two tracks of social change focus

Steven Welzer
1 min readJun 14, 2024

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Dependency upon the state is not a good thing. Unfortunately, we live in a society where the mega-states and mega-institutions have come to dominate life. They have grown over centuries and their dominance has resulted in the withering of local community life and local institutions.

So our project to create a sane society has to operate on two levels: We have to reform and optimize-for-equity the extant statist social programs while we also work to rejuvenate our localities.

Medicare for All would increase dependency, and in the long run we should move past that paradigm of support, but within the context of the current reality it would be much better than a system based on private mega-corporate insurance provision. It’s on that basis that we also call for more in the way of Social Security and disability benefits, expansion of the SNAP and Child Tax Credit programs, and the implementation of a Universal Basic Income program replacing the current welfare hodge-podge:

https://www.npr.org/2024/06/08/g-s1-3475/social-security-ssi-asset-limits

Statist implementation of social provision is too often remote, bureaucratic, impersonal, and undemocratic. It tends to be fiscally irresponsible and to create dependency. As we educate about and work for the alternative — a gradual transformation of our lifeways through deconstruction of the states and the mega-institutions — we should strive for communitarian interdependence. The latter can be democratic, responsible, bonding, and healthy.

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Steven Welzer

The editor of Green Horizon Magazine, Steve has been a movement activist for many years (he was an original co-editor of DSA’s “Ecosocialist Review”).