Clinton St. Quarterly, Vol. 7 No. 4 | Winter 1985 (Seattle) /// Issue 14 of 24 /// Master# 62 of 73

how and why many feel discouragement, is to begin to inform ourselves with a perspective that releases energies for change beyond the moment of stalemate and defeat. To rebuild a culture, and the politicaleconomy that sustains it, is a monumental task, but it is not impossible. In any broader historical perspective, history is a record of repeated, enormous, society-shaking change, both in our own country and elsewhere. Change always seems impossible before it happens. In the immediate future, there is need for a strategy that “walks on two legs.” First, so difficult is the pain of many people that ameliorative actions are important. But there should be no confusion: A politics that emphasizes jobs and social programs for the poor is not a politics of the future. It is a humanitarian effort that also attempts to prevent the decay of the political economy into armed repression of violence bred from despair. We need somehow to walk literally through the valley of the shadow of death, helping resist the possibility of violent death-dealing repression on one hand and war abroad on the other. But, to shift metaphors, the walk must also be toward a promised land. Accordingly, there is simultaneously a need, even now, to begin to transcend the present. We desperately need to flesh out a beginning sense of how ultimately a giant political-economy like our own should really function. This requires education, study, and experimentation. We need also, as Walter Brueggemann reminds us, to grieve the “dying past-present” before we can experience the joy of the future. There is not only activist and intellectual, but also psychological and spiritual work to do, especially if the very idea of the “economy” is to transcend its current rooting in narrow, materialist goals. A positive vision is important not only for its own sake. 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