Announcing an Innovative, Comprehensive Social Advancement Agenda that Can End Our Dark Times
America Needs Radical Social Advancements
The threats are real. If current trends continue, our society will descend into fascism or disintegrate.
We need detailed agendas for fundamental advancements in our political and economic systems. My books, The New Enlightenment and Amazon as Metaphor provide them.
These Are Dark Times.
Now, a Path to the Light is Clear.
What Are People Saying About The New Enlightenment?
The Ways to Prosperity for All and a Genuine Democracy
Our economic and political systems require fundamental advancements. If you share this view, you will find this website and my books interesting, and I hope much more—inspiring and useful. If you would be satisfied with minor economic and political system reforms, you will not be interested in my work.
If instituted, the political system advancements I detail will create a better-functioning democracy than has ever existed in a large society. A well-functioning democracy will enable us to institute the economic system advancements I detail that will eliminate poverty, create a large dominant middle class, and bring democracy into the workplace.
Enlightenment Philosopher Leaders of the 18th Century American Revolution Would Be 21st Century Revolutionaries
Some of the most significant injustices described in the Declaration of Independence to justify and motivate the Revolutionary War are like those we experience today. They must again motivate a revolutionary advancement.
Extreme and Growing Economic and Political Inequalities Threaten Our Nation’s Survival
Compared to our plutocrat’s wealth, the famously extravagant wealth of the “roaring twenties” plutocrats was little.
Compared to our plutocrat’s income, the famously extravagant income of the “roaring twenties” plutocrats was little.
Views on Our Path into Darkness ↓
Technological Advancements Enabled Historically High Productivity
At no other time in history was it as easy as now for everyone to live prosperously. Instead, in the wealthiest nation in history, the United States, 17.3% or 57.1 million people lived in poverty in August 2020. (Source)
The graph’s “Productivity” line is a measure of the value an average worker produces per hour and “Hourly compensation” is for the typical nonsupervisory worker.
As our political system's functioning declined, a small elite’s share of national income boomed
Upper corporate managers, besides the CEO, also benefited massively from the profit boom created by the growing value generated by their employees. About 2/3 of our top 0.1% in income are top managers of corporations.
When stock prices rise, owners of stocks benefit.
Who owns stocks?
The public indeed owns public companies, but the top 1% own more than the rest of us combined and 16 times the amount 80% of Americans own.
73% of workers prefer to work for an employee-owned company rather than one owned by external shareholders. If most businesses were worker-owned and controlled, the wealth and income inequality reduction and other social benefits would be immense. See how we can accomplish this.
(I did not include a bar representing the .003% portion of public company value owned by the bottom 50% because you would not be able to see it.)
A Small Elite Has Captured Massive Wealth Generated by Our Society
This graph displays U.S. wealth inequality. It’s extreme primarily because corporate ownership grotesquely favors a small elite. The 13,000 households in the top .01% have an average wealth of $608 million.
So you can see the $79,200 average wealth of households in the bottom 50%, I multiplied it by 500.
Average Household Wealth by Wealth Percentile Groups, $Millions
The 2019 data graphed is from the most recent Federal Reserve wealth survey. The vast inequality shown continued to boom. Based on Forbes data, U.S. billionaire wealth increased by $1.6 trillion, or 55%, from 3/18/20 to 7/9/21.
One Way the Wealthy Captured Our Political System: Campaign Contributions
In the largest study of its kind, Princeton University researchers analyzed 2000 public policy outcomes over three decades. From their report:
“… the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact on public policy…Policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans.”
The Capitol Building
Where We Have a Corporate Elite
Twisting Public Policy to the Right
After elections end, policymakers’ offices are overrun by high-paid lobbyists providing information and advocacy to serve corporate managers and major owners’ interests.
The pharmaceutical industry spent $4.7 billion on lobbying between 1998 and June 2021, more than any other industry. As a result of it and a dysfunctional patent system, a September 2019 Gallup poll found that 58 million adults were unable to pay for needed drugs in the prior 12 months. Unnecessarily high drug prices have contributed to the death of millions of Americans.
Drugs are cheap to manufacture, and R & D costs far from account for the difference in average manufacturing and retail costs. Without patent’s promise of monopoly pricing power to incentivize drug R&D, my publicly funded system will accelerate the development of effective and safe medicines. The system has no net cost for the government due to a large decrease in Medicare and Medicaid drug expenditures, and it makes prescribed medicines available to patients at no cost.
The Wealth of Nations
The Wealth of Nations, the title of the famous book authored by the “father of modern economics,” Adam Smith, the 18th-century Scottish philosopher, could be the title of the biography of some Americans. On February 11, 2022, Jeff Bezos had wealth greater than the nations Iceland, Iraq, Ukraine, Ecuador, Lithuania, Costa Rica, and Cyprus combined. Elon Musk had the combined wealth of the same nations plus that of Luxembourg.
No functioning democracy would allow systems to exist where a few individuals could take such a grotesque proportion of the wealth generated by collective action and social resources.
See Prosperity, Justice, and Inequality for the economic and moral justifications for a far more equitable distribution of income and wealth.
Economic and political inequality has grown independent of which party controls the congress or the presidency.
We need a new political party but not nearly as much as a new political system.
The New Enlightenment and Amazon as Metaphor detail the fundamental political system advancements we need.
Guides on the Way to a New Enlightenment
Building Blocks at the Foundation of a Prosperous and Far More Just and Democratic Society:
Manuals for a Movement
Far more than offering details and new perspectives on our social ills, The New Enlightenment and Amazon as Metaphor are manuals for a movement to a fundamentally superior society.
Free Review Books
Progressive political organizations or activists planning to form one, consider my public policy proposals for your advocacy. I will send you the books for no charge.
Only Systemic Advancements Can Solve Our Social Problems
If a detailed agenda for creating a fundamentally more just and better-functioning society is what you desire, you will find my books useful and inspiring.