“Our justice system is one of the few unaccountable
systems in the country. It doesn’t make decisions
based on best practices…or in the best interest of
the young people and families involved. As a result,
there is a 70 percent recidivism rate. The decision
makers can administer this misery and not take any
responsibility for the outcome.”
we must challenge individuals, communities, cities,
counties, regions, states, and the nation to be accountable
for the outcomes of the justice systems at every level
most effective way to restrict democracy is to transfer
decision-making from the public arena to unaccountable
institutions: kings and princes, priestly castes,
military juntas, party dictatorships, or modern
is called 'capitalism'is basically a system of corporate
mercantilism, with huge and largely unaccountable
private tyrannies exercising vast control over the
economy, political systems, and social and cultural
life, operating in close cooperation with powerful
states that intervene massively in the domestic
economy and international society.
leadership has to be focused on some very radical
ideas that only we as 21st Century people can talk
about: making sure people have a livelihood, making
sure people receive a living wage, making sure the
environment, the Mother Earth, is embraced and cherished
and not destroyed. Making sure people are healthy
in what they eat, making sure we hold people and corporations
accountable for the damage they do not only to our
environment but to our institutions."
is the only profession explicitly protected by the
U.S. Constitution, because journalists are supposed
to be the check and balance on government. We're supposed
to be holding those in power accountable. We're not
supposed to be their megaphone. That's what the corporate
media have become.
first of all, for there to be accountability,
for there to be somebody who is responsible for enforcing
standards and holding people's feet to the fire.
-- Jennifer Granholm
should insist that governments receiving American aid live
up to standards of accountability and transparency,
and we should support countries that embrace market reforms,
democracy, and the rule of law.
-- Lee H. Hamilton
What we are missing, utterly and completely,
in this government is accountability.
A local company has more accountability.
security comes only with human rights and the rule
of law. Human rights are the basis for creating strong
and accountable states without which there can be
no political stability or social progress.
is about two things. First, it is about purpose.
In the political realm, it's about an overriding
concern for the common good. In the economic realm,
it's about having the common good trump the narrow
self-interest of the financial elite. It's about
broadening corporate purpose from serving shareholders
to serving stakeholders, and releasing executives
from the destructive mandate to maximize shareholder
gain at any cost. Second, democracy is about structures
that bring this purpose to life. It's not about
separating good corporations from bad, but about
shaping the system forces that act on all corporations.
It's about consciously crafting new democratic system
structures, structures of voice, structures of decision
making, structures of conflict resolution, structures
proper goal of an economic democracy agenda is to
replace the global suicide economy ruled by rapacious
and unaccountable global corporations with a planetary
system of local living economies comprised of human-scale
enterprise rooted in the communities they serve and
locally owned by the people whose wellbeing depends
A person may cause evil to others not only by his
actions but by his inaction, and in either case he
is justly accountable to them for the injury.
Torture has been privatized now, so you have obviously
the whole scandal in America about the abuse of prisoners
and the fact that, army people might be made to pay
a price, but who are the privatized torturers accountable
result [Republicans winning the Senate] would be devastating
for reproductive choice, the environment, civil liberties,
Social Security and health care, as well as corporate
cause for the increase in alienation and cynicism
is a feeling that too many policy decisions that affect
have been taken out of any system that has accountability
or that they can influence.
-- Robert Teeter
issue after issue, the polls -- and these are not
snapshot polls; these are polls over a consistent
period of time -- show that most Americans share what
one could call core liberal or progressive values:
investment in health care and education over tax cuts;
fair trade over free trade; corporate accountability
over deregulation; environmental protection over laissez-faire
policies; defending Social Security and Medicare over
privatizing them; raising the minimum wage over eliminating
it. The country prefers progressive alternatives to
the failed policies of the conservative right.
people on Wall Street broke this country, and they
did it one lousy mortgage at a time.
It happened more than three years ago, and there has
been no real accountability, and there has been no
real effort to fix it."
for the largest financial institutions on Wall Street
is the bedrock for a strong economy. Hard-working
families and honest businesses cannot survive in a
world where the rules don't keep the marketplace honest."