THE COLOSSAL AND ENRAGING HYPOCRISY OF CHARLES KOCH

From his insulated perch as the Chairman and CEO of Koch Industries which is situated in our nation’s heartland, Charles Koch has waged a half-century campaign to eviscerate American democracy.

Utilizing a structure of interlocking institutions and organizations he has expended enormous energy and infused massive sums to accomplish throughout all elements of our federalist system, a governmental reality which in a posture of emaciated servility is responsive to the dictates of the miniscule coterie of billionaires who are members of the contemporary domestic oligarchy.

At the epicenter of the ideological doctrines he embraces with a ferocious and monomaniacal fervor is the crucial object of ensuring that those who reside at the apogee of our economy may continue to enjoy the prerogatives they have formulated and imposed since the hegemony of Ronald Reagan, in which their capabilities to unceasingly accumulate wealth remains unrestricted.

So too do they seek with equal intensity that the neoliberal ethos they so revere remains the dominant cultural dynamic in its continuing quest to restrict the popular sovereignty of the majority of our citizens to impact those decisions which are implemented at all levels of government, and to continue to reduce all aspects of our republic’s life and consciousness to economic calculations and values and by so doing elevate the market and its insatiable appetite for growth and profitability to a position of supremacy in our national proscenium and demand that all societal components among us serve its operational imperatives.

To thwart and impede the will of the majority and thus preserve their privileges and obscene affluence Charles Koch mounted unceasing assaults on every pillar in this society that sought to augment and perpetuate such historical normative principles as distributive justice, the various concepts of government’s historical collective obligations to its citizens, equality and opportunity and the institutional configurations that would serve those interests optimally, as well as those constitutional initiatives which would remediate enduring injustices embedded within the fabric of our polity.

In the course of his five-decade endeavor he funneled billions of dollars into center and institutes and political organizations that disseminated ultra-conservative principles and extreme libertarian precepts, none more fervid that the Federalist Society, that ultimately resulted in the appointment of jurists within the federal judiciary, and most notably as members of the Supreme Court, and within state court systems of those whose decisions further expanded the realm of corporate dominion and enrichment and circumscribed the rights of citizens both individually and collectively.

His activities extended to state houses and legislatures as well. Those governors and legislators who were the recipients of his campaign contributions instituted the required protocols to gerrymander congressional districts and engaged in practices designed to succeed in voter suppression to restrict the ballots that their minority constituents might cast to install those officials who would be responsive to agendas that were hostile to the interests of the oligarchs.

Within the halls of Congress majorities comprised of principally Republican representatives ensured the continuous diminution of the tax obligations to which both corporations and the 1% were subject, resulting in the transfer to our nation’s middle class of a significant expansion of their required contributions to our federal treasury and to the coffers of state governments as well.

To exacerbate the enmities and acrimony that existed among elements of our populace he allocated significant financial resources to the Tea Party and other groups that aggravated the magnitude and intensity of those quarrels by contributing to those entities that opposed immigration reform, the retention of Roe v Wade, as well as those who maintained their implacable opposition to such rights to legally marry and be protected from discrimination in the workplace which the LQBTQ community so avidly sought to be formally enshrined as established precedents in our legal system.

On various university campuses he provided the funds to establish institutes and programs which advocated positions in defense of extreme liberty and a curriculum that endorsed the normative frame of reference within “public choice” economic theory in which individuals are defined as capital and the obligations to the nation’s collective welfare which the federal government assumed during the tenure of FDR and was extensively augment by subsequent administrations were dissolved and the responsibilities for their welfare and viability were devolved to the individual. Thus was the amoral content of a Neo-Darwinian ethic resurrected.

In some extraordinarily tragic regard the cumulative result of this fifty year multi-faceted undertaking has succeeded in the grievous diminishment of a republican polity, its substantial deficiencies and extensive imperfections notwithstanding into a subservient federalist system that retains but the frailest resemblance to a vibrant and salubrious democracy.

At this moment all that remains of the most ancient and revered global experiment in democratic practices is the fraudulent imagery of a society in which the decisions and determinations of our political institutions and procedures reflect not the majoritarian preferences of our citizens but the dictates of a domestic ruling clique.

With the exception of the intermittent exercise of our individual franchise all macro-political and economic realities in which we currently exist reflect an environment and atmosphere that has been created and sustained by Charles Koch and his accomplices.

Thus was I astounded to discover in a recent pronouncement that was published in the Wall Street Journal that as he gazes from his rarefied precipice at the contemporary cultural landscape of imminent fratricide and ferocious mutual recrimination that he beyond all others is responsible for orchestrating , did Charles Koch utter the words, “What a mess.”

Moreover, he further stated that from this moment forward he wishes to become involved in constructive efforts to alleviate poverty and homelessness and other social pathologies that currently afflict us which he has done so much to enlarge and intensify until this day.

What one wonders is the precipitating dynamic that prompted these pronouncements? Could it be that at the age of eighty-five he is sensing the looming proximity of his life’s conclusion? Might it be that he has finally been unnerved and profoundly disturbed by the enmities and rancor that are extant among so many of our citizens toward one another, as well as the pervasive despondency and pessimism which the hegemony of Donald Trump has provoked and augmented? Or could it be that he is stunned by the magnitude of misery and suffering his exertions have produced in the lives of millions of our fellow Americans?

Perhaps the victory of Joe Biden which a Herculean national effort required has persuaded him that now is the moment to join with the progressive force in our nation and commence the virtually impossible task of rehabilitating his reputation and humanity , given the incalculable he has inflicted on our country and its democratic institutions which those who have observed his behavior since the inception of his endeavor decades ago have speculated was his ultimate objective; to extinguish our democracy, certainly there were those in his orbit who publicly proclaimed that might be required in the service of liberty’s retention.

In the months and year which remain in this the final chapter of his life, we will discover whether his sentiments of regret and contrition are sincere and whether in a posture of activist remorse he initiates the reparative overtures required to accomplish a status of redemption in which it may legitimately contented that he is worthy of redemption and that the empirical record he has compiled in the pursuit of that objective warrants that designation.

