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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.

America’s Tech moguls Are Derelict In Their Patriotic Duty

At this moment throughout the 10,000 voting jurisdictions that exist in this nation virtually all of them suffer from deficient technology and antiquated software and as a result are vulnerable to cyber attacks upon their accuracy and reliability that foreign or domestic actors will assuredly  mount.

This horrifying reality presents the potential to subvert our most cherished constitutional privilege and extinguish our noble experiment in representative democracy that has endured for more than two centuries.

In a previous era of collaboration and negotiation the imperative solutions to this impending catastrophe would be hammered out in a process of bi-partisan compromise that would provide the funding and technical expertise this endeavor requires. Tragically, the current political environment is so divisive and awash in conflict and animosity that these remedies for this challenge to will not be forthcoming from this arena.

To those who have greeted the announcement by Senator McConnell that he would support the appropriation of 250 million dollars to mitigate the current extensive vulnerabilities to which our  2020 electoral cycle is currently exposed, the reality of what is being proffered by the Majority Leader is nothing more than in exercise in political subterfuge.

For in the absence of any specific requirements to dictate the precise manner  in which these funds must be expended to protect the security and integrity of our looming national plebiscite (and no such provisions are contained within this prospective legislative appropriation) this is yet another deceitful gesture that does virtually nothing to protect our citizens from the intrusion and potential alteration of those ballots we cast in a scant 13 months from this date.

Thus, at this moment the exclusive salvation to this lethal challenge to our democracy inheres in those mammoth technology companies in Silicon Valley and elsewhere . They posses the expertise, technology, and  financial resources to ensure the integrity of democracy administration.

Sadly, as of this date these corporate behemoths who deliver the technology and services that are weaponized against our nation have  demonstrated a complete indifference to avert this prospective disaster.

Now is the moment for those individuals who have  profited so greatly from the opportunities our nation has furnished  to repay the debt they have incurred as the result of those benefits.

I am calling upon those CEO’s who provide leadership to these entities to convene a summit of  colleagues from the relevant technology companies to devise a strategic plan to address what can be accomplished in the short term to ensure the integrity and security of the 2020 election and in the longer term for elections thereafter. This plan should address both campaigns and electioneering as well as election administration and voting.

The happy circumstance is that many of the elements to construct this model already exist and may be found in organizations  such  as the OSET Institute, The Verified Voting Foundation,  and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU, and at other organizations  such as Microsoft, who have begun exhibiting  patriotic leadership in responding to these challenges. The technical capabilities and the consulting expertise of these companies can significantly reduce the various vulnerabilities to which our archaic systems of election administration are currently subject.

These technology behemoths should collaborate with these defenders of our democracy as part of their summit to develop a holistic plan that would also confront the vulnerabilities and unintended consequences their social media platforms exhibit today. This multi-faceted agenda of innovation cannot commence or succeed unless those with the capability to accomplish it provide the critical resources to do so.

In addition to the preceding efforts these companies must immediately activate a cybersecurity triage initiative as a central element of the protective shield they will deploy prior to the 2020 electoral cycle.

Should you fail to heed your country’s desperate summons and neglect to assume this imperative responsibility such inaction may well induce the failure of our grand experiment in representative democracy.  Should that catastrophic  fate befall us it will become impossible for us to recover from that cataclysmic event because in this context “fail fast” is a totally impotent antidote.

America awaits your response and fervently wishes you to demonstrate your patriotism by undertaking this monumental challenge that no other segment of our society is capable of meeting.

Silicon valley CEo’s must embrace ethical commercial practices or preside over the dismemberment of their companies+

MEMORANDUM

TO: THE CEO’S OF AMERICA’S TECHNOLOGY BEHEMOTHS

FROM: BERNARD GLUCKSTERN CHAIRMAN, CENTER FOR THE PRESERVATION OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY

SUBJECT:  A SUMMIT OF YOUR COLLEAGUES TO PREEMPT THE INTENSIFYING  POLITCAL AND JUDICIALFORCES THAT SEEK THE DISMEMBERMENT OR DEMISE OF YOUR COMPANIES

DATE:  September 15th, 2019

           At this moment when the halcyon weather of an Indian summer envelops the nation, the atmosphere in which your corporations exist is awash in a poisonous and potentially lethal noxious brew.  You are beset from all quarters i.e. the Department of Justice, the House Judiciary Committee, and 48 states attorney generals that have initiated investigations to examine the total range of your business practices to determine whether you are culpable of activities that violate anti-trust regulations, or other anti-monopolistic policies, are guilty of exacting exorbitant fees for the provision of mediocre services, and in an unrestricted posture of data-gathering of virtually every salient fact in the lives of your customers have run afoul of various prohibitions which privacy laws dictate from which you derive enormous profits.

          Yet as of this date your companies (as it relates to a posture of publically observable behavior) are sitting on their collective haunches doing nothing to forestall the catastrophic fate which awaits you. To remain in this state of organizational paralysis will ensure that those herculean efforts you mounted to create these enterprises and the subsequent labor required to transform these entities into the mammoth structures they presently represent will become nothing more than a footnote in the history of failed commercial endeavors, a testament to results derived from a failure of vigilance and an abdication of leadership which the maintenance and expansion of these public corporations demands from those who sit at its helm.

