The difference between the drowning child and the distant child is one of duty versus altruism.
Though imperfect and not without risks, we are better off with philanthropy than without it. Philanthropy is not undemocratic; extreme inequality is undemocratic.
Our generation isn’t positioned to do what past generations accomplished. Our purpose is process. It’s a difficult rallying cry, but that doesn’t detract from its importance.
What is a democracy-loving, power-to-the-people peer progressive to do when the networks work against us?
It’s extremely gratifying to see a so-called “theory of change” come alive in concrete language, narrated by a reporter and with videos that feature the voices and opinions of the people who are actually affected and do the affecting.
If the Second Amendment were drafted today, it would surely include the right to strong cryptography. So why are Republican candidates against it?
Even among the oldest institutions, the norms of legitimacy have changed. These organizations must at least project new power values publicly even if they don’t practice them internally.
If #blacklivesmatter activists don’t gauge their success in units of new legislation or judicial decisions, then how do they know whether they are making progress or not?
We are driven to fill our lives with the quest to “access” information. For what purpose or with what limitations, it is not for us to ask; and we are not accustomed to asking, since the problem is unprecedented.