There’s a thing that happened in November of 2016 that a great majority of us found distressing. That thing has been known to cause panic attacks, deep bouts of depression, severely unhealthy anxiety complications, and in very extreme cases, PTSD. Suffice it to say, we need a plan. A plan to scratch and claw and bite, obstruct and disrupt our way out of the deep dark tomfoolery that we are about to enter, and back into the might of the bright light.
So here it is.
My 5-point plan to make Donald Trump the best thing that ever happened to America:
1 — We The People…
2 — Renewables in the Rustbelt
3 — Jump on the Bitcoin Blockchain Bandwagon
4 — Punch Card Voting!? Seriously!? How Is That Still A Thing!?
5 — Crowdsource the Legislative Process
Let’s begin with:
# 1 — We The People…
2016 has delivered to us one very important message — we have entered the age of populist rule.
If there’s one thing that was made clear with this election, it’s that the ‘establishment’ is kaput. Or at least the establishment as we (thought) we understood it…
Make no mistake; this was absolutely a populist led movement that led to a populist led candidate. The Republican machine tried to fight it at first, but, fortunately for them, eventually fell in line.
The big problem that the Democratic Party had was not only trying to push a candidate that the populace didn’t really ask for, but they also had trouble connecting to the people in the middle of the country and the things that were important to them.
Trump did it.
Bernie did it.
Hillary, unfortunately for us all, did not.
In reference to a realization he had about a month before D-Day, Vice President Joe Biden put it best in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times: “Son of a gun. We may lose this election. They’re all the people I grew up with. They’re their kids. And they’re not racist. They’re not sexist. But we didn’t talk to them.”
And if you had a chance to check out the post-election MSNBC town hallthat Bernie Sanders held among Trump voters in Kenosha, Wisconsin in mid-December, the sentiment was magnified when many admitted they would have voted for Sanders had he been the nominee, simply because they got the sense he was out there talking to them, vetting their concerns.
Here’s the thing, and it took this election for me (and no doubt the DNC) to come to terms with the fact, but we can’t just expect everyone to come to us. Furthermore, we can’t just expect to decide the future of the entire rest of the country. There’s a reason ‘flyover’ country refers to us as the ‘coastal elite.’ We may be right about most things, but we are snobs (see what I did there? If you didn’t catch it, you really need to marinate on that last sentence before continuing with this article, as it’s the very essence of why Trump won).
As much as we think we know what’s best for everyone that’s not us, we don’t.
All those white male votes that Sanders and Trump were criticized for during the primary process? Well, it was those very folks that delivered the presidency to the rotten pumpkin. We can say what we will, but the candidate that at least acted like he was listening to their concerns, is the candidate that won.
We have to include them in the dialogue of what we all need, together, to progress as a nation…not just select groups of us.
We may have thought the most progressive thing this country could do at this moment was to elect a woman president following a black president.
We were wrong.
The most progressive thing we could have done for this country was to give the entire middle of it…a life.
While those of us residing in America’s big cities have the luxury of pivoting and pursuing various career paths and causes and movements, there are wide influential swaths in the core of our country that existed because of singular particular industries that we all took for granted — coal, steel, cars, manufacturing. And when those industries disappeared, those whose lives revolved around them for our collective, and often overlooked, benefits, didn’t have the luxury of just switching to and pursuing something else.
That something else didn’t exist. And for us to think that they could or should have just abandoned their homes, their families, their backgrounds, their history, in order to ‘enlighten’ themselves and satiate our ‘progressive’ minds, is the epitome of where the ‘coastal elite’ label came from.
They gave us our cars, they gave us our energy and power, they gave us our food, they gave us the materials that built and made the things we use and depend on every day.
Now, they want to feed their babies.
They want to pay their mortgages.
They want to pay their medical bills.
They want someone to listen to them…someone to help them…someone to offer them hope.
And we can’t blame them.
So what can we do? We can actually make moves to offer them many of those things.
The Democratic Party and progressive Independents need to start now and open offices and institutions in all minority and middle class middle America areas, and offer basic services that they are lacking and desperately needing. Things like legal services, job training services, physical & mental health services including anti-bullying and hate crime counseling and guidance — give them those things that they were ‘promised’ that we know the Republican party has no intention on delivering on. And there’s no need to incessantly hammer home who is offering them those things, for that will be disingenuous and they will see directly through that.
