What We Stand For

The Communist Party of Indiana CPUSA struggles for socialism: to better the lives of Indiana's working families, to protect and extend labor's ability to organize, for the needs of women, children, immigrants (documented and undocumented), the disabled, LGBT, and all people who strive for affordable quality health care, housing, and education. We stand against racism in all its forms. We stand for jobs for all. We stand for peace. We support all who struggle world wide for the dignity and self-determination of the majority of their nation's people and against imperialism, occupation, and exploitation for private profit.

Friday, December 11, 2015

John Grisham's novel "Gray Mountain"

John Grisham's novel "Gray Mountain" is worth the read. The book is a legal thriller chronicling the conflict between big coal companies in Appalachia and the workers in the coal industry. In a book that comes across as truly passionate on its subject, the author weaves a story of crusading lawyers fighting big business and a legal system that is easily manipulated by those with money. Rather than being an even playing field dedicated to finding justice, the courts are arenas where big business beats workers literally to death with appeals and lies, augmented by corporate goons threatening violence at every turn.

While the resolution of the novel is firmly supportive of working within the system, the actual facts vividly described are a penetrating condemnation of capitalist justice that implicitly asks the question of whether the state apparatus is so one-sided in favor of big money as to be irretrievably corrupt and needing to be dumped through a fundamental change in the power relations between workers and employers.

I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good holiday (or otherwise) read. Its fun, intelligent, moving, and accurate. John Grisham at his best.

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