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Corporate philanthropy: The great American Fraud

On November 29th, our citizens were deluged with requests to select a worthy charitable cause that reflected their individual priorities, whatever the character and raison d’etre of that particular nonprofit entity.

In previous years our populace responded with great magnanimity to these solicitations. In fact of the approximately 376 billion dollars which was allocated to this sector of our economy in 2015 to enable these organizations to support their noble activities and provide the spectrum of services to their client constituencies. more than two-thirds of this amount was provided by personal contributions, and the balance by major corporations both public and private, that was funneled primarily through the foundation vehicles which reside within the structure of these  gargantuan for profit entities.

Approximately two-thirds of this amount was provided by personal contributions, and the balance by major corporations both public and private, that was funneled primarily through the foundation vehicles which reside within the structure of these  gargantuan for profit entities.

However, though these sums are enormous they achieve precious little as it relates to the diminution of poverty, inequality, racism, social injustice, and the significant mitigation of other pathologies, that in some tragically substantial quantitative regard continue to afflict our nation’s body politic.

Rather do these funds fuel the activities of hundreds of thousands of organizations in the United States which can be found on a mammoth spectrum of involvements, that reflect in very few instances significant ameliorative impact on their chosen field of endeavor.as well as numerous instances of activity which is mediocre in its palliative influence, and tragically substantial examples of organizations whose reverberations throughout our society are ineffective, and/or  have been created and sustained as monuments to the egos of enormously affluent and powerful members of our nation’s class of plutocrats.

The overwhelming majority of this  activity  is either minimal  in its palliative influence, or are  examples of organizations whose reverberations throughout our society are intrinsically ineffective, and/or  have been created and sustained as monuments to the egos of enormously affluent and powerful members of our nation’s class of plutocrats.

As the result of  this mode of distribution in which so many entities receive paltry donations, (with the exception of a minuscule number of nationally recognized organizations which receive multi-million dollar contributions) virtually nothing of any substance or consequence may be initiated other than the maintenance of the nonprofit’s current level of activity,  which is wholly insufficient to respond in any meaningful regard to the magnitude of need which its service population requires.

On occasion, various foundations will implement novel programs or policy initiatives which they will unveil as truly unique and prospectively efficacious modes of intervention, that contain the potential to significantly mitigate various manifestations of social blight and disease, which rarely achieves its goals and in those enormously infrequent instances when these innovations have succeeded, these endeavors do not receive the requisite resources to be implemented on a regional or national scale.

In some fundamental regard, these fiscal allocations support tens of thousands of middle-class  and upper – middle – class administrators who operate and supervise these agencies and organizations throughout the nation, and as a result the plutocrats who furnish these monetary resources can assert that through their magnanimous donations and the breadth and depth of their involvements and commitments, they are committed to the alleviation of the suffering which the stunted lives and potential of the poor among us experience on a daily basis.

These foundations and other philanthropic mechanisms rarely expend more than 5% of the total asset base of these organizations annually which their investment portfolios replenish, and yet it is these ludicrously anemic expenditures which  permits these institutions to maintain that their interest in rectifying our societies woes is perpetual and unceasing.

The  approximately 120 billion dollar donations from these corporate sources constitutes but 1% of the revenues which their commercial activities generated in 2015, i.e. 12 trillion dollars, and the primary motivation for their largesse are the  deductions which are provided by the IRS to companies who engage in this philanthropic activity, which in numerous instances reduces their indebtedness to the federal government by millions of dollars, annually.

Moreover, it is not simply the absurdly inadequate allocations which the previous sum represents, it is the fact that it is provided to literally hundreds of thousands of recipients, thus the potential to accomplish anything that is truly substantive or impactful is nonexistent.

Finally, beyond all other deficiencies from which the status quo suffers is the absence of a public declaration that the transcendent objective of much of the philanthropic activity in this nation is the eradication of poverty, and the consequent formulation and implementation of a national strategic plan that reflects this goal as the result of a maximally cost-efficient deployment of the approximately 375 billion dollars,  as opposed the  current allocations which fuels so much that is tangential, secondary in impact, and wastefully targeted.

When the pronouncements and declarations of the previous intent are forthcoming from this coterie of plutocrats, then will it be possible to ascribe to their motives the genuine desire and intent to transform this culture and create a society in which social justice is ascendant.

In the absence of a national campaign that unites the majority of our fellow Americans which demands that the nature of the majority of all charitable activity is some fundamental regard be devoted to this objective, nothing except the cosmetic tinkering and peripheral innovations of no cumulative consequence will transpire.

The organized philanthropic sector of this nation has existed for more than a half-century, allocating in concert with the individual American citizen trillions of dollars toward these undertakings and yet in this the concluding period of 2016, the objective of eradicating poverty and mitigating numerous social pathologies remains beyond our grasp and our capabilities.

What is responsible for this most tragic reality?  How is it possible that the expenditure of these gargantuan sums and the systematic deployment of tens of thousands of executives who are employed in these nonprofit organizations, and the millions of man hours they have devoted to these challenges and the expertise and experience which they cumulatively reflect, continue to co-exist in a country whose population of the impoverished and those whose lives are almost equally tenuous in a financial regard, dwarfs the numbers of our citizens who resided in these deplorable circumstances when in 1959 Michael Harrington is his magnum opus “The Other America” first discovered their existence?

These deplorable conditions exist because those who possess both the monetary resources and the political efficacy to abolish these conditions have absolutely no wish to do so.   Those who reside at the apogee of our culture wish to  perpetuate  a permanent underclass because it serves their purposes most efficiently.

Those who reside in the dungeons of impoverishment by their existence suppress wages, and are a reservoir from which their members who lack skills and credentials have no choice should they wish to generate any income, however anemic, are pressed into service to perform the most menial and unpleasant tasks in this society, and most tragically are grievously exploited in their grim and unsafe neighborhoods by  landlords and merchants who derive substantial incomes from the economic plight of those who comprise this nation’s impoverished.

Moreover, the urban ghettos in which they congregate when housing stocks are sufficiently degraded and become unfit for human habitation, are acquired at greatly reduced cost which then become candidates for  a process of gentrification, which inevitably leads to the construction of gleaming and elegant townhouses, condominiums, and rental apartments at prices which both displaces those who were living in these accommodations in squalor (primarily African-Americans), and spawns an influx of young Caucasian professionals whose incomes are multiples of the wages and salaries of those that inhabited these dwellings previously.

In addition, the various ethnic subcomponents of these populations of the dispossessed are fertile soil to incite conflict and enmity, and thus ensure that the antagonisms created among rural Caucasian enclaves, African-American denizens in urban ghettos, and their Hispanic counterparts, as well as those who comprise the populace of immigrants who have migrated to the United States illegally, and those whose religious beliefs such as those embracing the Muslim faith,  may be utilized to ensure that the political agendas of demagogues will emerge ascendant in national elections.

Thus, rather than transcending these spurious divisions and fraudulent quarrels that divide them and acknowledging their common plight, and creating powerful coalitions that bind them together in the pursuit of a society which is infinitely more just, in which the elites are compelled to reduce their dominion over so much of our nation’s economic and political instrumentalities, and remediate those afflictions and pathologies that cripple the lives of more than 60 million of our fellow citizens, we remain a bitterly divided country in which bipartisanship and compromise have all but evaporated, and as a result those who continue to prosper from these appalling circumstances are those whose names can be found among the Forbes 500 list of the wealthiest Americans and the minuscule  political coterie who serve their interests and are responsive to their demands.