However, in order for that to eventuate he must commit to a trinity of non-negotiable obligations; the first is to cease all contributions to the organizations he has historically supported that maintained their agendas of nefarious and malignant activities.

Secondly, he must allocate the identical magnitude of financial resources he previously apportioned to the force of social decomposition, to those entities who currently seek the reinvigoration of our democracy as well as those groups that are dedicated to both the dramatic decline in the massive financial inequities that exist within this nation, and the ultimate eradication of the destitute material circumstances which imprison more than fifty million of our fellow Americans.

Finally, he must ensure that these efforts will continue when he has spun off the mortal coil by including instructions to those who shall benefit from his largesse that the duration of their commitment must mirror the length of time which he devoted to his unstinting and implacable involvements to emasculate our polity, and in addition that he will devote his energies from this moment forward to acting as an emissary to those who comprise his fellow oligarchs and urge them to discontinue the provision of their exertions and their monetary support to those prospectively lethal and inimical causes that have so eroded our constitutional foundations.

To assert that we as a nation have escaped d possible draconian future in which Donald Trump might have secured an extension of his presidential tenure which might very well have sounded the death knell of our republic cannot be dismissed. It is most assuredly within the realm of probability that we would have witnessed the literal demise of our federalist system and the inception of a robust autocratic protocol or the imposition of a blatantly fascist government during his reign.

Though he is not exclusively culpable for the preceding possibility we have mercifully avoided he is as responsible as any single individual for those unrelenting and multi-decade assaults and depredations upon the normative predicates of this nations that have so effectively undermined both the expression and impact of popular sovereignty and the undeniable fact of our government’s current status which is one of indentured servitude to the will and whims of our class of putocrats.

I shall observe with a considerable interest and an undivided attention those unfolding events that are reflected in his personal schedule of activities as to whether the recent pronouncements of Charles Koch were enunciated in posture of sincere repentance or whether this is a hollow opportunistic exercise to convert the sincere and richly deserved opprobrium that so many justifiably harbor toward him for a lifetime of despicable conduct and reprehensible behavior, into a rehabilitated public image that contains no authentic moral content.

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Memorandum

To: President-Elect Joe Biden

From: Bernard S. Gluckstern, Chairman, The Fund For An Equitable America

Subject: A Presidential Commission To Enhance Our National Unity

Date: November 9th, 2020

My heartiest congratulations on the unprecedented magnitude of your victory in a truly existential struggle to capture the presidency of our nation and by so doing rescue the soul of this republic from the malevolent and ultimately lethal clutches of your predecessor.

The challenges which await your attention are numerous, complex, and of the utmost severity, none more of course then the imperative requirement to immediately implement a national initiative to address the mitigation of the scourge of Covid-19, with all its public health ramifications and the attendant misery of an economic character that has been inflicted on our populace as the result of Donald Trump’s incompetence and indifference to the devastation and death which the uncontained trajectory of this pandemic has wrought.

So too must you act swiftly to repair the substantive damage of which he was the architect to the crucial relationships of our traditional alliances which are languishing in a state of erosion and decomposition, to restore the security and efficacy to the international order which our stewardship has provided for more than three-quarters of a century, from which all democracies who comprise these institutional entities benefit so significantly.

However, beyond the immediacy and critical nature of the preceding agenda items on which you must focus your political acumen and energies during the initial months of your presidential tenure, does their loom the tragic reality of a nation that is immersed in a state of mutual enmity, bitterness, and acrimony, that has attained a rancor and volatility that has not been in evidence since the extraordinary contentiousness that was extant in this polity immediately prior to the commencement of the Civil War.

Though it is my hope and presumption that we are not at this moment in a circumstance in which the civil unrest and escalating tensions that are simmering in various segments of our citizenry, will erupt in extensive violent outbursts or armed conflict, the possibilities and prospects that these events will become a reality in our imminent future cannot be dismissed.

That you have continuously conveyed your interest to govern as our nation’s chief executive in the service of all who reside among us irrespective of their political preferences or allegiances, whether they cast their ballots to enhance your prospects or that of your opponents , and I repose complete trust in your sincerity and your commitment to this principle, as well as your exhortations that we must as a nation renew our secular covenant as an imperative necessity to reinvigorate the fundamental precept of “E Pluribus Unum”, “Out of many, One” , the toxicity and and unrestrained disgust with which so many of our fellow Americans view those who embrace values or priorities with which they are in such intense disagreement , and as a result categorize these individuals as enemies to be defeated and obliterated, demands a response that transcends the rhetoric of reconciliation and the promises of your administration’s intent to govern in a manner in which the interests of all are considered.

What I am proposing Mr. President-Elect is that you devote a portion of the transition period as it unfolds between the termination of Donald Trump’s presidency and the initiation of your term of office to create a Presidential CommissionTo Enhance National Unity, that will be unveiled at the inception of your tneure as the 46th president of the United States.

The commission should be structured in the bi-partisan manner in which identical undertakings were composed,. Its membership should include those who represent every constituency of our nation, former members of Congress, rural and urban residents from all ethnic groups, corporate and nonprofit officials , members of the LGBTQ universe, retired military personnel, educators and public health practitioners, and so many others whose voices have been ignored or whose concerns have been previously rejected or dismissed.

The primary focus of the meetings, discussions, and hearings which occur beneath the aegis of this body should address a host of concerns ; to identify those factors and variables that those who comprise these groups assert are responsible for the enmity and discord that currently exists in our nation; as well as the recommendations these individuals are advocating that from are required in terms of policy or program initiatives , judicial actions, or other efforts from other segments of our society that would diminish the contemporary fratricide we are witnessing.

So too should you proffer the commitment of your administration to all who engage in this activity and every resident of this polity, that at the culmination of this process you will provide both a comprehensive report to the American people which these proceedings have unearthed and identified, and most importantly as the result of the content that has been illuminated you shall present to the nation a substantive and fully rendered structure of recommendations , proposals, etc. that subject to the approval of a majority of our populace you will devote the entirety of the resources of your administration to implement.

