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Schools of Thought

There are two schools of thought about what our post-pandemic world will look like.

The defenders of the status quo can’t wait to get back to a “business-as-usual” normal.

Then there are the optimists. Those who believe that if the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that normal wasn’t working—and that we have an unprecedented opportunity to create something better.

We believe in, we hope for—we’re planning for—something better. We have to.

We have to believe that the pandemic has revealed, once and for all, that corrupt capitalism and a government beholden to corporate interests and the demands of the uber-wealthy is a recipe for a failed society.

But we also know that we are up against powerful forces—in the food industry, the chemical industry, the fossil fuel industry, the insurance industry, the war industry—that don’t want us to succeed.

This is no time for complacency. This is no time to coast, to take a wait-and-see approach to the future.

Now is the time to work harder than ever for the change we want. Because there are no guarantees.

As activist and author Noam Chomsky has pointed out:

“There is no way to predict. Those who have primary responsibility for the multiple crises that imperil us today are hard at work, relentlessly, to ensure that the system they created, and from which they have greatly benefited, will endure — and in an even harsher form, with more intense surveillance and other means of coercion and control.”

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