THE police killing unarmed civilians. Horrifying income inequality. Rotting infrastructure and an unsafe “safety net.” An inability to respond to climate, public health and environmental threats. A food system that causes disease. An occasionally dysfunctional and even cruel government. A sizable segment of the population excluded from work and subject to near-random incarceration.
You get it: This is the United States, which, with the incoming Congress, might actually get worse.
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Everything affects everything. It’s all tied together, and the starting place hardly matters: A just and righteous system will have a positive impact on everything we care about, just as an unjust, exploitative system makes everything worse.
Phi Beta Iota: There are two big insights here. First, that everything is connected. This is not a new insight for those of us that follow Buckminster Fuller and Russell Ackoff, but for the so-called intelligencia, it is a revolutionary awakening long over-due. Second, that We are We — it’s not about one small group with one issue specific to themselves — it is about ALL of us bringing ALL of our issues together so as to self-govern responsibly. The billionaires throwing around multi-million dollar chunks on single issue groups could learn something here.