          However, should you wish to protect the viability of these companies and ensure their continued existence as crucial elements of enormous importance to the welfare of our nation another course of action lies open to you, and it is a trajectory that I urge you with every fiber of my being to embrace and initiate.

          It is imperative that there emerges from among the ranks of your colleagues that sit at the apogee of these institutions an individual or individuals who shall immediately summon other CEO’s to a conclave; a summit if you will for the purpose of constructing a comprehensive strategic plan that has as its fundamental raison d’etre two critical objectives; e.g. A Statement of Ethical Business Practices For Global Digital Companies, which  both the senior executive leadership of each participating company embraces and adopts, as well as a formal resolution which the Boards of Directors of these corporations endorse and pledges fealty to as the preeminent ethos which from this point forward will guide and inform all activities and endeavors in which these organizations are engaged.

          The content of these ethical practices will address those actual or perceived infractions which have animated the previously cited coterie of federal and state bodies to commence their investigative processes.

           I am not advocating that contained in these principles should be admissions of  either ethical lapses  or illegal behavior  but rather as is a customary practice in the content of consent decrees the recognition that for various reasons; i.e. that regulatory guidance was sporadic and incomplete, that the intrusion of external foreign actors overwhelmed the capacity to adequately police the content of the dialogue which social media reflected, that the climate of laissez-faire which has prevailed since the advent of these technology companies in Congress and throughout much of our society; that inherent in that reality did ambiguity and uncertainty prevail as to those standards and practices that were most appropriate to implement in  the governance to which they adhered and the initiatives they embarked upon.

          However, what must reside at the epicenter of this statement of ethical principles is the admission that however unwittingly, as the result of the factors cited previously these corporations are of the collective perspective that missteps occurred and behaviors that were less than exemplary also transpired.   It is for precisely for those reasons that this summit was convened to compose  a template to both redress the legitimate criticisms that have been enunciated about various facets of their modus operandi and to ensure a uniformity of ethical behavior which will preclude the recurrence of these transgressions in the future.

          By these actions both the convening of this summit to address the contemporary state of affairs of the technology community and the subsequent admission of the statement of ethical principles, you may justifiably assert to our citizens and when you interact with the staffs of the Judiciary Committee, and those in the employ of the Justice Department and those who toil in the offices of the states attorney generals that you have both acknowledged the sins of the past and have embarked upon a path of ethical rectitude that will ensure that the various concerns which prompted their inquiries are no longer relevant and that the vast expenditure of human effort and substantial financial expenditures they represent are for all intents and purposes superfluous.

          One final determination by those gathered for this summit must be promulgated; the decision by the individuals gathered for this purpose to personally pledge the resources both technical and financial to protect the integrity of our nation’s electoral process both as it relates to the 2020 cycle and beyond to ensure that our most sacred constitutional privilege will not be compromised.

          This act will reflect beyond all other results which your conversations at this event produces that you are patriots and recognize that what you have amassed certainly due in significant measure to your talent and exertions but beyond those considerations that fact that you are citizens of this nation and as a result were afforded by that reality the inherent support, stability, and liberty required to undertake your exercises in entrepreneurship and the enormous wealth and influence you have accumulated.

The Imperative Task Of Protecting the integrity of the 2020 Electoral cycle*

*The technological deficiencies that are extant in our nation within many of our 10,000 voting jurisdictions and the recommendations to mitigate or eliminate those vulnerabilities that are presented in this proposal first appeared in an Op-Ed in the August 4th edition of the Washington Post. The author of that perspective that is entitled “Silicon Valley Can Help Rescue Election Security” is Charles Jennings

As the summer of 2019 lengthens in these the days of continued leisure and recreation for millions of Americans, the specter of a national catastrophe looms ever larger and proximate.

In a scant 14 months our republic will be asked to select an individual to lead us into the third decade of the 21st century, and to designate our preferences for innumerable other subordinate officials at the federal, state, and local levels of government.

Throughout our history though we are an imperfect and flawed undertaking in representative democracy, until very recently we as a populace were of the unimpeachable perspective that our most fundamental and perhaps sacred right, i.e. the exercise of our individual  franchise during the election process would be duly recorded and thus reflect an inviolate political reality, that those who were entrusted with the power to govern were subject to the collective will of our electorate and that this principle was preeminent and could not be abrogated.

However, as the result of a series of disclosures and the dissemination of information which was the collective product of our intelligence agencies and other sources of data, we have been apprised of the systematic and continuing attempts by foreign governments and their intelligence apparatuses to wage an unrelenting campaign of cyberwarfare with the ultimate objective in the looming  electoral cycle of a massive disruption in this process, that if successful shall impair beyond its subsequent restoration the public’s confidence in the results.

Should that eventuality transpire that event will sound the death knell or our experiment in democratic government that has prevailed for more than two centuries, and the subsequent chaos and dissolution of our society that it will stimulate may produce an authoritarian  or fascistic political system and thus consign us to a dark and oppressive future from which the resurrection of our democracy will be impossible.

