Kalu, very thought provoking and insightful.
Kathy Wells Walsh
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First off thank you for the read and comment. Your feedback is really helpful. I know that in the South there is a strong aversion towards seeing government as the answer. I believe that this rhetoric is largely historical and not so much based on the well proven track record of government to battle large systematic problem. I mean, that literally is the purpose of government. I guess we could individually attempt to collectively solve the problem without government. But to solve such a giant problem you need to build a large institution, collect money, delegate power since everybody cannot take part in all the day to day decisions, and at that point what is the functional difference between the organization you have done, and the government? Branding. And the south has branded government for a long time as the devil, largely starting after the Civil Rights when the government came and told the south what to do.

If for some reason people wish to reinvent the wheel and start their own large non-governmental non-profit institution that is large enough to effect such systematic problems, I’m always in support. But I’ve gone through this conversation countless of times with my anarchist friends. And what the end solution of whatever other non-governmental body they wish to start to tackle problems that are far too large for smaller organizations to do always end up looking indistinguishable from government. If it’s mainly a branding problem, I’m okay calling the entity that very much looks, functions, and acts just like a government, not a government. But if it’s a functional problem, like asking for private donations to replace government, I think that seeking nonworking solutions as a replacement for government is taking aversion to government a bit to far and actually insulting to the problem that needs to be taken care of, similar to republicans fallaciously saying charity could replace government services when the numbers truly do not add up with staggering discrepancies.

Lastly, I commend your commitment to seek out wider perspectives.

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