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.

The Normative underpinnings of an equitable strategic plan for this republic

What precisely does the content of an equitable strategic plan for this nation contain and embody? It most assuredly cannot be found in the current prescriptions which the national leadership of the Republican and Democratic parties advocate. Neither may it be glimpsed in the ceaseless pronouncements, opinions and commentary of pundits, news anchors, and their guests that comprises so much of the interminable babble and rhetorical incoherence of which the content of our air waves is constituted. Nor may it be discovered in the assertions and recommendations which so many of our resident intellectuals propound in academic settings be they think tanks or universities.

The common failing among all these recipes and suggestions for the remediation of this nation’s principal afflictions is that they suffer from the disease of incrementalism,and are enfeebled by the ailments of timidity and intimidation by those whose financial largesse maintains these organizations, and whose irreducible financial and political interests are implacably opposed to any initiatives or innovative scholarship, which demands at its epicenter the transformation of the institutional predicates upon which this culture presently resides.

The fundamental premise which animates my perspective and energizes my cognitive exertions proceeds from the primary belief that the construction of an equitable America cannot be accomplished within the present confines of those macro-entities both economic and political which govern the operational dynamics of this country.

The core components of the operational definition of the concept of an “equitable society” demands a formal public declaration as an article of national policy, that we are committed to the formulation and implementation of a multi-year strategic commitment to the eradication of poverty.

In addition it requires the elimination of all forms and manifestations of racial and ethnic bigotry and the accompanying systems of discrimination both economic and enshrined in public policy, legislative enactments, and regulatory decrees, as well as the summary deletion of the ethos and modus operandi of racist-tinged and prejudicial approaches to law enforcement within our minority communities.

Moreover, it requires that substantial private sector or public infrastructure development activities may not occur in a manner that is harmful to environmental and ecological imperatives which support the maintenance of our supplies of potable water, clean air, and both retard and diminish those actions and processes that contribute to global warming, or precludes the participation as coequal partners and financial beneficiaries, the residential populations which these construction projects shall impact in some substantive regard.

So too does this essential value proposition necessitate the inclusion at its epicenter of the restoration of our populace to its previous locale of hegemony in our system of politics, and the simultaneous substantive reduction within these institutions of the dominion of the miniscule few who have amassed extraordinary affluence and the corresponding efficacy, to both shape the content of our public dialogue and civic discourse and imprison the overwhelming majority of our citizens in laws and policies that both enshrine and perpetuate their privileged positions, and ensure our continued occupancy in postures of relative penury and political impotence.

A society in which an equitable dynamic is ascendant must also presuppose a system of public education throughout its entirety i.e. from the initial introduction to students of a grammar school curriculum throughout the culmination of a high school syllabus, that reflects a content of instruction that shall impart the information required to equip students with both the information and cognitive capacities to successfully negotiate the challenges which residency in this nation demands, e.g. to formulate those decisions in the civic and personal realms of their lives in order to function as responsible citizens, and create and navigate a personal pathway toward a self-sustaining and fulfilling existence.

For those who do not wish to pursue educational objectives beyond high school, a national structure of vocational training, apprenticeships, and intern programs, must be provided which ensures those who enroll in these endeavors at their conclusion that their involvement in various career trajectories will culminate in the comfort and security which membership in the middle-class reflects, in both the immediate and longer term.

For those in this society who have been reared in dysfunctional nuclear families and have as a result gravitated to such self-destructive practices as drug and alcohol abuse or other forms of pathological or masochistic behavior, appropriate and adequate interventions are mandatory which seek to remediate these patterns of activity and instill the requisite traits of self-respect and law-abiding conduct, rather than those adjudications whose primary motive is punishment and retribution for those guilty of anti-social acts.

Those corporations and other sources of economic “disruption” and technological innovation will be required prior to the implementation of substantive alterations of manufacturing or commercial processes and procedures, to prepare and disseminate an evaluation these prospective deployments shall trigger in regard to the displacement of the current number of employees, the estimated increases in productivity, the anticipated recipients within the organization of these revenues, the support and retraining programs which exiting workers shall be afforded, and the environmental impact which these systemic revisions shall precipitate.

