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Climate, Jobs, Justice & the Economy – April 26, 2017

slide_224827_946621_freeWhere does one begin when fighting for climate, jobs, and justice. In a search for commonalities, the most obvious is the economy.

Climate and the economy, such obvious archenemies, are a dichotomy leaving us a choice of one or the other. We can have one but must drop the other; it shouldn’t be a tough call. Continue reading Climate, Jobs, Justice & the Economy – April 26, 2017

Democracy Needs Tending More Than Once Every Four Years

activism04Society rests comfortably on its democracy, or level of it. Once it was a shield against tyranny, now a muffler of the people, blinders to the necessity of change. It is the liar and propagandist saying that we, as a society, are at our best and need do no more. While sensible in a bureaucratic world, it’s insane in an organic one. The law of Nature surpasses the law of man, and Nature’s laws are malleable and change with the circumstance; if not, the typical sentence is extinction.

Politics provides a good depiction of progress reversed. Its actions regurgitate past plans that failed to produce. Some might call this insanity, others as a loop of lacking imagination. I see it as a distraction, a cup-and-ball trick keeping us occupied while the accomplices steal our rights and highjack our land. Until I see evidence, democracy hardly exists.

Man-made laws take the tack of bureaucracy, hiding behind barricades of red tape making the whole system tough to change. The civilization that is superimposed over the organic world is warping and distorting like microwaved Saran wrap. The theory of straight-forward laws, when applied to this film, becomes unmanageable and doesn’t seem to fit the environment. When we fail to adjust, a greater-than-the sum-of-its-parts problem results and the repair is costly. It’s like having a plumber change your faucets and ending up with a flooded basement. This is our government.

So that’s where we stand as of now. Our economic, political and social institutions are failing to adhere to the surrounding reality, and the ‘power’ of the people has been ceded these deformed creations. The system meant to empower us against tyranny has taken a Bizarro twist and reversed the flow of power. Big business takes precedent, little guy takes the hit.

Is there a solution? Yes. Can we rely on the political and economic powers to make the change? No. The system works for them and they see nothing that needs changing. This requires a do-it-yourself approach with a ‘do-it-for-all’ mentality. This means your personal lives must be put aside for us to focus on the greater good. It is here that action overpowers the word, where the me is subsumed by the we, where the community overtakes the mind.

It’s true that we must be the change we seek. We affect the economy with where we choose to shop and what to buy. We affect community in how we treat both those who we know and those we don’t, accepting whatever differences there are. We affect politics by our level of participation, by the pressure we exert and the demands we make of our representatives.

What we take as ‘acceptable’ must be beneficial to the greater good. However, our tweets, posts and reactions indicate that we are far in the territory of ‘unacceptable.’ We must veer off in a new, unknown direction for our society to blossom. Democracy is more than a comfortable blanket, it is a vulnerable shield requiring upkeep by its citizens. It is the backbone of civilization and it needs your help now.

Misjudgment of Policy – June 20, 2009

Trusting the policies to cure society’s ills is like letting your doctor’s prescription pad heal your ailment. Our leaders would rather blame our shortfalls on the declining economy than accept the responsibility for creating policies that drive society towards a brick wall. The only vehicle that sustains us is getting trash by the joy-riding corporate hooligans. Our planet’s life-providing gifts are being nudged aside for the productive efficiency that feeds our consumptive happiness.

We are filters to the economic flow; a consumer’s identity is a mere cog in the economic machine. Income and debt drive the forces of our lives. Our forefathers fought and died for our credit-driven lives, and, for this, indigenous cultures were assimilated or destroyed. Freedom and choice are more dependent on a person’s economic status than on their rights; the justice system is living proof.

Rather than fight to retain a free society, we let our economic and political systems dictate our life’s purpose. The recent economic meltdown left those with no family or friends left to depend on to sink into lives of further deprivation and struggle. The needy victims lost even more ground in the crash than those with cushioning to fall back on.

This desperation is bred into the lives of impoverished children and, likely falling into homeless drug addiction, contributes to the ongoing underground activity. On the street, the homeless receive feigned smiles and endless excuses for not having spare change. We claim no blame that they chose to be stranded on the streets.  Only when we become the victim to the crimes of the deprived do we get angry at the symptoms of a failing society. This reaction distracts us from seeking out the cause.

Society boils into an uproar to cuts in health care and education, yet remains warily silent to similar cuts in social services and mental health care. We hope these won’t affect us. Our failure to acknowledge each other on the streets breeds the inequalities. Our idleness is partial to blame for society’s ills. We remain comfortable believing that our leaders will repair our society. We are defined by society, when we should be steering the way towards how we wish to live.

How can we lay claim to society’s highlights without accepting blame for its shortfalls? Citizen-driven innovation shifts society. It establishes procedure and realizes a need, as it did with post-World War II production, as well as desegregation, and women’s rights. Once in place, government stepped in and made these shifts into policy. As a community, we must define the priorities, and repair the social rift that is hinders our true progress. It is the action, not the policy, that determines our direction.