REVIEWS

WHY THE "PUBLIC & PRIVATE ENTERPRISE" ECONOMIC VISION
IS AN IMPORTANT IDEA FOR OUR TIMES

Many of us who came of age in the United States during the 1960's and 1970's recall a time full of idealism and hope. Although the country was in turmoil in the era of civil rights and the war in Vietnam, there was a sense of society moving forward to a more just and peaceful condition. People were full of passion in their visions of creating a better world, from Objectivism on the right to various forms of Socialism and Anarchism on the left, and long before globalization was an economic concept there was a sense of international solidarity with hopes that the whole world was capable of evolving into an earthly paradise.

In the years since then the collapse of the Soviet Union and our understanding of the failures of socialism as it had been practiced have destroyed the dreams of the traditional left, while the glimpse of ruthless and unfettered capitalism which replaced it has shown that the free market alone will not be the world's savior. The increase in terrorist threats and violent religious extremism in many parts of the world have made our planet an even more dangerous place, with the international community seemingly helpless to combat the horrific wars and genocidal campaigns that constantly erupt, along with increasing environmental devastation. While the fortunes of the industrialized world go up and down, the majority of the world lives in heartbreaking poverty with little hope of improvement.

In the face of this frightening and discouraging reality, there is little talk of an international movement to heal the whole world. Instead, people concentrate on what seems achievable -- on local issues where one can more readily make a difference, or on specific causes which unite like-minded people across geographic boundaries. This kind of work is important and those citizens who are committed to help in these ways should continue to do so even while we encourage them to add a new vision for a better world to the causes they support.

John DeSantis, however, has not given up on the world's ability to become "the promised land". He envisions a planet where nations will cooperate to together change the way money comes into existence and is distributed so that poverty will be eliminated, with full employment in every nation. At the same time, there will be a constant whirlwind of public and private enterprise activity as the legitimate needs of the world are finally funded as they should be, to fulfill humanity's urgent needs for adequate food, housing, education, health care, and energy in a way that will be sustainable and not further harm the earth or its creatures. While this economic system will not automatically eliminate all of the world's problems it will go a long way toward easing the resentments and hatreds that are currently so prevalent among nations and even within them.

If you take the time to read this web site, you will learn more about the "Public & Private Enterprise Development Forum" and John's ideas on helping humanity. But the best way to learn about these ideas is to hear him speak, and to share his enthusiasm for envisioning a world operating on the principles of social justice and compassion. I learned this for myself when hearing him speak at the Baltimore Free University at Johns Hopkins University last fall, when he conducted a free three-day workshop on "Envisioning the End to Worldwide Poverty". Although the class was small the discussion was lively and his lectures were inspiring.

John's vision is of a world where nations cooperate with each other and there is concern throughout for the well-being of all of humanity, the earth, and all living things. When we look around us we may note that the current state of international relations does not inspire much hope, and some people have labeled John's vision as "utopian". But the fact that the world is in such bad shape is no reason to refrain from working to improve it -- in fact, a vision of harmony and justice is desperately needed in such difficult times, with humanity tottering on the brink of its own self-destruction if alternative ways of operating are not initiated.

This is a vision which deserves to be heard, and considered, which is all that John is asking. In thinking about the system he is proposing, others may improve upon it or think of different ways to implement it while retaining the essential goal of changing how, when and for what reasons money comes into existence in a way that eliminates poverty throughout the world. John would be happy to speak to your group -- always without a fee or any solicitation of funds -- whether during the day or evening and for any time period that suits your needs, and I can promise you an interesting talk and exchange of ideas.

Lectures or discussions may be filmed for Public Access TV if that is acceptable to the inviting organization and if filming personnel are available. If you would like to arrange for John to speak to either your organization, your congregation, your student or university group, your media organization, your non-profit group, or your business group, so that it can learn more about this project, please contact us by e-mail at JohnDeSantis@PublicAndPrivateEnterprise.org or by phone at 410-484-1987.

By Bonnie Rachael Hurwitz (John's Wife)

January 2006

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My name is Luciena Fletcher. I host and produce "Whats Up Howard County with Luciena", a public access TV program aired in Howard County (which is in the state of Maryland here in the United States). A good friend Beverly Pennie referred me to John and Bonnie's website. My friend Beverly felt they'd make great guests on the show. After visiting this website I was very impressed with the ideas, information and intentions of both John & Bonnie. I not only shared their views but wanted to learn more about how and when John's vision came about. Being an advocate of the "underdog" myself, I was very much impressed by both their sincerity and compassion for life -- all life. I wanted to do what I could to contribute to this positive cause. Our hope is to begin a movement where more people can be aware that we can end world hunger and poverty. Discussions need to take place between all people from all walks of life regarding the options we DO have. I strongly believe that the elimination of world hunger and poverty can be achieved if we all make it our utmost priority -- why not make it our priority?! We are exploring ways to make this happen. We welcome feedback whether it be critical or supportive. Change will take place when more of us realize the need for change. Obviously we are doing something wrong when a great country such as America has enough homeless people to overfill Texas state. This is unacceptable and more dialogue needs to happen for us to explore how the poverty rate even got this bad to begin with. I encourage all who visit this website to dig deep within their self and contemplate what do you have to contribute to this movement?? It’s time to take action and make a change for the better in the name of humanity. We welcome any and everyone wanting to join in this effort! God Bless you all!! United there isn't anything we can't accomplish, but first you must believe.

By Luciena Fletcher

January 2, 2008

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