Thursday, May 16, 2019

"Unbreaking America: Solving the Corruption Crisis": short film from Represent Us, and a call for action

Represent Us with Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Silver give us a short film “Unbreaking America: Solving the Corruption Crisis” directed by M. J. Delaney (13 minutes).

The two hosts explain why normal political participation gives average votes very little say in policies that get passed.  There are several problems:  Gerrymandering, a partisan duopoly, and elimination systems that require politicians to raise astronomical amounts of money from special interests to win, which feeds the paid lobbying (K Street in Washington) industry.

There are three “lines” in the film.  One is a flat line of zero slope showing that the level of popular support for any policy (say Medicare for all) has almost no effect on whether it passes.  The other is that national changes occur when enough states make their changes.  Lawrence cited both interracial marriage and then same-sex marriage as examples of this process.  The third line is user participation.
The ending of the film does suggest starting a movement, knocking on doors, and the like. But the underlying ideas are important.  The group “Better Angels” comes to mind. It is hosting a closed viewing party premiere May 17.

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