Since the activities of various governments (principally  Russian initiatives)  have been revealed regarding the 2016 presidential election, we have frequently heard from numerous sources within the political realm , pundits, think tanks, and other entities, that have sounded the alarm and called us to action in order to interrupt these continuing exertions and preserve the sanctity of the impending 2020 electoral cycle.

However, as of this date legislation that might address various facets of these prescribed antidotes languishes in Congress,  while others in positions of power either minimize or deny the existence of these perilous threats.

It is imperative that we acknowledge the following horrific reality; at this moment the vast majority of the approximately 10,000 voting jurisdictions currently employ Windows 7 software. In January, 2020 Microsoft will cease the provision of automatic security improvements for these antiquated operating systems. In the absence of these upgrades these systems are extraordinarily vulnerable primarily because the voting machine certification standards for these machines were formulated in 2005.  Thus, the ancient and wholly deficient defenses these systems can mount will be overwhelmed by today’s cyberwarfare arsenal replete with polymorphic malware, weaponized artificial intelligence, and ransomware.

Though local governments are attempting to bolster their defensive capabilities they have neither the resources nor expertise to protect the integrity of the process by which vote tallies  are computed, and more importantly to ensure that these compilations have not been tampered with or altered.

Nothing less than the survival of our noble experiment in republican democracy is at risk. Thus from my perspective given the critical necessity of this task, i.e. ensuring  the unerring accuracy and unadulterated status of the ballots that tens of millions of Americans shall cast in approximately14 months, and as importantly the contemporary nonexistence of any entity that has been created that reflects a sufficiently broad or sustained commitment to this mission, I am on this date the 8th of August 2019 establishing the Center For The Preservation of American Democracy.

The mission this organization shall  discharge is to mobilize the entirety of those resources technological, legal, political, as well as the support of those corporate and voluntary elements of our citizenry to support and in fact to demand that the total spectrum of these recommendations  be fully implemented in every voting jurisdiction throughout the nation. It is only through this sequence of deployment that all citizens will be confident that whatever the results the various  electoral outcomes produce in 2020 they reflect the pristine preferences of our citizenry.

As our initial act it is our intent to recruit as members of the Advisory Board  of this center those individuals whose integrity, professional histories of accomplishment, and scrupulously nonpartisan sympathies and predispositions that are exemplary. Moreover, they shall reflect various portfolios of expertise and  lengthy involvements with the relevant sectors of our endeavor, i.e. technological, legal, political,  communications and public relations etc., those  areas of competence that reside at the heart of our agenda of prospective exertions.

When this board is assembled its first task shall be to formulate the strategic paradigm required to achieve our principal objective  and the chronology and content  of the activity to ensure the success of its deployment  prior to the electoral event of November, 2020.

At the epicenter of this document will such primary technological components/consulting expertise be delineated that reflect among other elements the provision to state and local election system operators of a complimentary upgrade by Microsoft of their Windows 10 software; the construction by Elon Musk or other equally brilliant visionaries at the forefront of computer science and their subsequent  provision at no cost, of the requisite artificial intelligence defense systems to the IT staffs of local election jurisdictions; to offer at no charge the security consulting services which such entities at IBM, Oracle, and Cisco are superbly equipped to furnish; the gratuitous gift of online cyber services, which FireEye, Sentinel One, and Symantec are eminently qualified to provide; and  finally  Intel and other microchip manufacturers must supply to all voting jurisdictions throughout the nation their “state of the art” processors which are equipped with “hardware enhanced” security capabilities.

In addition to this element of our strategic paradigm are the equally crucial capacities and activities to ensure that the technological aspects of our model are fully deployed in every voting jurisdiction, are those systematic and unremitting efforts by the Center in the realm of a communications/public education activity to generate the requisite public advocacy among our populace to demand the implementation of our paradigm.

An equally vital facet of our operational agenda will be the unceasing coordination and collaboration with the appropriate officials within these state and local systems as we proceed in this process of systemic improvement and transformation; the ability to initiate those legal initiatives when required to both defend against any challenges to our  initiative and to judicially neutralize any attempts  by these jurisdictions to  thwart or reject the requisite safeguards we are recommending  ( or equivalent systemic improvements ) to the integrity of the electoral process which our paradigm presupposes.

The final item our strategic plan will include is the unrelenting interaction and collaboration with all other entities in our society including agencies of the federal intelligence establishment, nonprofit organizations that are addressing various dimensions of this challenge to the integrity of our electoral process, and other corporate entities, think tanks, and universities whose scholastic inquiries and responses are focusing on this imperative  topic, to augment and intensify the efficacy of our initiative, to ensure that the most crucial capacity of all our citizens to select those officials at all levels of our governing apparatus via the exercise of their personal franchise remains sacrosanct and unimpeded.

It is our hope that the requisite financial resources to activate the center and its agenda shall be secured by Labor Day.  Discussions have already commenced with the prospective staff members who will discharge various facets of the agenda we have formulated.  The specific chronology of the duties and responsibilities to accomplish the goals and objectives  will be fully explicated,  and we shall immediately commence our efforts to preserve American democracy.

