Put away your dictionaries
Treating and focusing on symptoms, not the underlying ailment. Yes. Everything from gun violence to national security policy seems to be caught in this vortex. Is it the political expediency (and popularity) of easing the temporary situation (symptom) that causes this short-sighted approach to policy?
You are writing GEMS Joel!!! Loved this one. I’ve often called myself an “unconventional” urban planner because of my distrust for the dogma of the profession. Now, independent-mindedness is a mouthful but much more accurate and positive too!
I also think it’s time for the word “subvert” to broaden up a bit. Maybe it’s not about authorities... but long-standing, enduring, perennial problems can be almost equally as crushing, almost more, because our reason for not being able to solve them is ourselves. We can be made aware of our blind spots, but society pursues this more as a hobby rather than a moral imperative. Well, keep on fighting the good fight Joel.