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THE MOST RADICAL DOCUMENT
 IN POLITICS

We hold these truths to be self-evident: That, whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of [Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness], it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such Principles and organizing its Powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness....                                               
      - United States Declaration of Independence, 1776
 

  

One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics
     is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. - Plato

    Learning is not obtained by chance. It must be sought with
                ardor and attended to with diligence. - Abigail Adams

                              Public opinion [is the] lord of the universe. - Thomas Jefferson 

                                                                                                                
                            
                        GET INFO...GET ACTIVE!

Feeling powerless out there?  Well, here's the scoop...  So are most people, even the adult people in charge.  But look,  knowledge is power.  If you don't get up to speed about what's going on around you and what exactly your  government and the rest of the adults in charge of your destiny are doing in and to the world and then act on it,  you just may not be around to tell these war stories to the next generation.  

Time has come for you to take some responsibility for your destiny.  Figure things out and make some changes.  Well,  why the heck are we on the  brink of WW3 anyway?  Wasn't life just grand on September 10th? Or were things going on that affected the global public interest that you should have known about?

If you live in a democracy,  you you you (yes, you) are supposed to run the government through the representatives you elect with your vote.  If you aren't old enough to vote, you still can influence them with your opinion - or just tell your parents how to vote. 


"The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence.  Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do."

-- Samuel P. Huntingt
on, Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor and
   Chair of the Harvard Academy of International and Area Studies
 


However, in order  to make sure the people in charge of your life are doing what's in the best  interest of our planet, you have to be aware of the issues and then stay on top of them with e-mails telling them how to vote on any given issue. 

Then, if your surrogates create or vote for policies that are globally unresponsive, you need to vote them out.  Or tell your parents what's going on (they might not have time to be on top of things like you) and tell them how to vote.

Not a real choice of candidates out there, you complain?  Goobers and weirdos and power freaks with no courage or brains?  Then go to out and run for office or school board or student body or jump start a movement and elect someone who cares about the world, not just about keeping power in a world that is slowly (well, quicker now) getting more and more messed-up. 

If you don't see a leader out there, get out and be a leader yourself. Show the baby boomers and the greatest generation that they ain't seen nothing yet.

Okay, admittedly,  it's hard to keep up with all the policies when next month's bills are piling up or you've got an  exam to take (or both).  And, frankly, the folks in charge make things so confusing that you need to be a lawyer or a lobbyist to figure out the latest bills and compromises and who has power over what.   And, the news is boring, gory and irrelevant, you say? 

Well, iWYNN hopes to change that and break down political issues that affect you (even the ones way over in the middle east that you never thought would have anything to do with you) in a way that is interesting and creative and interactive, so you can see what's what and who's who.  Then, we are going to make it easy for you to send your opinion on each issue to the folks in charge via the wonderful world wide web.

You can also log onto the potato farm and play interactive games to help solve the global problems the previous generations haven't yet figured out.  Like why war all the time?  Why such poverty in the world? How do our emotions work? Why global warming? Why are women treated with such violence in every country in the world? Why does the stock market act like an addict?  Why the difference between the rich and poor is growing, not shrinking.

You can challenge youth from other countries or cooperate with global teams of your choosing. Like picking sides in a b-ball game.  Look, it's fun and interesting (or we wouldn't be doing it!)

We need the voice of youth to posit creative ways to end the cycle of destructive behavior on this planet that the adults just can't seem to figure out (as you may have figured out by now).  But no one in charge listens to you, you say?   Well, we are going to work on that end of things.

There is power in numbers. If as many young adults voted as watch MTV, you'd be listened to, believe us...    

iWYNN will do the dishing, you do the acting...  Yes, we have a perspective, it's set out clearly. We want what's good for the most amount of people in the world, even if it means sacrificing a little.  Take that into consideration when you read our news. We want the truth out there.

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