We recognize the urgency and vital importance of this task and we shall not fail in this endeavor

The Center For The Preservation of American Democracy

(An Operating Budget For This Fourteen Month Period)

This budget is most preliminary and  without question lacks the requisite specificity relative to such categories as personnel, leased space costs, consumable supplies expenditures, systems of technology and communications costs,  anticipated travel expenses, and an operational contingency category that are customarily included in these proposals.  An infinitely more complete budget will be prepared at the inception of our operations, however, given the urgency of our undertaking suffice it to state that we are requesting from predisposed donors a request to enable our activities from September, 2019 – November 2020, of  $500,000. 

Tools of oppression; instruments of empowerment

The social landscape of our society is replete with a vast array of tools political, economic, technological, and cultural that cumulatively conspire to ensure the maintenance of the current arrangements of wealth and power that are operative in this nation.

In the political realm such devices as gerrymandering, judicial appointments, the massive and unceasing stream of contributions to those in the Congress and in other levels of subordinate governmental responsibility whose legislative agendas and executive decisions support the retention and expansion of the affluence and policy predispositions they embrace, remains unabated.

Continuing efforts of various state governments to suppress the capacity of minorities to exercise their constitutionally accorded capability to vote on behalf of those who govern them and those issues that require the electorate to determine their fate. The allocation of substantial financial resources to sustain and improve the quality of public education to those schools in affluent and middle-class locales and the provision of meager funds to sustain those institutions in geographical areas where poverty is extensive.

The sporadic and paltry efforts by many local governments to create and maintain those programs which equip the unemployed with the requisite skills to obtain employment in a society that continues its technological evolution. National policies which are designed to disenfranchise many who as the result of the health care legislation the Congress endorsed during the Obama administration gained access to uninterrupted medical services are deployed to deprive this initiative of the financial and administrative support for its maintenance.

The selective revision of numerous standards and indices which redefine poverty levels to permit this White House to trumpet its success in reducing the numbers of those who are impoverished in the U.S.. Census questions which are designed to discourage the participation in this decennial exercise to determine our nation’s population and thus diminish the fiscal allocation and political representation of those affected

The intentional rejection and discrediting of the massive body of scientific data that confirms the reality of “global warming.” The pervasive behavior of those senior administrators within the EPA to repeal, rescind, or disregard those regulations to protect our environment and thus enable the rapacious and unrestricted ability of mammoth corporate entities to expand the scope of their commercial activities at the irreparable expense of those wilderness areas and undeveloped expanses that comprise our collective national inheritance.

Via the mechanism of “continuing resolutions” Congress perpetuates the annual renewal of those policies relative to the distribution of federal resources that support corporate welfare and deprive those in the middle-class and the poor of those funds required to strengthen their membership in this quadrant of the economy and enable those imprisoned in the financial basement of this nation in a posture of collaboration and individual effort with various agencies and institutions both private and non-profit to exit the dehumanizing and cruel precincts of suffering and hopelessness their current existence reflects.

Within the private sector mammoth financial institutions that stand astride our economy provide credit instruments with usurious interest rates attached to the access of these funds, in many instances an annual percentage rate of approximately 25%. is de rigueur. Hedge funds and other components of the “shadow banking” entities which by design skirt important requirements of the various components of our federal regulatory system, are orchestrating the exponential increase of the debt corporations are assuming that is approaching the levels which were extant immediately prior to the Great Recession of 2008,

Fortune 500 companies continue in an unabated posture the allocation of enormous sums of capital for the purposes of repatriating their stock from public ownership, providing huge dividends to shareholders, and maintaining compensation packages to senior executives that in some instances exceed by a ratio of 300 to 1 the median wage of employees within these commercial institutions.

These entities are also responsible for an annual expenditure of approximately 3 billion dollars to engage the services of lobbyists in the nation’s capitol and in other states where legislatures preside over budgets and populations that are significant.

Moreover, a stream of revenue which emanates from these companies and private sources fuels the activities and initiatives of PACS, foundations, think tanks, and print and electronic media outlets to influence and shape public debate and the broader national dialogue regarding both a catholic support for policies and political decisions which expand and solidify the consensus of Americans to maintain the status quo and to refute and reject those proposals which mitigate their influence and wealth.

Cultural issues relative to immigration, racial supremacists, religious exclusion, abortion, anti-Semitism, and other contentious issues in a de facto regard serve the purposes of these plutocrats for their existence and intensification ensures that the civility and capacity for compromise which is inherent in the formulation and adoption of social policy cannot evolve.

Drug and alcohol abuse serve to distract and incapacitate those among us who have been excluded from viable and self-sustaining economic opportunities and educational options which could reintroduce them to lives of relevance and self-worth, and thus their energies and rage in these states of addiction and inebriation cannot fuel the requisite national campaign for the transformation of our society that is evolving.

Obsessions with social media and the mindless cable offerings innate to “reality television programming” such as wife swapping, the exploits of housewives in luxurious settings, and other programmatic vehicles that extol affluence and inflame the envy and desires of virtually all of us who do not live in these circumstances distract us from the tasks necessary and the sustained, focused, and disciplined efforts which the creation of a culture in which social justice is ascendant requires.