In a subsequent post I shall provide an alternative to this scenario and delineate in a comprehensive and definitive manner what a “Humanistic Philanthropy” would embody and reflect, and precisely how this structure and process would accomplish both the eradication of poverty in the United States and simultaneously rectify and neutralize other social pathologies which currently afflict so many of us.

A Crucial Advisory to Donald Trump: The Rewards Of Healing Our Nation; The Price Of Demagoguery

The agenda  the President-Elect implements will either mitigate poverty and increase social justice for all or will reflect the demagogic contents of his campaign. The fate of his personal financial empire hangs in the balance of the path he chooses

*WASHINGTON* – *Nov. 11, 2016* – /PRLog <https://www.prlog.org/>/ –Today, Bernard S. Gluckstern, The Chairman of The Fund For An EquitableAmerica,  provided his perspective regarding the imminent ascension to power of Donald Trump as America’s 45th President.

“As continuing protests in numerous cities throughout this country have transpired, and those who have marched have articulated their dismay regarding Donald Trumps’s electoral college victory,  he has characterized their criticisms as unfair and is requesting that the electorate  withholds its judgment until his term commences on the 20th of January, 2017.

“What he fails to understand or acknowledge is that he was the architect of a campaign that  reflected racism, misogyny, ridicule of the disabled, Jews, the parents of a fallen soldier,  a jurist of Mexican descent, a pattern of  boorish and abusive  behaviors toward women  during his various flirtations with matrimony, and so much more, which has caused so many among us to conclude that he is unfit  to become our nation’s chief executive and the putative leader of the free world.”

“However,  I have chosen instead to provide him with the opportunity  to discard the rhetoric of demagoguery and the  numerous proposals which he espoused during the campaign, that would produce truly calamitous results in both the realm of our relations with other governments and within our domestic economic circumstances.The standard I shall deploy in measuring Mr. Trumps presidency shall be composed of the following tools of assessment”:

  1. Does he respect the constitutional provisions regarding free speech,assembly, etc. which are afforded to us?
  1. Does he permit the unabridged operation of a free press or does he seek to inhibit its scope of activity?
  1. Does he inhibit Mr. Putin’s appetite for territorial expansion and restrict the maritime aspirations of the Chinese?
  1. Does he reaffirm our involvement in global treaties that recognize the threat of global warming?
  1. Should he opt to scrap Obamacare what alternative that does not exclude those who received medical coverage as the result of its existence, would he implement?
  1. Does he renounce the support of the various alt-right entities and reject their messages of hate and prejudice?
  1. Does he permit those 12 million principally Hispanic residents of our nation to remain here and to be afforded a path to citizenship?
  1. Does he support the creation and implementation of a massive infrastructure modernization program which is so vitally required,  and the millions of middle-class jobs this effort would provide?
  1. Does he avoid protectionist trade policies that if implemented would guarantee negative responses from our trading partners and plunge us into a recession?
  1. Finally , and most importantly does he deploy throughout our many impoverished communities, those resources both financial and technical to  mitigate inequality and eradicate poverty?

“This is the decalogue of considerations I shall utilize in evaluating the presidency of Donald Trump.”

“Should his tenure  reflect those policies and innovative initiatives contained in the previous Ten Commandments Of An Enlightened Politics, I shall be among the first to congratulate him for these actions and extol his virtues.”

“However, should Mr. Trump’s presidency  trample on constitutional liberties, stoke the fires of prejudice and exclusion, and most importantly neglect the urgent economic requirements of tens of millions of our citizens,  then shall we in response, utilize every legal weapon at our disposal to ensure that the financial empire to which Mr. Trump shall return at the conclusion of his term of office will be greatly diminished if not entirely dismantled”.

“We shall impose a national boycott to ensure that few if any Americans will purchase those products with the Trump label, or frequent  those resorts that bear the Trump name for purposes of either business or leisure. When the Trump organization attempts to undertake construction projects or other commercial activities utilizing other corporate labels we shall apprise the public of these actions and request their rejection of these offerings or options”.”

“We shall mount court challenges, utilize bureaucratic procedures, and stimulate  political actions and campaigns to  stymie, derail. oppose,and delay, any and  all undertakings of a commercial character with which the Trump organization or any of its subsidiaries are involved.”

“Thus will  the fantasy you may have conjured up of returning to a vastly increased fortune as the result of the actions of those you leave in charge of your affairs and the policies you implement from the Oval office, be shattered”.

“The question which remains to be answered as the period of your stewardship of this country unfolds is the following:  Will you in concert with the RepublIcan majorities of Congress and the consequent capability to appoint Supreme Court Justices, utilize those powers to respond to impoverished Caucasians, to African-Americans and other minorities  who have also been excluded from meaningful participation in our economy and subjected to fatal miscarriages of the criminal justice system.?”

” Furthermore, will you be responsive to others for whom  membership in the middle class is supported by the frail and emaciated platform  which the loss of one pay period would deprive them of, or will you brutally disappoint those citizens who by their electoral activity have made possible your term of office, as well their aspirations to become  economically  self-sustaining and culturally valued?”

“Unceasingly did you commit to those who live in this nation that you and only you can make America great again, restore prosperity for those who are impoverished and heal  the divisiveness of our populace.” Should you succeed I will be among the very first to  acknowledge those accomplishments.  In the event of failure, none shall be exempt from the consequences of that tragic reality.”

*Contact*

Bernard S. Gluckstern, Chairman

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Shards and fragments of an evolving national enlightenment

On Saturday October First, the observance of the Second Annual American Assessment Day,  which is an exercise in exploring  the civic content of our nation’s current status, with particular reference to matters of economic justice, the mitigation of inequality, the diminishment of poverty and the  transformation of these impoverished environments into vibrant communities, was celebrated.

So too  did these participants evaluate the relationships of an interpersonal character that obtain in their nuclear families of which these individuals are members,  to determine various courses of action which when implemented will dramatically improve the joy and serenity  which issues from their domestic arrangements.

In addition, beyond the perimeters of the explorations inherent in our nation’s Annual Assessment Day activities, we are witnessing in other quarters a remarkable dynamic which recognizes the imperative requirement to address the remediation of social injustice in the United States that is unfolding concomitant with this annual event.

Recently, in various publications, articles, and op-ed pieces have appeared which suggest that some members of the political and corporate establishment have begun to acknowledge the fundamental inequities, material deprivations, and the unraveling of our national social cohesion,  as the result of these political and macroeconomic malignancies.

Tom Wilson, The Chairman of the Allstate Insurance companies, a public behemoth that provides various insurance products to 16 million Americans, proclaimed his adherence to the perspective that major corporations must be responsive to concerns and cultural circumstances that transcend their historical obligations to maximize profits for shareholders, but rather demand beyond the requirement to be actors and participants in creating the “common good.”

In an initial act toward that objective, he issued a directive to increase the minimum wage his company provides to entry-level employees to $15 an hour. Moreover, he has begun a search to formulate a broader agenda that both internal to Allstate and beyond its perimeter,  the  implementation  of various initiatives and endeavors in the pursuit of this broader goal.

Senator John Warner of Virginia, has acknowledged that our current iteration of capitalism is woefully inadequate particularly as it relates to the benefits, compensation, and other aspects of employment by which so many American workers are ensnared within major corporations, and has begun to explore various modalities and institutional configurations by which these injustices may be remedied.

The Ford Foundation has declared that the priority beyond all other considerations that shall animate their primary endeavors from this point forward is to positively respond to the challenges which inequality poses to our nation’s welfare and social peace.