In those instances in which it is the intent of these organizations to allocate these savings for the purpose of repatriating their shares of stock from public markets and or increasing either executive compensation or dividends to shareholders, an identical allocation must be provided to all employees in the form of increases in compensation, and the proportional equity distributions which their periods of service etc. warrant.

Obviously the preceding enumeration of factors and variables are not exhaustive and thus are certainly incomplete. However, in that so much of what constitutes an equitable reality the composition of an equitable existence in some fundamental regard is contingent upon those economic pillars which support our families and those material opportunities to which individuals have access.

The contemporary allotment of wealth in this nation suffers from an extreme inequality which creates among so many of our fellow citizens a consciousness of anxiety, enormous stress, and profound apprehension, about the present financial realities as well as the despair and demoralization which an objective consideration of future trends and probabilities that we can anticipate awaits us, if the preceding compilation of injustices and inequities are not remedied.

In the very near future it is my intent to provide to the readers of these posts what is perhaps the most important aspect of achieving an equitable society, i.e. the strategic dynamics and specific actions of a political and economic character, that shall when implemented in some continuous, disciplined, and unstinting manner, result in both the remediation of so much that is ethically compromised and morally bankrupt, and the transformation of a culture which once concluded shall in its institutional essence and its daily operation, reflect the fabric and atmosphere of an America in which social justice is vibrant and transcendent.

The Instrument To Accomplish The Reunification of America: A National Multi-year Strategic Plan Formulated by its Citizens

Insular silos of  media information  in which we immerse ourselves; patterns of residential segregation that reinforce our biases and intensify our normative presuppositions; the continuous inundation by those sources of social media that provide presumptions and assertions about our cultural reality whose values we embrace, that rarely if ever present opposing visions and interpretations of our political institutions  and our economic system and the various dynamics and influences and the cumulative impact which they exert on our nation.

So too do we bear tragic witness to the continuing fragmentation and dissolution of those forces that created and sustained our families, communities, and the universal commitment to our national purpose, are the ascendant contemporary truths about our society in this the winter of 2018.

These forces in concert with the rampant activity of inexorable “disruptive” technological innovations, which accelerate the velocity of automation and shall relegate tens of millions of Americans in a future that looms imminently to the realm of the superfluous, who serve no valid economic purpose and will thus be consigned to an ever-expanding universe  of  poverty, sustained solely by the anemic and wholly inadequate largesse of government and private charities.

And what transcends these realities is the mammoth chasm of inequality that is the current hallmark of the intrinsic quality of life in which we as citizens of this nation are embedded, where an infinitesimal few are so engorged with wealth and so many of us wage the daily struggle to retain our financial viability, where the legacies of racial injustice remain potent and unimpeded, and the virulent and toxic products of gerrymandering and governmental policy in operation in so many political jurisdictions of this country, continue their imprisonment of both minorities and the rural poor in cages of penury and acute suffering.

In the final analysis however it is the unequaled potency of both major public corporations and their  humungous private counterparts  within the financial sphere of  our economy  such as hedge funds and those banks that have been accorded the “spurious” designation of “too big to fail”, that are culpable beyond all other elements of those entities that comprise our nation’s institutional superstructure, for the continued malaise and dysfunction which plagues us.

For it is these organizations who by use of their enormous monetary capacities skillfully utilize these resources to distort and subvert those prospective innovations and defeat and neutralize those attempts and overtures which contain the potential to restore the hegemony of the substantial majority  in this polity, who seek to democratize our political processes and diminish the inequities and injustices which are in pervasive evidence throughout virtually every aspect and facet of our national life.

It is in the intrinsic interest of these entities to foment and perpetuate divisions and fissures in our society and to stimulate the acrimony and contention which reflects our current political dialogue, and stoke the fires of discord and enmity that are the hallmarks of a poisonous divisiveness, and the perspectives of so many among our citizenry who brand opponents as enemies, divergent view points as blasphemy, and dissimilar interpretations of social reality as the pathological musings of the intellectually and morally bankrupt.

