Waylon & Ben of Ben & Jerry’s: how to stamp out Citizens United!

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Our country, here in the US of A, has many problems. We also are wonderful, in many ways—which only serves to highlight the problems we could untangle.

At the root of most of our problems is one monster: money in politics. Money undermines the rule of the citizens, the power of our vote, and twists our representatives’ work toward the powerful. It’s called Citizens United.

And we could undo it, if we cared to.

I just talked with Ben of Ben & Jerry’s about how to do just that. It’s easy! Stamp it!

 

Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis:

Waylon welcomes one of his idols, Ben Cohen, co-founder of a little ice cream company you may have heard of, Ben & Jerry’s, into our HQ in Boulder, Colorado for a live discussion on entrepreneurship, activism, and why he’s running around the country stamping money.

Check out Stamp Stampede, an organization aiming to stamp money out of politics.



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Adam Beall Sep 25, 2018 2:53am

You know it's pretty easy to get riled up about people buying their way to what they want through the political process. But there's an important thing to keep in mind: the political process exists for these people. It would be nice if everyone agreed that surplus resources should be distributed to primarily worthy causes and people in need. But you know who doesn't feel that way? all the poeple that prioritize money over people, all the people that make their lives about money. The way I see it, is that it's a privilege to make problems go away with money, that's the thing money is best used for, as just about everything life experience worth having may somehow be had without spending currency. Want to spend time in a nicer house? Make friends with people who have nice houses. Want to sail the ocean and see the world? Work on a boat. Want to have interesting friends? Be an interesting friend. Eat better food? Grow some. Be more worldly? Go out into it and find your way. There are plenty of strategies to have everything you want and simply pay the price that is required outside of commerce. It is unfortunate that some people get so stuck into the rut of their ambitions and loss aversion, so entrenched that they have to participate in a legislative process to coerce and leverage having their way by expending fortunes on influence and favor. If you are never part of this process on that scale, be grateful for it. I promise there are limitless ways to live your entire life harmoniously and never have any reason to even know who your representatives are in the system of greatest corruption. Live simply with gratitude and contentment and you will never have need of politics on the level that dollars matter.