Revolutionary
Participatory Society's pathetic
envy and psychotic animalistic
anger back to the fringe dwellings
that spawned it. Well, I have some
news for you. Those fringe
dwellings are the soup kitchens,
apartment buildings, private homes,
schools, hospitals, ball fields,
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
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
are past the confusions and
prejudices that have historically
allowed the likes of you to win
office. You are about as venal as
was, say, Donald Trump, 28 years
ago. But the problem for you is
that the population has come a long
way since Trump’s time. Your
ignorant posturing, your bullying,
your pathetically hypocritical life
and your self-serving views, all
admittedly more eloquently
expressed than Trump could ever
manage, have lost too much of their
deceiving power for you to push
anything aside, much less to push
aside RPS, the most
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116.

MALCOLM KING (CONT'D)
grassroots, democratic
participatory, multi-focused
movement this country has ever
seen. Good luck with that. I wish
I could be a gentleman and say it
was a pleasure to run against you.
But I can't. It has been a bore,
because you are an empty vessel of
hate. It has been depressing,
because even in one lonely body,
such an amalgamation of
narcissistic evil as you embrace is
seriously depressing to behold.
We will soon see how the country
decides. Will it be for you and
your hate and fear, and the
millionaires and billionaires who
pray you will prevail to help them
amass still more millions and
billions? Or will it be for me,
Celia, and RPS, for our hopes and
thoughts, and for the women and
men, boys and girls, movements and
activists, who work for our
campaign to prevail so we can in
turn aid their efforts to build a
vastly better future? Time will
tell. And this election will show
that time is on our side and 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. I knew for certain we
would win at the Houston Rally the
second week in October.

EXT. HOUSTON DOWNTOWN - DAY

People wave at motorcade.
117.

MALCOLM KING (V.O.)
To have a million people greet us
on the streets of Houston, clearly
aware of and supporting our program
and not just us, was incredible. I
looked at Celia, she looked at me,
and we both knew the vote would be
a landslide.

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, at podium, 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. 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.
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118.

MALCOLM KING (CONT'D)
I apologize to Korea, the
Philippines, Indonesia, Guyana,
Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, the
Congo/Zaire, Brazil, the Dominican
Republic, and Cuba. I apologize to
Chile, Greece, East Timor,
Nicaragua, Grenada, El Salvador,
Libya, Panama, Iraq, Afghanistan,
Haiti, Yugoslavia, Iran, Venezuela,
Somalia, and Syria. I apologize
for our support of dictators, for
our exploitative extractions, for
our arms shipments and our arms
use. I apologize for threats,
boycotts, and destruction, for
massacring native Americans, for
slavery and racism, sexism and
sexual predation, for Hiroshima,
Nagasaki, and more.

INT. BRIEFING ROOM - DAY

Guevara continues addressing assembled press.

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

INT. UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY - DAY

King continues his speech.
119.

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... Yes,
Leslie, why don't you begin.

EXT. VAST PLAIN - DAY

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 SUCCESSFUL
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?”
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