"Be water my friend" —Bruce Lee
Working in technology all of my life has led me down the path of leveraging and advocating for open, transparent solutions to problems - see Free and Open-Source Software.
These concepts generally extend to other facets of my belief systems as well.
- #MarriageEquality is a fundamental human right and does not belong to religion. You can keep your ceremonies - give everyone else the same societal rights.
- #AbortionIsHealthcare and needs protected nationally. Imagine a condom breaking while traveling on vacation with my wife and having no options available (including affordable healthcare to help with the cost of birthing said child.)
- #BlackLivesMatter but our social/political-support systems seem to indicate otherwise. If you can't even say this phrase, you may have a bigger problem.
- #PeopleBeforeProfit: the price of capitalism should be taking care of basic societal needs - before profits are sent off to shareholders.
Systems I Avoid
This is just a list of systems that I leveraged without understanding - and now I avoid them in hopes they will be improved one day.
My superpower is fighting the systems by not participating in them (or limiting participation)
- The Consumer Credit Rating system (we need a Business Rating system for consumers)
- The US Healthcare System (hope it's not something serious...)
- The Food & Drug Agency recommendations (look to Europe's standards instead)
- Credit Cards and other leveraged financial instruments built on consumer debt
- Marriage Ceremonies - Although, I'd be happy to legally marry you for free in the State of Ohio
- Taxes - I'm happy to pay taxes (and I do pay them), but the layers of complexity lobbied into fruition by the big-Tax industry need removed.
- Ticketmaster - Ripping off literally everyone: the artists, the venues, and the fans.
- Digital Marketing - I stopped using Google Analytics, and it's kind of freeing.
- The Stock Market is mostly automated trades and big-players doing things every-day consumers can't.
The political system in the United States is corrupt and heavily favors the wealthy.
I'd like to see (at a fundamental change level):
- Ranked-Choice Voting
- Non-Partisan Primaries
- Independent Redistricting Commissions (with teeth)
Ultimately, I believe these things will naturally start the formation of political movements and parties that speak to the people they represent and lobby for those issues - instead of what the money brings.
I'm sharing these ideas because they can push change from the local and state levels and eventually break into the Federal levels - but it requires Americans to:
- Understand how these ideas help us get better representation
- Talk to others about abandoning Democrat/Republican duality
- Show up to vote (this is key)