Video profiles of sexual deviation and pornographic opportunities have proliferated in both their abundance and exotic variations which the web provides, which further dilutes our consciousness and resolve for engagement with the world and its inhabitants

The preceding enumeration captures much of the total spectrum of the tools of oppression and conformity which the elites in this nation continuously deploy to ensure their perpetual hegemony at the apogee of the cultural structure that is America, though it is not exhaustive in rendering the totality of those mechanisms that they utilize in the service of the retention of the status quo.

In the next installment of this post I shall delineate a comprehensive recitation of those instruments of empowerment that we the populace of the United States have access to that can serve as efficacious antidotes to the previously rendered portrait of impotence and horrendous inequities.

A NATIONAL SUMMIT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE (PART TWO): THE CHRONOLOGY, LOGISTICS, RESOURCES AND PROSPECTIVE PARTICIPANTS, REQUIRED TO TRANSLATE THIS CONCEPT INTO REALITY

Though the winter remains our current meteorological companion, it is during this season that the efforts to ensure that in August of this year in an hospitable locale our national summit for social justice is empirically realized.

Thus, what is it that we must address to guarantee that this event shall occur? Initially, permit me to formulate what I believe are the most appropriate agenda components.

Item One: From sources that are established global theologies, and secular humanist proscriptions as well as those ideologies that undergird various forms of democratic theory, to fashion the specific normative predicate, i.e. the value system upon which all institutional structures shall be constructed to create and sustain a nation in which social justice is both ascendant and enduring.

Item two: To formulate those systems of macroeconomics and politics that both translate the previously cited value system into operational reality, that unceasingly ensures the capabilities of our populace to implement and retain those laws, policies, and programmatic initiatives to sustain a society that is maximally equitable and affords each individual the opportunity to achieve the full spectrum of their human potential and by so doing contribute to the collective welfare that is societally extant.

Item three: To construct a strategy which utilizes the entirety of those elements and organizations and the persuasive influence they represent to become vigorous and unceasing proponents of the social justice agenda we have fashioned in the quest to fully implement throughout our culture this prescription for an equitable America.

Item four: To devise a specific chronology of deployment that reflects the duties and responsibilities which each member of this progressive coalition agrees to assume, as well as the human, institutional, and financial resources required to implement this national campaign.

In order to accomplish the previous goals a sustained series of activities must be commenced at this moment. Among the specific tasks required to achieve this result during the summer of 2019 are the following:

To initiate a dialogue with various elements of the progressive coalition that is currently extant, including such entities as non-profit social welfare agencies, advocates of community economic development, proponents of criminal justice reform, organizations committed to comprehensive solutions to immigration challenges, those on the forefront of the imperative quest to mitigate global warming, and other institutions whose raison d’etre reflects initiatives to eliminate racism, sexual harassment and the misogynistic abuse of women in this society, and other social pathologies.

Integral to this continuing dialogue will these discussions address the desire of this “community of activists” to participate in this summit and the specific roles, duties, and responsibilities during this unfolding event they wish to discharge.

In concert with these individuals we shall form a planning committee that will formulate the agenda of activities, i.e. plenary sessions, discussions, seminars, and other presentations of which this event shall be comprised.

Simultaneously, we at the Fund For An Equitable America shall initiate a fund generation effort to obtain the resources required to sponsor this event, as we concurrently engage in discussions with various institutions throughout the nation to select that locale most appropriate in terms of receptivity, as well as geographical and logistical considerations, and scheduling availabilities to ultimately determine the site for this summit that would be most optimal.

It is our hope and expectation that at the conclusion of this event armed with a specific and comprehensive vision of a socially just society and the strategy to implement this paradigm, that in concert with those discussions and conversations in which our electorate is engaged throughout this year and more intensively throughout 2020, that our recommendations and suggestions shall enrich and enlarge the parameters of that dialogue and provoke our fellow citizens to consider in a posture of audacious contemplation the prospective reality that the transformation of this nation is feasible and within our grasp if we can summon the volition and the requisite exertions required to actualize a national future of unprecedented equity, opportunity, and interpersonal harmony.

This is the noble and imperative task to which we must allocate our labors and “the better angels of our nature” if we wish to rescue this culture from its contemporary tragic trajectory and its ultimate unraveling either in the crucible of armed and insurrectionary conflict, or a descent into the disintegrative reality of a fascist state in which an infinitely augmented democracy and any hope for its vibrant and seminal realization is forever foreclosed.

A National summit for social justice in America: Formulating a paradigm and devising a strategic plan for its implementation

The quadrennial madness of the quest for the presidency is upon us. Beyond the perpetual hubris and prevarication that fuels his statements and actions, Donald Trump will pursue in perpetuity his wish to never be absent from either the White House or the airwaves and of course his twitter account that social media source of dissembling, hate, and malevolence, unceasingly spews his deformed perspectives.

