The OpEd of a Citizen

The OpEd of a Citizen

To be clear, I haven’t become disinterested in politics. I’ve just tuned it down in favor of the positives in life.I’ve collected enough data and made a decision.

For the math, it’s Bernie Sanders.

There are some things we need to be doing.

Number one is preparing for increased climate volatility. The math is clear. We can prepare in a profitable and prosperous way now, but not in the future. We must go all-in on renewable energy and begin a dialogue about coastal migration and worker retraining. We must prepare our food systems for less water and less weather predictability. We must protect pollinators and other essential biodiversity. 

Number two is about people. We need to be accountable for inequality and allocate investment in a way that restores social systems. This is especially true of public investments. We can reduce waste in the system through transparency and by making the goals clear. We are at a critical point in maintaining stable social systems. 

Number three is about how we use technology. There is currently a rapid race occurring between technology’s ability to connect and unite us and its dual ability to change the system of commerce faster than humankind can adapt. If we don’t account for the value of people – the current economic model will eliminate them. 

Addressing inequality and utilizing technology to restore social and natural systems is another way to avoid future unmanageable conditions.

From what I’ve read, Bernie’s platform addresses these solutions. The least we can do is to choose leaders who acknowledge the problems and come to the table with solutions.

Many people aren’t receiving this message: We are equally close to the solutions, which are economically viable, as we are to the abyss, where social and environmental breakdown makes money the least of our issues. 

We need to act boldly today. To vote for action and with the math, it’s Sanders every time. This is not an ideological argument and, in reality, is less about the one vote than it is about addressing the reality of our situation. There is a tremendous and historic choice available to us and, we live in a world of staggering beauty. 

My hope is that we can all turn to the positives of life. There is great opportunity. The technology to take us there exists and is far cheaper than the status quo. The barrier seems to be an inability to directly discuss the current condition and the will to walk the proper path. Those impediments are simple to change. I believe we will change them. 


I know the culture of large organizations can be hard to buck against. The rhetoric and pack mentality can be powerful forces for the status quo. 

The best example is the ‘keep politics out of business adage’. But politics has, in many cases, become business. We are missing a bigger picture and our time here is too short to miss it. 

It should be clear, for most of us that fall below the management level at our organizations today, chances are the current economic model will automate us into underutilized assets as quickly as it can. 

Underutilized people are costs and risks and, they are people. Education and participation have far higher economic returns. However, our neglect to emphasize these goals has left us with many downstream, polarizing issues. We can only solve these issues upstream, with localized clean food and energy and clear goals for education, health and other social issues. Without a level economic playing field that supports people, time is only variable in the assured outcome of our current terminal path. 

We can be as certain of that, as we are of the continued liquidation of the environment (our life support) if we don’t change, act, vote, think and imagine to make the world better. We can do it – we can choose sustainability. 

In Carl Sagan’s great words, “Don’t sit this one out. Do something. By chance of fate, you are alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet.”

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