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Be revolutionary to avoid a revolution ?

I made a reference to Lenin last week. And now to revolution ... is there a pattern?

Theodore Roosevelt, less known outside the US than his parent Franklin D. Roosevelt, has left behind him a significant legacy. Symbol of the progressive era, he succeeded an assassinated president at a time of social, racial, and economic crisis and unrest. He led a number of important reforms. His "Square Deal" - 30 years before the « New Deal » - promised the average citizen fairness, breaking of trusts, regulation of railroads, pure food and drugs... He promoted the conservation movement. He pushed for an income and an inheritance tax...

When I discovered his face sculpted on Mount Rushmore I wondered what made him so special for Americans.

At the end probably the following words: “I am not advocating anything revolutionary, I am advocating action to prevent anything revolutionary.”

Today’s leaders are facing the challenges of a lifetime. The risk of uncontrolled rising populism or even of a true revolution is more blatant than ever. Decisiveness is of the essence if we are serious about preventing an explosion and build a sustainable and fair century. IF we are serious may we find many « Teddy Bears » of that stature!


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21 feb 2021

Vous avez raison de citer Théodore Roosevelt qui réformait pour éviter la révolution. Pourtant ce qui me frappe aujourd'hui pour l'ISR en Europe et notamment en France c'est la préférence pour les méthodes d'exclusion par rapport aux méthodes d'inclusion. Les 9 labels ISR ou labels verts européens fonctionnent aujourd'hui sur des méthodes d'exclusion et les règlements européens ou nationaux font de même. On exclut des secteurs et des entreprises alors qu'avec l'engagement actionnarial (méthode d'inclusion qui peut intégrer de moins bons élèves) on peut avoir des impacts très positifs en poussant les entreprises moins vertueuses vers de meilleures pratiques ESG).

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