I don’t have time to respond to everything you said or even read it all but I actually do agree that what I said in the last part was indeed uselessly vague, and that’s something I’m definitely going to work on as I continue to address this and learn more. Not my best piece, for sure, but I really needed to vent. I still do think that capitalism is the root of the problem though, and it’s functioning as designed. That scenario is pretty much what my coworkers and I have lived through, and is 100% caused by a less and less regulated capitalist system that is designed to exploit the worker as much as it possibly can, to the detriment of us and our residents. We can achieve and deserve so much better, and I think we’re rapidly approaching the point where we as a society will have to acknowledge that a widespread economic and cultural shift is a necessity and the only sustainable path forward. Workers can only take so much before they revolt and act out in desperation. Right now, we are seeing changes in the types of politicians we elect and a shift in the Overton window towards the left in the Democratic Party, and I think that will continue with each election cycle. The more people we elect who are actually willing to acknowledge the problem and are unafraid to take it head on, the better, and that’s probably at this moment the most practical way forward. Revolutions don’t always have to begin as militant, and I think that’s what we’re experiencing.

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Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx

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