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The next significant shift in political thinking will occur when candidates and citizens understand that the existing social, economic, and political structures are not natural laws and do not bind us to a fate outside of our control.  Our present legal structure stems from our Constitution, a document that was a profound reimagining of social, economic, and political structures. In a previous blog post, we argued that a strict and literal interpretation of a document

“I set out on this ground which I suppose to be self-evident: ‘That the earth belongs in usufruct to the living;’ that the dead have neither powers nor rights over it… We seem not to have perceived that by the law of nature, one generation is to another as one independent nation to another.” –Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1789. ME 7:454, Papers 15:392

Modern American society has seen a sharp divide in the legal

Recently OurSociety members have been volunteering at my local High School to have discussions with students about the role of voting in our society. These discussions begin by talking about why people do not vote, making a list on the board.  Then we ask. “What would need to change for people to vote?” and make an opposing list. My experiences have led me to understand that voting and civic engagement are especially relevant to the

OurSociety Roadmap

Posted on March 22, 2018

At its core, OurSociety is both a Free and Open Election Campaign Platform and a social movement. Our purpose is to empower more people than ever before to become involved in their communities and beyond. Because OurSociety is a collective social project, we want to be sure we are as transparent as possible with our planning and process. Below you will find our Roadmap for the Free and Open Election Campaign platform. This details the

The 2018 Congressional elections are well underway in New Jersey; candidates are campaigning locally, buying up Facebook advertisements, and sharing their vision of a better future with their potential constituents.  This year we can observe numerous candidates running for office who exist outside of the traditional Democratic and Republican machines.    New ideas, new visions for the future, and fresh faces entering the landscape to provide alternative pathways forward in a system that typically offers no