If It’s Broke, Fix It (Don’t Burn It To The Ground)

by Christopher Dunne

Sometimes our staff meetings get a little off topic. Last week, a conversation about our core principles and our recently damaged tent led to us enumerating a fifth core value at Highland Planning: “If it’s broke, throw it away.”

That’s perfectly good advice when it comes to cheap, unrecyclable material goods. But many people today take that approach to the institutions that are fundamental to our society and our democracy. The approach some people take might be described as “if it’s broke, burn it to the ground.”

The tent in question. Unlike our democratic norms and institutions, not necessarily worth salvaging.
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