That individuals and entities such as the preceding are formally committing to the imperative requirement to redress the legitimate grievances of so many tens of millions of our citizens is most encouraging, however, it remains to be seen whether these rhetorical flourishes and pronouncements yield to substantive measures which truly contain the potential to remediate the injustices in which we are immersed, or whether these statements are fundamentally an exercise in a superficial public relations campaign.

Obviously, it is our  hope that these pronouncements reflect an authentic  attempt to convey a genuine awakening to those crucial moral and political requirements, which demand the mitigation of inequality and the eradication of poverty in the United States.

At the center of that process which explicates the specific initiatives which shall accomplish the preceding goals are those that appear within a memorandum that I have transmitted to Ms. Clinton, in August of this year, The Epicenter of a Prospective Clinton Presidency: Embedding Her Methodist Creed In Our Nation’s Cultural Fabric

The struggle to transform America is gathering potency as greater numbers of our populace grow disenchanted with the status quo, and are demanding fundamental alterations in our structure of macroeconomic and political institutions and the manner and mode by which they operate.

However, it is imperative that we remain engaged in this dynamic until by our concerted actions both as citizens and consumers, we ultimately achieve the implementation of those alterations to our contemporary cultural circumstances from which a socially just society is created, that simultaneously actualizes the promises and commitments our founding fathers enunciated on behalf of all who dwell among us, more than 240 years ago.

An America that is authentically democratic shall reflect adequate minimum wages, compensation to enable our employees to exist in postures of middle-class sufficiency, equity positions within the corporations where they labor, retirement options which permit for a continuation of a comfortable existence for them and their families, membership on the boards of directors by which these companies are managed.

It requires in addition, the allocation by both public and private enterprises of a minute fraction of their annual revenues to assist in the continuing endeavor to eradicate poverty,  and implement throughout our commercial realm sustainable economic practices, as well as  the formulation of those practices and protocols within the workplace that are maximally democratic.

Finally, it also necessitates  support for those administrative, legislative, and political initiatives, which increase the mitigation of inequality and the diminution of those who are impoverished among us, and those policies which reinvigorate the vibrancy and efficacy of all citizens as they strive to regain their legitimate hegemony over those institutions that manage and control the content  which occurs in some macro regard in this nation of an economic and political character.

That is the country we are seeking. That is the society toward which we are striving. That is the cultural reality of which we are in pursuit as we celebrate the “Second Annual American Assessment Day” agenda of activities.

Of “Microscopic Grievances”and the obsession with cultural minutae

The frequency with which so many among us rage and condemn the acts or pronouncements of our fellow citizens about matters that are secondary or tertiary in their intrinsic significance is astonishing.

Whether it be the criticisms of celebrities or the conduct or demeanor of their peers and their unceasing  facebook entries that attempt to capture ever- escalating  photographic presentations, that leaves virtually nothing about their anatomical realities to the imagination, their vulgar exhibitionism is totally bereft of any rational purpose.

Their  “embrace” and vigorous approval of political statements that contain little if any substance or specificity; the unrestricted and continuous travel by “reality” cast members to exotic locales to engage in periods of leisure in  settings of palatial opulence,  or the contrived conflicts and ferocious arguments about imagined slights and insults of which their colleagues are guilty, all these mindless distractions are absurd and of no redeeming value whatsoever, and are on frequent display in drunken postures of vicious sarcasm and brutally cruel assessments.

In response to these events, millions of us take to the social media portals and venues and provide our judgments and perspectives about these actions and comments with an intensity that is extraordinary.

From the fervor and passion these personal reactions reflect the reader might conclude that  these concerns and issues are central to our nati0n’s welfare and continuance, and thus are worthy of the ferocity and adamant tone and uncompromising stances that have been asserted by the various contributors to this dialogue.

Often the tenor of these messages is vindictive, insulting, cruel, and framed in obscene vocabularies.  In some instances the quality of menace and threat is conveyed, and the wish that tragedy and even death will imminently befall the individual who is responsible for the heinous crime of expressing values and advocating principles that the respondent finds morally or politically repugnant.

That such vitriol and unrestrained hatred is directed towards so many whose sins are so minor and transgressions so slight, one must inquire what is the source of these extraordinarily disproportionate outburts?

They are the result of a displacement of emotions and misdirected animosity.  It is these trivial matters which most of us believe lie within our purview to influence and impact by virtue of our written opinions, that may be created and transmitted virtually instantly, under the cover of anonymity.

These controversies are amenable by their size and content to our analysis and evaluation and as such they provide us with a sense of efficacy and importance, and the most important companionate sense that we possess the capability to effect and determine precisely what the most appropriate disposition of this dispute is within the realm of public opinion.

The ultimate well- spring of these emotions are the anxieties and the enormous sense of impotence and irrelevance that so many of us continually experience in the circumstances of our daily lives. The primary animating factor in this dynamic is the tragic recognition that we possess virtually no capacity as individual citizens to impact the deliberations and decisions, which so few yet enormously powerful institutions exert in those macro realms of our society, principally political and economic.

The antidote to this sense of alienation and anomie is the acknowledgment and consequent engagement with and unceasing commitment to the concept of the power that inheres within  substantial elements of our populace, and their exertions to reclaim their dominion over those critical political determinations which we as a polity implement.

What none of us can accomplish as solitary residents of this nation may be achieved by a mobilization of substantial numbers of our populace who demand of our public institutions and those major private sector institutions, behaviors which mitigate inequality and ultimately eradicate poverty, and stimulate the recrudescence of those values and policies which will eventuate in a national renaissance.

It is this endeavor to which we should devote our energies and our enthusiasm, for when this process of an American revitalization is successfully concluded, and those among us who currently languish in states of acute despondency,  enormous discomfort, and extreme impoverishment, transform their lives and their communities into vibrant middle- class communities with all which that status presupposses, the desire and the impetus to become embroiled in the lives of the celebrities and others of intrinsic insignificance  and their contrived and fraudulent controversies will be greatly diminished, for we will have discovered an infinitely more rewarding and invaluable use of our time and our moral outrage, i.e. the tranformation of our nation and the consequent quantum improvement of our culture, which those activities will accomplish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Epicenter of A Prospective Clinton Presidency: Embedding Her Methodist Creed in Our Nation’s Cultural Fabric

MEMORANDUM

To:  Secretary of State (Emerita)  Hillary Rodham Clinton

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

Subject:  The transcendent legacy of your imminent presidency: the mitigation of inequality and the eradication of poverty

Date:  August  8, 2016

Though premature this memorandum proceeds from the presumption that a sufficient number of American voters shall reject the electoral entreaties of the Republican candidate  who reflects in some intrinsic regard a  persona that is morally repugnant, an intellect bereft of both factual capacity and the curiosity to acquire crucial political wisdom, and a penchant for vindictiveness and cruelty when the error of his statements and the ignorance of his awareness is revealed.

Moreover, he has demonstrated that at the epicenter of his being  there exists an all- encompassing narcissism that is entirely devoid of empathy and a concern  for any reality in our society that neither burnishes his brand or increases the magnitude of the material resources at his disposal.

You are to be congratulated for both the ferocity of the campaign you are mounting  and for the ethical tone and tenor of its content.

As you solemnly recite the oath of office and revel in the inaugural festivities which will culminate in  a joyous and long-postponed day of celebration, and  mark the extraordinary accomplishment of the first American woman who has finally been elevated by her countrymen and women to this most august of political locales, that you will  simultaneously in a posture of subdued silence  commit to the utmost extent feasible, to  embed  your Methodist creed into the essence of our nation’s cultural fabric.

