Alan's prompt this week has me quite furious, not at Alan, but at the establishment and overall capitalistic model and framework of our country. So I'm going to talk a little about my perspective on capitalism. The below chart is from economicshelp.org (direct link: https://www.economicshelp.org/
blog/5002/economics/pros-and-cons-of-capitalism/), a website that simplifies economics for common people.
I'll admit, I've never taken an economics course, so I don't have formal education on a lot of economic terminology and history, but what I observe in our country is a perpetual cycle of the rich staying rich and the poor staying poor. This is systematically wrong and hypocritical of a nation that claims it is founded on freedom. This country might be better than other countries (as some of my male friends like to constantly remind me of), but it is a hell of a lot worse than others in regards to a multitude of social needs. The model that America was built on began with straight, white, Christian men committing massive genocide to almost an entire race of natives, followed by killing each other over land they "claimed," and hundreds of years of oppressing non-white people, women, children, lower class citizens, and then selling products, monopolizing businesses, and putting social structures and laws into place that severely limited a lot of people from ever achieving financial independence.
Capitalism is largely broken and when cyborgs are more widely a part of daily life (our phones are already like an electronic extension of ourselves that we suffer without), this will undoubtedly bleed into healthcare and our completely wrecked system of making money off of people getting ill or needing medical care. It is a dim future for the United States and any/all capitalistic countries that don't offer healthcare to every citizen free of charge (like education) when having a robotic limb or body part is something most people will have to pay for on a payment plan.
How can I be part of a solution? Well, to be completely honest, I don't have a damn clue. Many people say "vote!" but politics are garbage in this country. Money, establishmentarianism, and corrupt politics and patriarchy run this country. I don't know if I have any hope for a better or brighter future in this regard. I honestly feel hopeless and don't see how things will ever change unless there is a massive revolution where a majority of common people join together to take down billionaires, corporations, and corrupt politicians.
I don't see how this will happen in my lifetime.