The rise of dark money in American politics is a troubling trend that threatens democratic governance and the integrity of elections. There is a long-standing bipartisan consensus that public disclosure is essential for elections to function in a democratic system.
The past is never over. The people, events, and circumstances of your life are still at work in the present. Whether you’re aware of it or not, the past continues to shape who you are today and impact who you will become tomorrow. Things that have happened in the past don’t just disappear; they continue to affect us and play a major role in how we handle challenges moving forward. This is also true for the society, and the world, we live in.
The undeniable fact is that corporate capitalism gouges consumers and robs mainstream prosperity under the illusion of creating it. The GOP, with its focus on business and trade, vies for control of bureaucracies at the local, state and national levels in order to keep this system in place.
An important pattern inside both individual and societal evolution is one of cycles. Aided by advances, individuals and our societies, go from simple to more elaborate, both in size and complexity. Individual cycles are driven by our bodies and minds interacting with our environment and with knowledge; societal cycles are driven by technology.
The foundational elements of a healthy society are laid when people see the need for discipline, cooperative effort, team spirit, and the camaraderie born of mutual devotion to achieving a common goal. Cultivating the vital quality of learning how to become goal-oriented is key to success.
Power is perhaps one of the thorniest issues in any relationship or society. Power is the ability to coerce, influence or control others—to have authority. It is also the act of being effective and capable. Distilled to its essence, power is the ability to get intended results. Without a bedrock understanding, it’s easy to misinterpret or be intimidated by it.
When the goals of a system, institution or state change, leadership qualities such as promoting a vision for the future and strategies for obtaining that vision, are required. Leaders have to be tuned to the pulse of society and to adjust to changing conditions. At the point when social conditions necessitate change, citizens are generally ready for change and have little tolerance for prolonged reformation.
So much has happened over my lifetime that it almost feels like a work of fiction. The sage wisdom of the ages, uttered by the great minds of humanity, holds much more meaning for me now. Unpredictable moments, disappointments and improbable opportunities forced me to grow in uninvited and unintentional ways, and I am deeply grateful for all of it.
History tells us that there are two possibilities for fundamental change: revolution and evolution. Evolution is much more preferable because it allows for society to continue adjusting structures and institutions to changing conditions. Evolution expresses itself most effectively through democracy.
The struggle between democracy and authoritarianism is what’s at stake here. All societies require a certain level of cooperation to survive. If they are to thrive, people must also buy into the values and schema of the society in which they identify.