It is my fervent hope and belief that the initial 100 days of your tenure will be momentous in its significance and critical to the task of  reconstructing the strength of our alliances with our global partners, which the rhetoric of Donald Trump has so effectively undermined, during this campaign sequence.

Furthermore  it is my expectation  that you shall undertake various initiatives  of both a unilateral diplomatic character as well as those actions which involve significant elements of the international community, to  restrain the appetite for territorial conquest of Mr. Putin, inhibit the quest of China’s maritime aspirations, and demonstrate to the Turkish  and the Egyptian leadership and other governments that their embrace of the authoritarian paradigm  which is extant  in Moscow and Beijing, will find no favor or acceptance in your White House.

Beyond the repair of our relationships with our foreign cohorts and  the issuance of those signals and messages which demonstrate our implacable resolve to oppose the  predispositions of  the regimes previously cited,  I am certain that during this period you  will  with the total range of your capacities and a fervor that animates these efforts, unveil various proposals and  overtures to address this nation’s overriding domestic concerns.

It is my respectful perspective that  the twin imperatives that demand your immediate attention are  the restoration of the viability of our middle-class and the mitigation of the mammoth chasm of inequality which separates the overwhelming majority of our citizens from the minuscule numbers of billionaires who have accumulated since the Reagan hegemony to the present day, an affluence so obscene and expansive that it is almost beyond our capacity to fully calculate.

Finally, to complete a trinity of crucial tasks that I have no doubt you shall confront in the winter of 2017, is there the matter of formulating and implementing the most efficacious federal response within a broader national mobilization,  to the tragic, pervasive, and entrenched reality of poverty in this nation.

For the most lamentable fact in this the summer of 2016 is that the numbers of our populace who reside in the dungeons of impoverishment, is greater than the magnitude of Americans who languished in those dreadful financial circumstances when in 1960 Michael Harrington in his examination of the poor who lived among us; i.e. The Other America,” discovered their existence.

The virtually unfathomable fact is that irrespective of the hundreds of billions of dollars which have been allocated in various modes and postures of assistance during the previous half century by both private and governmental entities, poverty remains the central,  devastating, and  crippling reality of more than 60 million Americans.

The reasons for the continuation of this deplorable fact are numerous and manifold, however Madam President they may be in some fundamental regard  be attributed to a quartet of principal variables, e.g., since the discontinuance of the federal Anti-Poverty programs these efforts have been mounted in the absence of an institutional entity with national responsibilities to direct and coordinate these efforts.

In addition, the funds allocated to these activities have been wholly inadequate and the fundamental normative frame of reference on which these endeavors reside, presupposes an unceasing requirement in both the form of governmental assistance and philanthropic contributions to accomplish the mitigation of poverty;  thus consigning these communities and their residents to lives of unremitting dependency.

Finally, the objective of consigning poverty to the musty archives of our nation’s historical record has never been elevated to the status of an uncompromising national priority, with all that that reality would portend regarding the mobilization of the requisite resources which includes the private sector, to achieve that critical moral goal.

It is for all the preceding reasons that in the Spring of this year I created The Fund For An Equitable America, whose raison d’etre is to remedy the deficiencies  I have previously presented.

The Fund  shall function as a national coordinating body of various meaningful activities that exist to eradicate poverty in America, through its headquarters in Washington, D.C., and via a network of regional offices throughout the United States.

The central ethos that we embrace is  a strategy which relies on dependency whatever its sources irrespective of its magnitude is doomed to failure.

Rather are we of the perspective that the eradication of poverty in this country shall be achieved as the result of community-based commercial enterprises that are owned and operated by community residents and the revenues and profits which they generate, that function within a strategic paradigm and process which shall at its culmination be responsible for the transformation of these impoverished neighborhoods into vibrant, self-sustaining, middle-class communities with all that presupposes, regarding the quality of life.

For it is from this modality of economic development that a continuing  influx of monetary resources will be provided  IN PERPETUITY,  in  efficiently managed for profit settings,  that shall in postures of interpendence provide compensation levels required to support a middle-class existence,  participation in  ESOPs, etc., the inclusion of employees as members of the board of directors, and the maximum feasible capability to permit employees to influence and impact the policies and directives that govern their schedules and physical environments.

Moreover, these commercial enterprises will  implement sustainable economic practices to both positively impact our climate and the entirety of the inheritance  which mother nature has bequeathed to us.

One additional observation Madame President is necessary.  Though it is our belief and expectation that the “anchor institutions” in these communities, i.e. universities, health care centers, municipal governments, and major philanthropic entities will continue to increase the magnitude of the purchase of products and services which these community- based commercial enterprises will furnish, and thus continually augment the magnitude of revenues and profits which these businesses will generate, this universe is not sufficient in and of itself to provide the total financial requirement to eradicate poverty in the U.S.

Thus, will it be necessary to supplement the capabilities of the Community Development universe with the resources of those corporate behemoths, e.g. those organizations both public companies and private financial institutions such as hedge funds etc. to contribute a minute portion of their annual revenues to this endeavor.

Our research indicates that a total appropriation on an annual basis from the community development universe (7 trillions in assets) of one percent of this sum i.e. 70 billion dollars in the form of purchases from community- based commercial enterprises, and a one percent contribution from major public and private commercial entities (In 2015 this sum was 12 trillion dollars in  revenues) e.g. 120 billion dollars would produce an aggregate in excess of 190 billion dollars, annually.

It is our belief as the result of the research which we conducted in the winter of 2016, which eventuated in the creation of The Fund For An Equitable America, i.e. Mobilizing America: The Moral Imperative to Eradicate Poverty In This Nation,” which appears beneath the vision tab on our website, EquitableAmerica.com, that utilizing the strategic approach which we have formulated  and benefiting from an annual infusion of approximately 200 billion dollars, when wedded to the maintenance of the current magnitude of funds both public and private, would at the conclusion of a ten year period entirely eradicate poverty in the United States.

With regard to the institutional mechanism that we believe would be most suited  to accomplish the trinity of objectives previously enumerated, I am respectfully advocating the creation within the White House of The President’s Council For Economic Democracy.

I am proposing this particular title because contained within this nomenclature by virtue of that which is implicit in an economy that is intrinsically democratic in character, do the obligations to ensure both the diminution of the extreme inequality by which we are currently afflicted, and the eradication of conditions of impoverishment which are so pervasive and entrenched a reality in which so many of our citizens are mired,  inhere.

Furthermore, I would strongly urge you  to appoint to this body  those in this nation who by training and normative preferences might contribute various dimensions of scholarship and policy recommendations that may be found in such locales as the Next System Project, The Democracy Collaborative, and The Center For Social and Economic Justice.

Among those individuals who in my view possess the greatest potential to meaningfully contribute to this dialogue given the council’s raison d’etre, are such enlightened intellectual luminaries as Joeseph Stiglitz, Norman Kurland, Gar Alperovitz, and others too numerous to mention in the context of this document.

Beyond this coterie of dedicated and brilliant social theorists I would recommend that you select members of the American business community who have both supported your candidacy, but most importantly who in some process of preliminary vetting would commit to  become vocal advocates among the ranks of their fellow CEO’s and Board members, for the implementation of those  institutional, policy, and programmatic proposals this council promulgates

For whatever the content of the specific final report, at the heart of this document will there be found  the twin recommendations of  a strategic  paradigm/plan context within which the creation of community-based commercial enterprises would become the engines of economic growth to transform poverty communities into middle-class environments, and the equally imperative necessity that those major corporate entities both public and private in character which sit astride our culture, must contribute  as a civic requirement of their continued capability to operate and prosper in this society, the exceedingly modest financial resources indicated  on an annual basis until poverty is finally and fully eradicated.

