We need a movement
Not a fake one to win votes or sell stuff. A real one.
Do you want to help change the world…but haven’t ever gone beyond good intentions until now?
This is the time to step up.
Don’t you see all the bottled-up frustrations?
Can’t you see how many people have been pushed to their breaking point?
Aren’t you fed up with worrying about our broken politics, economic upheavals, constant cultural clashes,
and looming environmental catastrophe?
Can you imagine what it would be like, if all those fed-up people desperate for a constructive
outlet for their fears and frustrations…suddenly found one?
It would be amazing
There would be a huge explosion of healing and productive action.
We’d become capable of accomplishing things we can only dream about today.
It’s going to happen
I can’t tell you exactly when, or exactly what form it’ll take.
But it’s going to be soon.
And you have an opportunity to be a part of it
More about the movement…
I get it. It’s hard to stay hopeful.
Over the past fifty years, we’ve had a huge collapse of trust in our major institutions:
We don’t trust the government.
We don’t trust businesses.
We don’t trust the media.
We don’t trust the educational system.
We don’t trust organized religion.
We don’t trust special interest organizations.
You name it. If it’s an institution…we don’t trust it.
And don’t get me wrong, solving our problems isn’t going to be a walk in the park.
But I’m a sociologist. I’ve spent over 10 years studying this stuff. And I can tell you:
- There are certain things we know about how change works.
- There are certain things we know about how successful movements work.
- There are certain things we know about our biggest problems, and what we need to do in order to solve them.
What I’ve tried to do in my book is pull together all those things we know. It’s not a book about elevating one set of values or beliefs over others and screaming at people to change their minds. It’s about what has to happen if we’re realistically going to fix all these problems.
If we really are going to deal with our broken politics, economic upheavals, devastating social conflicts, and looming environmental catastrophe—right here, right now, in this world as it actually exists—what would that look like?
And the great news is, when we pull together what we know about how the world works and what would need to happen, we really can overcome our differences.
We really can solve our biggest problems.
That’s not blind optimism—that’s my scholarly opinion.
There’s no way around it: societies need strong, trustworthy institutions. We can’t keep distrusting the government, big business, the media, and all the other pillars of our society to the huge extent we do. It’s going to lead to catastrophic consequences.
Of course, in many ways we’re right not to trust our major institutions. They’ve gotten extremely good at dividing us, manipulating us, and hoarding all the power and money for themselves—even though they’re failing to provide us with the goods and services we’re supposed to be getting in return.
So we’ve got to fix that.
We the people need to come together and usher in a new era of institutional accountability. In my book, I describe:
- How our institutions got so good at manipulating us, the tools they use to get their way, and the tools we can use to fight back
- Why we need to disrupt the two-party system that divides the American people in half and pits us against each other—and how to do it so it doesn’t fall into the traps that have thwarted previous attempts to do so
- Why we need a new system of global accountability to prevent our major international corporations from playing the countries of the world off of each other and exploiting their workers
- How we, in spite of our differences, can assemble a big, diverse, and formidable movement to accomplish these goals—even though it seems impossible in today’s political climate
My book is just the beginning.
It’s only the barest of outlines for what needs to happen.
Lots of conversations need to be had, lots of details need to be worked out, and lots of work needs to be done.
I’m not trying to start a cult here. I don’t know everything. I’m just the guy trying to get things started.
We need to work this out. Together.
You don’t have to be freaking Martin Luther King, Jr. All you have to do to be able to make a difference is not be a sociopath, not be cool with institutions victimizing innocent people, and not be convinced that your beliefs or group affiliations make you superior to the rest of humanity.
As long as you don’t do those things…there’s a place for you in this Movement.
In the last chapter of my book, I describe 10 steps you can take right now to maximize your ability to make a positive impact on the world.
I hope you’ll read it and put those steps into practice in your own life. There isn’t a moment to waste!
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