People, Organizing, Political Reform, and Socialism
People have needs, and while it is not up to the state to provide for each individual’s needs, it is incumbent on the state to maintain the system so that people can access the resources they need. People need affordable housing, education, and healthcare. People are not machinery to be used up and discarded, but that is exactly what our current system is doing. We should provide opportunity for more people to share in the vast resources that are available in order to improve their lives, not just maintain a minimum existence. Our current system drives wealth and opportunity to the top while putting those at the bottom in prisons and poverty.
Organizing is the process of increasing the number and efficacy of people involved in maintaining the system. People tend to believe that voting is the end of political involvement, but it is only one step in the process. Knocking on doors and building relationships with people that are otherwise not engaged in the political process is an important step toward creating and maintaining a system that works for people.
Political reform is necessary to take power away from those who currently wield it and put it back in the hands of the people. Currently, our political system is designed to maintain the status quo. Who benefits from this? People and organizations with lots of money that spend that money to influence politicians. The politicians spend most of their time far away from the people they represent where lobbyists can easily reach them, but people can’t. The system is also designed to keep out progressives that would push our laws toward people and away from the massive corporations that have influence and power well beyond that of individuals. Ranked choice voting, public financing of elections, decentralization of political power are all important ways to reform our politics.
Socialism puts people first. It requires that we talk to each other and organize our power around the reforms that are best for us. It cannot thrive in a political system that is rigged toward those that control the flow of money and keep it from the vast majority of people.