ruthless compassion (aroraborealis) wrote,
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I was joking with my Environmental Justice professor this morning that the subtitle for his class should be "Inspiring Anarchy!" because we spent most of the first half of class talking, in essence, about how shitty the current system is for people who don't have money or power, how corporations don't care about people, and how global climate change fits into these patterns. Before the break, some of my classmates were starting to talk about the possibility that the only thing to do is to take up arms (at which point, the prof started laughing, which I read as "uh oh!" laughter on his part) and others were talking about better ways to undertake a revolution.

It's kind of funny, but it's also kind of scary, because it really does seem, reading about injustice, both locally and globally, that current patterns are so entrenched that little changes are hardly worthwhile. In fact, in some ways, that's why I'm studying public policy in the first place: I don't really think change on the individual level is enough to turn us around, so we have to put a system in place that will make us do better. And, of course, there's the question about whether working inside the system to change it can be effective. But I sure don't like a lot of what currently goes on!

I always leave that class either wanting a big drink, wanting to tear down the current corporate regime or, like today, both.
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