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Help fund publication of a book that presents a practical and revolutionary path full of heart.

It is the night of the Winter Solstice in 2120.  At one of thousands of community gatherings across the country, a storyteller performs the annual retelling of how, back in 2023, the people took over their own government, making it an instrument for directing their collective resources towards peace, social justice, environmental responsibility, and a society hospitable to the needs of the human spirit.  She explains why a united movement, led by a new kind of grass-roots political party, was needed.  Then she tells how that party and movement developed over a period of years, and how they finally succeeded.

Return of the Light, in which this retelling is portrayed, is part overview of the need for fundamental change in every area of U.S. public policy, part map of the road forward, and part organizing tool.   In its entirety, it is a great source of hope and inspiration.

Those who have read the manuscript have marveled at the power of telling the story from the perspective of a future where “The Change” has long since happened.  (The party that led it was called Be the Change, from Gandhi’s exhortation to “Be the change you want to see.”)

The backward-looking narrative, from a point of view where wars, reckless environmental despoliation, economic and health insecurity, a thoroughly corrupted political system, and a culture spiritually undermined by consumerism are all things of the past,  reminds today's reader of how much we have learned to tolerate the intolerable.  It explains the obstacles the people of our times faced in creating the society we wanted—the power of corporate money in politics, the low level of political consciousness of much of the population, corporate control of the media, and electoral laws that marginalize third parties.  The book instills a deeply-felt sense that   overcoming those obstacles is possible, because it is a credible account of victory over them having already been achieved.

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This book has been written, and professionals will copyedit it, design its interior and cover, shepherd it through production, and create a marketing plan. There is always the possibility at any of these points of lack of timely delivery of satisfactory service, which could delay shipment of the book.

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