Civilizing the Economy A New Economics of Provision

To Protect and To Serve

Posted Nov 15, 2012 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

Sometimes, winning is mostly not losing, and that seems to be the case in this election.  We were, for the most part, successful in protecting each other from the monster embedded today in the Republican Party.  No small victory.

In a sense, the question was not what do we want President Obama to do for us, but much more, can we protect ourselves from what Romney and his gang would do to us.  The challenge was to protect each other from harm,

On some patrol cars, one sees the phrase “To Protect and To Serve.”  Not a bad idea.  It is a civic idea, not based on business values, but civic values.  Still, protecting is not repairing, and there is a lot we need to repair, from our farms to our cities to our planet.  We need to design a life of service, especially for our businesses.  Romney wanted to bring business values to government.  We need to bring civic values to business.

We grant them a license to operate in our communities, and they should serve us in terms of providing the goods and services we need to live a good life.  I think we learned something in this election:  We are many diverse communities that share a common humanity and a common fate.  The next step is for business leaders to learn that their businesses belong to our communities; we do not belong to theirs.

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Marvin T. Brown, Ph.D teaches business and organizational ethics at the University of San Francisco and Saybrook University in San Francisco.

This book is the culmination of 30 years of teaching and writing on business and society from a communicative perspective. Visit for more information.

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