Forum Post: If We Start Over What Would The Social Institutions Look Like? An Honest and Open Discussion.
Posted 3 months ago on Jan. 26, 2013, 6:15 p.m. EST by quantumystic
from Memphis, TN
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Our social institutions are failed or failing what is the way forward from here? What will our rebuilt institutions look like? Never before has such a total change in society needed to be undertaken. So lets look at our institutions.
1) The family and community: Today our families and communities are in ruins there is no one denying that. There is a fundamental social disconnect not just in communities and between neighbors but many times between friends and family members themselves. Then there is the disintegration of the core of the family, it's complete obliteration. Between single parent households, the dual income households, and the increasing distance between family and friends as well as the need to relocate to new regions for employment in the new economy. What remains often of the family is one parent for a few hours a week and little or no direct interaction with extended family or old friends.
Here are some questions I have for you: How do families vary across different societies, historical periods, classes, and ethnic groups? How are authority, resources, and work distributed within families? How do parents, particularly mothers, balance the demands of work and family? What are the causes and effects of divorce, domestic violence, and single parenting?
2) Education: Americas education system is broken. We all know school is there these days to produce obedient workers. How do we overhaul our entire education system k-graduate school? Also I would like to know: How do educational practices vary across different societies and historical periods? How does education affect individuals’ subsequent activities and achievements? What are the effects of class, race, and gender on educational institutions and experiences? What are the causes and consequences of various trends in education, such as grade inflation, violence in schools, and increasing public funding of religious instruction?
3)Religion: No social institution is as failed and has hindered progress as much as religion. Is there a way forward that incorporates the scientific principals with mystical understanding and techniques for achieving direct mystical experience in a practical, universal, tangible, and applicable way to create the kind of belief system that is needed to move forward in this hypothetical reboot? Some additional questions I have are: How do the world religions differ? How are they similar? How have religions developed and changed, and why do people engage with them? What is the relationship between religion and other aspects of social life such as stratification, deviance, and conflict? What are the causes and consequences of contemporary trends such as secularization, the splintering of religious groups, and shifting church–state relationships?
4) Economic Institutions: Okay I lied there are other institutions as failed as religion. We are all well aware of the complete and utter failings of our economy. Of the whole neighborhoods and indeed cities, and lets be quite honest the entire disenfranchisement of the black community. What economic system or model/theory or new hybrid concept of your own creating do you feel would work best given what we know in 2013? Also: What institutions and relations characterize different economic systems (e.g., capitalism, socialism, and feudalism)? How do consumption and leisure patterns differ among various cultures, historical periods, and social groups? How do the structures of business organizations affect productivity, job satisfaction, and inequalities? What are the causes and consequences of contemporary trends such as economic liberalization, declining unionization, and increased consumer debt?
5)Political Institutions: As with the all the institutions the current political ones in place have proven completely incapable of any meaningful change in a good way. What would a new political system that actually would work for progress look like? Also: How do political institutions differ across historical periods and societies? How do different social groups participate in political institutions, and with what consequences? How and why do individuals participate in political processes such as voting or joining lobbying groups? How are political institutions related to other aspects of society, such as the economy and the mass media? In addition conflict theory is the belief that: Pluralism and democracy are illusions that invite the powerless to believe that they have a voice in governance, when in fact their control is quite limited. Is there any way around this problem?
6) Tie it all together in a united vision for the future of America and indeed humanity. Let me hear how you envision the institutions working together to form a more perfect union. After some open discussion for a few days I will post my completed revision of the 5 institutions for our future.