Ask Jesse Episode 40: Duality & Uncertainty

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By Victoria Lynn Hall

Whenever I argue against capitalism, there are people who are often surprised, even disappointed, to find that I’m not necessarily arguing for socialism or communism.

“What’s the solution, then?” They frequently ask,

The truth is, I don’t know exactly what the solution is but I don’t believe that should prevent me from talking about the problem.

My Dad gave me some really good advice when I was a kid (that I wish I would have followed more but that has always paid off when I have). He said figure out what you want first, then figure out how to get it. Don’t just settle for what you already know how to get.

I know I want a more sustainable, more peaceful, more egalitarian world and I truly believe in their hearts most other people want that too. However, our government, through both words and actions, tells us we can’t have that; mainstream media tells us who and what to blame for the misery not having it causes; and advertisers tell us what we can settle for instead.

Maybe the solution is to stop settling. To stop forcing ourselves and each other to choose between two flawed options and to instead agree that we want something better; something different; something new, even though we don’t yet know exactly what that is or how to get it.

To move beyond duality, we will have to face uncertainty, but in doing so we also enter a realm of greater possibility.

In this episode, I referred to this clip from an interview that Martin Luther King, Jr. did in 1967:

Jesse spoke of Malcolm X and his changed views towards the end of his life. Audre Lorde discussed this in 1982 during her address, “Learning from the 60s” as part of the Malcolm X weekend at Harvard University. (

Jesse mentioned this article by Matt Taibbi about how Hilary Clinton’s campaign used rhetoric to wrongly suggest that economic and racial justice are contradictory goals.

I spoke of the Wonderland Campaign blog post, Marmalade Jars by Kerri Romeo.

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Episode 40

Jesse Crall

A Los Angeles native, Jesse Crall graduated from UCLA’s English Department before working as a copywriter, script reader and project manager for an engineering firm.

A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.

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Creative Coordinator of Amplifire Project.

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