Foreword: Thank you for completing the Red Zone. Red means stop to take a clear look at the causes and effects of economic injustice. And you’ve learned that you are both part of the problem and most of the solution.
Before we move on, I need to make that connection.
Some students think they “know it all” in the Red Zone and skip to the Yellow Zone. If you’ve breezed through the Red Zone, I encourage you to go back and listen again. The messages are important! Each session in the Red Zone is intended to ready you for doing more than feathering your own nest.
Of course I want you to do that, but my hope is that you will understand that you are also doing it for the sake of your family, your friends and neighbors, your community and your country.
And a better future.
I will lead you through a process in the Yellow Zone of personal strategic planning. And then I will give you a revolutionary business model that will help you create or participate in a workplace where social responsibility, self-management and profit-sharing will make the workplace a happy place.
Just as I want you to start small and think big in business, I want you to start small and think big in your role as a change agent for the common good.
So. Now you know why I brought you here, why I’ve dragged you through the wreckage of the first 13 sessions.
So . . . .
- Why have I brought you here?
- Why have I dragged you through the wreckage of the first 13 essays?
I’ll tell you why.
- Because I want you to see the issues as I’ve seen them.
- As I understand them.
I want you to see clearly what we face.
- A runaway economy.
- Runaway capitalism.
- Runaway democracy.
- A society being torn apart.
And I want you to help stop this madness.
- Change the course of history.
- Save capitalism from self-destruction.
- Revive the “Land of Opportunity.”
- And restore democracy.
You say it’s too big. Not in your job description?
- Oh, but it is.
- Abraham Lincoln said it in the Gettysburg Address.
- “. . . of the people, by the people and for the people.”
- You are “the people.”
The Preamble to the Constitution backs Lincoln’s famous words: “We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union . . . .”
Do we have a more perfect union? Hardly.
America has lost its way.
You have the power to do something about it. But do you have the motivation?
- The future for you and your family, your friends and neighbors, your community, your country, and your way of life depends on it.
- What more motivation do you need?
The Big Picture Hits Home
On TV these debates are a “reality show,” but at home and work they are reality. You can see it on the boob tube, but you feel it where you live.
I wrote on the NME homepage:
“. . . you are confused, frustrated and angry about your economic condition in the wealthiest country in the world where the rich get rich and the poor get poorer. “The land of opportunity” works for those who have . . . not those who have not. Not for you. You’re coping as best you can but it seems like you’re not getting anywhere. You’re losing ground.”
And then I promised I would:
“. . . provide you with knowledge, perspective, strategy and tactics to help you wage a personal war on the economic front, at home and at work for the sake of yourself, your family and friends, your community and your country.”
The answer lies in the grassroots beneath your feet and we are here!
You may feel helpless and so in the Yellow Zone we begin by rediscovering your power. You feel useless and so we begin by reexamining who you really are. You don’t know what to do and so we develop a plan to do it.
In a land of economic greed and mean-spirited government, we cannot depend on anyone else. We will have to do it ourselves. And we can!
Please move on to the next essay
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