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Many historians have observed that governments function in cycles of public action and private interest. Sometimes these are called cycles of reform and consolidation, If we somewhat arbitrarily fix the age of Franklin D. Roosevelt as 1932 to 1968 and the era of Ronald Reagan as 1968 to 2008, a new cycle of American political history — a cycle of reform — is due. (Gary Hart, NYT, 6/25/08) That reform is due is also compelled by the fact that there are at least five major problems that will compel the federal government to act in gigantic ways over the next few years. This means that the next few years will be an age of government activism regardless of who becomes President. (David Brooks, NYT, 7/18/08) And we've added three more issues to identify a critical eight.

The table below is a view of the major problems in the world to help us think about which we'd like to address.
First, there is the erosion of the Social Contract . Private sector firms are less likely to provide health benefits, producing a desperate need for health care reform. arrowdrbls Second, there is the Energy shortage. Rising Asian demand strains worldwide supply, threatening industry and consumers, and producing calls for a bold energy initiative. arrowdnbls Third, arrowdlbls there is the stagnation in Human Capital During the 20th century, Americans were better educated than the citizens of any other power. Since 1970, that lead has been forfeited, producing inequality and wage stagnation. To compete, the U.S. will require a series of human capital initiatives.
Fourth, there's Finance market reform. In an intricately connected world, even Republican administrations cannot allow big institutions to fail. If government is going to guarantee against failure, then it is inevitably going to get more involved in regulating how businesses are run. arrowrtbls So, who are we in all this. Lets
  1. adopt a world view...
  2. organize ourselves to be informed and articulate and to have impact...
  3. draw others to our vision...
  4. get to work (bake some bread)...
arrowltbls Fifth, there's Infrastructure reform. The U.S. transportation system is in shambles and will require major new projects.
arrowurbls Sixth, a vast part of the world is being left behind. Many of their problems can easily be remedied. Millenium Development Goals of the U.N. describe the problem. Seventh, arrowupbls our abuse of our Environment and resulting problems of global warming, depletion of resources, and loss in diversity are critical. arrowulbls Eighth, Womankin is one of the most serious problems hampering progress on the planet.

Some feel that we have the possibility of major change in our worldview. While such things can easily take centuries, we see reasons for encouragement. and we can easily fit NSP and many other emerging sensibilities into it. Opportunities for despair and complaint abound (see excerpt from Bill Moyers' new book, "Moyers on Democracy" ), Here are some ideas that are imperfect in our realization of them, but they are powerful ideas that set the recent century distinctly apart from earlier times.

  1. the civil rights movement...
  2. the capability for making life longer and healthier....
  3. accountability...
  4. upward mobility...
  5. communication...
  6. the empowerment of women...
The items below are a start on links to ways to explore these ideas from where we sit in Palm Beach County.

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