Ms. Clinton, at this moment of my lifetime which extends to almost three-quarters of a century, there is no question  that  activities of the character I am proposing would be greeted from many quarters in this society where vigorous proponents of the status quo operate, with a ferocious and unremitting opposition.

Whether it emanates from those who in postures of explicit or implicit racial prejudice were unalterably committed to the failure of your predecessor’s term in office; and who now will summon their implacable resistance to someone who during her presidency will represent the historical precedent of a woman who wields presidential authority; or from those who have from the inception of your political career sought to obstruct and defeat those policies you championed to enlarge the sphere of social justice in this nation; or those whose rage about our contemporary inequities and the personal grievances they harbor found refuge in the candidacy of your vanquished opponent; whatever its source will most surely be conveyed at ear-piercing volume and in disrespectful and perhaps obscene vocabularies.

Nor would I expect cooperation or support from those in Congress who sit in Republican districts, or for that matter from many Democrats who when subjected to the fierce and unrelenting demands of those lobbyists who represent this nation’s class of plutocrats, to oppose all legislative proposals that emanate from the administration to accomplish the goals of reducing inequality and eradicating poverty by the methodologies I have suggested.

In the final analysis  what may be required in these areas of domestic economic policy to succeed in these efforts will be the continuation and expansion of government by executive fiat.

By utilizing this instrumentality in uniquely efficacious applications  that is all encompassing and unprecedented, much of what you seek in this arena will be achieved.

However, Madame President in addition to these tactics I should like to suggest an additional and ultimately  critical weapon which you have at your disposal that if deployed will aid you immeasurably in the obtainment of an America in which economic democracy prevails.

It is the power of the citizen-consumer who when apprised of the conduct of these major corporate institutions may choose to either reward them for behaviors that reflect the reinvigoration of the status of the middle-class and the  the mitigation of inequality, as the result of their exceedingly modest monetary contributions to those initiatives and programs which shall alleviate the impoverishment of millions of Americans,  or penalize them for their resistance to and rejection of these fiscal responsibilities.

The happy electoral circumstance that confronts you is a contest in which virtually every responsible member of the political establishment as well as those who reside in other sectors of our national life, have pronounced your opponent to be mentally unstable, totally unprepared, and most assuredly   incapable of discerning truth or social reality from the fog of unceasing prevarication and disinformation that comprises his public statements and tweets.

As a result, the financial resources required to emerge triumphant from this campaign shall be provided from those who whatever their motivation, would never entrust to Donald Trump our country’s future.

When you begin your term of presidential service whatever its duration, you shall be located on that incomparable perch of civil authority from which the maximum potential to accomplish the fullest implementation of your Methodist creed shall be afforded.

Should you determine as it is my fervent hope that you shall that no other task is more urgent than being responsive to much of what animated the supporters of Bernie Sanders in the various primaries, innumerable citizens of this land will applaud your exertions.

When you respond to  the cries  which emanate from  African-American communities in urban ghettos and other aggrieved minorities who have been fatally abused by the criminal justice system, and  who remain the victims of punitive social policies and  economic servitude,  the cheers among our populace that will greet those endeavors will be deafening.

And when you allocate the technical and financial resources  to those who so vociferously  supported the electoral quest of Donald Trump, i.e. predominantly Caucasian males who have been cast aside by globalization and consigned to postures of penury and  the dependent state of welfare recipient, the voices and energies of millions of Americans will support these efforts and join you in the quest to bring them to a full and shimmering national reality.

Permit me to convey an aspect of my autobiography.  When I celebrate my 75th birthday on the 30th of August, it will be in the service of the following structure of values and concerns.  At the center of my priorities is the concept of Tikun Olam, the requirement of those who adhere to a prophetic Judaism to repair the rents and fissures  of society.  As a recovering alcoholic, I am guided by  those spiritual principles on which AA resides. As someone who proudly wore the uniform of a United States Marine, I am obligated throughout my life to provide leadership to this nation whether it be within a context of combat operations, or in a role or posture that is civic in character.

I pledge to you Madam President that we at the Fund For An Equitable America shall join you in the unrestricted commitment of our resources, energy, and ferocious resolve, throughout the duration of your hegemony, in support of the preceding agenda of prospective activities that we so fervently believe will finally fully actualize the promises and pledges which our founding fathers enunciated more than 240 years ago.

Should these goals be attained during your presidency historians shall recite the tale of America’s first woman to sit in the oval office, and state unequivocally that it was she who was responsible for the mitigation of inequality  and  the eradication of poverty, and the individual who orchestrated a quantum increment of  social justice  in the life of our nation,  and thus did  the American dream became accessible to all who dwelt among us.

Fervently animated by these aspirations Madame President, this proponent of the original Abrahamic faith; this recovering alcoholic who has been liberated from the affliction of chemical servitude; this Marine who acquired as the result of his service the capacity to  provide an unrelenting and inspiring leadership to his fellow citizens; and this graduate of Alfred and Brown Universities who by his immersion in these extraordinarily rich pools of scholarship and inquiry, developed a substantial and incisive intellectual capability, do I joyfully join you as a colleague in this endeavor.

Moreover, I extend in an unbreakable clasp the hand of fellowship and commitment to you and the undertaking you have proposed, to leave in the wake of your presidency an America that has actualized in its entirety the  noble and providentially inspired exhortations that were formally ratified by our forbearers during an oppressive and stifling summer 240 years ago, in the city where the convention which nominated you was convened.

Let us begin these efforts!  Let us commence this journey! Let us initiate the noble trek that shall culminate in the triumph of the American people in their quest to attain a society in which political and economic democracy in all its splendor and vibrancy has been brought into being.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repression and Inducement: The formula that ensures the continuing hegemony of our nation’s plutocrats

Beyond all else the unceasing task of those who sit astride our culture and determine the pathways this society will follow is the imperative requirement to monitor with great care and attentiveness the seismic activity of our body politic.

Utilizing a broad array of tools that measure and calibrate both the content and intensity of public opinion and evolving and emerging preferences and the collective aspirations of the great majority of our populace, the community of professionals who serve the agendas of those who have accumulated enormous wealth and the corresponding efficacy to delineate the content of our present institutional realities and the prospective configurations and objectives that the future will hold.

The tactics are manifold and sophisticated and ever-changing.  In those areas of the United States where poverty is ascendant and intractable, a two-fold approach is frequently employed; to ensure relative calm and a state of compliance with local ordinances, particularly in those urban neighborhoods in which many of African-American descent reside, a police presence that is often brutal and suffocating to discourage protest and recrimination from these citizens who in lawful and constitutionally protected postures of free speech wish to convey their rage and the suffering which are the hallmarks of life in these grim and materially emaciated environments to which they are on a daily basis involuntarily subjected.

In concert with the preceding  a second tier of involvement is provided, i.e. minuscule contributions/donations by a phalanx of institutions to disburse a largesse which permits those at the helm of these entities to proclaim their  commitment to the welfare of those who dwell in poverty in these areas and their  promise to remain engaged in these communities to construct and deploy those ladders and elevators which can be scaled and boarded to rescue the poor from their horrific existences.

