I expect many will agree the lack of accountability is at the root of many contemporary problems, where those in charge of large social organizations cannot be held accountable for the consequences of their decisions. This lack of accountability is apparent in both corporate and government organizations. The simple condition to beware comes from our social nature: absolute power corrupts absolutely, where that power leads to abuse of those at the bottom. The following essays are on this topic. The date shown in parentheses is the date that page was last changed.
Public Accountability When there is no public accountability for misbehavior by political leaders, preventing or changing that behavior becomes difficult. (10/29/2011)
Public Demonstrations Public demonstrations have been used in the past to influence significant political change so the recent violent suppression of those protests is alarming. (10/29/2011)
Too Big to Care Instead of the phrase ‘too big to fail’ for these difficult economic times, the phrase ‘too big to care’ is more appropriate. (04/26/2012)
Restoring Corporate Accountability Swiss voters had a chance to put a limit on top executive pay. (11/25/2013)
Restoring Congressional Accountability Periodic no confidence votes after discussions with the voters could inject some accountability. (12/29/2013)
New Feudalism Recent reports about the increasing inequality of wealth leads to a comparison with a medieval feudal society. (03/11/2014)
Abuse of Power The widespread abuse of power by police, from killing, to harassement, to civil forfeiture (police stealing from the public) must be checked by establishing better accountability, which is sorely lacking in our system of homeland security during our war on terror. (11/16/2014)
No Accountability by the Press The mainstream press outlets do not include the investigative journalists who could provide a mechanism of accountability on the American government agencies nor on the political candidates for those offices. (09/04/2015)
United Nations UN was created to provide a mechanism for international accountability; it’s not working. (04/22/2018)
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