This week on Act Out!, what would you do if you had no more money worries? Activists often take absolutist stances – and often for a very good reason. Too frequently, people are appeased by empty promises or vapid reforms that do nothing to strike at the root of our society's problems. Indeed, our ability to adapt has made us comfortable with some really disastrous situations. Perpetual war? Sure, as long as I have my Bud Light! No health insurance? Why not, I don't need that leg, I have another. No living wage? Hello, four roommates and an AirBnB account!
The fact that we can adapt doesn't always mean that we should. A firm stance against state-sponsored murder and oppression is always a non-negotiable position. We must work to become ungovernable, and this means building in our own communities and working with each other to fill the chasms made by a corporate and capitalist oligarchy. And as we shift our perspective away from begging the federal fascists to be less fascist, we must also recognize how we can and should use our governments, particularly on a local level, to manifest real change. Guaranteed basic income has been volleyed in consideration between a sloth-making nanny-state nightmare to a pointless stop-gap to a be-all-end-all solution. This week, we dive into what has come before and what could or should come now to mitigate the effects of capitalism in the short term.
Finally, Camila Thorndike of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network joins us to talk about carbon pricing in the nation's capital. CCAN is on a mission to make D.C. the first city in the U.S. to institute carbon pricing. So what exactly is carbon pricing? What’s the significance of this campaign in this particular place and time? And furthermore, what is the importance of local activism, particularly with the People's Climate March coming up?
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