These specious and fraudulent overtures in no meaningful or substantive regard impact on the magnitude of poverty that obtains in these areas, nor do they other then in modes of presentation that are cosmetic and superficial address the structural causes of impoverishment which require both a comprehensive, multi-tier, multi-year,  strategic plan/process to both create the community enterprises which anchor institutions shall patronize to provide the financial resources required in the longer term to transform these neighborhoods into viable self-sustaining middle-class environments.

However, is this the summer of 2016, these strategies are becoming ever less effective as tools to subdue or pacify those 50 million Americans who comprise America’s underclass.

In exponentially expanding numbers, as the incidence of executions of African-American citizens by police forces in various cities is ascending, both within these communities as the result of such groups as “Black Lives Matter”, and beyond the perimeter of those geographic precincts, particularly among  Millenials who  are ferociously committed to civil liberties for all irrespective of racial or sexual considerations,  the tolerance for these acts of official lawlessness is evaporating, and is spawning reciprocal acts of violence by those who are by their actions though guilty of murder and behaviors which are morally intolerable,  are demanding that unprovoked attacks and the senseless slaughter of law-abiding citizens of color must cease.

Lest there be any confusion about the matter of the murder of our appointed guardians of our civil society for whatever the reason or purported justification it must be condemned and those who are guilty of their reprehensible attacks must be brought to justice and punished to the fullest extent of the law.

However, the solutions to our contemporary tensions and intensifying conflicts must be located within two complementary hemispheres of social reality; the first is the reformation of the manner in which  police forces are trained and deployed in these minority communities and function in a manner of decency and civility which is manifest in those sections of the cities in which middle-class white citizens reside, and most importantly that rather than a continuation of those programs and initiative which are empty palliatives and wholly inadequate initiatives that are instituted in these areas, a comprehensive strategic approach to the eradication of poverty must be implemented in these districts.

For in the final analysis when communities in which poverty and the suffering which it creates are transformed into middle class environments, the dysfunction and criminality which penury breeds will be greatly mitigated and those who are comfortably ensconced in lives of material sufficiency and will have little incentive to place the maintenance of a satisfactory existence at risk by engaging in behaviors that are self-destructive and may lead to lengthy periods of incarceration.

Should those who possess the capability to alter the contemporary social circumstances choose to remain committed to the failed policies of oppression and emaciated inducements, by so doing you immeasurably increase the probability that the discontent and justified rage which those who reside in these precincts are currently experiencing will  be augmented.  To mistakenly believe that these ominous increments can be quelled by an ever more oppressive police presence/aggressiveness is an exercise in collective self-delusion that will portend draconian circumstances and will exacerbate the current tensions in this society  and inevitably lead to greater bloodshed and ultimately the possibility of  a race war and or martial law.

These horrendous possible futures are to be avoided at all costs for they shall in some irrevocable regard consign  us to the forfeiture of our democratic traditions and the inception of a fascist state and the tragically lamentable demise of a system of governance that has however imperfectly endured for 240 years.

As November approaches the choice is stark and undeniable, and it resides with you who comprise those whose names appear on the list of those billionaires which are annually determined by Forbes publications to be the wealthiest among us; to truly place at risk our nation’s continuance due to a Trump hegemony. or to beyond the support for a Clinton administration, to commit in the councils of your contemporaries and in the priorities and policies to which you allocate your political influence and treasure the requisite resources to eradicate poverty in this nation.

Should you chose this course of action both those who support Donald Trump principally those white males who have been evicted from the middle class and are living lives of great unhappiness and material privation, as well as African Americans who have endured for centuries under the yoke of slavery and then poverty shall be lifted from their travails and their financial struggles and become members of a self-sustaining middle class.

From these actions will a nation be healed and an era of acrimony divisiveness and imminent national unraveling be relegated to an element of our national historical record that though enormously unsettling yielded to an era of reconciliation and a renewed and collective purpose in which all among  us will share with infinitely improved equity  and as a result rededicate themselves to a future of where inter-ethnic enmities have been evicted and we the children of immigrants shall celebrate our diversity and our cohesiveness.

 

Poverty’s Persistence Could Spawn A Facist American State

Among those who are rabid proponents of a Trump presidential hegemony are millions of Caucasian Americans who wallow in their prejudice and detest the federal largess which has stimulated the ascension to the middle class which those in this constituency have accomplished, primarily as the result of their unstinting and unrelenting individual exertions.

Beyond their resentment at the success of this component of the nation’s populace, they simultaneously bemoan the fact that government at all levels has chosen to ignore their squalor and impoverished material circumstances.

They have been consigned to the realm of a forgotten precinct of our society where equipped with little more than a high school diploma and related job skills which have long ago been rendered irrelevant to the operational requirements of our economy, they marinate in alcohol, drugs, indolence, and a ferocious sense of being imprisoned in an existence which has little value and is the object of indifference or contempt by so many among us.

Their fury at our unconcern as a society about their plight and the misery in which they dwell is absolutely justified and their destitute circumstances cry out for a collective intervention and remediation, that is as warranted and imperative as all others irrespective of their ethnic origins or gender who contend with life in impoverished environments in the United States, irrespective of their place of residence be it rural, suburban or within equally inhospitable urban ghettos.

However, what is in my view  truly a tragedy of monumental proportions is the ardor with which they embrace the misogynistic and racist rhetoric and the normative predicate on which it resides of the sulfuric and immoral prevarications of Donald Trump.

In what is the most vile and contemptible of all political strategies conceivable, he summons the prejudices and rage of this misbegotten cohort and in an appeal to their suffering he suggests that the policies and programs he advocates and would implement at the center of a Trump presidency, will retrieve the millions of middle class manufacturing jobs from China and other locales and by these actions restore these individuals to their comfortable life styles of yore.

These promises are completely spurious and invalid and lie beyond the capability of any American chief executive to reverse the inimical impacts upon the nation’s economy, which globalization has wrought in the course of its two decade ascendancy.

The legitimate and potentially efficacious prescriptions that contain an infinitely greater probability of successfully rescuing those in poverty whatever their race or sex may be found in the policy positions which Bernie Sanders advocates, and in some more modest regard within the programs and formulations that Secretary Clinton has proposed

That so many who have voted in the various primaries to select Trump as the Republican nominee so fervently aspire to the reestablishment of a White supremacy and the return to less hospitable financial and social environments of all minorities and women, have been electorally exploited in recent election cycles by Republican politicians who promised the repeal of Obama care, the continued oppression of the LGBT communities, and the uncompromising opposition to abortion,  only to be bitterly disappointed by the failure of their elected officials to succeed in these political efforts.

As a result many fled the GOP and embraced tea party positions and candidacies only to discover that their radical views and policies could not be implemented on Capitol hill, and that the politics of a national self-destructive nature was beyond the capabilities of those they had sent to Congress to represent them.

In the final analysis a Trump presidency would according to the candidate himself reflect the disregard for our constitutional system, the loss of a free press, the deportation of millions of Hispanics, the prohibition of Muslim immigrants, a reversion to a state of hyper nationalism and the irrevocable reduction of our civil liberties and our collective freedoms as a nation.

The preceding are all elements of a system of government which at its very essence would be fascistic in character and operation, and spell the termination of an American democracy that has endured however imperfectly for more than 240 years.

The challenge this November is to be responsive to the plight of all those who currently reside in poverty in the United States while retaining the contemporary political character of the globes premiere republican democracy.

It is my fervent hope that those who supported Trump’s candidacy during the primary season will desert his campaign for the White House to both retain our federalist structure and ensure that Fascism does not reflect a prospective American future.

