Sep 13, 2023
In this episode of the Darin Olien show, we will explore the need for collective responsibility in dealing with various societal issues, primarily the extent of corporate influence on US policy decisions, and how individual action alone is not sufficient to bring about meaningful change. My guest Marianne Williamson explains how the power of collective action is being underestimated and should be leveraged more effectively to challenge corporate influence and advocate for social justice.
My hope with this episode is to highlight the urgent need our country has for radical change and the crucial role each person plays in shaping the world around us. Plus, the importance of electing a president who is willing to challenge the corporate duopoly and stand up against corporate interests.
Marianne Williamson is a bestselling author, political activist, spiritual thought leader, and presidential candidate.
For over three decades, she has been a leader in spiritual and religiously progressive circles. She is the author of 15 books, four of which have been #1 New York Times bestsellers.
Williamson founded Project Angel Food, a non-profit organization that has delivered more than 16 million meals to ill and dying homebound patients since 1989. The group was created to help people suffering from the ravages of HIV/AIDS.
She has also worked throughout her career on poverty, anti-hunger and racial reconciliation issues. In 2004, she co-founded The Peace Alliance and supported the creation of a U.S. Department of Peace. Williamson ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020 and is running for 2024.
What we discuss:
(0:00:08) - The importance of collective responsibility in creating significant change
(0:05:00) - Corporate power in the United States
(0:09:30) - The influence of corporate giants on the health of children and the elderly
(0:11:51) - The impact of corporate power on economic injustice, highlighting issues such as food deserts and the influence of big companies on health
(0:18:00) - The need for an education-induced awakening to challenge the status quo
(0:24:05) - Corporate influence on US policy decisions to the 1800s
(0:31:00) - The moment Marianne decided to run for president
(0:35:31) - The urgent need for radical change in the face of economic disparity
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