This constellation of influences have acquired emboldened and intensified destructive capabilities in recent months and as a result are eroding the very foundations of this republic, the fundamental ideology and consensus which binds us as nation, and the concomitant commitments and robust voluntary support of our common purpose and shared destiny, which for more than two centuries  we as Americans fervently embraced and embodied, and when it was periodically required to protect and perpetuate our democracy gave unstintingly of our selves, our energies, and in in numerous instances in postures of service and  ultimate sacrifice, our very lives, that this  glorious experiment in collective self-determination which throughout its existence has provided liberty and economic  opportunity for so many, might continue to endure.

It is in baleful recognition and demoralizing acknowledgement of these horrific realities that I compose this most recent addendum to the body of information I have provided to visitors to this website since its inception five years ago.

However, beyond stipulating to the existence of these facts and the complete comprehension that if unchecked and ignored these disasterous influences could eventually metastasize into the demise of our freedoms and the inception of a subsequent pernicious era initially of an authoritarian character, and ultimately as the imprimatur of our national life, the irreversibility of a fully rendered and emasculating system that is  fascistic  or totalitarian in its essence could transpire.

In the face of these historically unprecedented  challenges to our viability and our societal integrity and the very continuation of a mode of being however imperfect that has prevailed for more than 240 years, the choices that confront us are stark and unmistakable.

Permitting the dynamics, energies, and influences of corrosion and disintegration to function and flow unimpeded will guarantee our demise as an enlightened bastion of tolerance and freedom that the world has sought to enter as immigrants and emulate in the formulation of their respective systems of government.

To virtually all of our populace that course of action is unacceptable and is in fact morally repugnant. Rather what is required is the formulation of a document that in its capacity to speak to so many among us who in postures of rejection, have determined that the present structure of social reality is neither equitable nor hospitable to the sensibilities  of a robust and vibrant humanistic consciousness.

This declaration must contain those principles that are fundamental elements of a culture in which social justice is ascendant and in continuous transcendent operation. It must furthermore in explicit  terms speak to the immediate eradication of that phalanx of social injustices that have imprisoned those in our nation in enclosures of prejudice, discrimination, and the systematic denial of both educational and economic opportunity, as the result of racial or religious identities or membership.

Moreover, in some quintessential regard it must include those provisions, and proposals that seek as their objective the fullest possible recognition and implementation of primary elements of the sacred promises which our founding fathers enunciated so many decades ago, that as of this date remain tragically unrealized.

Finally, it must present in a comprehensive posture of prospective institutional and policy initiatives, a national commitment to the eradication of poverty in this nation, and contained within that blueprint must their appear the specific recommendations to accomplish the reentry of those in this society who have been cast aside by globalization, the abandonment of corporate activity as the result of relocation, and those who dwell in rural enclaves of the United States who have languished in circumstances of acute material deprivation  and cultural sterility for decades.

This allocation of cognitive energy in the service of enlightened social innovation, this exertion which seeks as its ultimate objective a rendering of those principles that reside at the epicenter of both a Judeo-Christian belief system as well as components which may be found in virtually all systems of theology, and those normative values that are present in the creed of a secular Humanist.

For it is the considered judgement of this author that inherent in that modus operandi and the formulation of a manifesto that reflects and embodies those values, will a sufficiently broad consensus of support and approval for these principles be generated among our populace, that will both transcend our current schisms  and serve as a unifying instrument to both heal the virulent and ultimately irreparable animosities that are extant, and provide the comprehensive pathway to a future that by its actualization will delete so much of our present content of social injustice and the substantive inequities which derive from that reality,  and by so doing usher in an era of unprecedented cooperation and cultural civility.

I have begun the composition of this instrument and it is my intent in the very near future in a subsequent addendum to this website to share its contents with you, and to solicit your comments and evaluation, so that in its final form it may reflect the maximum capability to convert skeptics and win adherents and by so doing commence a dialogue to transform our national consciousness and the subsequent metamorphosis of the American republic. that at this moment is so sorely aggrieved and vulnerable.






Beyond Resistance – The Imperative Requirement Of A Unifying Transcendent Vision of an Equitable America

To those who are joyously celebrating recent electoral results in Virginia and New Jersey as an empirical testament to the sufficiency of a posture of “resistance” to the current presidential hegemony, and thus extrapolate that this strategy will be victorious in the mid-term elections of 2018, permit me to disabuse you of that erroneous misconception.

