If corruption is real, it is the root problem, from whence all our other problems stem. When I considered it, everything that has baffled me started making much more sense. Lawrence Lessig named his initiative to stop corruption “Rootstrikers,” after a quote by Henry David Thoreau:
There are a thousand hacking at the brances of evil
to one who is striking at the root.”
Well, Rootstrikers offers an open invitation in this short video:
but personally, I like this 18-minute TED talk much better:
on TED 116,152 views in 9 months.
I hereby subordinate all of my goals to goal #1: ending corruption. I think Lessig would agree that that has everything to do with unbiased media and data ownership. I hope the Agency project can serve to unify passionate people who are otherwise living in artificially separated and overly-polarized worlds. I’m focused on getting money out of media, basically, so media is (re?)instated as government’s checkpoint.