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HopeintheDarkUntold Histories,Wild PossibilitiesThird EditionwithanewforewordandafterwoRebeccaSolnitHaymarketBooksChicago,Illinois
ForewordtotheThird Edition(2015)Groundsfor HopeYouropponentswouldloveyoutobelievethatit'shopeless,thatyou have no power,thatthere's no reason to act,thatyou can'twin.Hopeisa gift you don't have to surrender, a power you don'thavetothrow away.Andthoughhopecanbeanactofdefiance, defianceisn'tenough reasontohope. But there are good reasons.Iwrotethis bookin2003 andearly2004tomake thecaseforhope.Thetextthatfollowsisinsomewaysofitsmoment-itwaswrittenagainstthetremendousdespairattheheightoftheBushadministra-tion'spowersand theoutsetofthewarinIraq.Thatmomentpassedlongago,butdespair,defeatism,cynicism,andtheamnesiaandas-sumptionsfromwhichtheyoftenarisehavenotdispersed,evenasthemostwildly,unimaginablymagnificentthingscametopass.Thereisalotofevidenceforthedefense.Comingbacktothetextmorethanadozentumultuousyearslat-er,Ibelieveitspremisesholdup.Progressive,populist,andgrassrootsconstituencieshavehadmanyvictories.Popularpowerhascontinuedtobeaprofoundforceforchange.And thechangeswe'veundergone,bothWonderfulandterrible,areastonishing.Theworld of 2003hasbeensweptaway.Itsdamagelingers,butitsarrangementsandmanyofitsideologiesnavegivenwaytonewones-and,morethanthat,toaseachangeinwhoWeareandhowweimagineourselves,theworld,andsomanythingsinit.xi
xiiRebeccaSolnitThisisanextraordinarytimefullofvital,transtormativemovementsthatcouldnotbeforeseen.It'salsoanightmarishtime.Fullengagementrequirestheabilitytoperceiveboth.'Thetwenty-fhrst centuryhasseentheriseofhideouseconomicinequality,perhapsduetoamnesiabothoftheworkingpeoplewhocountenancedeclinesinwages,workingconditionsandsocialservices,andtheeliteswhoforgotthattheyconcededtosomeofthesethingsinthehopeofavoidingrevolution.TheriseofSiliconValleyasaglobalpowercenterhaseliminatedandautomatedcountlessjobs,enhancingeconomicinequality;ithasproducednewelites andmonstrouscorporationsfromAmazon,withitsattackonpublishing,au-thors,andworkingconditions,toGoogle,whichisattemptingtobuildaglobalinformationmonopolyinmyriadarenasandintheprocessamass-ingterrityingpowers,includingthepowerthatcomeswithsophisticatedprofilesofmostcomputerusers.ThemajortechcompanieshavecreatedanddeployedsurveillancecapacitiesthattheKremlinandFBIattheheightoftheColdWarcouldnothavedreamedof-incollaborationwiththegovernmentthatshouldberegulatingthem.

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Baker,M.
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Timbaland, Rebecca Solnit, victory

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