Whether the deployment is accomplished via executive order, legislative proposals, in concert with any or all relevant political officials within the federalist system, i.e. Governors, Mayors, county officials, regional bodies, as the instrumentalities to fully implement these recommendations, you will not shrink from the challenges inherent in this approach to succeed in this most audacious endeavor.

Moreover, certain aspects of these initiatives may require the participation of various associations, or segments of the nonprofit and philanthropic communities, the media both print and electronic, as well as the behemoths that comprise the social media realm. Whatever efforts are necessary to achieve the desired result are what should dictate the tactical and strategic exertions that animate this endeavor.

The document that appears on the commission’s website should contain three elements; a summary of the principal findings regarding sources of disunity, and a compendium of the primary grievances enunciated,; and those substantive recommendations advocated by various participants to remediate these cultural circumstances ; as well as any other significant perspectives or analyses that provide an augmented comprehension of these forces and influences and their prospective amelioration.

However, beyond the preceding content the most critical document that should be displayed at the epicenter of the published content, is the actual plan which the Commission is submitting for formal consideration by the American electorate, e.g. “The Strategic Initiative To Enhance National Unity,” which shall delineate that which the Commission is advocating, the costs of these agenda items, and the political and chronological aspects of this protocol’s adoption, and all other relevant considerations.

In concert with the publication of these materials public service announcements should be reiterated on all media outlets that encourage our citizens to review the information contained therein and most importantly to provide their responses to this prospective undertaking by indicating their approval, disapproval, or particular concerns or requests for revisions or alterations of various portions that have been promulgated.

The final editing process should incorporate those revisions which a majority of respondents have requested and when resubmitted to the nation this strategic paradigm must obtain the support of a majority of those citizens who participated in this process to permit the administration to commence those activities its implementation presupposes.

Though a citizens involvement in this process will not require them to reveal their identity, our hope is that they would provide ( on an optional basis) their state of residence and their party affiliation. This information will be relevant when engaging with congressional representatives to demonstrate that among the majority of those respondents who support this proposal there are constituents from both parties who reside in the states they represent.

That this undertaking will be arduous, acrimonious, and frequently unpleasant and strain to the utmost our collective patience and forbearance, is certain to be the reality. However, it shall also serve the crucial purpose of providing a catharsis, and will ultimately enable us in postures of empathy and compassion to appreciate the importance of those tenets and normative presumptions to which those in other portions of our society cling so tenaciously, to provide both coherence to their lives and to so centrally shape their persona l identities.

What we shall derive from these dialogues and interactions will be the expansion of our individual capacities to both comprehend and appreciate the validity of competing interpretations of social and political reality, and as a result reduce our antipathies and concomitant derogation of the ideologies they embrace and the secular or religious protocols that animate their lives and their beliefs.

One final observation, President-Elect Biden, the joy with which I have greeted the result of this election as it relates to your imminent ascension to the presidency cannot be overstated. You will restore our nation to an uninterrupted state of truth, tranquility, and rationality, of which we have been so grievously deprived by your predecessor. I wish you enormous success in your efforts to restore our democracy.

the imperative reconciliation that the preservation of our nation demands

As the final days expire that separates our electorate from the ultimate determination of who shall lead this republic forward in its continuing journey and in its immediate aftermath, it is our considered judgement that the maintenance of our viability as a democracy is in imminent peril and in the absence of a concerted and collective protocol to which we must all unreservedly commit and implement, our federalist system may founder on the shoals of a ferocious partisanship and in postures of rage and mutual recrimination we may witness the violent implosion of our constitutional order.

All of us are culpable in some partial regard for the enmity and divisiveness that is intensifying throughout our polity. None are exempt. To those who view the American experiment as unsullied and exemplary in every aspect of the historical record we have compiled, I respectfully suggest that though much of our global activity has contributed to the stability and welfare of democracies throughout the world , it must also acknowledge the shameful facts of the involuntary servitude of those who were forcibly abducted from African nations, and the displacement and cultural dismemberment of those Native Americans who resided on this continent prior to our arrival.

Moreover, though capitalism has produced unprecedented material well being for many among us, substantial numbers of our fellow citizens have been consigned to financial circumstances of precarious fragility and prisons of destitution, often as the result of the legacies of discrimination and exclusion that we have as a culture yet to rectify.

Many in the Republican party frequently appear to be attentive to the priorities of those who comprise our corporate elites who conduct their business affairs on Wall Street and within the confines of the Silicon Valley, that have resulted in the exacerbation of the mammoth financial inequities that are extant among the various quintiles of our citizens, and the non-existence of those comprehensive strategic initiatives to diminish if not eradicate poverty in our nation.

In addition, among those who sit at the apogee of the Democratic party are officials who have intermittently joined with their colleagues across the aisle and supported legislation that benefited our class of oligarchs and their monetary objectives. So too have they frequently presumed that those in the middle-class and in penurious circumstances had no other electoral option but to cast their ballots for the retention of their extended longevity in the Congress, and either ignored the imperative requirements their constituents were urgently importuning or provided policy and programmatic responses that were anemic or minimally ameliorative.

To those who comprise our professional elites and other inhabitants of our upper-middle class to whom in concert with the 1% of our citizenry much of the wealth has been redistributed, from both the middle-class and poor in our societal hierarchy, your dismissal and derogation of our fellow citizens in principally rural environments who were denied the opportunities to acquire collegiate educations and derive their income from labor that is frequently dangerous and exhausting is appalling.

Moreover, their plight has been compounded by their status as casualties of globalization and as a result they have experienced the grievous unraveling of those institutions which provided meaning and coherence in their lives. Your rejection of their intrinsic worth has provoked in these Americans a rage and desire for retaliation that fuels so much of their populist fervor and unremitting hatred for those who occupy positions of influence in our culture.