With regard to the Democratic candidates though certainly more enlightened and compassionate and infinitely more competent than our current chief executive, we will be inundated during the course of this electoral cycle with innumerable proposals and policy recommendations to remediate our cultural malignancies and the mammoth inequities with which our society is riddled.

In some partial manner though various elements of these suggested legislative or programmatic initiatives may ameliorate aspects of the contemporary tragedy that is at the epicenter of our national existence, you may be certain that what is forthcoming from these candidates will in no substantive, and more importantly comprehensive context reflect a sufficiently broad and inclusive vision of what is required to transform this nation from a polity which is the captive of a miniscule coterie of plutocrats and all that flows from that reality as it relates to the distribution of wealth and influence and the perpetuation of those among us who dwell in poverty and others who are clinging desperately to the lowest rungs of middle-class membership.

At this critical moment in the history of our republic what is required to in some authentic and sufficiently capacious conceptual manner address the enormity and the severity of those forces and institutions that are responsible for the maintenance and enlargement of those decisions and determinations that continue the erosion of our financial welfare and the unceasing diminishment of our capabilities, is an exercise of unparalleled intellectual audacity.

To effect the realization of those innovations that shall reverse these trends and augment the quotient of social justice that is extant, to which I have previously referred no less than an imperative process of social engineering is required.This is the moment in our country’s chronology when we must begin anew the process that animated the establishment of our nation more than two centuries ago, when our founding fathers provoked by a ferocious desire to create a government that would by its embrace of certain democratic notions and the institutional constructs necessary to operationalize these concepts came together in the city of Philadelphia during a sweltering summer to engage in these crucial discussions and deliberations

These constructs have served us in the support of America’s continuance for more than two centuries, though in retrospect there was much that distinguished this experiment in representative democracy that was defective and deficient, from its inception, and more relevantly in the those final decades of the twentieth century and throughout the current time frame have we witnessed the further diminishment of our opportunities and mobility of much of our populace and the ever-receding efficacy of our citizens to create and implement those initiatives which would liberate them from their impoverishment and their impotency to effect more salubrious public policies.

In recognition of these grim and tragic societal circumstances since the advent of the new millennium various scholars and activists throughout this nation have been united by the quest to formulate a response to the inquiry “What systems of government and economics might we create and implement which would both rectify the egregious inequities that are extant in the United States, and simultaneously usher in an era of our national life and consciousness in which considerations of social justice are operative and ascendant?”

Among those individuals and institutions engaged in these intellectual musings and speculations are Norman Kurland, The Democracy Collaborative, my organization The Fund For An Equitable America, and many others.

Though much has been accomplished by these efforts the optimal result i.e. the formulation of a comprehensive vision for a socially just America remains unfinished at this moment. What in my view is required is a national symposium that gathers these individuals together for an extended period of time for the purpose of formulating and finalizing a document that reflects both the normative frame of reference and the institutional structures to execute these values that may then be submitted to the citizens of our nation for their consideration as an option that contains the potential to transform this country into a society which will augur a new era for all of us in which poverty, economic insecurity, lack of opportunity, racial injustice, and other forms of prejudice and discrimination are consigned to the dust bin of our history and we may embark on a path that shall lead us to a future of collective equity, individual material security, and the potential to actualize the personal potentials that inhere within us all.

In a subsequent post I shall address what in my view are the requirements in a logistical, financial, and chronological regard that must be addressed to accomplish this national summit for social justice during the summer of 2019 and the prospective role and participation that those of you who believe in the critical validity of this activity may play to ensure its realization.

Ineffectual options for our nation’s contemporary dilemmas

In his opinion editorial of today Robert J. Samuelson suggests that the manifold lethal capabilities of our military might has been diminished in recent years by among other primary causes the reduction of those financial resources which previously nourished these defense components and their concomitant capacity to emerge victorious in those conflicts to which they were committed.

Moreover, he further posits the assertions that the welfare state and the programs that comprise it expend approximately 70 percent of our annual federal budget and that the constituency of support for this monetary allocation is both enormous and sustained, while the numbers of those Americans who are strident advocates for significantly augmented defense expenditures are meager by comparison.

From his perspective the immediate requirement is obvious, i.e. to enhance the magnitude of tax revenues that flow to the defense budget and by so doing we shall restore our status as the sole global superpower and thus deter potential adversaries from initiating military operations that contravene our policies, and in those instances when imperative to ensure that victory is the result of any armed engagement in which the U.S. is a participant.

This analysis suffers from a host of invalid presumptions and assertions about the contemporary political circumstances in which we find ourselves as the new year looms imminently, e,g, that the current levels of taxation may not be increased to permit additional improvements and the purposeful evolution of cybertechnologies at our disposal, and that the sole legitimate objective which the “welfare” component is to maintain the viability of those who are the beneficiaries of these programs of financial support.

In the period which Samuelson cites as a relevant time frame those in the nation’s most affluent quintile and most specifically those that comprise the wealthiest 1% of our populace have been the beneficiaries of congressional legislative initiatives which various presidents have signed into law, that have significantly reduced the obligations these plutocrats were compelled to provide to the federal treasury.

