A means of governance over a society that places the reins of power in the hands of the people being governed.
Democracy is a means of governance over a society that places the reins of power in the hands of the people being governed.
We need to realize that the current system is, in fact, not broken. Instead, in truth, it is doing exactly what it was designed to do, which is: To continuously hoover up all the spare cash of those at the bottom of the socioeconomic pyramid and convey it to those at the very top, without the rest of us much noticing or caring.
We all sort of know the problems, right?
Monopolies. Lock-in. Stream addiction. Reality bubbles. Billionaires seeking market dominance. All other values taking a back seat to growth.
I don't think I need to elaborate. If you're reading this, then you're probably well aware of all these concerns.
But what do we do about them?
Here are a couple of ideas. Radical but practical. And very doable.
As the US political scene transitions from the Democratic successes in the midterms to the beginnings of the 2020 presidential contest, one of the most pressing questions to emerge is whether there is any meaningful middle ground remaining along the political spectrum stretching from left to right.
Back in the 1970's, Andy Warhol made this observation about American society: "What's great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest."
As I write these words, the invasion of our US Capitol in DC is only a week behind us.
At least in terms of what I've been reading (and writing) over the intervening period, many of us are wracked anew by the question of how it could have come to this, and what these actions might mean for our future.
Has business gotten too big? In terms of size and influence, I contend that indeed it has. So what do we do about it? In our current political climate, a number of points seem clear.
The simple fact of the matter is that the world has never built a multiethnic democracy in which no particular ethnic group is in the majority and where political equality, social equality and economies that empower all have been achieved. We are engaged in a fight over whether to work together to build such a world.
Our current lack of respect for the swing can be likened to the current state of our democracy. Balance is required to maintain something as delicate as democracy, a subtle understanding of how your power can be magnified through joining with and sharing the power of another person. When that is no longer understood, it becomes a battle to see who is the strongest, who is the loudest, who can get the most attention.