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At first, right to repair might seem like a fringe issue for people who own soldering irons and run Linux on their computer. But time and time again we’ve seen that isn’t true. From migrants to educators to repair professionals to artists, there is no neat box that repair fits into. The stories we’ve found along the way have centered on community, ecological concerns, and personal autonomy—and they’ve taught us some lessons.
Common sense: Right to repair doesn’t sit neatly into the culture-war discourse in today’s media ecosystem. It is an oddly common sense issue that is supported by the general public because it's a fairly simple concept that people can feel in a material way.
Helps us see big problems: It’s not just about phones and computers. Because right to repair is such an intersectional issue that touches labor, ecological systems, and technology it becomes a powerful critique our economic systems. Whether by exposing problems of over-consumption or runaway corporate power, right to repair offers a lens to view big problems.
Global concern: Repair isn’t the issue of one group of people or one nation, it’s something that transcends national and cultural boundaries—because it is such a human activity.
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