To suggest that this societal reality reflects in any manner whatsoever an equitable arrangement of “progressive taxation” is an absurd and cruel joke. Legislation is possible though highly unlikely to be introduced by those in the Congress who depend upon the contributions of their wealthy patrons to sustain their longevity in the House or Senate.

Moreover, though much of what reflects the domestic agenda of support for our nation’s impoverished should be provided in their current modes and formats, surely additional funds that are modest in magnitude could be allocated that have as their objective the formulation of policies and programs which have as their raison d’etre the goal of substantially diminishing and ultimately eradicating poverty, thus ultimately rendering superfluous these federal efforts.

The blueprints of this audacious endeavor may be found among the policy prescriptions which I and others have formulated at the Fund For An Equitable America, and within the intellectual musings of such organizations as The Democracy Collaborative which proceed from the central assumption that our society requires a rearrangement of those institutions that are macro economic and political in character if the creation and sustainment of a culture in which social justice is to become and remain ascendant.

The primary political task before us in this the new year is to mobilize a national constituency of our citizens that will demand the adoption of the principles to which I allude, and shall engage in a campaign of activism and unrelenting effort and agitation and if required civil disobedience to compel those who wield power in our republic to remediate the grievous inequities and oppressive and discriminatory social policies to which so many of our citizens are subjected.

For a fuller exploration and analysis of these realities and the antidotes to their efficacy and continuation, I would suggest that you acquire “America’s Future: Requiem Or Renaissance: An Agenda For The Transformation Of Our Nation And Ourselves.” Rosedog Press, 2015.

Contained within this document are the strategies and tactics which individual citizens and institutions committed to a national future which translates into reality the promises contained in the founding rhetoric of this nation, and which in this moment in our history is being readdressed and morally enlarged and ethically augmented by a host of our fellow Americans who are functioning in some de facto regard as our Refounding Fathers and Mothers.

Join us in this struggle to accomplish this transformation for nothing less that the very soul of our republic is at stake. Finally, to all of you who have found your way to this post I wish you a joyous holiday season and a new year replete with an overarching and transformational national consciousness and the institutional underpinnings which make it operationally feasible.

The Imminent Observance Of The Fourth Annual American Assessment Day Event

 On Saturday October 6th, 2018 our nation shall celebrate the Fourth Annual American Assessment Day event. It is an activity which I inaugurated in 2015 as a central modality of my publication, “America’s Future: Requiem Or Renaissance? An Agenda For The Transformation Of Our Nation And Ourselves.” (Rosedog Press).

This undertaking requests of all our populace on the first Saturday of the month of October, to engage in a process of both political and social evaluation, and an infinitely more personal exercise in exploring the various circumstances and interpersonal relationships which are extant within the nuclear family environment in which we find ourselves.

The initial endeavor requires an analysis of the major public and private commercial enterprises in this society with specific reference to the policies and operations of these entities as well as the profile of political advocacy/contributions they support and provide, to determine whether in some quintessential regard they reflect a raison d’etre that supports the maintenance of those normative and institutional realities that are responsible for the extraordinary inequality, the grievously diminished efficacy of our citizens to impact governmental decisions at all levels of our republic, and the perpetuation of those structural circumstances which perpetuate the impoverishment to which approximately 50 million of us are consigned.

The companies that are engaged in the preceding spectrum of behaviors that are both unethical and are enormously harmful to both the social capital and the future prospects of our democracy’s capacity to remain intact and more importantly recapture an ascendant climate in which a dynamic and vibrant ethos of social justice is transcendent, must be penalized for their actions by the rejection of any continuing commercial transactions on behalf of the purchase of their products or services by our citizens.

Perhaps when confronted with the stark and inescapable choice of either sinking beneath the waves of insolvency for their behaviors or adopting those policies and modes of operations that are moral, support environmentally self-sustaining methods, seek to positively impact the mitigation of both inequality and poverty, and are agents and catalysts for enlightened and beneficial governmental decisions that augment the welfare and opportunities of the overwhelming majority of Americans, they will opt for the latter course of action.

The assessment process to which I referred reflects a period of activity which is divided into two segments. The mornings exertions address the practices of those preeminent public corporations and those private companies such as hedge funds and other financial entities that stand astride our economy, in order to evaluate those organizations that engage in ethical commerce and should therefore be supported by American consumers as a reward for those practices.

In those instances in which commercial institutions who by virtue of their greed and cupidity and frequently harmful policies and activities which negatively impact our environment, the prospects of their employees relative to attaining both a secure footing in the middle-class, and the prospective future of a retirement which affords them the ability to exist during that period in a posture of relative comfort free from the depredations of inadequate financial resources, should be subject to the immediate and total discontinuance of any further purchases by our citizens of their entire inventory of products and services, to demonstrate that immoral behaviors will be rejected and their perpetrators grievously penalized.

This “macroeconomic/political” investigation will absorb much of the morning and perhaps extend into a portion of the afternoon to allow for a thorough examination and the formulation of those decisions that will be implemented during the ensuing year by those individuals who engage in this analysis.