The current reliance on both the politics of resentment and the reinvigoration of ethnic grievances and racial prejudices which catapulted Donald Trump to the White House, by those who comprise a central element of the membership of the Republican party, and the dependence by the Democrats on a mosaic of various entities that fervently champion such  narrow and insular concerns  of which an “identity”  political ideology are composed , are inherently flawed and totally insufficient to either restore this nation’s ascendancy in global affairs or reinstate a modicum of social justice to the content of our domestic social fabric.

In order to achieve the previous objectives it is a crucial necessity that beyond critique and condemnation of  much of the current content of the agenda which this president advocates and is attempting to implement however ineffectively, must a prospective national reality be formulated and presented to the citizens of this republic that contains the potential if fully implemented to transform a culture in which inequality, diminishing opportunity, and the unabated impoverishment of 50 million of us are central hallmarks which distinguish our contemporary social circumstances, into a democracy in which in some intrinsic regard, an equitable dynamic  is rendered and dispensed by those institutions which govern and regulate our political system and our economic activities.

However what must animate this endeavor and the location from which this effort must embark is the critical recognition and embrace of the reality that any vision or paradigm which does not encompass the aspirations of the overwhelming majority of our fellow Americans irrespective of their ethnic origins, religious or secular affiliations, places of residency be they urban or rural, or current ideological affinities, or  professional or civic memberships, or the hobbies and leisure involvements in which they participate, is inadequate and will falter and ultimately fail if its transcendent goal is to accomplish the fundamental  reunification of a body politic which is riven, fractured, awash in conflict and basking in the vitriol of a lethal hostility which views those who embrace values or views with which we disagree our not our opponents but our enemies and that as a result a civic discourse of mutual respect and an authentic fervent desire to establish a common frame of dialogue and eventually a locale on which all may stand in agreement is beyond our collective capabilities.

To those who assert that the contemporary realities are so toxic and inflamed and beyond the reach of reclamation, I categorically reject that notion.  What those who comprise the population of the United States at this moment hunger for is a vision of a nation that will both provide redress for those ills and afflictions that beset  us and a future social reality that will in its fundamental essence function in a manner that will finally bestow and inculcate in its daily behavior those principles and promises which were at the heart of the pronouncements and documents that were created by our founding fathers in the sweltering summer in Philadelphia so many decades ago.

By conveying a vision of an equitable cultural future, in which the legitimate grievances of many among us whether they supported the 45th president or his opponent, whether they have been denied economic mobility and a pathway from impoverishment, whether they reside in rural areas in which opioid addiction is pervasive, or in urban enclaves where inequitable law enforcement systems are embedded and where housing is both expensive and dilapidated, whether they are the casualties of a process of globalization and bereft of the educational credentials and skills that are requisite to obtain employment and thus gain access to a comfortable middle-class status, whether they  are mired in debt as the result of loans they assumed to further their educational progress, or whether in some quintessential regard from moribund for-profit entities that advertised curricula for nonexistent occupational opportunities, they are sorely vexed by our contemporary climate of divisiveness and pervasive acrimony and in the center of their consciousness fear that we as a nation have lost our way and are unraveling; it is imperative that the vision we promulgate in response to all these apprehensions and deficiencies contains the capability to redress these injustices and ameliorate these wounds.

For those who are quietly pursuing the construction of those campaign structures that will in the not too distant future become public in their intent and fervent in their operational behavior in the pursuit of the nomination of their respective parties to carry in 2020 the banner of  the anointed candidate who is charged by their political cohorts to garner both the popular and electoral votes required to establish residency in the White House, I implore you to craft a socially just vision and disseminate it to every corner of this nation.  To appeal to members of all parties and those who are not affiliated, to convey the fact that previous loyalties are irrelevant and that all are welcome in this new era of an equitable America.  To solicit all those who wish to join with you in the process of creating a nation where the politics of resentment and prejudice, as well as the politics of identity will no longer be necessary or relevant because a republic in which an equitable paradigm and dynamic is operative will by its very existence remediate those injustices which spawned these political movements and render their continued existence superfluous.