It needs to be real and it needs to come from a real place of empathy.
Word will spread on its own.
And once it comes time to cast their ballots, they will respond.
But most importantly, we need to listen to them.
Not the other way around.
And if there’s one thing that they made more than abundantly clear through the course of this election,
If they are jobs they can do, or someone will teach them to do, no matter if its coal country or car country, they won’t care where, from whom, and what kind of jobs they are, which brings me to:
# 2 — Renewables in the Rust Belt
Our candidates and public sector have VERY MUCH failed us in the 2016 presidential election cycle regarding the most existential threat to the human race in existence:
Neither Clinton nor Trump addressed climate change to any degree of importance, despite poll after poll showing that it was important to voters. This already-well-past immediate threat to our nation and our species was ignored in all 3 debates, and it didn’t even come up in the several painfully pointless post-election interviews with the President-elect, including the ‘coveted’ (is it still!?) 60 Minutes spot.
So fuck ‘em.
What we do know, is that Trump plans to bring back coal, open up federal lands (including National Parks) for drilling and resource extraction, and pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement that took 20 years to put together and just went into effect this last December.
Make no mistake, this is the most anti-science fossil fuel friendly administration ever assembled.
Rex Tillerson, his nominee for Secretary of State, is the president and chief executive of Exxon Mobile.
Scott Pruit, his nominee for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, is a prominent climate denier and close ally to the fossil fuel industry.
Rick Perry, his nominee for Secretary of Energy, who once advocated for disassembling the very Energy Department he will now run, sits on the very board of the company that is trying to build the hotly contested Dakota Access Pipeline, which threatens to destroy water supplies for the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation’s Lakota and Dakota Native Americans, as well as over 17 million Americans downstream the Missouri River.
Hell, his nominee for his own Chief Strategist is Steve Bannon, who ran Breitbart, the epitome of fake news and sensationalist fuckery. Some of the stories that run under his leadership included “The Solution To Online Harassment is Simple: Women Should Log Off”, “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive And Crazy,” and “Marxists, Global Warming Extremists Control Vatican.”
And the remaining members of his cabinet? Not much better.
The Donald has literally managed to assemble a board that would rival “Evilcorp” (you’re welcome Mr. Robot fans!) — Goldman Sachsmen, climate deniers, white supremacists, misogynists and fake news purveyors.
And it’s not exactly a shocker that it all comes down to one thing…money.
These are the final holdouts from the fossil fueled industrial age and they’re coming for their final kicks.
So why not hit them right where it hurts, gut punch them in their wallets.
Let them know we don’t want what they’re offering.
As tough as it might be to stomach for some uber-liberals and those in the leftist echo chambers to hear, it may be time to pivot significantly to the private sector and the gasp free market. Pivot the liberal (myself included) and center back to where their roots lie — the workingman — and perhaps find some common ground with the basic ideals of the Republican side, which used to be the Democratic side, which turned into one big ball of incestual upchuck…
At this stage in our human and cultural development, perhaps it’s worth taking a look at how more and more of the private sector is heeding what the consumers want and innovating to make that happen. They’re more nimble, they’re less bureaucratic, and in this new 21st century progressive corporate climate, they actually listen. We have the relatively newly minted B-Corps (Benefit Corporations) legal business structure, more employee owned businesses and cooperatives than ever before, and tech companies that are notorious for giving benefits and perks that are unheard of in traditional industry.
The Democratic Party can take a few lessons from tech and new industry, who have put a premium on wanting to know what we want instead of dictate what we want and then giving it to us.
They understand that a happy worker is a more vested and productive worker.
Furthermore, in the hyper-connected age of the worldwide interwebs and tweets and snaps and Yelp and Google and Amazon reviews, their very businesses depend on it.
After all, with the traditional ad agency firewalls breaking down, we can truly get a glimpse into what the free market is actually asking for…so long we pay attention. These days, who wouldn’t take a review or recommendation from their friend’s Facebook post or Tweet or Yelp ratings over a slickly produced commercial any day of the week?
There are several cases in point, from Airbnb to Uber, who have taken on the bureaucratic cities and locales that were catering to traditional hotel and taxi businesses, best known for indecently invading your sanity and wallet, and put the power of the transportation and hospitality commerce in the hands of we the people, all based on reviews and user experiences.
