Friday night at Laughing horse books, Craig spoke before a packed room about the release of his new book "The Logic of Political Violence: Lessons in Reform and Revolution".
His talk only lasted about 30 minutes (a far cry from his 3 hour lecture there a year ago) and was followed by a strictly accounted for 20 minute question and answer session. Some criticized his responses to some hard questions as being incomplete and evasive.
Somewhat reminisant of Malcolm X and the Black Panthers, Craig sat at a small desk with two standing body guards on both sides. At times Craig raised his voice and pounded his fist on the table as he outlined the need for revolutionary change. At one point he asked for a show of hands from the audience as to who was fed up with attempts at "single issue justice" and their continual failure to bring about any substantive change.
In one of the more telling moments of the evening, Craig stated that you could not find one book that advocated the revolutionary overthrow of the United States government in any library anywhere in the United States.
It was obvious to this observer that Craigs politics had not softened and that he probably had become even more radical since his last visit to Laughing horse books over a year ago.
Craig made it clear that in his opinion, we no longer had the luxury of working within the construct of the system and that we had to begin to work toward revolutionary social and political change.
While "The Logic of Political Violence: Lessons in Reform and Revolution" outlined Craigs truely unique and well documented indepth studies of history and the role of political violence in bringing about social and political change, he seemed to leave little hope for future generations short of a complete revolution.
On one very important wide eyed look at the reality we live in, it would seem hard to disagree with Craig's conclusions, but on another, it revealed a man who has given up and resigned himself to promoting a revolution whose time may not come about in our lifetime.