195 Activism Series: Episode 2 – Is Radical Change Possible? (Answering Listener Questions)
We’re back with part 2 of our activism series, tackling the first of a few questions submitted by a thought-provoking listener (thanks Olivia!). This week, we discuss if radical change is possible or if we, as activists, should plan on NOT seeing radical change in our lives and keep our day jobs. Do we invest in the radical, or stick to a more certain path? Tune in to find out!
In This Episode
After laying the groundwork in last week’s episode, this week we feel ready to start tackling the intriguing questions posed to us by listener Olivia. For the first question, Olivia writes:
Q. As activists, do you believe we should act as though a drastic outcome (anarchy, socialism, etc.) is possible, or do we take dramatic action understanding that governments and corporations will only allow capitalism to be reformed to a certain extent, say, as a social democracy?
This question largely relates to issues of money and security. Do I spend a lot on activism, launching bolder and riskier initiates, counting on better social structures in the future to make up for the loss of savings? Or do I pursue a lucrative job that covers my needs and invest in retirement, all while pursuing my activism on the side, even if it means less opportunities?
I feel like this is a question that holds back a lot of activists, the hope for a better world but the fear to commit beyond a certain extent because we don’t actually know if a better world is truly possible.
We talk about if we think radical change is possible, what activists should do in pursuit of change, and more!
Joke in the Middle
What do you call a dinosaur that never gives up? (Thanks, Brianna!)
“I am a Vegan” Submission
I Am An African, Atheist, Asexual Vegan by Doreen Yomoah
Links and Information
- UN Calls for a “Massive” Decrease in Animal Agriculture (VegNews)
- California Just Officially Banned The Sale Of Animal-Tested Cosmetics (HuffPost)
- A Tumultuous 24 Hours: How Jeff Flake Delayed a Vote on Kavanaugh (NY Times)
- Trump orders FBI probe into Kavanaugh; Senate vote delayed (CNN)
- Women lawmakers stand in protest as male GOP senators rush vote (Think Progress)