What precisely does the content of an equitable strategic plan for this nation contain and embody? It most assuredly cannot be found in the current prescriptions which the national leadership of the Republican and Democratic parties advocate. Neither may it be glimpsed in the ceaseless pronouncements, opinions and commentary of pundits, news anchors, and their guests that comprises so much of the interminable babble and rhetorical incoherence of which the content of our air waves is constituted. Nor may it be discovered in the assertions and recommendations which so many of our resident intellectuals propound in academic settings be they think tanks or universities.
The common failing among all these recipes and suggestions for the remediation of this nation’s principal afflictions is that they suffer from the disease of incrementalism,and are enfeebled by the ailments of timidity and intimidation by those whose financial largesse maintains these organizations, and whose irreducible financial and political interests are implacably opposed to any initiatives or innovative scholarship, which demands at its epicenter the transformation of the institutional predicates upon which this culture presently resides.
The fundamental premise which animates my perspective and energizes my cognitive exertions proceeds from the primary belief that the construction of an equitable America cannot be accomplished within the present confines of those macro-entities both economic and political which govern the operational dynamics of this country.
The core components of the operational definition of the concept of an “equitable society” demands a formal public declaration as an article of national policy, that we are committed to the formulation and implementation of a multi-year strategic commitment to the eradication of poverty.
In addition it requires the elimination of all forms and manifestations of racial and ethnic bigotry and the accompanying systems of discrimination both economic and enshrined in public policy, legislative enactments, and regulatory decrees, as well as the summary deletion of the ethos and modus operandi of racist-tinged and prejudicial approaches to law enforcement within our minority communities.
Moreover, it requires that substantial private sector or public infrastructure development activities may not occur in a manner that is harmful to environmental and ecological imperatives which support the maintenance of our supplies of potable water, clean air, and both retard and diminish those actions and processes that contribute to global warming, or precludes the participation as coequal partners and financial beneficiaries, the residential populations which these construction projects shall impact in some substantive regard.
So too does this essential value proposition necessitate the inclusion at its epicenter of the restoration of our populace to its previous locale of hegemony in our system of politics, and the simultaneous substantive reduction within these institutions of the dominion of the miniscule few who have amassed extraordinary affluence and the corresponding efficacy, to both shape the content of our public dialogue and civic discourse and imprison the overwhelming majority of our citizens in laws and policies that both enshrine and perpetuate their privileged positions, and ensure our continued occupancy in postures of relative penury and political impotence.
A society in which an equitable dynamic is ascendant must also presuppose a system of public education throughout its entirety i.e. from the initial introduction to students of a grammar school curriculum throughout the culmination of a high school syllabus, that reflects a content of instruction that shall impart the information required to equip students with both the information and cognitive capacities to successfully negotiate the challenges which residency in this nation demands, e.g. to formulate those decisions in the civic and personal realms of their lives in order to function as responsible citizens, and create and navigate a personal pathway toward a self-sustaining and fulfilling existence.
For those who do not wish to pursue educational objectives beyond high school, a national structure of vocational training, apprenticeships, and intern programs, must be provided which ensures those who enroll in these endeavors at their conclusion that their involvement in various career trajectories will culminate in the comfort and security which membership in the middle-class reflects, in both the immediate and longer term.
For those in this society who have been reared in dysfunctional nuclear families and have as a result gravitated to such self-destructive practices as drug and alcohol abuse or other forms of pathological or masochistic behavior, appropriate and adequate interventions are mandatory which seek to remediate these patterns of activity and instill the requisite traits of self-respect and law-abiding conduct, rather than those adjudications whose primary motive is punishment and retribution for those guilty of anti-social acts.
Those corporations and other sources of economic “disruption” and technological innovation will be required prior to the implementation of substantive alterations of manufacturing or commercial processes and procedures, to prepare and disseminate an evaluation these prospective deployments shall trigger in regard to the displacement of the current number of employees, the estimated increases in productivity, the anticipated recipients within the organization of these revenues, the support and retraining programs which exiting workers shall be afforded, and the environmental impact which these systemic revisions shall precipitate.
In those instances in which it is the intent of these organizations to allocate these savings for the purpose of repatriating their shares of stock from public markets and or increasing either executive compensation or dividends to shareholders, an identical allocation must be provided to all employees in the form of increases in compensation, and the proportional equity distributions which their periods of service etc. warrant.
Obviously the preceding enumeration of factors and variables are not exhaustive and thus are certainly incomplete. However, in that so much of what constitutes an equitable reality the composition of an equitable existence in some fundamental regard is contingent upon those economic pillars which support our families and those material opportunities to which individuals have access.
The contemporary allotment of wealth in this nation suffers from an extreme inequality which creates among so many of our fellow citizens a consciousness of anxiety, enormous stress, and profound apprehension, about the present financial realities as well as the despair and demoralization which an objective consideration of future trends and probabilities that we can anticipate awaits us, if the preceding compilation of injustices and inequities are not remedied.
In the very near future it is my intent to provide to the readers of these posts what is perhaps the most important aspect of achieving an equitable society, i.e. the strategic dynamics and specific actions of a political and economic character, that shall when implemented in some continuous, disciplined, and unstinting manner, result in both the remediation of so much that is ethically compromised and morally bankrupt, and the transformation of a culture which once concluded shall in its institutional essence and its daily operation, reflect the fabric and atmosphere of an America in which social justice is vibrant and transcendent.