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Constructing Sanity

Published: March 31, 2008, Author: JayTaber

Lacking the social infrastructure to nurture honest people and affect sane public policy, those who endeavor to disperse political power in the US are largely limited to ad hoc heroics. While admirable and noble, this inability to accommodate learning, mentoring, and memory within a framework of social continuity means no positive change will be lasting.

Networks of individuals and organizations have had an ameliorating effect on the insanity of US institutions and markets, but other than tribal political structures, there is no sustainable means for good faith involvement in public affairs. Political parties, universities, churches, lobbies, and unions are mostly part of a corrupt, exclusionary system.

Successful long-term engagement in constructing sanity thus requires imagining new structures, procedures, and relationships to those presently offered. Discussing this with family, neighbors, colleagues, and friends is a good way to start.

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