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By Michael Peck
Posted on: June 6, 2018
America’s polarizing cultural and socioeconomic conflicts framed by severe geographical inequalities and abiding racism desperately needs a Gettysburg Address reboot. If Abraham Lincoln were alive today, his prescriptions would surely be helpful as to how, once again, this “nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal” can survive the constant stress test of a nation at ground zero odds with itself over founding values, constitutional checks and balances, and civic destiny.One century and a half after Lincoln’s battlefield eulogy, Americans (... read more
By Claudia Viek
Posted on: May 29, 2018
Up until 1988, women entrepreneurs had the same drive as they do today, but a major obstacle stood in their way- access to loans. Until 1988, many women could not obtain a business loan without a man’s signature. That year, with the signing of the Women’s Business Ownership Act, women were finally guaranteed access to loans without the requirement of a male relative as co-signer. Although this law was a giant step forward for women entrepreneurs, 30 years later women still lag far behind their male peers in their ability to obtain capital to start a business. Women get about 4% of the total... read more
By Gabriel Levitt
Posted on: December 5, 2017
The high cost of pharmaceuticals takes up an increasing percentage of healthcare costs each year. For American businesses of all sizes, drug prices increasingly hurt their bottom lines.Even worse, employees too often do not take the medications they need because of cost. In fact, about 45 million Americans did not fill a prescription due to cost in 2016. No one knows exactly how many people get worse or die because they do not get needed medication, but one survey by the Harvard School of Public Health found that over half of patients report that they become sicker.While Congress and the... read more
By Martin Staubus
Posted on: November 7, 2017
In 1955, a San Francisco investment banker named Louis Kelso reached a conclusion based on the accelerating growth of “automation” then occurring in American industry. He forsaw that machinery, supplied by capitalists, would play an ever-increasing role in the production of goods, while those who sold their labor would play a decreasing role. Owners of capital would collect an ever-increasing share of the nation’s economic wealth, while the share going to workers would continue to fall.Kelso was prescient. He foresaw that an elite 1% of the population would amass an astoundingly... read more
By Rebecca Rubin
Posted on: October 25, 2017
In light of recent controversies surrounding Charlottesville, the NFL and the increasing polarization around issues of equity in our nation, the following letter from ASBC member Marstel Day’s CEO, Rebecca R. Rubin, to the company’s employees caught our eye.The recent display of racism in Charlottesville, and the hurricane-force events and their aftermath in Texas, have brought to the fore some very troubling social and environmental issues of our times – prompting me to write this letter to you reaffirming our founding commitment to environmental values and to social equality, fairness and... read more
By Jenny Kassan
Posted on: October 10, 2017
When you hear the word “investor,” what do you picture? When I ask most people this question, they describe a man in a suit (or, if in Silicon Valley, maybe khakis and a button down shirt) in a fancy office spending every work day combing through pitch decks, executive summaries, and due diligence and barking tough questions at terrified entrepreneurs.Most people picture the type of investor who I call professional investors. These are wealthy individuals and organizations, sometimes investing their own money and sometimes investing on behalf of others. They come in many flavors such as angel... read more
By Thomas Dudley
Posted on: September 27, 2017
The U.S. economy added 156,000 jobs last month and is near full employment with a reported unemployment rate of 4.4%. Stock markets and corporate profits are at record highs. But according to Gallup, more Americans think the economy is getting worse than those who think it is getting better.Economists and pundits point to several factors that help explain this disconnect: slow wage growth, widening income disparity, the decline of traditional careers, and the rise of a new “gig economy”. In each case, what’s needed is a stronger connection between profits and people. That’s why I believe that... read more
By John Pudner
Posted on: September 15, 2017
With everything else  on your desk right now, why care about campaign finance reform?Because it’s not just about “campaign finance.”  It’s about the future workability of our democracy.   Special interest money in politics completely distorts not just our system of government – but also our economy and, increasingly, our culture and sense of community. ‘Dark’ money skews the ability of small and mid-sized companies to have their voices heard.It hits each of us in our pocketbooks, through higher taxes – an estimated $1,300 more per taxpayer per year to pay for government spending that benefits... read more
By Michael Peck
Posted on: September 5, 2017
Pogo’s prophetic and pathetic observation holds: “we have met the enemy and he is us.” Today’s polarized and polarizing United States, under siege from itself, is proving too internally cowed, under-imagined and social media pigeonholed to buck predictable spheres of influence. More than just another rare bipartisan opportunity, getting worker ownership equations right could heal the breach between mutually-assured destructing left and right populism by empowering and freeing workers to think, act, provide, invest and vote for themselves.Placing a concerted worker ownership cultural thumb on... read more
By Mac Clemmens
Posted on: August 23, 2017
At this point you’re probably getting tired of hearing long, complex arguments about the importance of Net Neutrality.The thing is, it’s not complicated at all. It’s as simple as “Leave the internet alone.”Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon the corporations whose backfired lawsuit ultimately brought the net neutrality protections we now enjoy, need to mind their own business and get back to building better broadband across America. Right now, we’re 23rd in the world and falling, not only in speed, but in the price we pay.  Why? Because big telecom has stopped betting on infrastructure. Instead of... read more

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