guardian.co.uk — What is happening now in America is that, finally, as the corporate interests make their ultimate claim on the commons, they have created what my old friend Florence Reece described as a "which side are you on?" moment. There is no longer the easy middle ground that compromising and compromised Democratic politicians tried for so long to occupy. Now, the choices are stark: unions or no unions, public services or no public services, plutocracy or democracy? As Americans have taken sides, they have found that the old divisions that so favored the elites — white versus black, gay versus straight, native versus immigrant, urban versus rural — are abstract and meaningless. What is real is the threat of state and a nation so defined by corporate campaign contributions, corporate lobbying and corporate power that they can take away our right to organize unions, to speak in our workplaces and our communities, to petition — as the founders of the American experiment intended — for the redress of grievances.
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