republican update
owen gleiberman

the weather underground (sam green and bill siegel, 2002)

It's a weird time to be watching The Weather Underground, a recent documentary about self-proclaimed Amerikan revolutionaries. It didn't make me want to go out and start a revolution (although I did feel some jealousy ... someone should bottle Bernadine Dohrn's genes, she's still gorgeous). But the film did bring to mind some parallels to American life in 2004.

These radicals felt completely alienated from mainstream America, and felt a need to act upon that alienation, in order to end the society they felt was causing such misery across the globe. Whether or not their political analysis was correct, their sense of themselves as separate was shared not just by bomb-throwing radicals but by many of us.

And many of us increasingly feel that way now. George Bush is a divider, not a uniter. And if he gets another four years, some of us are going to feel as alienated from mainstream America as the Weather Underground was in the past.

I feel myself being partly to blame for this, because I can already tell anyone out there who reads this and is thinking of voting for George Bush, you'll be Fredo to my Michael: "Fredo, you're nothing to me now. You're not a brother, you're not a friend. I don't want to know you or what you do.

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