Survival and transformation

Excerpt:  The world described in this book is one of social, political, and economic decline, yet it is also a world of opportunity for positive change. The events of this book take place over the course of one year. Six story lines follow people through formidable transformations. Each of them tells a story about his or her experiences of life under the tyranny of psychopaths.

  • Sam is a computer engineer who was laid off but is determined to save as much as he can of his middle-class life for himself and his family.

  • Ruth is a public school teacher whose school is closed but she continues to believe in and work for an evolutionary leap in human development.

  • Hugo is a young man who abandons his college education because of the overwhelming debt and joins the anarchists.

  • Everett is the son of a mega bank owner who decides he must destroy the economic system.

  • Cedric is a man who joins the Army and goes to war in the Middle East; when he returns, he takes up the cause of local activists.

  • Howard is the brother of a televangelist who goes on a quest for answers to tough questions.

Each of these people finds his or her way to a place called Occutopia where the Occupy movement has taken up residence in an empty high school in Portland, Oregon. Occutopia is a place where those who have fallen out of the economic system come together to organize and create a better world.

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