Woven stories created by artist Taiji Terasaki.

We’ve been in quarantine for two and a half months.

Every day opens a new chapter of what seems to be the worst timeline, social media overrun with bad news and conflict.

There’s the growing death toll.
There’s leadership deflecting responsibility.
There’s misinformation and vitriol over how to contain the pandemic as a society — or whether we even should.
There’s looming economic devastation for the most vulnerable people in our communities.


The non-reaction to the doomsday climate change report proves we are governed by complacent oligarchs who have stifled genuine free market capitalism.

Blah blah blah.

Where there is demand, capitalism will supply.

Blah blah blah.

A free market is the only way to solve problems because capitalists are the only one’s motivated to adequately respond to demand.

These are all (at least somewhat) true talking points used to defend capitalism.

Here are some other true talking points, according to this May 2018 study:

  • A majority of Americans in EVERY age group “worry a great deal / fair amount about global warming.”
  • A majority of Americans in EVERY age group understand that “global warming is caused by human activities.”
  • A majority of Americans…


First World Comforts Like Healthcare & Education Have to Be Paid For By Someone. Consumers Can Only Afford It If We De-Incentivize Greed.

“Socialism” sure seems to be popular in America these days, huh?

I put this in quotations because actual socialist policies like government funded healthcare and education are being lumped in with the fight for a $15 per hour minimum wage and the decision by a CEO of a privately owned company to have the starting salary for his employees be $70,000, and people are talking about these ideas with an unprecedented volume. Worrisome lack of understanding of what socialism actually is by its critics aside, one thing is for sure: a lot of people like “socialism” now.

While some corners…

Dustin Clendenen

Dustin Clendenen is a Los Angeles-based writer, editor and all-around storyteller obsessed with the big picture.

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