Jefferson provides substance to my “Don’t fix a broken system. Build a new system that makes sense for peers.” world view on advocacy.

“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

My take on this is it is the moral imperative – if not outright ethical obligation – for those who can exact sensible and positive change, with the humane goal of lessening peer suffering, to create these opportunities to help others empower themselves.