Bonnie, thank you for your very well-considered response. Indeed, America’s original sin of slavery was made possible by a mindset that was based on the most brutal form of capitalism, in which everything on earth is considered merely a tool or a raw material subject to the exploitation of those who claim the power to do so. I believe our current troubles are the death throes of that whole approach to our relationship with each other and the Earth, and I wholeheartedly agree that the changes we need are deep and systemic. But we gotta start somewhere.

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