Government of All The People (PDF version)


Robert L. Saloschin had an illustrious career in the Department of Justice and, after retirement, served as a community leader in Bethesda, Maryland until his death at the age of 95 in 2015. He is the founder of Citizens for Quality Civilization, a volunteer "think-tank" that brings together professionals from many different areas to consider the problems that challenge our society. They have produced "citizen handbooks" on such challengers as education, globalization, and metropolitan transportation.

This book is evidence of how change for the better has been rooted in contrarian thinking. It also describes how contrarian thinking can shift policies and leadership in the United States to create a much brighter future for the nation.

As Saloschin tells us, "For many years, I read Forbes magazine and had a particular interest in a column called "The Contrarian." It explored the advantages of bucking conventional wisdom in investing. My first foray into contrarianism investing helped me turn $500 into more than $8,000 in a few years. More than that, the contrarian approach to investing seemed consistent with the way I viewed opportunities and problems in other areas of life......My life provides proof that there is no good reason to accept without questioning opinions or judgments that are generally accepted, commonly deemed correct, widely believed or traditionally embraced....There are two kinds of contrarians-successful and unsuccessful. What they have in common is that they question conventional wisdom. What they don't have in common is that the successful contrarian questions out of analysis, not habit."

Throughout a long life of pubic service that began during the WW II and culminated in an illustrious career with the Justice Department, Saloschin was in, as he tells us, "the right place at the right time" to ask the kinds of questions that helped shape the policies that determine the lives of American citizens today. He is known as "the Wizard of F.I.O.A" for his leadership in implementing the Freedom of Information Act, and former Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach credited Mr. Saloschin with stopping violence against the Freedom Riders in the 1960s.

At the core of this book lies Saloschin's deep conviction that our democracy can work if the people it was created to serve-American citizens-are willing to take up the task of asking contrarian questions.