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In January 2016 the Clinton County members of congress wrote an open letter to the local primary candidates and current elected officials of both political parties inviting them to frame their campaigns or administrations around Five Caring Ideas. One candidate for county commissioner, Dean Feldmeyer, embraced those ideas. In July 2016, we invited the Judiciary Committee of Wilmington's City Council to do the same. One member of that committee, Kelsey Swindler, is already on record using some of the ideas, i.e. "better future" and "effective government." 

Here is what we sent:

"Thank you so much for your public service to provide necessities to the residents of Clinton County. Please consider using the five caring ideas during your term (attached). It's a simple request with huge consequences. Empathy is the soul of democracy and our great republic, caring for our fellow residents, leading to freedom and fairness for all. Yet we live at a time of an empathy deficit in the history of our great country. Trust of those who work in public government at all levels is at an all time low. Two major challenges to building an empathy surplus are hypo-cognition and privateers and their accomplices.

The Challenge of Hypo-cognition

First, hypo-cognition, according to the latest insights of the brain, is about not knowing what we don’t know. Most people don’t know that common sense can be changed. When care and responsibility to self and others in public government are NOT the common sense, it’s important to actually use words to frame our work to strengthen those values in the minds of neighbors. Freedom and equality are the strategic reasons we need more empathy AND actually need to use language that reflects that care. That’s why we hope you will consider using the enclosed five caring ideas to frame your term in office. The five caring ideas strengthen Ten Principles of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption.

The Challenge of Privateers and Their Accomplices Threaten Our Future

Privateers are unethical and extremely wealthy individuals or corporations, usually multi-national corporations, who use the public’s hypo-cognition against us to do two things. First, they steal the moral mission of public government to protect and empower us and shift those governing functions to themselves so the fox is guarding the hen house with no accountability. Second, they steal public funds to do the work once done by public government. For example, local government funding, established in 1932 with Ohio sales taxes, continues to be redirected by privateer accomplices in Columbus to subsidize unethical corporations instead of protecting and empowering Ohio residents. 

Privateers accomplices can be found in both political parties. They don’t care. Privateers and their accomplices do not respect, protect, or promote the Ten Principles. And we now know from the latest insights of the brain that if one is NOT using the five caring ideas or the Ten Principles, they’re an accomplice, perhaps unwittingly, which is why we’re writing. We wanted you to know. We welcome your comments.

Caring citizens are the solution,

Angie Calendine (R)

Gary Evans (R)

Miriam Speaight (D)

Kathryn Palmer (D))

Chuck Watts (D)


To Create Poverty? Or Broad Prosperity? That is the Moral Choice.

The antagonist, or adversary of a caring economy filled with ethical business is simply the un-caring person. You can find them in all walks of life, in every business, school, and church, mosque or synagogue in your sphere of influence. They are not interested in the public good and see no connection between a decent and dignified private life for everyone and their families with the help of an effective public government. 

Poverty is created by human beings — these un-caring citizens. Likewise, broad prosperity can be created by caring citizens. Human beings, through their representatives in private or public government, write the rules. An ethical business and an effective public government is one that cares, one that respects, protects and promotes human dignity and well-being. The rules can be caring or uncaring of human beings.

Un-caring citizens are very interested in corrupting public and private government, undermining it, with a simple idea - Public government should not interfere with business in any way. In the view of the un-caring person human dignity should not a subject of public government. Responsibility is defined by these privateers and their accomplices inside government as private and personal only. They are not responsible to any one other than themselves. Privateers believe everyone is not equal and deserving of human dignity and well-being. 

Likewise, they want you to believe that markets and the economy are natural and exist freely in nature and why they call them “free markets.” Actually, they pervert the idea of freedom to mean freedom without mutual responsibility. Freedom means for them freedom from any responsibility to anyone but themselves.

In his new book, Saving Capitalism for the Many and Not the Few, Robert Reich challenges the immoral and false idea of “free markets.” He also calls on us to shift the debate. He writes:

“Few ideas have more profoundly poisoned the minds of more people than the notion of a “free market” existing somewhere in the universe, into which government “intrudes.” In this view, whatever inequality or insecurity the markets generates is assumed to be the natural and inevitable consequence of impersonal “market forces.”

“This prevailing view is so dominant that it is now almost taken for granted. It is taught in almost every course on introductory economics. It has found its way into everyday public discourse. One hears it expressed by politicians on both sides of the aisles.”

“The question typically left to debate is how much intervention is warranted.”

"Government doesn’t ‘intrude’ on the ‘free market.’ It creates the market.”

“The ‘free market’ is a myth that prevents us from examining these rule changes and asking whom they serve. The myth is therefore highly useful to those who do not wish such an examination to be undertaken. It is no accident that those with disproportionate influence over these rules, who are the largest beneficiaries of how the rules have been designed and adapted, are also among the most vehement supporters of the ‘free markets’ and the most ardent advocates of the relative superiority of the market over government. But the debate itself also serves the goal of distracting the public from the underlying realities of how the rules are generated and changed, their own power over this process, and the extent to which they gain from the results. In other words, not only do these “free market” advocates want the public to agree with them about the superiority of the market but also about the importance of this interminable debate.”

For more information about how poverty is created consider these articles by our consultant, Joe Brewer.

Building Trust for Effective Governance

4 Things You Probably Know About Poverty That Bill and Melinda Gates Don’t

3 Ways Humans Create Poverty

The Delusion at the Heart of the Sustainable Development Goals

Reframe the Villain

When our founders enumerated to the world their list of grievances, the number one grievance was the elimination of the public good. Here's how they said it:

"The history of the the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world. He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good."

Is the threat to America's public good really the opposing party? When I talk to friends of either party, who have no intention of changing parties, most of them believe in a public good, i.e. public schools, public health, public service. The idea of an expanding common wealth to invest in our public good has not gone away from the minds of American caring citizens. So how do we cooperate to strengthen the public good for a better and more fulfilling private life.

I suggest we reframe the villain.

The villain to the public good in America is not a Republican or Democratic per se. The villains are the privateers and their accomplices, who can be found in every party. Privateers and their accomplices are alive and well and THEY do not CARE for anyone but themselves. AND, they do NOT want to respect, protect and remedy basic human rights that defines a strong effective public government. Our consultant, George Lakoff, devoted an entire chapter to privateers in The Political Mind. He wrote:

“Privateering is a special case of privatization in which the capacity of government to carry out critical moral missions is systematically destroyed within government itself, while public funds are used to provide capital for private corporations to take over those critical functions of government and to charge the public a great deal for doing so, while avoiding all accountability.”

You can read more about how to end privateering here. Privateering is a global threat with local consequenses. So the following resolution is offered as something caring citizens involved with any political party could do together to combat privateering and help build an empathy surplus. You can start with your own spheres of influence. If that includes a political party, you could encourage your county and state political parties to embrace and pass the following resolution. If you live in Ohio, you could help me.


Email info@empathysurplus.com for more information.



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