In the event that Joe Biden and democrats in the Senate achieve victory on the 3d of November and assume control of that chamber, and in concert with a majority of their fellows in the House of Representatives accomplish the political capability to enact the legislative program and deploy those executive initiatives that they so desperately wish to translate into reality, the single most urgent task which must be addressed is to extend to ALL those among us who are dispossessed and disadvantaged, a sacred pledge to reintegrate them into the center of our society.

We must also proffer this promise to those who live in gnawing economic insecurity and those who suffer from unrelenting material deprivation, to African-Americans and Caucasians, to Latino and Asian populations , to those in the LGBTQ, and Immigrant segments of our populace, to Jews and Christians and Muslims and the members of all other faiths as well. So too must we include those who do not embrace any theology.

The crucial message that his presidency and the Congress that convenes in the winter of 2021 must convey is the accomplishment of the reunification of our democracy, in which every constituency that has previously been ignored or rejected shall be heard, and most importantly that the appropriate and sufficient responses to these pleas shall be forthcoming in a programmatic context that is replete with the financial resources to fully render initiatives operational.

if we are to remain politically solvent and socially intact we must cease viewing those with whom we disagree as enemies; we must dispense with categorizing every conflict and dispute as endeavors which must be crowned in victory if our nation is to survive; and we must acknowledge that the entirety of that which is valid and contains elements of the truth and the total reality we seek to apprehend can be found not only on CNN and in The New York Times, but also appears in The Wall Street Journal and on Fox News.

At this critical juncture of our life as a nation unless the preceding actions that are demanded of all of us are invoked and become the empirical reality of our daily life, we shall be subjected as a civilization to the horrific and terrifying existential disintegration of the world’s most ancient democratic system.

The choice is ours and nothing less than either a re-commitment to civility, mutual respect, and a tolerance for appreciating the importance and relevance of those who embrace dissimilar values and priorities will suffice, or a descent into chaos and oblivion from which the resurrection of our republic will be impossible, and the incalculable regret and profound sorrow should that be the fate which awaits us will be a tragedy which no words can adequately describe.

THE IMPERATIVE PREPARATIONS THAT MUST IMMEDIATELY BE INITIATED BY jOE BIDEN TO ENSURE THE SUCCESS OF HIS PRESIDENCY* **

In a scant two month period the populace of this nation shall consign to a posture of political irrelevance the current president, who by any standard of evaluation by which his administration may be measured has inflicted unprecedented structural damage to our federalist system of government and the norms and customary practices by which the previous occupants of this office have deployed in the conduct of their administrative hegemonies.

Though we may be subjected in a post-Trump era to his rants, bloviations, and a ceaseless stream of incoherent prattle that will emanate on a daily basis from Trump TV, a network he shall establish immediately subsequent to his ignominious departure from the White House, he will be bereft of the legitimate constitutional authority he wielded as our nation’s chief executive, and thus other than his capacity to incite rage and sow divisiveness amongst elements of our citizenry , he will become to much of our fellows a feckless caricature and a continuous source of both comedic derision and incisive satire that is richly deserved.

However, It is my intent to devote not one additional comment or assessment beyond the preceding to this amoral and corrupt narcissist. I shall leave to the historians their comprehensive verdict of his tenure as our 45th president.

What in my view is required at this juncture presuming Vice-President Biden handily dispatches his opponent in a tsunami of ballots that emanate from the enraged and dispossessed among us, who in addition enlarge the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives and install in the Senate as well a preponderance of senators who proudly claim membership in his political party. the possibilities that will be presented to this president will truly be historic and must be fully utilized to accomplish an agenda that is therapeutic, audacious, and multi-dimensional.

President Biden, your hegemony must be viewed as the crucial opportunity to both restore our institutions, rehabilitate our relationships with our allies, resurrect a strategic coherence and rational muscularity in our interactions with our adversaries, and perhaps most importantly create those unprecedent mechanisms within the White House to both substantially mitigate the financial inequities in our republic and implement those policies and programs which have as their objective the ultimate eradication of poverty in our society.

The instrumentalities, structures, processes, and protocols, to achieve much of the preceding spectrum of these goals currently exist or may should you choose to reactivate various elements of those bodies and councils which were of such inestimable value during your service in the Obama administration, can be resuscitated for those purposes., beneath your imprimatur.

However, what I am strenuously advocating is the establishment of a uniquely critical entity as the instrumentality that is charged with the responsibility to both mitigate those massive and obscene financial inequalities that are extant, as well as the fabrication of the multi-year strategic paradigm that will abolish the impoverishment of the more than 50 million among us whose lives are bereft of both material sufficiency and suffused in hopelessness and despair.

Rather than the traditional body that is concerned with related issues that reflect our nation’s current economic circumstances, i.e. The President’s Council of Economic Advisors, that is fundamentally indifferent to the concerns of inequity and poverty in its deliberations, I am advocating instead that you create The President’s Council For An Equitable Economy, which places these twin considerations and their realization at the epicenter of all that this body exists to confront and accomplish.

Beyond the formulation of those initiatives, paradigms, and strategies, as well as those tactical political considerations that are imperative in a posture of pragmatic interactions required to obtain the requisite legislative support for these proposals in the Congress, and throughout the extensive architecture of the entire federal bureaucracy, must their be allocated substantial intellectual resources to ensure that those regressive components of our nation’s oligarchy particularly within the realm of both major public financial institutions and their counterparts in the private equity sector such as hedge funds and other entities that comprise the shadow economy, who will mount unceasing attempts to thwart and oppose the implementation of those initiatives and reforms you are advocating, will be politically defeated and neutralized.

Your hegemony must reinvigorate both the efficacy of our political ethos and our constitutional legacy and the institutions that translate those normative principles into being,.

Moreover, it must also seize this moment beyond healing our divisions and revitalizing a national dialogue that is civil and mutually respectful, to act as the agent that repairs the horrific wounds to our body politic for which forty years of a neoliberal ideology has been responsible.

