Moving Forward: Global Take
If you think about what’s happening today, politically, it’s like, ‘do I stay or do I go?’ Who knows what’s going to happen, the trend globally doesn’t seem like any of this is going away any time soon. It’s scary to think about, but I think back historically, we as people go through these phases, like the Age of Enlightenment came after a very long period of really scary times. Health wise, economically, there’s a lot of things happening that makes it seem like we are going towards that. It’s not like Trump is just a phenomenon; if you’re paying attention to international politics this is something that a lot of developed countries are dealing with.
Last year, Drake offered a new class, Corporate Social Responsibility, and it was about how the private sector essentially has to be the saving grace. The private sector has to decide, ‘do you care about humanity or do you not?’ That is really horrifying. There’s just not good companies out there, let’s see, Patagonia is a great company, or, you know, the fact that I can only think of one is really scary. Where are the other responsible companies that are going to put people first? Because guess what? If you don’t have a planet to live on, what are you going to profit from? I’m just thinking about myself, and not necessarily the greater good of humankind. It’s motivation to keep working, but at the same time, it’s a lot to deal with.
“Because guess what? If you don’t have a planet to live on, what are you going to profit from?”
That’s the kind of thing that keeps me up at night, because truly, I think Trump will be in office for eight years, I really don’t think he’s going to be done in 2020. People might be motivated to run against him, but people still aren’t listening to rural America. We need to listen to the people that voted for him; we need to hear what they are saying. It’s recession, it’s economic, but it’s a whole host of other things too. I think people are seeing their country change and they don’t like it, and by changing I mean demographically. We have known this was going to happen for awhile, but the majority isn’t going to be white anymore. That is becoming more evident and people are freaking the fuck out, which is really sad.
I mean we’re playing with fire here. I think the trend is leaning toward fascism, so I don’t know what it’s going to take for progressivism, for lack of a better term, to get back on track. I think that the next decade is going to be a deciding factor of where things are going to go. It’s going to require a lot more structure, and both parties getting it together. A lot of times, when I’m looking at our political system, I feel like I’m watching an endless football game. You watch someone on the other team make a good play, but you hate that team so much that you refuse to acknowledge it. It makes it very difficult to get things done.
People don’t vote for their self-interest. That said, it is in the GOP’s interest to have a voter base that is not educated. Educated people understand how policy works. You need to follow the money, but people don’t do that. So we will see what happens, I think we’re going to see the effects of the ripple effect soon.