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Senator Mitt Romney will vote “Yes” to establish an independent January 6th Commission

  Remember January 6th, 2021? This will help: January 7th, 2021 headlines:  https://bit.ly/3wm5kBz Some people want you to forget this. And there is new urgency to their efforts and the need to counteract them. Now, American public opinion in favor of a robust January 6th commission must vigorously support the formation of that commission. Nota bene: The Republican […]

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“Stakeholder Capitalism” – How Society is a “corporate stakeholder”

  Remember “Stakeholder Capitalism”? In August 2019 the U.S. Business Roundtable issued the “Purpose of a Corporation” in which it overturned its 22-year-old policy statement that defined a corporation ‘s principal purpose as maximizing shareholder return. In the 2019 “Purpose” statement, and an update a year later, the Roundtable declared that companies should not only […]

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WSJ, Economist columnists joust on CEOs taking positions on socio-political issues; CSR, PR experts opine

Seems as if almost everyone has a point of view on whether companies should “go public” with opinions on socio-political issues. But when The Wall Street Journal and The Economist offer conflicting positions on such a core issue of business in society (thankfully, not opinions on Business in Society) – that demands special attention. The issue at the […]

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News on global vaccinations: Rockefeller Foundation financing plan; scientists decry anti-vax power

Tectonic global socio-political forces are now in tension on the Covid-19 pandemic. The Rockefeller Foundation has just released, “a new roadmap for financing the end of the Covid-19 pandemic by the end of 2022”. (And, not incidentally, the plan “kick- starting a just and sustainable global recovery.”] However … This week, leading vaccine scientists were […]

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Stacey Abrams to companies decrying states’ voter suppression: Support the poor, students, others to get identification for 2022 ballots

“The floodgates are open … a slew of corporations have come out against voter suppression” Axios has reported. Axios was referring to responses to Georgia’s just-enacted voter restrictions, but by inference also to the wave of such restrictions in development in some 43 states across the country. Stacey Abrams, iconic Georgia voting rights advocate, offered […]

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“Voices4Everyone” new PRSA public service call to action on vital issues

American professional societies have a responsibility to facilitate and support their members in serving the public interest. The latest excellent example: The Public Relations Society of America’s just-launched “Voices4Everyone”  advocacy initiative.   Its rationale: ” As strategy-focused communication experts committed to building mutual understanding, credibility and relationships among a wide array of institutions and audiences, while also advancing the […]

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Vital corollary to President Biden COVID/Relief Speech: “A Foreign Policy for the American People”

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, establishing the United State Information Agency, 1953: ” … to understand, inform and influence foreign publics in promotion of the national interest, and to broaden the dialogue between Americans and U.S. institutions , and their counterparts abroad”. The USIA is no longer with us (absorbed into the U.S. State Department in […]

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Progress in business ethics, but for some companies new climate change, sustainability policies are a heavy lift

(This commentary was first published on February 26, 2021 as,”Ethics Matter – Business Ethics: What Do We Owe Our Future Generations in Planetary Citizenship?”, on the website of the Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management.) “Ethics” is growing. That is, “ethics” as a key aspect of conducting business in the evolving global society. […]

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In the wake of the second impeachment acquittal of Donald J. Trump: Whither Trumpism?

Whither Trumpism now? An avalanche of analyses is already forming. So here – before the second impeachment trial fades from the front pages – is a proposed tracking for the months (and years?) ahead: I. Definition (Wikipedia):  Trumpism is a term for the political ideology, style of governance,[9] political movement and set of mechanisms for acquiring and keeping power that are […]

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The impeachment trial must trigger extended American confrontation with “war on truth”​, hate speech/violence

As the United States Senate opens the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump – one of the most far-reaching actions in American political history – the nation is engulfed in a miasma of conflicting public tensions. Consider a new report on the January 6th U.S. Capitol riot: The Chicago Project on Security and Threats at […]

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Hank Aaron and the American social evolution

  April 8, 1974 Atlanta Stadium, Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves – “A Black man is getting a standing ovation in the Deep South.” – Vin Scully, iconic Dodger television broadcaster. The occasion, of course, was legendary baseball star Hank Aaron hitting his 715th career home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s record. Turns out that […]

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Democracy has prevailed in U.S. Heavy lift, COMPETENCE to solve people’s problems now underway

Yes, democracy has prevailed in America. And accompanying it the powerful force for service to the American commonweal and the world: COMPETENCE In the first 48 hours after the Inauguration, President Joseph Biden Jr. undertook a remarkable exercise of presidential authority. Among the initiatives: Signed 27 Executive Orders, each addressing a vital national issue. – Began […]

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Money in Politics – After US Capitol attack companies cease $$ for lawmakers supporting election overturn: Epiphany or merely a pause?

Was the terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol the inflection point for corporate money in politics? The New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin thinks it should be – not just a “pause for reflection”, but a permanent policy commitment to cease donations to political candidates “An Epiphany” Moment for Corporate Donors May Have Arrived” . With […]

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“Historic”new anti-corruption law bans anonymous shell companies, impedes money laundering

“Historic Anti-Corruption Measures Become Law” “the most significant update to U.S. anti-money laundering laws in a generation.” That’s how the widely respected anti-corruption organization Transparency International summarized the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) included in the U.S. Senate’s Friday override of President Trump’s veto of the National Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021. The CTA is […]

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News Media: Defend Democracy, Limit Coverage of Trump Attacks via His”Flood the Zones”​media strategy

Sunday, November 29th 2020, FoxNews: The President of the United States Donald J. Trump proclaims he “will use 125% of my energy” during at least the next six months to continue trying to overthrow the November election results. And so, now it begins. As the U.S. government transition gets underway – finally – news media and […]

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