Another great case in point: Tesla. They emerged from the ashes of a shitty Bush presidency and the crappiest economy since the Great Depression. People were disillusioned, science was having a renaissance, war-causing oil-dependence was the adversary. While everything was falling apart, and the good ol’ days when Obama was offering hope to the middle class, Elon Musk saw an opening and went for it.
Now he’s got the most innovative car company on the planet, of of the most influential solar companies on earth with SolarCity, and the most efficient space rockets ever invented with SpaceX, who are now gathering contracts from everyone from NASA to the International Space Station. Additionally, just a few months ago, at the same time that Tesla revealed their plans for a second giga-factory, this one in Europe, it was also estimated that it would only take 100 giga-factories to provide enough sustainable energy to power the entire world.
That’s 2 down, 98 to go.
So why not make a concerted effort to press for people like Elon Musk and Bill Gates, who just announced a 1 billion dollar clean energy fund, and the innovators from the tech and renewable energy sector to begin building infrastructure alongside areas where the dark lords are going to attempt to give coal and oil a final MAJOR boon (never mind automation or the increasing glut in demand for these very sources…a whole other article in itself)?
Tech and renewables…stop preaching to the choirs, you already have us! Now it’s time to head into the rust belt and Midwest — Trump “flyover” Country — and provide new money jobs with better pay and benefits than their traditional coal paying, fossil fuel, and manufacturing gigs. You have the power to attract that disenfranchised crowd and bring them naturally towards the renewable energy route.
They want jobs and it would be a stretch to say they care who gives it to them (as they’ve amply demonstrated by choosing to take a wrecking ball to the system and take the biggest gamble Vegas could ever put a line on in this election).
They just want a future.
And most importantly, and this is VERY important…they want to be part of it.
So what better way to kill two birds with one stone than to take those fossil fuel JOBS away, but give those fossil fuel WORKERS better jobs in future industry. Especially since many of those coming up in those areas are now in the millennial range, the very demographic that voted overwhelmingly in favor of progressive ideals in the primaries and the general election.
We’re in a world that is moving more and more towards renewables and clean energy and further away from fossil fuels, and anyone that tries to deny it is, well, in denial. Not only has China pivoted dramatically to embrace renewables, but they’ve also indicated they will continue to pursue the commitments made in the Paris Agreement with our without us. India has just unveiled the world’s largest solar plant, and even Saudi Arabia has begun to battle the limits of their fossil fuel exports with one of the world’s largest solar projects. Fossil fuel divestments, which have doubled in the last 15 months, now represent over 5 trillion dollars, and as of 2016, solar has finally become cheaper than fossil fuels. In fact, not only have renewables as a whole have become cheaper than fossil fuels, but clean energy investments are outpacing oil and coal 2 to 1 and, perhaps most importantly, a recent UN report shows that clean energy now creates more jobs than those very fossil fuels.
Sustainability has moved from being a buzzword to a mainstream free market word. As the Chicago Tribune so aptly put it, “Millennials Are Coming And They Want Sustainable Investments.”
Trump or no Trump, these industries are here to stay in a big way. And these industries already need more and more workers.
So now that we have all these amazing new ‘things’ at our disposal, and people have a bit of money in their pockets again, it’s a perfect time to:
# 3 — Jump on the Blockchain Bandwagon.
Most everyone has heard of Bitcoin. But certainly not most everyone has used it or had any experience with it.
Basically, it’s a digital currency.
Think of it like using PayPal or Apple Pay or Android Pay to get paid and to pay for a good or service. You never see a single dollar.
Essentially, you’re getting what you want, the other party is getting what they want, and everybody’s happy. While PayPal and the such happen to be based on the dollar, a currency we’re familiar with and is widely used, so as long as we both agree to use and accept it, and we’re getting what we want, what does it matter if it’s a U.S. currency or digital currency?
Essentially, what Bitcoin did was dilute and destroy the long-standing myth of what gives money its value. By creating a system that has no central body, and is distributed on blockchain technology, which is a public, digital ledger of cryptography-encrypted transactions, making it directly accountable, secure, and transparent, the value of Bitcoin and crypto-currencies are directly dictated and set by the people using it and its continued circulation.
