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History Hinders the Future of Public Services

February 12, 2019

History Hinders the Future of Public Services

I’m a fan of public services, and it irks me when I hear people complain about their quality.  Not because they’re wrong, but because I imagine that their experiences have been frustrating and lackluster.  It’s a shame as the power of the state to organize and direct collective resources towards our shared vision of the […]

February 5, 2019

Proactive Taxation for Progressives

Wealth concentration is the central issue to many of the social, political, and economic problems facing the United States in the present day. It negatively impacts our health, happiness, [1] and our shared ability to transform the world. Popular ideas such as a wealth tax [2], a more progressive taxation system[3], and a Universal Basic […]

February 3, 2019

A Progressive Rejection of Universal Basic Income

Universal Basic Income (UBI) is gaining popularity in America as the next logical economic step in a post-automation world. Touted as a way to save America’s Capitalism, it ensures that people have enough money to keep consuming while raising the quality of life for our most impoverished. UBI boasts some attractive benefits for the majority […]

January 23, 2019

Progressives Need to Start Playing Offense

Progressive projects and social movements today are active in working towards building a more pluralistic future.  It’s never been a better time to be an activist because there are just so many things that we can improve in the world, some more critical than others.  Collective efforts of activists across the U.S. are making great […]

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 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 […]