I saw a few moments of a Robert Reich video and I was struck with something: I’ve seen this man on and off my whole life and watched him change. I could swear he was once neoliberal (economics) long ago – and indeed he was. But midway through the 90s, he had changed course after realizing that education and “job training” was _not_ the answer to everything and that political power in the working and lower classes _does_ matter. This old article from 1997 shows his shift in thinking. http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1997-04-27/news/7901011164_1_robert-reich-education-and-training-clinton [I hadn’t paid much attention as he was mostly just another talking head to me among other talking heads]

I saw a few
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How do you change the world? You change the world by doing how. How n. ” A manner or method of doing something:” Manner n. “a way in which a thing is done or happens.” Method n. “a particular form of procedure for accomplishing or approaching something, especially a systematic or established one. So: a) If you are changing a method (that is established), first identify what is currently established. b) To do so, you could look for what is currently systemic. In short, you start by identifying the current “how”. c) Find what is wrong with systemically “not right”: the “how” that is wrong. d) Then, you change the “how”.

How do you change
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The expression “God helps those who help themselves” is not a quote of Jesus nor anywhere in the Bible. It’s a very American expression, popularized by Ben Franklin, who might have gotten it from a political philosopher he liked. There’s a similar proverb in Islamic culture. But it also goes way back to Aesop’s fables, which is probably the source of both. “A WAGGONER was once driving a heavy load along a very muddy way. At last he came to a part of the road where the wheels sank half-way into the mire, and the more the horses pulled, the deeper sank the wheels. So the Waggoner threw down his whip, and knelt down and prayed to Hercules the Strong. “O Hercules, help me in this my hour of distress,” quoth he. But Hercules appeared to him, and said: “Tut, man, don’t sprawl there. Get up and put your shoulder to the wheel. “The gods help them that help themselves.” Where did Aesop get it from? Well, that’s where the trail goes cold. Maybe the Universe will support you on your quest (if you make use of what you can do yourself). The sentiment continues, modified through the millennia but mostly unchanged.

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