Social Systems

"Since the late 1960s, the central focus of social theorists has been the relationship between individuals and society, which in our case translates to the relationship between employees and organizations.  Two competing perspectives examine this relationship.  The macro perspective sees individuals as being molded, controlled, ordered, and constrained by society and by social institutions.  In contrast, the micro perspective sees individuals as creating society and its social systems."

— Organizational Communication: Balancing Creativity and Constraint

So much of our politics and even our personal responses to the world are shaped by the conflict between these two views.  I very strongly believe that individuals create society—and have the capacity to change it.