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The biggest challenge of political activism seems to be overcoming a sense of impotence in the face of corporations and billionaires. It seems so easy to suppress the voice of change with soma/entertainment/distraction. Activism so often leads to little actual change. In a world of Trumps and Oregon Militias, what do we do beyond the app?

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Hi alex. I'm really charged by this because it seems like we have so many lessons to be learned from the experiences of the Arab spring. Essentially an electronically organized revolution. Unfortunately, the power vacuum in the wake of those events suppressed the force of that change. How you guys imagine avoiding similar pitfalls in this country?

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There seems to be diametric pull though here. On the one hand we're talking about more informed voters, yet these informed voters are continually being disenfranchised from the electoral process. So many new laws being passed that make it more difficult for poor, working class, and the aged to make it polling stations. Is there an aspect of the app you're considering to potentially allow for actual voting from a mobile device? If so, what sort of govt hurdles do you expect? how do you think you might be able to handle them? Could there then be another app to rally people around online/mobile voting? But then, the very nature of the internet would make all voting somewhat suspect, no?

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Standard Oil was broken up in 1911, women didn't get the right to vote in the US until 1919. To say that Standard Oil had more sway on the voting populous than Koch today, really fails to consider how grossly different the context is in really every way. It's not even apples and oranges, it's more like apples and Saturn. Which is to say, the political landscape has changed so much, there is such a broader field of voters, so for the Koch bros to affect it as much as they do is serious testament to how much wealth continues to consume electoral realities in this country.