The second exercise in which those who comprise the various nuclear family structures addressing these agendas will undertake is the equally vital task of exploring the tone and tenor of those interpersonal dynamics and interactions that are extant within their respective domestic arrangements, for the purpose of both disclosing those sources of conflict and impairment that exist in these families and the corresponding unhappiness, resentments, and deformities to various individuals which these pathologies foster.

Armed with these insights it becomes feasible to amend and replace those elements within these households to rectify these affective conditions and circumstances and produce an atmosphere that will serve as a source of harmony, increased self-actualization, and the collective spiritual and psychological evolution of its participants.

As the universe of those among us who engage in this annual evaluative effort increases, the eventuality of consigning to insolvency a continuing augmentation of those major commercial entities who currently stand astride this society and through their political efficacy and financial capacities perpetuate the mammoth inequality and the virtual incapacitation of all levels of government except in those determinations and decisions which these oligarchs seek to retain their hegemony in this republic, will be accomplished.

These hegemonic entities will ultimately be compelled to seek the protection of bankruptcy and as a result cease to exist as operational entities, or adopt those policies and practices that shall resuscitate both the political impact  which the majority of our citizens may yield (that reflect their economic and governmental interests and priorities) and by so doing substantially diminish the inequality that is extant at this moment in the life of our country, and simultaneously substantively reduce those who are consigned to the basement of our culture, in inhospitable structures of hopelessness,  misery, and the cruelest state of impoverishment.

The principal benefits which will be derived from the exercise to which the afternoon is devoted will produce within the nuclear family structure and the interpersonal dynamics of those within it, an infinitely more humane, liberating, and self-actualizing sequence of individual and collective possibilities,that unleashes the fullest possible spiritual, psychic, and intellectual potential that will awaken and sustain a robust and vibrant atmosphere of peace, serenity, maximum individual creativity.

It is my hope that you will join with me in these exertions this Saturday and by so doing both elevate the quotient of social justice which currently obtains in both the macroeconomic and political realms of our nation, and within the interpersonal dimensions of your life and that of your family as well.

A Nation Virtually Devoid Of Empathy For Those Among Us Who Remain In Perpetual Impoverishment

Ah the innumerable distractions in which we are continuously engulfed!!! Currently, a Marvel comics cinematic episode is generating obscene profits and most recently yet another installment of Mission Impossible is currently being screened in theaters throughout the land.

Omorosa and “the Donald” sink to previously uninhabited nadirs of mutual insult and condemnation. Democrats seek to finalize an electoral message that shall in its efficacy mobilize those in the “resistance” to reclaim a majority in the House of Representatives, and the much more daunting task of retaking the Senate as well, in the mid-term elections that draw ever nearer.

As the summer commences its inevitable trajectory toward autumn Americans engage in travel, relaxation, and rejuvenation, and a myriad array of pleasurable distractions and diversions which annually comprise a most deserved vacation period, that requires little of us other than our presence and a predisposition to dispense with substantive intellectual inquiry.

The unceasing venomous disputes that rage among us that are reflected in the fevered swamps of social media and among those who hold forth each day on Fox and CNN and other electronic outlets where ad hominum and gratuitous attacks dominate the dialogue.

Cable television regales us with an ever-expanding menu of entries that glorify and extol the grotesque materialism of the Khardashians and others in our populace who live with a vacuity and a moral obtuseness that is unparalleled.

Netflix, and even more recent competitors for our visual and auditory loyalty extend the frontiers of sexual license and barbaric cruelty, as a national audience sheds its normative sensibilities and a capacity for an empathetic acknowledgement of the tragic human circumstances in which so many who live among us our ensnared.

However, among all of the preceding realities that are extant perhaps the most disturbing contemporary fact is the insularity, self-absorption, and apathy that is embodied in our cultural consciousness and in our companionate disregard and dismissal of those ethical obligations incumbent upon us as citizens of a sorely aggrieved and unraveling society.

For irrespective of the theologies we embrace or the values we cherish which have as their sources humanistic prescriptions, at their epicenter are those crucial obligations that our lives and our labors must be committed to the exertions required to transform the content and quality of life of the tens of millions of Americans who live in squalor, misery, and hopelessness.

Thus on this day the midpoint of August I ask of all who encounter this treatise the following interrogatory: Will you commit your energies and your fealty in the months that remain in this the year of 2018 to an engagement with an organization or entity be it local or national in its scope of operation and influence which seeks as its objective the diminishment of poverty in the United States?

Will you provide whatever material resources are feasible to this cause? Will you attempt to persuade those within the orbit of your family and the circle of your friends and acquaintances to replicate your involvement with institutions of their choosing?

Penultimately, will you unstintingly embrace the central concept that contains two elements of undeniable veracity, i.e. that our society possesses the requisite financial and intellectual capabilities to eradicate poverty; and that all that is necessary to achieve this most laudable and imperative objective is the collective  explicit volition of our citizens and their derivative commitment to do so.

Finally, will you pledge that you shall not cease your activity in this effort until this reality is reflected as the most prominent organic and transcendent dynamic that is operative in this the American democratic experience.

Let us all dedicate or recommit ourselves to this glorious and noble task and commence our efforts immediately.