Leapdragon 2016 - Aron Hsiao Was Here

Reflecting on global capitalism and the American system  §

Haven’t read or thought about the Declaration of Independence in a while. But with the Occupy movement still fresh and successive hotspots around the world (most recently Turkey) illuminating the peoples’ fury at staggering inequality and the ability to effect change within the system… I just re-read it for the first time in a long time.

How about these apples?

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation…

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Tea Party on the right, Occupy on the left, a bunch of young Wall Street hotshots driving Ferraris on the backs of the general population in the middle.

I wonder what is going to happen over the course of the second half of my lifetime.