According to the Oxford Dictionaries, a problem is something that needs to be addressed: “A matter or situation regarded as unwelcome or harmful and needing to be dealt with and overcome.” The problems listed below are those that we believe require some kind of solution. Their presence in American life threatens some aspect of our society and its inherent relationships. The longer they linger unaddressed, the more damaging and in some cases, costly, they are apt to be.
Our objective is to present each problem in such a way that it’s impact on the common good is made clear enough that you are able to establish for yourself a sense of priority among the problems and their solutions. (At some point in the future, we will add the capability for all users to register and assign priorities in order to strengthen the resolve of our political and business leaders to take positive and productive action.)
Climate Change: Our best available science tells us that current changes occurring to the earth’s climate are likely to create widespread shortages of food and drinkable water, submerge thousands of coastal cities and smaller communities, and increase the spread and virulence of infectious diseases. As vast regions of the planet are affected by climate change, the Department of Defense, industry leaders, and numerous city and county governments are among those who are preparing climate change action plans to ready themselves for the anticipated impacts.
Fake News & Disinformation: Disinformation has always been a part of the news business, but with the fragmentation of the media via cable tv and the Internet, it is now easier and more inexpensive than ever to spread lies, half-truths, and exaggerations in order to mislead, distract from, and obscure what is true and inhibit progress towards solutions to our common problems. New strategies to defend an evidence- and outcomes-based view of the world are slowly emerging. (Full disclosure: This website is one such strategy.)
Income & Wealth Inequality: Since 1980, there has been a significant and widening gap in income as executive compensation among the largest companies has risen much faster than that of the typical worker. The result has been a growing concentration of wealth that is counter-productive to our market-based consumer economy and that undermines the principles of American democracy.
Money in Politics: Wealth provides political access to the few who possess it and leaves those who lack financial resources with no voice, or a very quiet voice, in the political process. It follows that as wealth shifts to a small percent of the population, so too does political influence. While the US continues to have free elections, in many cases, and especially at the state and national levels, the wealthiest individuals contribute vast sums of money to promote the candidates and policies that they prefer.
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