The Continued Consignment of Our Nation’s Poor to the Realm Of A Callous and Brutalizing Indifference

Amid recent reports that the middle class has registered miniscule augmentations to exceedingly modest incomes, though welcome news, these infinitesimal improvements do not impact in any salutary regard whatsoever upon those who remain imprisoned in the squalor of material deprivation.

Moreover, the numerous initiatives which emanate from this administration or any credible opposing source  whether they relate to health care, tax reform, infrastructure repairs, regulatory reform, or revisions in immigration statutes or policies, do not contain a single element within them that is beneficial or therapeutic in its consequences or ramifications for those among us who live in the cruel and dehumanizing  basements of impoverishment.

I am composing this memorandum about the tragic reality of America’s underclass as I prepare when dusk falls in Washington, D.C. to join with my Jewish brethren in the observance of the most sacred of all holidays in our calendar of holy events, Yom Kippur.

This holiday demands of all who share my theological principles that we admit and acknowledge the numerous sins we have committed in the behavior and actions which have been reflected in our daily schedules.

However, beyond the recognition of these slights and failings is there the most important requirement to humbly seek God’s forgiveness for these negative actions, and resolve to attempt in a sincere and continuous regard in the year which looms imminently to comport ourselves in a manner that embodies greater fidelity to the principles and obligations inherent in the practice of our faith.

Beyond the interpersonal realm of my interactions and the personal indignities I have inflicted on others, I am compelled in addition as an American citizen to admit  that I am also culpable as are we all in my view irrespective of the deity we worship, or for those among you who are agnostics or atheists or secular humanists, in the magnitude of those exertions and commitments we deployed to ameliorate the plight of our fellow citizens and noncitizens for whom life is an unending exercise in suffering and hopelessness.

During the holiday to which I alluded which extends from dusk on the 29th of September to its conclusion 24  hours later, we beseech our creator and ask that our humble amends and our fervent entreaties regarding the new year which has now begun, be favorably responded to and that as a result we will be inscribed in the book of life for the entirety of the ensuing 12 month period.

In addition to my prayers as a Jew I wish to add to these normative concerns my promise that I shall redouble my efforts in this new year to more ferociously seek the qualitative alleviation of misery and material deprivation in which more than 50 million of us are mired.

That I shall engage on the 3d annual American Assessment Anniversary which falls this year on Saturday, October 7, 2017 to join with many others in assessing the progress or lack thereof that has been accomplished during 2017, specifically as it relates to those indices which evaluates those policies and activities of major public and private companies within our economy.

Among the most significant  measurements are those that reflect  the magnitude of those in its employ who receive wages and salaries which enable a comfortable middle-class existence, their capabilities to obtain equity positions within these enterprises at minimal cost, and their access to retirement programs which enable the maintenance of this middle class status.

Further considerations relate to the participation of these employees as members of the Board of Directors, and other policy formulating mechanisms and committees within these corporations, that reflect both the character and content of the workplace environment, and the degree to which its operations embodies a robust democratization of this milieu.

External to these companies and their operations  are their behaviors which reflect environmental stewardship, the support of enlightened and democratizing legislation and public overtures and initiatives which in some innate regard reduce inequality and substantively mitigate poverty.

These tragic circumstances may be found throughout those urban areas and rural enclaves where so many currently languish in states of unemployment, opioid addiction, physical infirmities and psychological pathologies, as well as more diffuse and pervasive states of social dysfunction and the gnawing sensibility that theirs is  a life which our society adjudicates to be superfluous and  thus lacks  intrinsic value and the concomitant  necessity for its continuance.

We must in this new year redouble our exertions and formally declare as a transcendent national objective that we shall martial the totality of our societal resources, material, spiritual, and political to institute and remain fiercely and unrelentingly engaged in a multi-year campaign to eradicate poverty in the United States.

The strategic paradigm which we at the Fund For An Equitable America have formulated contains the capability to achieve this goal and it is our fervent hope that the conversations in which we are involved at this moment shall result in the award of those funds to operationalize this activity as a national demonstration initiative within three rural counties of the state of New York,

Beyond this specific proposal we applaud and vigorously support the efforts of so many enlightened individuals and inspired institutions who are devoting the totality of their resources to transform a culture that has so horribly foundered in its recent history and current trajectory and desperately requires the ministrations of all who are capable and so intensely desire to witness within their lifetimes a nation that with our continuing aid and our unrelenting energy shall ultimately realize the fullness of those promises that were articulated in the City of Philadelphia during a sweltering summer 241 years ago.

