If you need signs of hope get to know these young people and their work. In Seattle at the WTO protest a few years ago they danced in the face of riot squads, and the guns went down. Met two Art in Action artists today, heard their hiphop poetry, participated in their dance exercises, and copied down the following from a t-shirt:
The role of the revolutionary artist is to make revolution irresistible
By revolution they mean peace, love, art, and harmony across the barriers of wealth, age, privilege, and race. That would revolutionary. In the audience of some 60 people I was with today, many are children of the 60's. We recognized that the best in that tradition has come back to life. You may not get the value of their work by glancing at the Art in Action site, but get to know them if you can. You, and your children, will be changed by the experience.