STATEMENT OF SHARED VISION:< "Toward a More Free and Just Global Economy"
If you agree to become a signatory to this statement, we ask you also to make a concerted effort to get at least 10 others in your personal and professional networks around the world to join as signatories and make a similar commitment. In this "each one reach ten" approach we will achieve the critical mass of positive people power needed to build a better world for ourselves and future generations.
The names of all the signatories will be posted weekly on the web site of the Center for Economic and Social Justice (CESJ) at http://www.cesj.org. As soon as 10,000 signatories worldwide sign our "Statement of Shared Vision" and join our movement for raising the level of justice in the global economic order, we will convene a global conference in Washington, D.C. At the conference we will explore alternative ideas, economic systems, global strategies and the most effective ways and means to achieve our shared vision consistent with universal principles of human rights.
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STATEMENT OF SHARED VISION:
"Toward a More Free and Just Global Economy"
Having entered the third millennium, new ideas are emerging on how to overcome:
- Widespread poverty, hunger and homelessness,
- The growing wealth gap between the richest 1% and the remaining 99% of humanity,
- The growing fear of technological change and its impact on the global environment and the quality of life at the family and community level,
- The rising sense of powerlessness and alienation among the young toward traditional leadership and basic institutions of human society,
- The growing levels of corruption and crime resulting from concentrated power,
- The proliferating violence and deprivation of human rights -- at the family, community and global levels.
We mutually acknowledge the reality of these concerns and agree that none of the traditional approaches -- from the left to the right of the political spectrum -- can adequately address these social ills.
We therefore join together seeking a new, more liberating and just economic system that will promote human dignity and bring about genuine economic empowerment, security and self-determination for every member of the human family. This is our shared vision.
Further, we agree that the critical means to attain these goals within the emerging global marketplace will require:
- the elevation of full participation in future productive asset ownership as a universal and fundamental human right;
- the democratization of credit to widely spread the ownership of self-financing productive assets and other basic economic reforms as appropriate means for closing the wealth gap between the rich and the non-rich; and
- new policies and laws that lift the non-rich without depriving the rich of fundamental human rights.
In solidarity with our shared vision and goals, we hereby acknowledge our support for universal access to productive asset ownership as a fundamental human right. While respecting possible differences, we will strive to work together whenever possible and to promote dialogues, debates and conferences in which all can participate.
[Approved January 16, 2001]
Having read the above Statement of Shared Vision, I hereby acknowledge my support and give my permission to publish my name with other signatories:
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The Center for Economic and Social Justice (CESJ), established in 1984, promotes a free enterprise approach to global economic justice through expanded capital ownership. CESJ is a non-profit, non-partisan, ecumenical, all-volunteer organization with an educational and research mission.
CESJ's global membership shares a common set of moral values and works together toward a common purpose, transforming good ideas into effective action.
Building upon the ideals of the American Revolution--which was really a "New World" revolution to spread political democracy globally--CESJ focuses on extending economic empowerment to all. Going beyond the mere rhetoric of empowerment, CESJ has developed a common-sense, comprehensive plan--the Capital Homestead Act--to liberate every person economically. To build equity with efficiency at the workplace, CESJ has developed a management system for corporations of the 21st Century known as "Justice-Based Management."
CESJ's macro- and micro-economic concepts and applications are derived from the economic theories and principles of economic justice developed by the late lawyer-economist Louis Kelso and the Aristotelian philosopher Mortimer Adler. Combined with the ideas of Social Justice developed by Pius XI and refined by one of CESJ's founders, the late philosopher Rev. William Ferree, these ideas offer a new paradigm for the world of the 21st Century. We call this new paradigm--which transcends the power- and ownership-concentrating wage systems of traditional capitalism and traditional socialism--"the Just Third Way."
|What Makes CESJ Different|
CESJ is proud to be part of the growing, international employee stock ownership community. Our members are pioneers of the employee stock ownership plan, having been instrumental in developing and promoting the first ESOP laws long before there was an "ESOP movement." CESJ's founders were close associates and students of ESOP inventor Louis Kelso, working to introduce his ideas on Capitol Hill, in the business community, the labor movement, academia, and the media.
However, CESJ goes beyond promoting "employee ownership" in several ways:
1) Unlike other employee ownership advocacy groups, CESJ promotes a particular philosophy of political economy. We base our concepts and practical applications on Louis Kelso's binary theory of economics and on the Kelso-Adler theory of economic justice.
2) CESJ emphasizes the importance of restructuring basic economic institutions--such as the Federal Reserve System and other central banks around the world, as well as the overall tax system--so that they promote the goal of widespread economic empowerment.
3) CESJ has developed programs to universalize individual access to ownership using specific mechanisms tailored to different groups beyond corporate employees--such as residents in a development area, customers of a large utility company, and all individuals in a society.
|To address today's problems and to pursue our purpose and goals, CESJ's research and educational programs are aimed at: |