Among the most grievous consequences this normative perspective has inflicted are the tens of millions of casualties who have during this period been consigned to impoverishment and discarded as entities that are both devoid of any intrinsic value or respect and are culturally irrelevant, as well as other groups among us who have remained historically excluded from the fulfillment of those commitments enunciated by our founding fathers because of their race or ethnicity.

Let it be recorded in the annals of our republic that the presidency of Joe Biden was responsible for the recapitulation of a vibrant and salubrious democracy, but so too did he through the audacity and creativity of his edicts and programmatic initiatives usher in an unprecedented era in which an equitable America was created and social justice became the ascendant reality that we as a people have been seeking to actualize since the moment almost two and a half centuries ago when our formal existence was proclaimed during a sweltering summer in Philadelphia.

*When the Biden era commences in approximately six months from this date it is of the utmost importance that an agenda and chronology that the President’s Council For An Equitable Economy embodies be immediately implemented. Thus what I am strenuously advocating is that the the requisite intellectual efforts to construct this paradigm and the political strategies to guarantee its adoption must be initiated immediately.

** The principal sources that are relevant to this endeavor is the model I have formulated beneath the umbrella of The Fund For An Equitable America, and the scholarship which has been created by those who labor within the confines of the Democracy Collaborative. In addition the proposals crafted by the Center For Economic and Social Justice would accomplish these twin objectives and beyond those achievements would more broadly transform both our economy and the furthest reaches of our culture.

A contingency plan to avert the death of American democracy

At this crucial moment of our nation’s existence we at the Center For The Preservation of American Democracy (a subsidiary of the Fund For An Equitable America) , are formulating a contingency plan to ensure the survival of our democratic polity when the national plebiscite in November is concluded.

We are united in our belief that irrespective of the particular tactics and initiatives which Donald Trump and allies among the Republican and Conservative elements of his electoral base deploy be it voter suppression, the disruption of absentee balloting, grievously reducing both the number of locations at which voters may cast their ballots and the hours of their operation, as well as those decisions at the local, state, and federal levels to inhibit or disenfranchise former felons and other minority constituencies that comprise our populace.

The purpose of these strategies is to ensure both the retention of the current Republican majority in the U.S. Senate, secure the president’s reelection, recapture the House of Representatives, and displacement of Democratic governors throughout the United States.

Though it is our fervent hope that our fears are unfounded the behavior in which Donald Trump has engaged from the moment he was elected, that has inflicted enormous damage on both our federalist system and the constitutional provisions we have been historically afforded, conveys the unmistakable and uncompromising intention to retain his occupancy within the White House by any and all means necessary, regardless of the fatal wounds to our system of government which those actions shall instigate.

Thus in response to this threat of mortal harm to our republic we are assembling a coalition of Americans who by virtue of their expertise and experience shall prepare a comprehensive, multi-tier paradigm/protocol to both neutralize those threats that are currently manifesting, and any that may be introduced during the weeks and months that remain until the election is held on November 3.

Our agenda of activities will be unprecedented. It will mount legal challenges to efforts to disenfranchise voters, coordinate with former senior officials of the Justice Department to prepare for any eventualities to which a judicial response is required, maintain unceasing communications with those at the apogee of the leadership of the House of Representatives lest the fate of the presidency be determined by that body, and engage in continuous conversations with former Secretaries of Defense and retired flag officers, should their assistance to rescue our democratic system be necessitated.

We shall engage in dialogue with those who wish to maximize voter turnout, nonprofits, communities of faith, the LGBT universe, those who wish to achieve immigration reform and obtain formal citizenship for the cohort of “Dreamers.”

So too shall we solicit the commitment to our agenda of those who support prison reform and police accountability, and those who advocate the expansion of union membership in the both the private sector and among public service employees, and those entities who are engaged in protecting the environment, establishing public banks, and are converting private corporations within the energy and technology realms into public utilities, pursuing health care reform and augmenting educational opportunities.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly we shall identify the specific institutions and individuals who are providing financial assistance be they public companies or significant elements of the private financial structure, that seek to retain their oligarchic domination of our nation and impose a national boycott of these companies and the foundations that represent their interests to deprive them of the resources to fund these activities.

However, in the event that our spectrum of strategies is unsuccessful and the president retains his office by methods that are legally suspect and ethically compromised, we shall orchestrate a national campaign of unceasing demonstrations and civil disobedience and the simultaneous withdrawal by the nation’s workforce from the entirety of our economy and as the result of this general strike shall we accomplish the literal suspension of all productive activity throughout the nation. We shall remain in this posture of civil agitation and economic paralysis until a process of political legitimacy has lawfully removed Mr. Trump from the Whitehouse and we have witnessed the restoration of a fully functioning and vibrant democracy.

TO BRING TO FRUITION AN EQUITABLE AMERICA WE MUST POLITICALLY euthanize OUr NATION’S OLIGARCHY (Part One)

Among the ranks of our most competent public health experts are those who assert that the creation and maintenance of a national cultural environment in which we are released from the imprisonment of the pandemic which is currently wreaking such havoc on both our individual psyches and our economic institutions, may not be achieved before the advent of 2022.

It is at that moment they contend when a combination of vaccines, the attainment of ” herd immunity” and other associated social practices we have implemented to retard the expansion of this pathogen among our citizens, will have collectively denuded this biblical scourge of its capability to inflict great suffering and death.

Whatever the accuracy of their predictions obviously it will not be possible to either confirm or refute their presumptions for many months, surely our previous life as a society has been substantially altered and the probability that when we resume the operational dynamics and rhythms that were extant before the onset of this virus, its structural configurations and primary institutions may in some substantial regard be irrevocably altered.

Thus, as this interregnum lengthens and we remain the hostages of an involuntary quarantine beyond such obvious measures as deploying various safeguards against the contraction of this fatal malady on behalf of our families and ourselves, the question I wish to pose to those who encounter this essay is the following: “Are you content to return to an involvement in our diurnal activities that is a replication of those atmospheric influences and forces that were previously ascendant?”

