Yes, there is a deep, pervading apathy that cannot be ignored. And yet, we have never been less able to afford apathy.
Yes, no matter who you vote for, it doesn’t change anything. And yet your votes are still important – so important that states like mine, Texas, are doing everything they can to prevent people from voting.
Yes, our politicians are owned by the 0.05% of Americans – the significant funders of political campaigns, and politics is corrupt as hell. And yet, there are still good people on both sides of the aisle, trying to do as much good as they can in a broken and bloody system.
This is the political paradox of our times: Never before have we ever felt so powerless to affect change, and never before has that feeling of powerlessness been so universal. It’s felt among the working poor to the upper middle class, from Occupy protestors to Tea Party politicians – a sense that not only do we have no control over the ship of state, but that there is no way to steer it at all.
And so you have people on the left and the right talking about “revolution.” And sadly, sometimes the call is for violent revolution. There have always been people who believe that peaceful change is not possible – but what scares me is that some of the proponents of violent revolution are voices that have consistently been reasonable and rational in the past.
They’re reasonable and rational, but they’re still wrong.
We still have a way out of this mess. But only if we truly, truly, understand the problem. And since nobody else seems to be talking about it, it’s up to the few of us who do understand the problem to get our voices out there.
Our problem is a conflict of interests and misplaced incentives.
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