Dedicated to deepening our discussion and understanding of State and Local Government.
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Where Better Than Here?
An Introduction to the Foundations of Our Civic Epoch Where better than here to begin a serious discussion on state and local politics? Where better than a rugged and central state with natural resources and ‘gumption’ that also ranks around the bottom of most performance comparisons between the 50 states? More succinctly: Who better to pick themselves up than us, and is there a time better than now?
I contend that the answers are: nobody and no. We’re neither uneducated nor uninterested, but we stand with barriers between us and understanding our state and local governments. Those barriers are jargon and bureaucracy, they’re a lack of substantive discourse on the role of government, and they’re a disconnect with our past. These are all understandable obstacles- we work 40+ hours a week to afford our loans and lives and meals, so who has time to break down such immense barriers? Unfortunately I don’t think we can afford not to. So let’s have that discourse, let’s learn the history and jargon.
our ˈou(ə)r,är/ determiner
civ·ic ˈsivik/ adjective
ep·och ˈepək/ noun
belonging to or associated with the speaker and one or more other people previously mentioned or easily identified.
of or relating to a city or town, especially its administration; municipal.
a period of time in history or a person’s life, typically one marked by notable events or particular characteristics.
What is Our Civic Epoch?
An honest exploration of government and civic duty.
A Podcast: A friendly discussion style podcast in which I discuss fundamental questions with friends, colleagues, and local polititions. Our goal is to learn, not to lecture; to think deeply and realistically about the functions of government and to surround ourselves with those more knowledgeable than ourselves.
A Pamphlet-Zine: Released in print around Oklahoma and online, these Pamphlet-Zines will pose questions and provides data on our local and state government. Our goal with the pamphlet zines is to raise fundamental questions for each of us to think about as we watch the news and work and live day to day.
so·cial con·tract ˌsəʊʃl ˈkɒntrækt/ noun an implicit agreement among the members of a society to cooperate for social benefits, for example by sacrificing some individual freedom for state protection. Theories of a social contract became popular in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries among theorists such as Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, as a means of explaining the origin of government and the obligations of subjects.
What do you view as our Social Contract? When we don’t have a clearly defined role of government we can’t debate specific legislation. How can you argue for or against increased mental health funding if we don’t see it as our government’s responsibility to keep its citizens healthy? What about education? In our current budget crisis, it’s important for us to prioritize our government’s function before we debate taxing and spending.
Succinctly: How would you describe your ideal contract between citizens and government?
Our Civic Epoch Pamphlet-Zine 01
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