More specifically, is it your wish when life resumes throughout America to be a participant in the strife and enmities that are rendering our republic asunder? Do you seek a reengagement in the conflicts and political and rhetorical combat that is so prevalent and injurious to the maintenance of our democracy?

In my view if we return to a societal reality that is nothing but the resumption of the hostilities and our re-immersion in uncompromising ideological doctrines in which we view those with whom we disagree not as opponents but as enemies, and the ultimate fate derived from that collective perspective will produce a national future that witnesses a dissolution of our democracy either in the form of secession or civil insurrection.

For under these circumstances our triumph over the coronavirus will justly be regarded as a hollow and most tragic accomplishment, given the equally lethal cultural circumstances in which our daily activities will once again resume.

In numerous recent conversations with those whose normative postures and intellectual acuity I value and respect one question continually resurfaces: In the absence of an alternative paradigm to the contemporary and ascendant structure of neoliberalism with all its grotesque moral defects, material inequalities and impoverishment, and the continued diminution of the potency and impact the majoritarian will of our citizens can obtain in the realm of those public determinations our elected officials formulate, what else is accessible to our polity but in postures of outrage and resistance to return to the struggles in which we have been embroiled for the past half-century.

Thus, beyond all else what is absent at this moment in our nation’s existence is both an ethical framework which delineates a humanistic vision of the optimal manner in which we should organize our society, and the political and economic instruments and institutions which shall translate that overarching moral construct that radiates and reflects as its ascendant reality, a seminal commitment to the principles of social justice and its vibrant and continuous presence at the epicenter of our nation that dwarfs all other concerns and considerations in its importance.

In the second installment of this exposition I shall provide the reader with both the current scholastic efforts that are transpiring beneath the banner of my organization, The Fund For An Equitable America, which is at the forefront of those endeavors our nation’s re-founding fathers and mothers are formulating; and subsequent to the completion of these efforts the political strategies and initiatives that will be imperative for our citizens to ferociously commit their unrelenting energies and volition, to achieve the implementation of a humanist alternative to our present system that is so replete with grievous authoritarian defects and mammoth moral deficiencies.

The final element of this crucial exercise in social scientific scholarship will be a comprehensive and particularistic tactical primer, that will fully delineate the requisite multi-faceted campaign we must deploy to accomplish the complete, systematic, political decapitation of this nation’s oligarchy, that by its dismemberment shall forever preclude the possibility of its recrudescence or resurrection.

As the pandemic rages the critical task of fabricating a paradigm for an equitable america continues unabated

Amidst the chaos and death the escalating trajectory of the virus is inflicting and the obscenity of a commander-in-chief who veers between the extremities of a colossal fecklessness and the incoherent and contradictory assertions of enormous progress and accomplishment his administration is compiling in the war against this pathogen, those of us who are irrevocably committed to the construction of an equitable America impervious to his mendacity and the brutal disregard for the suffering his premeditated neglect is inflicting upon those citizens who do not comprise his base, continue unrelentingly in the intellectual labors required to construct a paradigm which when implemented shall usher into being a society in which social justice is ascendant and continuous.

When ultimately this plague of biblical magnitude has spent its force we who are engaged in the herculean effort to both formulate the normative predicate and those institutional instruments to translate those humanistic values into an operational reality are hopeful that rather than a return to the lethal conflicts and internecine enmities that shall in the not too distant future be responsible for the terminal and fatal dissolution of our experiment in republican democracy, our populace will have at is disposal a prospective future in which as the result of both the substantial mitigation of inequality and the eradication of impoverishment, the poisoned contemporary atmosphere will yield to a cultural environment of robust fellowship and relative pacifity.

The sequence of scholarship in which we are engaged is to identify from among those traditions be they theological in character such as the touchstone of Judeo-Christian precepts or from among the community of philosophers such as Kant and Aristotle and more contemporary prescriptive notions such as those advocated by Abraham Maslow, Gar Alperovitz, John Rawls etc. about the optimal ordering of a democratic polity in which the fullest possible empirical expression of collective equity and self-actualization become possible.

Subsequent to the completion of this endeavor we shall then conduct a review of those prescriptions elucidated by various economists and political theorists whose conceptual frames of reference attempt the humanization of capitalism, the operationalisation of those mechanisms of social democracy/democratic socialism, and the systems, forms, and dynamics that both retains the inherent capability of entrepreneurial activity and the accumulation of personal affluence which the success in these endeavors permits and presupposses but circumcribes the political influence the accumulation of wealth currently translates into and requires the imposition of significant contributions by these individuals in the form of a national code of progressive taxation.

At this juncture of our preliminary exertions it is impossible to delineate the final products of our epistemological handiwork will assume, however, you may be certain that whatever these recommendations reflect be they renovated elements of our current federalist system, additional institutional structures, or civic obligations to ensure the further democratization of our nation will require, you may be certain that in some cumulative context what shall emerge from these labors in applied social science will be an infinitely more equitable American social organism.

The final and perhaps most crucial task is to formulate the strategic dynamic which shall be necessary to secure the implementation of this optimally democratic system. Once again though we are at the commencement of this speculative cognitive process surely what shall at the epicenter of this activity embody is the merging of innumerable individuals, organizations, and entities, that comprise the national community of progressive voices and their concerted and unceasing efforts in a campaign of moral education and ethical enlightenment throughout the entirety of our republic.

Thus, as you engage in the practices of social distancing and are consigned to your homes for a potentially protracted period of time in a posture of voluntary or involuntary quarantine, be aware that those who comprise our national conclave of re-founding fathers and mothers are assiduously engaged in those intellectual explorations that shall when completed and operationally deployed, shall inaugurate a cultural reality that will convert discord into comity, inequality into infinitely enhanced equity, and the contemporary array of social pathologies by which we are afflicted into a cultural atmosphere that is both sane and liberating.

