What’s the Foment?

JP, you ask, What is the Foment? What do I hope will happen, what changes need to occur?

Briefly, here is an answer.

I called for leadership, and at quick thought, I would head to the leadership and guidance of Robert Reich.

My main points go something like this:

1. Government needs to be more transparent, in a nonpartisan way. These efforts should do a lot to increase the public’s faith in government, which is a problem.

2. Government can and should have a role in ensuring justice and equality of opportunity for all. The government should enact and enforce policies that preempt corporate oppression.

3. Corporations have public responsibility that goes beyond profitable accountability to stockholders. They have a responsibility to pay fairly, compete honestly, and contribute in some way to the welfare of their communities.

4. In the world of rapid job changes, workers must vote with their feet, mouths and actual votes to constantly advocate for their rights and fair rewards.

5. Ultimately, democracy is about representation of all people, with the best ideas rising up. It is not a “majoritocracy,” where the majority enforces its ideas on the rest. The government can only be responsive when the citizens are aware and involved. The moneyed interests have filled this void now. It will take some serious power restructuring to make things right.


About Jim

I've been leading outdoor environmental education in the YMCA since the 1970s. I love teaching nature, history, current events, being a dad, fixing stuff, groups, and general thinking.
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One Response to What’s the Foment?

  1. JP says:

    Who are you and what have you done with Jim? These are points I’ve been making for years. I’m not complaining. I say right on. This is a five point plan I’m behind.

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