The original American Dream was rooted in opportunity – the notion that hard work paid off – and that working together created success for all. People like to feel part of something bigger than themselves – this is what incentivizes them to give their very best. People wither in isolation, and will even sometimes sacrifice their ethics for a chance to belong and be included.
It is destructive to all of us to create a world devoid of values. To let ‘the market’ decide questions of ethics can only lead to self-destructive behaviors that tax the whole, both literally and figuratively.
The solution is simple. The National Public Bank ties all our fates together. Everyone is included, and people like to be included. When people feel they matter, they become more accountable to their behavior within the group, especially if behavior like hard work is generously rewarded. Within the framework of a democratic, sustainable economy, values and ethics can be more easily defined, leading us toward decisions that produce positive results within our communities, states, and beyond. People will navigate where the road is clearly paved, and the journey is rewarding. Infrastructure can build this road, and if people are rewarded for traveling on it, they will happily make this commute every day.