Saturday 11 July 2009
Activist Cindy Sheehan backstage at a rally on the
Sheehan is calling for re-localization and the uncoupling of the "robbed class" from the war profiteers and new high-tech robber barons that are flourishing under globalization. The beauty of Sheehan's work, directly echoing the speeches and writings of Debs, is its sheer bluntness.
I interviewed her for freepress.org, and she began by pointing out that "the last month or so in
"The peace movement has been co-opted by the Democratic Party," Sheehan said, while on her way to a national gathering of peace activists in
Sheehan favors the appointment of an independent special prosecutor to look into the issues of torture and war crimes in
Sheehan argues that it's necessary to dig up all the bodies and bones or there'll be "no healing."
In one sense, Sheehan is both old-fashioned and cutting edge – she uses the appropriate term in discussing
But her focus is more on re-invigorating the peace movement at the local level, which she says is doing a "bad job" under the Obama administration. Make no mistake, Sheehan sees the current imperial policy of the
Her new book analyzes the relationship between the
Sheehan's pitch is to free ourselves from our co-dependency with the Robber Class. "... Only buy used, only use cash or bank debit cards, or only buy from local merchants," she recently wrote. "They can only steal from us if we enable them." And when the Robber Class steals from us they generally get away with it. Sheehan argues that Bernie Madoff was punished so severely because he stole from the rich.
Sheehan's book is a plea for the robbed class to take back their independence and the wealth that they produce, not only for their own good, but for the good of all the people on the planet.
Bob Fitrakis is the Editor of freepress.org and the author of "The Idea of Democratic Socialism in
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"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs