In recent days, we have been having a whole lot of talk about crowdsourcing and crowdfunding, and the way that the connectivity of the internet has thrown our world into a bit of a tizzy.
For better or worse, the world is a tiny, tiny place, thanks to the wonder and awe-inspiring power of the internet. Human beings, at least those with smartphones, are now nigh-omnipotent beings who will never be caught wondering what the name of that one actor in that one show is. We have IMDB for that now.
We’ll never wonder what the weather forecast is. We needn’t memorize addresses, phone numbers, or recipes any longer. We are superhuman, in many ways, because of this.
The internet also allows us to meet up with like-minded folks, share ideas, and contribute to society however we wish.
So, for those of you who think socialism would someday work, (for the first time ever), why don’t you head over to GoFundMe or a similar crowdfunding website and donate all of your “extra” money to someone else. Maybe back a new craft brewery, or pay someone’s medical bills? Heck, if you’re mad at the President, you can even donate to the legal funds of those who are attempting to delegitimize him.
You can be a socialist, if you really want to, by simply giving away all of the funds that you “don’t need”. You don’t require Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or Bernie Sanders in office to do so. You can just do it.
While you’re at it, maybe you could donate to some of the farmers out there who keep you alive by providing the groceries that you consume every day.
A Wisconsin family is turning to crowdfunding to save their dairy farm, which dates all the way back to 1873.
Dale Cihlar, a fourth generation dairy farmer and grandfather of nine grandkids, had reached a new low – with several prized dairy cows dying, the price of milk plummeting, and another $1,600 monthly payment for the manure storage system the county required them to install. So he and his wife Karen were pressed to take out a loan.
When Dale and Karen went to take out a $35,000 loan to purchase half a herd of cows from a fellow farmer who was going out of business, they were denied time and time again because of projected milk prices. But the last banker they talked to gave Karen an idea.“The last one said to me to do what you have to do and don’t worry about what others think, so that night I did the GoFundMe page,” Karen told Fox News, adding she didn’t know what to expect but put it in God’s hands.
“I am asking for help to keep [our] small family dairy farm going,” Karen wrote in her plea to save the family farm. “My husband is to[o] proud to come on here, but my gut says give it a try.”
So, “socialists” of the millennial, bohemian, upper middle class, put your money where your mouth is. (And I don’t mean by purchasing another $7 coffee).
In the land of the free, you are more than free to go give away your money. So what’s the holdup?