I wish we could choose how to exit the US, but that’s not how the world works. We Californians wouldn’t choose war, of course, but if the US does, the choice is made, the die cast. Would the farmers of the Central Valley drive out their own farmworkers? Not if they were rational…but I’ve lived too long to expect humans to be rational. Capable of reason, sure, but not wedded to it, as the fascist movement we face so clearly evinces. As Robert O. Paxton’s study of fascism points out, the first political violence of both Mussolini’s Blackshirts and Hitler’s Stormtroopers was unleashed against farmworkers…and that happened ages back! Now such thugs are preparing to violently suppress anti-fascist protest. I saw it with my own eyes in San Bernardino, in Los Angeles. I value this tale for preparing us for a future far too near for comfort.