Millions of Americans hopeful of emerging from the recent recession must push back against another Middle East war promoted by many of the same people and organizations that brought us the catastrophic consequences of the war with Iraq.
The old system is crumbling under the weight of its own corruption, as Occupy, The Arab Spring, the ongoing financial crisis and a host of other factors and influences come to a head here, in 2012. We must admit these are no ordinary times.
Few Occupy Wall Street activists have probably heard of Mills. But Mills' breakthrough ideas -- especially his notion of the "power elite" -- resonate today with the growing recognition that too much wealth and power in the hands of the superrich undermines democracy.
Corporations can take the lead in reforming their policies and practices, and re-positioning their branding accordingly -- thereby elevating the public's perception of their products and services -- as Good Corporate Citizens.