Regardless of where you presently stand on the continuum of a religious or secular embrace with timeless theological principles or a normative code which does not contain a deity within its construction, I invite you as my fellow Americans to join with me in this crucial undertaking to create a nation which in its daily existence shall be a testament to a vibrant  portrait of a society in which social justice is both ascendant and describes its fundamental character.





A Laboratory For Social Innovation: Bi-Partisan Civility At The Epicenter Of a Strategic Dynamic to Eradicate poverty in rural areas of the Empire State

In this most contentious era of tweets and counter-tweets, of warring political factions, and ideological hostility, a most wonderful and salutary activity is taking root in three rural counties of New York State in the quest to eradicate poverty in these areas.

Within Allegany, Steuben, and Tompkins counties  elements of both the social political and academic establishment, as well as those who currently dwell in impoverished circumstances, in concert with the Washington, D.C. entity, The Fund For An Equitable America, are demonstrating that fruitful collaboration and inter-party cooperation is both possible and enormously desirable in the quest to achieve significant increments in the magnitude of social justice that is extant in these vicinities.

Providing crucial leadership in this undertaking are three components of Cornell’s Cooperative Extension system within these counties, in tandem with organizations that provide critical services to the destitute residents of these geographical expanses.

What distinguishes this endeavor from all other policy and or programmatic approaches which seek as their goal the elimination of poverty in in rural sections of the United States is the  tri-parte structure of principles that undergirds this initiative.

This typology reflects the explicit commitment to the eradication of poverty in these areas  as an overarching explicit goal of this activity; the strategic planning context within which the entirety of this transformational process unfolds, as well as the paradigm  of a vibrant, self-sustaining middle-class communities which this multi-year process shall create as the result of the establishment of for-profit community based commercial enterprises.

The specific mechanism that animates this dynamic is  the  provision of products and services to non-profit anchor institutions in these counties, e.g. health-care centers and hospitals, universities, county and municipal governments, etc. and most importantly the inclusion of those significant private sector entities as participants in these commercial transactions with this community of local entrepreneurs as well.

It is the preceding variables which exponentially augment the efficacy of more traditional efforts to invoke and operationalize “community wealth-building” concepts that are extant in various locales in this nation.

Moreover, the revolutionary paradigm/protocol that we are in the process of implementing will yield great benefits not solely for those in upstate New York, but shall also be applicable with little revision or alteration in every rural county in this nation in which so many of our citizens currently languish in circumstances of impoverishment, dysfunction, demoralization and most tragically due to this constellation of grim and tragic realities in which they are imprisoned a state of paralyzing hopelessness.

The final tasks that remain to be accomplished in translating our proposal into reality is to obtain the vigorous support of numerous members of the bi-partisan political coalition that represents the citizens of New York at both the local and state levels, as well as those who represents its interests in both the House and Senate as well.

When these letters of support and endorsement have been obtained in the very near future we shall armed with these powerful missives of approbation, engage in a vigorous dialogue with those in the philanthropic community and various governmental programs at the federal, regional, and state levels of government whose mandate is to address in an ameliorative posture the plight of our nation’s poor to obtain the financial resources to render this audacious initiative operational prior to the conclusion of 2017.

To those of you who occupy positions of responsibility in various foundations and philanthropic ventures and are currently engaged in the search for unique paradigms and novel approaches that may contain the potential to greatly diminish if not completely eliminate poverty in America, we respectfully request that you look no further but rather join with us as partners in our most noble and enormously efficacious prescription to administer to the reality of poverty in this country a lethal injection which shall bring to a close this social affliction that has plagued this society since its founding 241 years ago.

What more appropriate time to be engaged in this activity then the present as we as a national community prepare to celebrate our founding as a great republic more than two centuries ago.

