Change is afoot. The natives are restless. And unemployed. And hungry. And marginalized by the ultra-rich-and-powerful.
And they are no longer passive, no longer helpless, no longer in need of a totem-leader. Decentralized Arab Springs and Occupy Movements rage against the Machine. And the Machine is beginning–just beginning–to feel fear.
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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.
When I contemplate scary scenes I am relieved at least that I side with the progressives and not with the conservatives. Their stirred up fears have lots to be founded on. The Fox News pundits don’t have to make up scare stories.