Here’s a great video to quickly explain the blockchain technology. Trust me, you want to watch it.
Not only will it help you better understand this whole ‘bitcoin blockchain’ thing, it’s already running a host of applications and it will, in varying degrees of capacity, be a part of your life very very soon, if it’s not already. It’s also making a few of our best friends, the IRS and the banks ‘too big to fail,’ start to sweat a bit. Just simply Google ‘blockchain’ and you’ll be surprised at who’s talking about it and for what reasons.
It’s a bit strange at first to wrap your head around the concepts behind it, but once it clicks, it’ll become an obsession. Essentially, right now, a centralized body is dictating that that candy bar is worth your one-dollar bill. But with crypto-currencies, you and I can decide how much that candy bar is worth and vice versa. So as long as we can agree on that, set by the true market (how many people are using Bitcoin or that particular cryptocurrency, how many candy bars are available, etc), then there’s no reason we can’t provide goods and services using Bitcoin (or other cryptocurrencies) instead of dollars. If I can use it to buy a house or a car or pay my bills or feed my family, what do I care if it’s not a dollar bill?
In fact, more companies than you even think have already dipped their toes in those waters, including Wordpress, Subway, Microsoft, Expedia, Newegg, Tesla, Home Depot, Kmart, Dish Network, Naughty America (so I hear…), and dozens more. As a matter of fact, Overstock, one of the world’s largest online retailers, just recently became the first publicly traded company to trade its shares via the Bitcoin blockchain.
Millions are already using cryptocurrencies, and just this past December, Bitcoin marked a banner year by hitting a new high, making it almost as valuable as an ounce of gold. As the Wall Street Journal put it, “Aided by election surprises, a spike in geopolitical uncertainty and falling price volatility, the virtual currency is drawing in traders, potentially sparking a rethink about its novelty status.” Even Forbes couldn’t help but state “On the one side are those who still have faith in the Federal Reserve and the health of the US economy, and think that stocks and bonds are the place to park their savings. On the other side are those who have lost faith in the Federal Reserve and the US economy, and are looking for alternative investments to park their money — like gold or Bitcoin.”
Cryptocurrencies aren’t going to be accepted and adopted overnight by the mainstream. Like anything new, it’s going to take some time and getting used to. But in the meantime, at the very least, we can begin to promote a more user-friendly and viable network that accepts cryptocurrency and work with and towards that. There’s a whole network of services and productsthat already accept and use cryptocurrencies including attorneys, doctors, food vendors, you name it. The IRS is still struggling with how to deal with cryptocurrency, and the big banks have begun to discuss what to do about it as well.
Essentially the idea here is to “drain the swamp” by draining the source of their power, and if we can prop up a peer-to-peer blockchain based system, make no mistake, the rotten pumpkin and his shriveled crop of lizard mutants will panic.
And it’s not on their direct and immediate radar.
There are a lot of advantages of having dinosaurs feign leadership…they’re far behind on the chain of evolution.
While Bitcoin itself may not be the end all be all, it certainly continues to prove, closer-to-a-decade-than-not later, that peer-to-peer cryptocurrency is a viable market model and currency alternative, and, perhaps, more importantly, the blockchain is here to stay, which brings me to number 4 on my list:
# 4 — Punch Card Voting!? Seriously!? How is that still a thing??!!
One of the biggest problems that the Democratic Party has, and this actually seems to stretch across the board, is getting young people to vote and be active participants in our ‘democracy.’
Here’s the thing, Republicans have been absolutely surgical with their genius methods of suppressing youth and minority votes in a myriad of ways from gerrymandering districts to ensuring that voting day is in the middle of the week when most voters that would vote against them are at work, to their intricate manipulation of voter ID laws and evil genius manipulations of ALEC bills (you NEED to know about those!). You name it, they’ve analyzed it and dissected it and got it down to a science…and it worked.
With this being said, asking a millennial to go punch a card in a cardboard box in a high school gymnasium is like asking a millennial to holler at their bae on a telephone attached to a cord inside of a booth on a street corner. Now ask that millennial to vote for president from their iThing between a selfie and a snap? Well, NOW you’ve got ‘em!