 

Brown University Graduate – Former Marine To Spearhead National Mobilization To Eradicate Poverty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 19, 2016  Washington, D.C. – Today, Bernard S. Gluckstern, Chairman of the Center For Humanistic Global Initiatives and author of “America’s Future: Requiem Or Renaissance – An Agenda For The Transformation Of Our Nation And Ourselves,”  announced the establishment of The Fund For An Equitable America, here in the nation’s capitol. The purpose of this organization is to mobilize  a national movement to eradicate poverty in America. This fund will provide an unprecedented breadth of technical expertise and monetary resources to members of the nation’s community development community, from its national headquarters in Washington, D.C. and throughout its network of regional offices.

In his initial remarks about this endeavor Mr. Gluckstern stated that  “The historical record of our efforts to combat poverty in America have been tragically characterized by both the absence of a national strategic plan/technical assistance to achieve this objective, the abysmally inadequate financial resources allocated, toward this goal, the nonexistence of an organizational mechanism to direct these efforts, and most importantly by the lack of a  national commitment by the citizens of this country to this moral imperative.”

“Integral to the establishment of the Fund For An Equitable America, are we providing the national strategic plan/technical assistance, the financial capability (over the anticipated ten year term of the fund’s activity) the instrumentality to provide the crucial leadership this effort requires, and a central role to create and sustain the mobilization of a continuing national commitment to the eradication of poverty in America.”

Utilizing the models that have been successfully implemented in numerous rural areas and municipalities throughout the nation in the previous two decades, i.e. the creation of community- based commercial enterprises in poverty neighborhoods that provides products and services to the “anchor institutions” within these locales such as health care facilities, universities, government, and other nonprofit entities, and related “asset building” strategies, it is the Fund’s intent to allocate both the monetary resources and technical expertise that will enable these organizations to transform these destitute vicinities into vibrant middle-class communities.

“For innumerable decades, we have been engaged in countless attempts at all levels of this society to address the mitigation of poverty in the United States yet amidst all this furious and continuing effort of individuals and institutions and the expenditure of hundreds of billions of dollars, the quotient of those who live in the dungeons of poverty has not diminished in any meaningful regard whatsoever,” he added.

“In fact since the Great Recession and the “recovery” in the intervening years since 2008, those who live in poverty face an even bleaker future due to such factors, as the erosion of the workforce by technology’s advances, the continuing relocation of corporations to other countries with more favorable tax requirements, and the policies which these companies pursue regarding executive compensation,  obscene shareholder dividends and the repatriation of their equity positions from the public marketplace.”

“The resources to eradicate poverty in the United States in its entirety exist.  They can be found in the 7 trillion dollars of asset value within the community development universe, and within the coffers of the 500 largest public companies .”

“We shall seek on an annual basis one percent of the market value of these organizations that in the course of the ten year period of our existence will provide in excess of 2.5 trillion dollars for this purpose.  A sum that is truly adequate for the first time in our history to achieve the objective of ending poverty in America, once and for all.”

“We shall undertake as our first and continuing task the mobilization of our citizens to support and demand as a national objective that the poor shall at the conclusion of our labors in 2026, no longer exist and that as a result all Americans shall enjoy lives of material sufficiency and all that flows from that reality.”

“Should those who comprise the senior executives and their boards of directors refuse to assist in this effort we shall inform the American public of their recalcitrance, and request that consumers  patronize those companies that are engaged in this activity and refrain from any support for commercial enterprises that reject any involvement in this crucial effort.”

A comprehensive  exploration of the issues and analyzes that culminated in the establishment of the Fund is contained in the document MOBILIZING AMERICA. 

For further information on the Fund and its activities and objectives contact  Bernard Gluckstern either by phone at 240-899-9900, or via e-mail at bgluckstern@aol.com.

 

 

 

The Paradigm For An Equitable American Society: A Cultural Blueprint to Eradicate Poverty

In the Spring of 2016 The Center For Humanistic Global Initiatives will be releasing to the American public, the following publication which we shall bring to a conclusion by winter’s end, i.e. “The Paradigm For An Equitable American Society: A Cultural Blueprint To Eradicate  Poverty in America.”

This document will provide a crucial regional and national framework for the purpose of stimulating a massive expansion of those projects that are currently underway in numerous cities throughout the United States.

As significant and relevant as these activities are regarding the processes  and objectives of transforming areas of poverty, physical blight, unemployment, inadequate education systems as well as a lack of affordable housing, municipal services, and other recreational/cultural amenities, they do not constitute an aggregate magnitude to address in any meaningful quantitative regard the mammoth dimensions of those deficiencies in innumerable regions of our country.

Moreover, they are wholly insufficient to cumulatively provide a redress for the financial inequities and associated ills and malignancies of a social and macro-economic and political character by which this society is contemporaneously afflicted.

Though there exist a whole host of factors which are responsible for this circumstance, the principal deficiency beyond of course the lack of the requisite financial resources for this gargantuan undertaking, is the absence of a fully rendered paradigm which would provide the conceptual frame of reference and corresponding institutional structure(s) by which those engaged in numerous community projects could expand these successful models of asset based wealth building.

This construct would in addition provide on a continuous basis the concomitant resources derived from these commercial enterprises that possess the potential to ultimately transform an urban district mired in poverty into a viable and vibrant middle -class environment.

In some fundamental regard the central question is the following: “How do we ensure that the essential democratic essence and operational realities of these activities remain intact as their growth attains a multi-neighborhood status, an interstate presence, a regional scope of operations, and ultimately a national reality?”

The paradigm which I shall release during the winter of 2016 will address precisely the considerations and requirements of the structure that in my view will be both comprehensive and specific in delineating the regional and national links and interrelationships, as well as explicating the agenda of responsibilities the various regional entities and the national entity shall assume and discharge in a financial and technical assistance regard.

So too will this model explicate within the crucial realm of coordinating and maximizing the impact of these activities  ensure that in some pivotal cultural regard these efforts truly function as a “whole that is exponentially greater than the sum of its parts.”

Armed with this imperative model it shall then be feasible, utilizing this construct to mobilize a national community of prospective funding sources and collective expertise and experience to commit to and engage in a process that shall result in the transformation of this nation and by so doing translate the entirety of the enlightened and humanistic vision so many of our citizens are currently embracing as an imperative collective social reality that is both liberating and life-affirming, into a glittering,  seminal empirical manifestation.

 

A Journey Beyond an overarching normative consensus toward institutional rigor and specificity

Among those who  assert that the solutions to our current societal miasma in which democracy is atrophying, inequality is ascendant, our cultural sensibilities are becoming ever more coarse, and our collective intellectual capacities are dissolving; and that technology has become an unrestrained force that imprisons our spirits and is responsible for the disintegration of community, and the degradation of a national moral, religious, and spiritual consciousness; is a gathering of our citizens who are estranged, enraged, and ferociously longing, for a society to be called into being for the primary purpose of enhancing our noblest instincts and our innate predispositions to become sentient and self-actualizing human beings.

Moreover, this geometrically enlarging group of scholars, activists, enlightened entrepreneurs,  clerics and citizens from all walks of life,  are united by the fundamental belief that the mitigation of these grievous  afflictions are possible exclusively by constructing both a unique and comprehensive humanistic value framework which shall serve as the predicate on which a transformed America shall henceforth reside; and a superstructure of political and economic institutions that shall translate these beneficent and equitable normative concepts into a daily operational reality that will both inform and regulate the actions of our body politic and all who reside among us.