Let us complete the tasks necessary to make live in the lives of ALL our citizens the promises our founding fathers enunciated  during that sweltering summer in Philadelphia so many decades ago.


Strategic initiatives to create an equitable rural economy in the Empire state

Recently we have inaugurated a series of conversations in the greater Allegany County locale of the Empire State with various organizations and institutions that comprise central elements of the private sector and governmental components of this rural locale of New York state’s “western tier.”

It is this region of the state that more so than any other, is imprisoned in a state of impoverishment that continues to deepen and intensify and is thus the primary cause of enormous suffering and despair in which so many residents are ensnared.

The initial response among so many of these individuals has been uniformly positive and encouraging in support of the establishment within this segment of the state among these destitute rural areas, of a strategic initiative/paradigm/process to eradicate poverty in these geographical precincts.

It is our intent  utilizing the primary vehicle of  creating for-profit community-based commercial enterprises in these vicinities, that are both managed by and employ those residents of these districts, that shall provide the products and services to such nonprofit anchor institutions as universities, health-care centers, county, regional and state governments, philanthropic entities, as well as significant members of the private sector in this region, required to sustain their annual operations.

As the annual stream of revenue/profits expands as these enterprises augment their capabilities to provide ever-increasing magnitudes of those products and services to these nonprofit and private sector organizations, the strategic plan which the residents in these sovereignties have formulated shall guide the deployment of the funds received to embark upon and sustain the comprehensive, systematic, and maximally feasible cost-effective dynamic, of converting these areas in the anticipated ten year term into vibrant middle-class communities, with all which that economic reality presupposes regarding the quality of life.

It is my hope that various activities which are currently transpiring under the aegis of Alfred State College shall succeed in their efforts to enhance the attractiveness of this area to commercial enterprises, that as a result may choose to either locate or expand their current operations in this vicinity. The agenda which Craig Clark is administering in the implementation of his economic development plan will be of substantial benefit to those who both live and are employed in this region.

It is our intention vis a vis our strategic exertions to complement and broaden these endeavors, and more fully integrate and involve the participation of those residents whose lives are composed of great despair and idleness, and who as a result of the absence of employment opportunities have been deprived of the capability to be self-supporting.

Commencing in this time frame i.e. the spring of 2017 it is our intent between this date and the autumn of 2017, when I shall begin a brief period of residency on the campus of my alma mater, Alfred University, as that institution’s initial “Activist in Residence”, to formally create a coalition of those individuals and institutions who shall commit to allocate their energy and expertise in the service of eradicating poverty in these rural areas of the Empire state.

This entity shall remain engaged in this involvement throughout the decade which we anticipate shall be required utilizing the modus operandi I have delineated, to accomplish this noble and imperative moral undertaking.

This audacious experiment in social and economic innovation shall also serve another purpose beyond the benefits it confers upon those who reside in these towns and enclaves. it shall simultaneously demonstrate to those rural areas throughout this nation that a paradigm/process which has succeeded here in the western tier of this state can serve as a national model which with various minor modifications can provide to all who currently suffer in these abject circumstances with a pathway, and thus a permanent exit from poverty and the entrance to a life of contentment, material adequacy, and social relevance.

Deploying the broadest possible spectrum of human, technical, and financial resources, we shall continue this activity until we have succeeded in achieving our goal, and the scourge of impoverishment in the Western Tier of this state has been consigned to the musty archives of New York’s historical record.

Increasing the magnitude of social justice in America:The single most important measure by which the Trump presidency shall be evaluated.

There currently exist a number of significant challenges and concerns that confront our nation;  the nuclear ambitions of North Korea, the territorial avarice of Vladamir Putin, the maritime cupidity of the People’s Republic of China, the authoritarian proclivities of the Turkish and Egyptian governments and other sovereignties that formally comprised portions of the Soviet system.

In addition, the unremitting sponsorship of terrorism by the Iranians and other organizations in the Middle East must also be addressed by the 45th president of the United States in the ensuing weeks and months of his hegemony.

However, the most crucial agenda which he must successfully confront and vanquish are those central elements of a domestic agenda which have plagued our society for decades and by their neglect and a host of totally inadequate responses to their severity and the excruciating anguish they have produced in the lives of tens of millions of our fellow citizens who reside in the dungeons of impoverishment.

