Bill Clinton put it well: “The price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change…” With that in mind, consider some of the epic changes that could be underway:
* Now that the wars on drugs have cost so much with so little success, society may be recalling the costly disaster that was Prohibition trying to over-legislate humanity’s natural appetites [eg. medical marijuana stores continue to grow]
* Now that society has at long last stopped chaining the mentally ill and burning those it calls witches, it may finally be willing to enjoy the fact gays like geniuses may be different, but no more or less human [eg. for the first time US service members were authorized to march in gay parades in their uniforms]
* Now that MotherJones.com revealed the world’s tax havens currently keep $21-32 trillion out of reach of the world’s governments, society may start to reassess the relative power of “big government” and “big wealth” [eg. those havens hold more than the combined gross national products of the US & Japan]
* Now that the number of citizen deaths in Syria, Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan have surpassed a million, society may re-learning the ancient truth: Wars like these are not fought for popular causes as much as for private interests [eg. the loss of innocent lives has been granted the antiseptically reassuring description “collateral damages”]
* Now that Congress is out of session, society has another reason to wonder about the value of “elected representatives” ‘[eg. so far it has sent to the president only 54 bills: 14 to rename post offices, nine to approve real estate transactions, and six simply to renew current legislation
With luck, some of these conditions may come to an end before we do. Maybe with more than luck. With effort!
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