“Toward a More Free and Just Global Economy”
Having entered the third millennium, new ideas are emerging on how to overcome:
- Widespread poverty, hunger and homelessness,
- The growing wealth gap between the richest 1% and the remaining 99% of humanity,
- The growing fear of technological change and its impact on the global environment and the quality of life at the family and community level,
- The rising sense of powerlessness and alienation among the young toward traditional leadership and basic institutions of human society,
- The growing levels of corruption and crime resulting from concentrated power,
- The proliferating violence and deprivation of human rights — at the family, community and global levels.
We mutually acknowledge the reality of these concerns and agree that none of the traditional approaches — from the left to the right of the political spectrum — can adequately address these social ills.
We therefore join together seeking a new, more liberating and just economic system that will promote human dignity and bring about genuine economic empowerment, security and self-determination for every member of the human family. This is our shared vision.
Further, we agree that the critical means to attain these goals within the emerging global marketplace will require:
- the elevation of full participation in future productive asset ownership as a universal and fundamental human right;
- the democratization of credit to widely spread the ownership of self-financing productive assets and other basic economic reforms as appropriate means for closing the wealth gap between the rich and the non-rich; and
- new policies and laws that lift the non-rich without depriving the rich of fundamental human rights.
In solidarity with our shared vision and goals, we hereby acknowledge our support for universal access to productive asset ownership as a fundamental human right. While respecting possible differences, we will strive to work together whenever possible and to promote dialogues, debates and conferences in which all can participate.
Approved January 16, 2001
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