Aspirations of this character have periodically surfaced among us since the inception of the American experiment in representative democracy more than 240 years ago.   The sources are manifold, some paradigms claim  theological antecedents, some in a more secular vein derive from various “Utopian” notions and ideologies, some particularly in a  more contemporary chronological context may be attributed to  psychologists and psychoanalysts whose recommendations were empirically rendered in communes and cooperatives where both the principal animating forces reflected egalitarian divisions of labor/equitable distributions of material productivity and a participatory democratic modus operandi by which the lives of inhabitants were governed and in which aesthetics, artistic and sexual liberation, and a maximum personal freedom and self-expression were encouraged.

Whatever the particular manifestation of these social experiments, beyond all else were they in some transcendent regard an effort to elevate to equal importance in these cultural arrangements the reality of community,  to that of the historically validated and revered American notion of society’s requirement to allow and foster individual activity and accomplishment in a whole host of contexts and regards.

And I would vigorously assert that at this moment in our journey as a people it is the fragmentation, the alienation, and the isolation, that so many of us experience in our hermetically sealed professional and personal lives, exacerbated by the financial and political injustices that comprise the macrocosm of our institutional and ideological framework, that is beyond all other culprits those factors that cause so much suffering and discontent.

That there exists a considerable and enlarging current consensus about much of these realities is beyond question. What is required at this juncture is to commence the arduous, complex, and imperative intellectual exertions to formulate the most appropriate successor to that which is extant.

Many efforts are underway that have as their objective the formulation of both various elements of these normative systems and institutional structures, and within these cognitive exercises much emerging scholarship relevant to our contemporary social and cultural maledictions, and the potential for healing these malignancies.

However, at this moment of ferment and suffering, of outrage and demoralization, of entrenched and rabid division among so many of our citizens, what is required more than any other particular rendering is a paradigm that both reconciles these warring ideologies and provides an epistemological formulation for an infinitely more  just future, and perhaps even more importantly a strategic process/dynamic that will result in the implementation of the preceding paradigmatic vision.

Among the considerations that reside at the epicenter of the preceding enumeration are the following matters:

  1.  What planning mechanisms at the local, state/regional and national levels are required to implement the normative contents of a national sovereignty that reflects participatory democratic decision making, sustainable economic/environmental  practices, the elevation of community as an equivalent value to that of opportunities for individual  cultural expression, and where spiritual/theological systems and humanistic norms that promote the fully rendered self-actualization of all citizens?
  2. That there exist numerous examples at the local level particularly in the realm of municipal/rural economic development experiments that are either non-profit in character or are hybrid i.e. profit-not for profit entities may be empirically confirmed.  However, as we move to the state or regional levels of activity we find a paucity of either private or public experiments.    The single most important interrogatory to be posed about this magnitude of effort is precisely what if any alterations in either institutional structures or policy formulation/implementation is necessary, because the scope of operation of these public or private strucutres is comparatively so much broader in a quantitative regard.   For as we all know at some point quantitative breadth demands qualitative renovation in either structure or practice, for no other reason that that the magnitude of the prescribed activity is involves so many disparate and similar resources.
  3.  Among various possible existing subdivisions of this nation there exist census tracts, zip codes, etc.  As we create and impanel local citizens groups for the purpose of creating a strategic plan for these areas which if any of these mechanisms might best be selected for these purposes to determine which individuals should be included in the geographical purview of these boards?
  4. As we move to include greater numbers of citizens in these proceedings should county designations, regional compacts, and or state configurations be the appropriate determinants for inclusion or the legitimate grounds for non inclusion?
  5. Presuming that we determine that local entities at the level of zip code, census tracts, etc within a rural area or a municipality are appropriate designations, and that county sovereignty and regional as well as state configurations are necessary for inclusion in these planning activities, what mechanism(s) should be created to resolve those disputes or conflicts that will invariably surface regarding the priorities these multi-level jurisdictions will reflect and advocate?
  6. Should there be those among you who are of the opinion that existing legislative bodies within these sovereign units of government are adequate or appropriate, you would be suffering from a horrendous delusion.   It is these entities in concert with our national systems of federal government because they are in thrall to our nations plutocratic class that the wishes and desires of so many of our populace are disregarded, and that they are consigned to the realm of suffering and unhappiness which is so pervasive.   No, what is required is to create an innovative series of both legislative, quasi-legislative and institutional research and polling  mechanisms to resolve the arguments and disagreements that will eventuate from the system envisioned. And it most be a body of uniquely democratic procedures and processes that enables all who reside among us  have the potential through the broadest forms of participation to make their voices heard and their sentiments recorded.
  7. As challenging as the creation of these institutions etc will be surely they are no more demanding that the tasks which confronted our founding fathers.   After 240 years of life beneath the umbrella of a liberal democratic system it is now the responsibility of our refounding fathers and mothers to address these critical responsibilities.
  8. As we move from state and regional arenas of activity ultimately will a national process/consensus be demanded. How might these be addressed?   I have recently provided a blue print in my book “America’s Future: Requiem or Renaissance? – An Agenda For The Transformation Of Our Nation And Ourselves,” recommended that on the first Saturday of each October that we observe an “Annual American Assessment Day.”  The initial scope of its consideration was  to both cite ethical business enterprises and urge that our citizens patronize them, and to feature prominently a compilation of those major public and private institutions (principally financial), whose behaviors and policies are inimical to our nation’s democratic systems and augment financial inequities as well as other agendas which negatively  impact our environment and the global influence of enlightened of international business enterprises as well.   This list of Commercial Reprobates  appears on my blog e.g. chgi. wordpress.com.  The second activity to be engaged in during the afternoon of this first Saturday of October, is to consider the health and well being or lack thereof of the nuclear family unit irrespective of its specific component, and determine what behaviors internal to its members actions as well as those external, social, or cultural factors, that negatively impact the welfare and quest for contentment, serenity, and self-actualization; and as a result armed with this critique formulate a plan of action for the ensuing year in which vigorous efforts will be undertaken by various family members to mitigate these negative influences and substantially increase the actualization of that which is positive in their familial environments.
  9. It might be prudent to consider in subsequent years the prospect of enlarging the agenda of what we assess on this date in October to the evaluation of a more comprehensive national agenda that explores social and cultural aspects of the American experience so that the ultimate product when tabulated, evaluated, assessed, and explored will produce a document that is empirically grounded, and provides specific, finite, discrete,  dimensions that are both fiscal and provide a broad spectrum of national recommendations beyond the monetary that we as a society will implement in the coming year and beyond; a precedent-establishing national strategic plan for the United States.
  10. What specific mechanisms, and processes to both create this evaluative document and all that flows from it, regarding the imperative requirement to be quintessentially democratic in its compilation, administration, and implementation, has yet to be designed, but it is precisely activities of this sort that should now become the principal focus of our efforts. We have a fully delineated critique of our current circumstances and a quite fulsome iteration of the normative and general outline of a national future, that we believe is most desirable and will benefit virtually the entirety of those who reside in this nation.   The time has come for us to address the matters to which i have alluded in the previous portions of this document.   I invite all of you who wish to to join me in this sacred and imperative series of tasks. For in the absence of successfully responding to these challenges which are principally intellectual and political in character our nation shall continue to languish in a state of evolving decomposition and acrimony and never realize the future for which so many of us long.    Let us be about this effort with a ferocious commitment and an unrelenting exertion. I pledge myself to this objective throughout the balance of my life until I perish, or  we have realized the glorious and socially just country so many of us deserve.