It seems counterintuitive that despite countless times of advocating for change of the system in America’s political climate, nothing actually changes drastically. During election season potential candidates promote ideas of change from the stranglehold the current system has on the American people. Someone who was big on “overthrowing the current system” during his campaign was Donald Trump. Despite his campaign promises, this deep state is still in power two years since his election.
Democrats and Republicans do not offer any such form of radical change. Any candidate promising radical change to the system yet runs under a party that has been established in this system for decades is not going to accomplish much overhaul. Any third party candidate who tries to work within the outlines laid down by our generally moderate system will not succeed in the long run.
It seems counterintutive that efforts to boycott companies almost always have zero impact if not positive impact on the target company. In a most recnt case Nike put out an ad campaign staring former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is most famous for taking a knee during the National Anthem during NFL games. This inspired countless other sports players from the professional leagues, all the way down to high school to do the same. After seeing this ad people went as far as to take all of their Nike clothing and burn them on fire.
One reason boycotts don’t work is that there’s always more buyers. As of the time I’m writing this Nike stocks are up. New potential customers could include people who’ve never bought Nike before but share the same convictions as Kaepernick does. Despite an early drop, boycotts such as the one on Nike never make an economic dent. It would take a multinational boycott to make a big enough dent on a company like Nike. They never last that long nowadays either. One boycott that comes to mind is the Starbucks boycott from both right wing Americans and the one last year from Left wing Americans. You stopped hearing about it generally a week after it broke the news. In the end people go back on what they boycotted in the first place as well.
It seems counterintuitive that we put so much money into cancer research yet we haven’t made so much as a dent into finding a cure. Every other week or so there’s a news article out about “progress” in cancer treatment. If we were to take all of these into consideration that it’d seem like a cure for cancer is just around the corner. But in fact it could be far from the truth. In turn scientists are suggesting that we would just have to live with cancer and we’ll have many ways to treat it so people do not die from it anymore.