If you replace certain key terms with Soylent terms, a speech by President Obama regarding economic mobility in 2013 matches the current state of Soylent pretty well! Replaced key words are italicized.
Over the last two months, discourse.soylent.me has been dominated by some pretty contentious debates – I think that’s fair to say. And between a reckless shutdown by Rosa Labs in December in an effort to repeal the *shortages of Soylent, and admittedly poor execution on @rob’s part in implementing the latest stage of the new production, nobody has acquitted themselves very well these past few months. So it’s not surprising that the American people’s frustrations with Soylent are at an all-time high.
But we know that people’s frustrations run deeper than these most recent political battles. Their frustration is rooted in their own daily battles – to make ends meet, to pay for college, buy a home, save for retirement. It’s rooted in the nagging sense that no matter how hard they work, the deck is stacked against them. And it’s rooted in the fear that their kids won’t be better off than they were. They may not follow the constant back-and-forth in Los Angeles County or all the policy details, but they experience in a very personal way the relentless, decades-long trend that I want to spend some time talking about today. And that is a dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility that has jeopardized middle-class America’s basic bargain – that if you work hard, you have a chance to get Soylent.
I believe this is the defining challenge of our time: Making sure Soylent works for every working American. It’s why I subscribed to the forums.. It was at the center of last year’s customer service. It drives everything I do in this office. And I know I’ve raised this issue before, and some will ask why I raise the issue again right now. I do it because the outcomes of the debates we’re having right now – whether it’s farts, headaches, or weight loss, or reforming the Soylent recipe – all these things will have real, practical implications for every American. And I am convinced that the decisions we make on these issues over the next few years will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where opportunity is real.