C4AD (Cincinnatians for the American Dream) exists to promote public understanding of workplace justice issues in Cincinnati using the tools, standards, and ethics of journalism.
The American Dream is built on a social contract among workers, employers, shareholders, government, taxpayers and consumers. The contract promises a social and economic order in which each man and woman, regardless of the circumstances of their birth, can achieve according to their talent and hard work and thereby make a better life for themselves and their children. As a nation and a city, our shared values and identity, our social cohesion draw their strength from the promises of this social contract.
Most Baby Boomers followed the promise of the American Dream. Many—but certainly not all—thrived. But subsequent generations are increasingly mistrustful or cynical of the American Dream. And with good reason. They suspect correctly that the rules of the economy have been rigged against them, and their chances of thriving are increasingly slim.
We create the social and economic order we want, in part, by the economic rules we make. Our future like our past is a product of such rules. We can, if we choose, harness the extraordinary power of our economy to renew the social contract to expand economic opportunities, reduce poverty, and promote fairness, while rewarding individual talent, initiative, and hard work. In short, to thrive. Let’s make a Thriving Cincinnati!