This is not hard. Instead of getting voter cards telling us where to vote, we can get a one-time-use voting PIN code attached to our social security or ID numbers and verify our identity using the cameras on our smartphones. All of it can be done on the blockchain, which provides an immediately verifiable and accountable encrypted public ledger for every transaction made (see point # 3 above…it’s the same technology that powers crypto-currency technology).
Voter-fraud detection? Immediate.
Australia is already playing with blockchain voting, the European Union (EU) is courting it and heck, the Libertarian Party here in the States has begun flirting with it. There was even a Kickstarter campaign, Follow My Vote, during the 2016 election cycle, that attempted to bring it into more public consciousness.
So to the dinosaurs still running the museum, let me introduce you to millennial rule # 1 — Don’t try to convince them that they have to come to you. YOU are OUR public servants, not the other way around. They now have the tools to see right through your tomfoolery. If you want them (and you do since you know you now need them), you’ll have to go to them.
It’s the same philosophy behind point # 1 (We The People). We have to be where the people are and approach them in ways that are approachable and relatable to them if we want them to be participants.
And if we want them to participate, we need to make sure that what they’re participating in applies directly to them, which takes us to my 5th and final point in my plan to save America:
# 5 — Crowdsource The Legislative Process
Send a letter to my congressman? Really?
Make a phone call to my representative? WTF?!
While the illusion of the efficacy of these methods may have been sufficient to keep the sheeple in their stables throughout the 1900s, once again, this is 2016, which means that we now know these methods are complete hogwash, especially if you really have any interest in getting the youth involved in the political process.
Now, it wouldn’t surprise me if most of you reading this don’t even know how our legislative process works. Hell, I had to Google a few things just to jog my own memory (or what I thought I knew), and it proved worth revisiting. Here’s a summary taken directly from the House of Representative’s website: “First, a representative sponsors a bill. The bill is then assigned to a committee for study. If released by the committee, the bill is put on a calendar to be voted on, debated or amended. If the bill passes by simple majority (218 of 435), the bill moves to the Senate. In the Senate, the bill is assigned to another committee and, if released, debated and voted on. Again, a simple majority (51 of 100) passes the bill. Finally, a conference committee made of House and Senate members works out any differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. The resulting bill returns to the House and Senate for final approval. The Government Printing Office prints the revised bill in a process called enrolling. The President has 10 days to sign or veto the enrolled bill.”
Notice that nowhere, at all, are the very people affected by these laws involved anywhere in that process. While we get a chance to review all the bills being considered on the House floor after they’ve been drafted and introduced by our morally bankrupt overlords, we have little to no input or say in the process of putting together the wording and details of these bills. Essentially, laws are being conceived of and imposed on us with none of our input save for a token chance to ‘call your representatives.’
If we want those who are coming up in the world to be involved in shaping the planet they will be inheriting, if we really give a crap about them rather than use that as an excuse to stuff ourselves, if we really want any chance to save our democracy, then we have to give them a say in the very things that are affecting them and that are important to them. Essentially, they need to be given a seat at the table crafting the very laws governing them — they need to be given a say in our insulated legislative process.
And in order to do this, it needs to be done in a way that they understand and trust: open-sourced and crowd-sourced.
When WE the people feel vested in something, their emotions are tied to it, and when their emotions are tied to it, it is impossible to feel disconnected from it, so if we are to reverse the snowballing trend of disenfranchised youth from our political processes, we have to make them vested in those very processes, and by giving them a seat at that proverbial legislative table, they will own those processes and make them effective and relevant to the very demographics they’re designed for (and to all you politician skunk bastards, remember, more people involved means more votes for you!!).
Since the concept of the corporate lobby was introduced and embraced during the Reagan era, most laws have been written by those very special interest lobbyists and bureaucrats. While that was effectively kept out of the public’s eyes the past several neoliberal decades, the veil has been lifted off that tired illusion. Voting patterns and disenfranchisement from the major political parties reflect that.
Ideally, the way it’s supposed to work is a concerned individual or group brings an idea for a law to their representatives. When was the last time that’s happened!? The last thing our lobbyists and politicians want is for “concerned individuals” to get in their way.
After all, our congressmen and women have repeatedly admitted that it’s rare that they even read the full billspresented to them. They have gone so far as to literally hire speed-readers to give them the gist.
