Ideally, elected officials represent our concerns. More often, lobbyists promote policy furthering their beneficiaries’ special agendas, often at great harm to the public good. In this way, government has been gradually and systematically transformed from that of democracy to government primarily serving special interests, often contrary to community concerns.
Political discussion has been mutated to fit within the corporate media aim of keeping citizens’ political participation limited to that of chumps. These and other powerful institutions wield pervasive influence – attempting to engineer people’s sole participation into one of mere consumption.
People upholding the freedom to use their competence depend on informed community participation much more than manipulative institutional agendas. Not participating in the decision making of our community, state, nation, and planet means that others determine how we live.
Island Notes supports communities living, working, and participating in healthy sustainable ways. Drop a line if you have policy concerns you’d like to share. If these concerns are made available to other folks, any number of beneficial connections may result from getting the word out.
Island Notes is just being hatched. At this point, connecting with like-minded folks is the thing. The details, technical and otherwise, will emerge as discussions develop. Mahalo.
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