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What is a Free Society?

January 15, 2019

What is a Free Society?

This essay is deeply influenced by my research over the past three years focusing on the articles, lectures, and books authored by Roberto Mangabeira Unger.  It is necessary to pay an intellectual debt to his theories and vision of the future as over the years they have been one of the primary drivers of my […]

January 8, 2019

Understanding Our Opportunity – Local Elections

The 2020 Presidential election is already making headlines during this first week of 2019.  Infighting seems to be running rampant with both of the dominant political parties as notable candidates like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and to a lesser extent, Beta O’Rourke have spoken openly about running on the Democratic ticket while Republicans seem to […]

January 1, 2019

Shedding Light on New Jersey’s Local Elections

OurSociety is a 501c3 non-profit based in NJ that developed a free campaign platform (beta) for local candidates. Our all-volunteer team consisted of members from across the country who dedicated significant time and capital over the past year to improve New Jersey residents access to their local elections. In the end we discovered data that […]

December 25, 2018

Lessons Learned From The Bird Feeder

My favorite mornings are slow mornings, and last Friday was a rare treat. It began by sitting on my couch with our dog, coffee in one hand while providing slow pets with the other — both of our gazes focusing outside, observing our local sparrows and blue jay enjoying the spoils of a freshly filled […]

December 18, 2018

Three Solutions to fix New Jersey’s Minimum Wage Bill

On Thursday, December 6th, 2018 New Jersey Assembly Speaker Coughlin introduced a bill to increase the minimum wage in New Jersey to $15 per hour by 2024. The bill includes exemptions for small businesses operating with less than ten employees, farm workers, teenagers, and seasonal workers, delaying the increase in minimum wage until 2029. The […]

December 11, 2018

Neoliberalism Is Working Exactly As Intended

A common criticism of capitalism is that the neoliberal approach has failed to meet its intended goals.  We recognize this because we can observe that the United States is becoming increasingly more unequal every year.  Oxfam.org recently published a study stating that 82% of all the wealth created in 2017 went to the top 1% […]

December 4, 2018

The most important lesson we haven’t learned from Marx

Karl Marx is one of the most prolific economists the world has ever known.  His work awakened millions to a deeper understanding of the relationship between labor and capital.  It’s difficult to understate Marx’s influence on present-day left-leaning ideologies, liberals, socialists, and other progressive thinkers draw inspiration from his ideas of the possible.   The embracing […]

November 29, 2018

Progressive Lessons from our Productive Past

Production is a transformative process, consistently and perpetually changing to solve new problems. All regimes of government are tied to their most advanced form of production. This bond fuels the growth and expansion of the government organization while at the same time defining the social, economic, and political arrangements of the society. By deepening our […]

November 13, 2018

Lessons Learned from Organizing a Rapid Response Rally

On Thursday 11/8/18 over 100,000 American citizens banded together to demand that the Mueller investigation not to be interfered with. We organized the local rapid response rally in New Brunswick, NJ in collaboration with MoveOn.org. With less than 20 hours of working time, we were able to mobilize 150 community members to come together in […]

November 5, 2018

Designing the Culture of Tomorrow

Technology and culture exist within a constant state of intertwined expansion. It’s easy to forget that the first iPhone was released in 2007, a mere eleven years ago. Today approximately three billion people [1] use smartphones, about 39% of our total population. Each one of these devices providing access to much of the world’s full […]