Well believe you me, given the chance, to the corporate interests’ behest (and we know they know this), WE the people will absolutely do their due diligence and read and hack every single sentence in those bills — essentially doing Congress’ jobs for them — saving them the money of hiring those speed readers, giving them more time to golf and spend our hard earned tax dollars on hookers and blow — and we’d be MORE than happy to do so.
Sure, we have the options of “testifying or observing at a legislative committee hearing…to let legislators understand the positions of citizens on a proposed bill” and of “attending legislative crackerbarrels [to] serve the same purpose,” but, well, WTF is a crackerbarrel? Even the Wikipedia entryis about the chain of “American” country themed restaurant / gift shops. Are they saying we are crafting our nation’s laws in faux-American country stores filled with Chinese goods over chicken fried steak and deviled eggs?
‘Call your representative’ may have somehow made sense in 1776, but it sure as shit doesn’t make any sense in 2016. For the first time ever, we live in an era in which the public is not only increasingly demanding a seat at the table (how dare they…), but they’re the ones setting the table. It’s proving more and more necessary if whatever is being considered has any chance of survival — whether that be a business, or a socio-political movement, a political party, or, at its most basic level, a Kickstarter or Indiegogo or GoFundMe campaign…WE now control the dialogue, not THEM.
If you want us to attend a ‘crackerbarrel,’ make it an app and put in on GitHub and link it to Reddit! We will pull together the collective millennial ‘force’ and make that crackerbarrel the best crackerbarrel the world hath ever witnessed (and the mashed potatoes will be to die for).
Which brings us full circle back to # 1, “We The People.”
That’s how we do.
Sure, the above may seem like a pipe dream at first glance, but I promise if you re-read it, you’ll realize it really isn’t. Most of the hard work has already been done. The foundation is laid. The tests have come back from the labs, all with positive results. Now we just have to do what we Americans do best…marketing!
And if you’re still skeptical and think that it’s too idealistic and not ‘pragmatic’ enough, let me offer you this: would America itself even exist if it weren’t for idealism?
Hell, Trump would not have been elected had it not been for idealism!
After all, idealism is the very thing that leads to realism. Real things come from ideas first.
Try telling the civil rights movement they were too idealistic.
Try telling the women’s rights movement they were too idealistic.
Try telling Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Uber and Airbnb that they were too idealistic.
Try telling those that are 3D printing functional human organs out of stem cells, and those that are transforming storytelling through virtual reality, and those countries, counties and states that are running fully on renewable energy that they’re too idealistic.
And finally, if you’re still on the fence, what other choice do we really have? Do you really want it to go there?
More now than ever, the country needs idealism. They need to stoke the fires of their imaginations in a time in which we’re empowered, and encouraged, to do so.
The good news is 2016 has lit an inferno under the progressive movement’s skinny jeans ass cheeks the likes that have never been seen before. Donations to progressive and environmental organizations have been breaking records, tens of thousands of young people have been activated and are getting involved in grassroots organizations that are blossoming at a rate too fast to keep up with, and commitments to future industry are increasing with a renewed vigor.
We’re no longer comfortably napping.
We’ve been shaken awake.
We’re ready to fight.
And we better not wait until 2018 or 2020 to do so.
It’ll surely get dangerous for a while as the village elders attempt with their collective old-man strength to squash us back down “where we belong,” but, well, we got Obama out of Bush, so, quite honestly, I can’t wait to see what Trump gives us.
Trump proved that this is the time of heeding what the people want. Now it’s time for the progressive movement to prove that it is the true keeper of the ideals that the people want.
Make no mistake; it’s going to get ugly. Very very ugly. The next 4 years are going to make the heartiest of liberals yearn for the days of Dubya. But if we can use this moment to make tangible progress in the above areas, then Donald Trump might end up being the best thing that ever happened to America.
So rejoice America, if we’re willing to usher it in, democracy is finally on its way back to our country.
It’s become very obvious through the 3 painful decades of neoliberalism that our elected officials have no interest in that, but this is 2016. Now WE control the dialogue. And they’re barely beginning to understand that.
So it’s time to listen to each other, work with each other, and make happen what we all need to happen.
WE have the tools.
WE create the methods.
And once we’re done grieving, WE just have to have the drive.
We owe it to our future.
We owe it to Mother Earth.
We owe it to we.
Let’s do this thing.
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