State of Resistance: What California's Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for America's Future

"As California goes, so goes the nation," an old adage says. The essence of this homily is change — and to crystallize that thought eloquently, author Manuel Pastor discusses his timely screed State of Resistance: What California's Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for America's Future ($27, the New Press). Where once the state seemed poised for a future more like the one in the film Escape From L.A., now it's forging ahead with brave new developments in tackling everything from climate change (remember smog alerts?) to low-wage work (remember $5.25 an hour?) to prison overcrowding (remember the escape from Alcatraz?).

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