The most crucial commitment that all presidential aspirants must embrace is a strategic initiative to eradicate poverty

Though Michael Bloomberg’s Greenwood Initiative represents the most comprehensive prospective antidote to the paucity of financial assets that this nation’s African-American complement have acquired, it is grievously deficient both as it relates to the emaciated breadth of its scope and the equally essential requirement that initiatives of this character that seek as their fundamental objective the mitigation of poverty and the equally urgent necessity of significantly diminishing inequality among our citizens, must be formulated and deployed to accomplish these goals on behalf of all those who are currently mired in circumstances of impoverishment irrespective of their racial identities, ethnic origins, or religious affiliations.

However, whatever its inadequacies it represents a quantum conceptual leap beyond the proposals which all other candidates who are seeking the presidency have articulated.

It proceeds from the recognition that the critically imperative ingredients of an explicit articulated commitment to this result and the political volition which flows from that irrevocable promise, the appropriate technical resources required to assist those who reside in these areas with the expertise to most efficaciously formulate and implement the paradigms and policies which these community residents formulate, and the financial resources to translate these proposals into operational reality, must be deployed in the quest to transform these locales from regions of material scarcity into geographic designations of self-sustaining economies that provide for those who reside there with membership in the comparative comfort of a middle-class existence.

For innumerable decades have those in our African-American communities been neglected by public servants who though providing the barest minimum of financial assistance to those who dwell in poverty in these areas; these programs and initiatives did little more than perpetuate the intrinsic symbiotic nature of this relationship, e.g. a politics of dependency which exchanged continued electoral support for those officials who ensured the meager flow of capital to these recipients.

Nowhere within this arrangement could there be found the dynamic that would provide a pathway for those in these neighborhoods to escape the clutches of poverty and create a life for themselves and their families as the result of their efforts and exertions to acquire those materials assets that would provide for an existence of that was self-sustaining and contained as well the capability to ensure a retirement of relative comfort and financial sufficiency.

We as a nation have not formally addressed the imperative objective of eradicating poverty as a national priority since the laudable efforts which Lyndon Johnson initiated more than half a century ago, and in the intervening decades the plight of our poor and our middle-class has deteriorated significantly as the affluent and oligarchy have continuously acquired obscene magnitudes of wealth and political efficacy.

It is imperative that the undertaking which Michael Bloomberg is proposing whatever its deficiencies be implemented should he emerge victorious in the struggle to obtain the nomination of the Democratic party and vanquish the current occupant of the White House.

However, it is equally important that all others who are engaged in the pursuit of the presidency formulate and declare their solemn intent should they be the party’s standard bearer this autumn to mount those activities and policies which are dedicated to this objective, i.e. an initiative that shall when successful greatly mitigate if not abolish the poverty and financial insecurity in which so many of our fellow citizens are currently engulfed.

I urge all who are engaged in this campaign to become our nation’s chief executive to most assuredly deploy these programs to alleviate the suffering of so many within the African-American community; but also regardless of their racial origins or ethnic identities extend this endeavor to all among us, i.e. Latinos, Caucasians, Asians, etc. who reside in the tragic circumstances of impoverishment irrespective of any other considerations or characteristics

For it is beyond all other factors in our contemporary cultural conflicts and escalating enmities the reality of both the declining financial prospects of our middle-class and the continued subjugation of our poor and the corresponding deprivation of our collective capacity to shape and impact governmental actions and determinations at all levels that is the primary cause of our current miseries and suffering.

Enlarging the scope of the Bloomberg proposal to include each individual among us who is imprisoned in the dehumanizing basements of penury and acute financial circumstances will (though far from a panacea for all our social ills and injustices) be enormously ameliorative and be but the first major initiative of many as a Democratic president seeks during their tenure to transform our current national reality of an unraveling plutocracy into an equitable nation where social justice is both vibrant and transcendent.

The imperative national agenda to preserve our nation’s democracy at the commencement of 2020

In a previous era new year’s resolutions were frequently formulated and in numerous instances discarded by many almost immediately subsequent to their implementation; casualties of a lack of discipline or overwhelmed by a resurgent wave of apathy or volitional paralysis.

In that they were almost entirely concerned with matters of personal improvement and the evolution of individual elements of consciousness. conduct, or behavior dispensing with their presence minimally impacted their lives and their welfare, of those so affected.

However, in this year of 2020 no such frivolity is permissible. We as a society are the collective captives of a culture that is unraveling; amidst the intensifying forces of ideological warfare, authoritarianism , racial animosity, and the recrudescence of a pernicious sentiment that rejects the legitimacy of those immigrants who wish so desperately to become residents of this country.

As a result what is required at this moment of our national life is to engage in an activity not of solipsistic considerations or the self-absorbed dynamic of introspection to appease our desires to become more attractive, affluent, or sophisticated in our intellectual observations, but rather to engage in the imperative collective endeavor that seeks as its crucial objective the construction of a political and social agenda that both heals our fractures and reflects a normative content that when implemented shall contain by the richness of those provisions and edicts of social and economic justice the capability to inaugurate an unprecedented era of mutual affirmation and a robust and expanding climate of comity among all who dwell within our borders.

At the epicenter of this agenda are concerns that are both macroeconomic and political in character and reflect the following specific considerations:

An explicit commitment by our populace and those major institutions in every sector of our society to the formulation and implementation of a ten- year strategic paradigm/process by which poverty shall be eradicated within the United States.

The accomplishment of this objective requires the formal inter-institutional collaboration of the philanthropic community, major public and private corporations, particularly those within the financial segment of our economy.

In addition, the specific participation of municipal, county, state, and federal echelons of activity and operation will be required, as will those entities that exist within faith-based environments both as public statements of support for this objective by those organizations that comprise these theologies, and the deployment of the financial and technical aspects of those nonprofit entities within their orbit that provide the gamut of social services to these impoverished constituencies.

So too will the engagement of those technology behemoths that sit astride our culture and those companies who are engaged in that dimension of our public life e.g. the components of our structure of electronic and print media. be crucially vital.

