RonRivers.com
Experiences, Observations, and Efforts.

Agency and Access Through Increased Minimum Wage

September 18, 2018

Agency and Access Through Increased Minimum Wage

New Jersey activists have been working tirelessly towards raising the minimum wage. Groups such as Businesses for a Fair Minimum Wage, the Poor People’s Campaign, and Fight for $15 rally and organize to secure a more significant economic floor for lower wage workers. For those of us working towards a more transformational vision of society, […]

September 11, 2018

Solving the Democratic Dictator Dilemma

Over the last two years of working on the OurSociety Experiment, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with hundreds of people who were involved with governance, activism, and candidacies in the state of New Jersey. It has been an enlightening experience in many ways, and I have observed some common perceptions that make for great […]

September 4, 2018

Simplified Law of Accelerating Returns

Renowned innovator Ray Kurzweil has a list of accolades too long to write about in an article with “Simplified” in the title. I had first stumbled upon one of his YouTube interviews and after listening immediate purchased The Singularity is Near. It’s a comprehensive text filled with fascinating information, but the biggest take away by […]

August 26, 2018

The Core Objectives of Progressive Transformation

Sometimes life forces us to cast aside our previous conceptions to learn and progress in the face of new challenges and crises. Old ideas, beliefs, and facts have historically been thrown aside when evidence, reason, and logic have shed light on new potentials for what is and what could be. Turning our eyes to American […]

August 21, 2018

Strict Marxism is not the Progressive Future

Recently, we’ve been having numerous conversations with other active members in our local Progressive communities and on more than one occasion I’ve listened to the perspective that the most progressive thing to do would be to implement a strict Marxist Socialism immediately and redistribute the collective wealth. I disagree. There’s no doubt that Karl Marx […]

August 21, 2018

Examining Generational Constitutions

Throughout history, technologies that have increased access to and the range of available information have fundamentally shifted the legal and moral structures that have governed societies.  The invention of the printing press in 1517 allowed Martin Luther to expose the hypocrisy and injustices occurring within the church in regards to purchasing forgiveness, creating a split […]

August 16, 2018

Branding the Progressive Movement

There is a lot of buzz around the Democratic Socialists of America with the recent primary victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez the organization has entered the consciousness of hundreds of thousands of Americans. Reviewing their website we see that their current projects are focused around medicare for all, empowering unions, and forming a consensus for electoral […]

July 24, 2018

How to Create an Evolving Constitution

The next significant shift in political thinking will occur when candidates and citizens understand that the existing social, economic, and political structures are not natural laws and do not bind us to a fate outside of our control. Our present legal structure stems from our Constitution, a document that was a profound reimagining of social, […]

July 17, 2018

Is strict observance of the Constitution unjust?

“I set out on this ground which I suppose to be self-evident: ‘That the earth belongs in usufruct to the living;’ that the dead have neither powers nor rights over it… We seem not to have perceived that by the law of nature, one generation is to another as one independent nation to another.” –Thomas […]

May 15, 2018

The Real Reason Why Youth Don’t Vote

Recently I have been volunteering at my local High School to have discussions with students about the role of voting in our society. These discussions begin by talking about why people do not vote, making a list on the board.  Then we ask. “What would need to change for people to vote?” and make an […]