I blogged a few days ago about giving my Montana Senator, Jon Tester, my personal copy of Naomi Wolf's “The End of America,” a great must-read book in which the author makes a chillingly credible case that America is far along the road from democracy to totalitarianism. What makes it so convincing is that it's not a secret conspiracy; it's all stuff you already know. “Invoke an external and internal threat...Establish secret prisons...Develop a paramilitary force....” Wolf draws parallels to Hitler's Germany, Mussolini's Italy, and Pinochet's Chile. Get the book. Read it.
Senator Tester told me his mother had called him the preceding weekend and told him he must read this book, so he accepted it and promised to read it on the plane on his way back to Montana.
Wolf's publisher, Margo Baldwin of Chelsea Green Publishing, put a comment on that blog generously offering to give me as many copies as I was willing to distribute to members of Congress! I'm leaving for Montana on Monday, but I asked for 100 copies for all the Senators, and the books arrived on Wednesday. I've been trekking from the CODEPINK D.C. House to the Senate office buildings for the last two days with bags full of books, got some help from another Pinker, Karen, today, and I'm almost finished. The last few will be distributed tomorrow. Let's hope at least some of the Senators remember they took an oath to protect the Constitution and actually read Wolf's book.