Redd Piper had the Answer to NeoLiberalism


Henry Giroux’s new article, Protesting Youth in an Age of Neoliberal Savagery, in Truthout.org, points out the savagery of living in an era where government is largely replaced by private ownership of the public good, while demanding ever greater powers and lack of any regulations. Such a society guarantees an austere and unequal society in which a permanent class of haves and have-nots will be entrenched in our society. In my book, Take the Pilgrim Road, the reader is introduced to a future society in which the unemployed weren’t even counted anymore, welfare was almost nonexistent, homelessness was outlawed and society had deteriorated into an urban feudalism. Redd Piper had the answer. Make the people who actually do the work owners of their jobs. Imagine when the youth, the have-nots, the long-term unemployed rallied together, calling themselves pilgrims, form cooperatives. You don’t need government’s permission, or permission from the corporate powers. You just need to pool your resources together and create your own store, factory, warehouse, health clinic, restaurant, grocery store, bank, etc. Think it’s all a pipe dream? Check out Mandragon in the Basque region of Spain where a miracle is in progress in one of those European countries suffering under austerity.

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