From this mammoth structure of the primary components of our nation will the energy, resources, commitment, and unceasing exertions be tirelessly forthcoming to accomplish the reality of a society which has eradicated poverty and as the result of this crucial accomplishment the promises inherent in the pronouncements of our forefathers at the moment of our founding as a political sovereignty shall become fully manifest in the daily operational reality of those dynamics that animate our cultural life.

The elimination of impoverishment within our nation shall reduce the current enmities which material insufficiency currently fuels. Its abolition will greatly diminish the efficacy of those forces that seek to obstruct the progress of African-Americans to accumulate the financial resources and assets which their Caucasian fellow citizens have acquired.

Its substantial diminution shall deflate the incendiary rhetoric of those who would prohibit immigrants of disparate races and religions from being admitted to our shores as members of our national populace.

Its significant decrease will negatively impact the incidence of social dysfunction, alcohol and drug addiction, and other forms of pathology to which they have succumbed in their desperate attempts to nullify the excruciating suffering and hopelessness which a life of chronic hunger and homelessness has percipitated.

Though there shall remain numerous points of contention and disagreement among our citizens that relate to substantive issues of political options and policy choices as well as a spectrum of social issues on which fierce and spirited debate will continue, they will not pose the threat to the maintenance of our democracy and our constitutional order which our current climate of rabid hostility and intolerance and the condemnation of perspectives and normative preferences that are escalating in both tone and intensity, which if they remain in their posture of ascendancy may cause our republic to unravel.

What I am asserting in some fundamental regard is that when reduced to its most irreducible ingredient, that which lies at the predicate of much of our current civil strife and mutual belligerency are the tragic realities of the apportionment of wealth within a calculus of unprecedented inequality where so few have amassed extraordinary fortunes and so many among us survive on an apportionment that is so meager. It is this stark and central fact from which so much of our unhappiness and despair emanate and when we have repaired this glaring moral abomination and rectified this ultimate source of conflict and injustice at the very epicenter of America the atmosphere and environment in which all our citizens coexist shall become a source of well-being and contentment, a provider of amicable social relationships and the fount from which we may behaviorally realize the equality of all men and women and their undeniable and immemorial right to lives of freedom, opportunity, and material adequacy.

It is to this activity we should be dedicated rather that the infinitely more modest and comparatively unworthy allocation of our energies in the pursuit of self-absorbed goals and intrinsically meaningless aspirations.

Observing the fifth annual American assessment day: explicating the current status of our republic

On Saturday the 5th of October we at the Fund For An Equitable America joined with many others throughout this nation in observing the 5th annual American assessment day’s agenda.  Those who participate in this evaluation devote the morning of this date to the formulation of a 12 month calendar of prospective patronage of those commercial enterprises in the United States whose operational policies and practices are equitable, sustainable, and enlightened.

 Moreover these corporations reflect in an intrinsic manner the elevation of concerns and priorities beyond the generation of income and corporate profitability that stimulate and enhance the economic welfare and other beneficent quality-of-life influences that exist in those communities which they serve

The exercise that absorbs the afternoon period of this day is reserved for an examination of those sources of interpersonal friction or convlict that exist within the individual nuclear families who undertake this effort, for the purpose of fashioning and implementing various alterations of these patterns that will alleviate the discomfort and resentments they produce, and usher in a vast improvement in the emotional environment from which all will benefit and evolve.

Thus the hemispheres of macro political and economic dimensions of life and the micro interpersonal are investigated and modified in order to achieve in both realms an existence which augments the quotient of social and economic justice in our nation, as well as a significant improvement within those critical human dynamics our personal lives reflect and the lives of those who are our most intimate relations.

Beyond these considerations we continue as a society to be imprisoned in an existential struggle that is becoming ever more intense and brutal, in which one component of this adversarial conflict  requires the maintenance of a social structure in which the ascendancy of a Caucasian patriarchy and Christian theology  and all that flows from that reality regarding the allocation of wealth and political efficacy.

Their opponents who argue in the name of equity and the fulfillment of those promises contained in the enunciations of our founding fathers regarding equality of opportunity, and demand the acknowledgement of those injustices of slavery and genocide whose legacies have produced those discriminatory practices and inequities that remain current impediments to the realization of these cherished ideals

We have since the election of 2016 witnessed the intrusion of foreign powers into our electoral processes; an escalating antagonism between the executive and congressional branches of our government as the result of  the 2018 midterm election and the ascendancy  of a robust Democratic majority in the House of Representatives; and most recently the introduction into our national political dialogue of an impeachment inquiry that whatever its ultimate result will exacerbate the tensions and fissures that are extant.

In the final analysis the question which our populace must confront in the period which extends beyond this date to that moment in approximately thirteen months when next we cast our ballots, is whether we possess the capacity to accomplish the creation of a political consensus and the policy and programmatic consequences that emanate from that determination to in some fundamental regard maintain elements of those normative and structural realities that are ascendant in our society at this moment, and the equally crucial requirement to achieve a sufficiently expansive modification of those institutions  that can incorporate the wishes and legitimate aspirations of so many among our populace who are the victims of inequality and discrimination and impoverishment.

Should we demonstrate a lack of capacity for this endeavor and in a state of unyielding obdurateness refuse to engage in those discussions and that dialogue which demand compromise, mutual respect, and a capacity for the empathetic consideration of opposing viewpoints and values, we will as a democratic polity that has endured for  almost 250 years begin the irreversible decomposition that will ultimately usher in irreconcilable civil strife or an equally pernicious eventuality; an authoritarian state and the incipient embrace of this society by the irretrievable dynamic of fascism.

Tragically, in this the autumn of 2019  is where our republic is situated on a terrain of mire and decomposition which if not arrested will crumble, and if it does the hopes and benevolent future inherent in a structure and process of democratic governance will evaporate as well.  My fervent hope is that we shall as a nation come to our senses and address this most urgent national challenge before the voices of intransigence and nihilism drown out a rational dialogue that can if we chose to embrace this imperative conversation, act as an antidote to our society’s dissolution.

Creating An Ethical, Equitable, and Self-Transcending Culture