Collection of essays on undertaking change in decade of great upheaval.
21st Century Revolution is a collection of essays published between 2010 and 2011. In addition to heralding undreamed of political upheaval, the year 2011 has inspired new hope on the left of overthrowing the corporate-dominated political elites that have seized control of our western democracies. I published the first edition of 21st Century Revolution (as Revolutionary Change: An Expatriate View) on August 30, 2011. Two weeks later, the book was totally out of date with the launch of Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Square.
Like Revolutionary Change (the first edition published last August), 21st Century Revolution is based on a selection of articles originally published on my blog “The Most Revolutionary Act” at www.stuartbramhall.com. I divide the book into six parts. The first part, “Occupy Wall Street and the New Economics,” is totally new. It discusses the Occupy movement from a class perspective, as well as the new light OWS has shed on our broken banking and monetary system. Part II, “My New Life in New Zealand,” briefly discusses my reasons for emigrating and the political and social features that make my new home uniquely different from the US. Part III, “Capitalism’s Last Gasp,” examines the train wreck global capitalism has imposed on the planet. Part IV, “Psychological Oppression: the Role of Corporate Media,” talks about the role of the mainstream media in shaping the American psyche and preserving the status quo. Part V, “Change Making,” explores how I believe real change is likely to come about, with special emphasis on social class and the concept of reclaiming “the commons. Part V contains two new articles on gun control and the citizens’ rights movement. Part VI, “The Endgame,” makes a few predictions about post-capitalist society.
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About the Author
Dr Bramhall is 64 year old American psychiatrist who emigrated in New Zealand in 2002, following 15 years of intense harassment by the FBI.
She describes this in her first book THE MOST REVOLUTIONARY ACT: MEMOIR OF AN AMERICAN REFUGEE. She has also written a young adult novel, BATTLE FOR TOMORROW: A FABLE, about a 16 year old girl who participates in the blockade and occupation of the US Capitol.
Dr Bramhall has a political commentary blog at www.stuartbramhall.com
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