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Black Flags and Windmills: Hope, Anarchy, and the Common Ground Collective Paperback – October 19, 2011
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Along the way, crow interweaves into his text a personal memoir that recounts the twists and turns of his life that led a lower-middle class kid who came of age in a dismal, intellectually stultified suburb of Dallas, TX during the Reagan 80 to eventually land with both feet in a sort of compassionate, collectivist socio-political movement that crow describes as "'little a' anarchism". The author does a fair job of painting this picture for a general audience. (While I come from a similar socio-economic background to crow's, I was largely unaware of the various activist and peace movements simmering right under my nose all these years).Read more ›
Crow traces the history of experiences, ideas, and philosophies that brought him to New Orleans and led him to help co-found Common Ground. His narrative is fast-paced and engaging, and some of his stories of the days and weeks after the storm are intensely dramatic and truly riveting. The narrative is intermixed with a dose of political theory that is well-grounded and very accessible. Some of the analysis stops short of blowing my mind or lifting me out of my seat to yell "amen!" and many of the bigger questions and lessons are left in the subtext for readers to extract themselves, rather than being made explicit and direct. But, with Occupy Wall St. capturing much of the country's imagination in response to seemingly permanent economic and social crisis, Black Flags and Windmills offers valuable insights, questions, and lessons about where we have been, where we might think about going, and ways we might get there. It challenges us to act big and dream bigger, because our lives depend on it.
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Great read about the grassroots volunteers who were in New Orleans after Katrina. A must read for anyone who cares about social justice, health care, and being a good human being.Published 19 months ago by Joy V.