Their manifold causes e.g. racism, the continuing onslaught of technology and the displacement of the laborer by these innovations, globalization,  the obsession by both public companies and private organizations within our financial firmament with ensuring the ever-ascending  value of the equity of their institutions, as well as the obscene and immoral compensations packages for their senior executives that in some instances reflect tens of millions of dollars annually.

Moreover,  until very recently wages that were stagnant for decades and have  experienced a minuscule increment in 2016; however for the overwhelming majority of those that comprise the blue-collar workforce the paltry wages they are awarded enable these families to barely survive and maintain the integrity of their families.

Both prior to the great recession and subsequent to the “recovery” the plight of these individuals, many Caucasian Americans in rural environments with limited educational credentials, African-Americans in our ghettos, as well significant numbers of those of  Hispanic origin and many members of the Muslim community, remains the source of an excruciating discomfort.

It is the socioeconomic variables which appear below that imprisons them in lives that are cruel, vi0lent, and of an interminable duration, in which so many engage in self-destructive behaviors to escape the suffering and become oblivious to the sorrow and hopelessness that engulf them.

Beyond all else that this administration accomplishes in both the international and national frames of social reality, it must address  the previously cited circumstances and formulate and implement those initiatives and policies and programs that will provide access to middle-class jobs, not simply for the abbreviated periods which a national infrastructure would enable but for the  longer term of those decades of which an employee is capable and fervently wishes to accomplish.

It is the crucial accompanying task of transforming law enforcement agencies in African-American areas from occupying armies to systems of justice whose interactions with the community residents reflect respect and empathy.

It is the imperative requirement of allocating massive resources to construct and maintain affordable housing environments in so many of our cities so that our fellow citizens can transition from crumbling, rat-infested structures in which criminal populations are ascendant, to safe, comfortable,  housing alternatives in which the middle class resides and the  citizens in concert with law enforcement will displace and evict those who prey on the community.

It is the critical necessity to transform inadequate systems of public education into sources of literacy and intellectual competence from which students will emerge as both capable citizens to adjudicate the crucial political issues of our time, as well as with the competence to enter the workforce or institutions of higher education with the skills and tools to succeed in these endeavors.

It is the transcendent obligation to reclaim a functioning democratic system that our Congressional districts be reconfigured to reflect both a demographic content and geographical delineation that rectifies the most egregious defects which so many districts embody as arbitrary configurations of the most extreme Gerrymandering, and all that flows from that reality in ensuring the continuation of  “safe” seats and uncontested elections which sustain the partisan gridlock which afflicts the Congress and precludes progress on so many issues and considerations that are vital to our nation.

It is of the utmost importance that a path toward citizenship be created to afford the 12 million immigrants who reside in our society and have contributed so much to our financial and cultural well-being and vibrancy may find their way from the shadows of legal uncertainty to the sunlight of a formally accepted status among us.

It is of enormous significance that all our citizens regardless of their religious or ethnic affiliations enjoy lives of peace and serenity free from the aspersions, denunciations, and episodic violence, which have been so substantially increased by the vituperative and racist tone of this most recent presidential election.

And finally it is your task beyond all other obligations to unite a fractured and sullen nation among whom so many view their fellow citizens who do not share their views or values to be not only obtuse and misguided and opponents of the nation’s welfare, but to be enemies who must be quarantined and excluded from meaningful participation in our civic life and in the broader culture.

It is the preceding aspects of our national life that I have enumerated that cumulatively comprise a compelling definition of “Social Justice” and it is the successful resolution of these enormous challenges to our society by which your term in office which commences imminently, shall be evaluated.

I stand prepared as the Chairman of The Fund For An Equitable America to assist in this imperative effort and shall provide should you wish to include it at the heart of those comprehensive and systemic activities you initiate, the strategic plan we have formulated to eradicate poverty in this nation, and the concomitant energy to translate this document into a vibrant and liberating force to transform all the census tracts in which poverty is currently ascendant into districts where a vibrant and self-sustaining middle-class  existence is possible, and all that flows from that reality.

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 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.

Creating An Ethical, Equitable, and Self-Transcending Culture