16 Cover 12 26 33 46 COVER BY LISA HANEY November 2011 Volume 75, Number 11 4 Editor’s Note 5 No Comment 6 Letters 7 Comment Class Warfare, Anyone? 9 On the Line Columns 12 Terry Tempest Williams enjoys watching her religion on stage. 14 Michael Feldman comes up with a quick solution to our budgetary woes. Cover 16 Overdue Notice Antonino D’Ambrosio As cities close libraries or slash their budgets, we must defend this democratic institution. 20 A Derrick by Your Campsite Anne-Marie Cusac In Ohio, thanks to John Kasich, state parks now welcome oil and gas companies. Features 26 The Group Behind the Republican Takeover Elizabeth DiNovella The Republican State Leadership Committee has played a key role in the party’s recent successes. 31 Media Activist Runs for Congress Dennis Bernstein Norman Solomon puts down his pen and throws his hat in the ring. Interview 33 JodieEvans David Barsamian “We’re always trying to find ways that we can disturb power,” says the co-founder of Code Pink. Culture 39 Poem Eliot Khalil Wilson 41 Kate Clinton finds a reason to laugh. 42 Dave Zirin explains why tennis pros need a union. 43 Books Ruth Conniff reviews Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools, by Steven Brill. 46 Jim Hightower dispels some Perry tales.