We came across a very thought-provoking point-of-view from Brad Hewitt, President and CEO of Thrivent Financial, a Fortune 300 company. He’s not running for public office, but he presents a 5 point “Mutualist Philosophy” that would be his platform if he were running for office. This Mutualist Philosophy in brief:
THE MUTUALIST PHILOSOPHY
1. Both individual and community responsibility is required in a civil society. This is not an “either/or” proposition.
2. Self-interest is not the same as greed, and greed is not good. Checks and balances are good, because greed is an easy trap to fall into — for everyone. Equal opportunity is also good.
3. Fair is not equal. Fair is proportionate to the effort, risk and investment you put in.
4. You get more of what you subsidize. Subsidize industriousness, responsibility and generosity, not dependency.
5. We can make the world a better place, but it takes mainly relationships and risk, not rules. That’s why grass-roots solutions will work the best.
What are your thoughts? As independent voters, is this something we can or should embrace?