I read this piece and my head was nodding in agreement. Environmental issues are important to me, but that was less the reason for the head-nodding than the author’s three principles of strategy, tactics, and hope. As I am primarily a Labor activist it has long been clear to me that those three principles are largely missing from the Labor movement. Strategy that hasn’t worked is repeated mindlessly and tactics often have no strategic value. It is the third principle - hope - that is conspicuous by it’s absence. Labor seems constantly to be on defense. In sports that usually means the other guy is scoring more. The inability to score leads to frustration which is another way of describing lost hope. While Labor has had a few recent small victories, they receive precious little attention. The setbacks, however, are trumpeted as though they are historic. Few are aware of the April UAW win in Toledo, while anyone with a television knows the UAW lost in Chattanooga. Of course, it’s not accidental, it is intentional. The media, in subservience to their corporate advertising revenue, tell the stories that Business wants told in the manner in which Business wants them presented. The resulting hopelessness on the part of working people is to be expected. Labor activists must find a way to overcome this and inspire hope in place of despair, confidence in place of frustration. Let that be the strategy from which tactics flow.