John Hope Bryant, founder of the nonprofit Operation HOPE, says business and political leaders are ignoring the most important force that could truly re-energize the stalled American economy: the poor.
By giving the poor the right tools, policies and inspiration, they will be able to lift themselves up into the middle class and become consumers and entrepreneurs, Bryant writes.
He details how business loans, home loans and financial investments have vanished from poor communities and after decades of deprivation, the poor lack bank accounts, decent credit scores, and any real firsthand experience of how a healthy free enterprise system functions.
Bryant aspires to expand the philosophy of free enterprise to include everyone and create a thriving economy that works not just for the 1 percent, but for the 100 percent.
“How the Poor Can Save Capitalism,” is available on www.800ceoread.com for $13.56