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Social Contract

A Generation Plants the Trees in Whose Shade Another Generation Rests

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 08.23.2014 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

Despite the sound public finances, robust economic growth and low unemployment over the past decade, Singapore has not successfully tackled the growing problems that have the potential to tear apart its social fabric.

Jews and Gun Violence: An Update

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Jews around the United States have had reignited (for lack of a better phrase) the prophetic aspect of their communal leadership. Rabbis are standing, walking, preaching, and lobbying with interfaith coalitions and political alliances to save live from the scourge of gun violence.

Should Foreign Aid Be Abandoned or Adapted?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 03.09.2014 | World
Marcelo Giugale

The problem with arguments against aid is not that they lack fiscal appeal or past evidence -- nobody wants to waste money abroad while the budget is being cut at home. The problem is that they belong to a world that doesn't exist anymore.

Was This the Social Contract's Comeback Year?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time, a president and a party who had just won an election with progressive rhetoric were quickly pivoting toward a "Grand Bargain" which would cut Social Security and Medicare. Today the forces of corporate consensus are on the defensive.

Rebuilding a Political Economy of Hope

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Henry A. J. Ramos

What most Americans seek and deserve is not unreasonable. They want a renewed social contract -- a national agreement and practice that rewards honest, hard work. I suggest an approach called the American Invest for Success Program.

Bridging the False Dichotomy Between Poverty and Education Reform

Dan Cardinali | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

In Kalamazoo, the silos that separate schools, businesses and civic organizations are coming down as everyone accepts a shared responsibility to prepare young people for a successful, productive life.

In Praise of Taxes

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Let's pray for taxation. Without it we would have no way to protect the most vulnerable among us, to assist the most needy, and, most important of all, to enshrine in law the principle of responsibility for others.

Trade Agreements Reveal How Life Will be Organized in 2050

Stan Sorscher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Stan Sorscher

These trade agreements regulate countries in the same way that our Constitution regulates Congress, our courts, the president, and our state governments. However, the substance -- the values -- in our Constitution are very different from values expressed in trade agreements.

Put Social Justice Back in the Social Contract

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 11.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Tiziana Dearing

Social justice says that we have inherent dignity as human beings. As we organize ourselves into communities and societies, we should do so in a way that preserves and allows expression of that dignity by everyone. That means doing our best to share resources and opportunities.

Wisdom From the Periphery: Zoila's Gift

Dan Cardinali | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

During a study abroad program in Quito, Ecuador, I met woman named Zoila who showed me that an education, for so many people in the world, is not a luxury like a car. Instead, it's something far more elemental -- a bus ticket, perhaps, to a whole new world.

9 Ways the Right's Cradle to Grave "Randian State" Is An Assault on Millennials

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 08.16.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Born at the dawn of the Reagan era, Millennials were the first generation to be fully subjected to the all-out assault of the idea that we take care of each other in this country. Some of us are the parents of Millenials, and we wonder: who will fight with them, and for them?

Classy Food

Paul Stoller | Posted 07.30.2013 | Impact
Paul Stoller

As Congressional Republicans advocate for drastic cuts in the food stamp program, a wide variety of farmers markets are now open for business, touting fresh and nutritious food.

We Decide How to Share Gains

Stan Sorscher | Posted 07.02.2013 | Business
Stan Sorscher

We can rehabilitate a Social Contract that connects us. With a restored self-image, we can reverse Citizens United, rebalance our political process, and find trade policies that serve society as a whole.

Fiscal Cliffs, Depardieu and Us

Michael Hodin | Posted 03.13.2013 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

On a train from Paris over the holiday, I received a 25% discount because of my age. The only way the French government can afford to give me that 25% discount is to tax. And as Depardieu's departure to the other side of the old Iron Curtain signifies, this tax can be unbearably high.

The Charitable Deduction and the Social Contract

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 03.09.2013 | Business
Tiziana Dearing

We know we have a social contract. Reasonable people can disagree on how much government is responsible for that contract versus the private sector. That someone has to be, however, is not in dispute. That we have to pay for it shouldn't be either.

The Bodhisattva's View Of Tax Policy

Tenzin Norbu | Posted 01.15.2013 | Religion
Tenzin Norbu

The nation requires more tax revenue to address the nation's fiscal problems and, by doing this, we can advance toward the goal of guaranteeing that everyone has the property necessary to lead a meaningful human life.

Life, Death, and Taxes: How Language Impacts Reinvention and Motivation

Russell C. Smith | Posted 01.14.2013 | Business
Russell C. Smith

You can't have death without life, and you can't pay taxes unless you're a part of something bigger than yourself.

Obama's Victory and the American Social Contract: Lessons for Israel

Carlo Strenger | Posted 01.13.2013 | World
Carlo Strenger

We in Israel have no choice but to move towards a social contract of mutual respect and equal rights for all, and we should take America's reelection of President Barack Hussein Obama as an inspiration.

Cable's Social Contract on America and Other Cable Scandals: But Who's Counting?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 12.29.2012 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Shouldn't we get to choose who offers us Internet or broadband or cable programming services over the wires we've helped to upgrade? And if there's no serious competition, shouldn't the cable companies' prices for cable services be regulated again?

What Would Locke Think?

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Zachary K. Pearce

Would John Locke would be a Republican in 2012? Obviously, our two-party system and the liberal and conservative philosophy which underlies it, is not something which enters into the social contract, nor the work of Locke.

Betting Against the Global Trifecta

Connie K. Duckworth | Posted 11.19.2012 | Impact
Connie K. Duckworth

From the outset, we faced an array of basic challenges. We had to figure out how to operate effectively in a gender-segregated, highly tribal, rural society with each village governed by its own complex mix of religious, legal, and local mores.

Mr. Romney's America

Paul Stoller | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics
Paul Stoller

Mr. Romney's America, which is not very different from the idea of Tea Party America, the United States would become a maze of mean streets in which more and more people would feel the need to pack concealed weapons.

School Choice Is the Tip of a Titanic Iceberg

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.21.2012 | Education
Steve Nelson

Those who support school choice initiatives are wittingly or unwittingly complicit in the disintegration of the great American experiment.

Will Manufacturing Make China a Democracy?

Stan Sorscher | Posted 10.08.2012 | Business
Stan Sorscher

China has done an exceptional job of acquiring the means of production. Not so much for human rights, labor rights, public health, or environmental protections.

Say 'Obligations,' Not 'Entitlements'

Ken Allen | Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics
Ken Allen

Responsible citizens should not hesitate to approach this subject with ferocity. "Obligations" is actually a weak term, for the obligations of which we are speaking are part of the social contract around which millions of people have built their lives.