J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-28-2018

September 23, 2016 – Compassion Church of Charlotte

The reality is that Satan no longer even needs to knock on our doors to lure our children into a life-threatening situation – he can walk through walls by way of the internet and capture our children. These crimps, these pedophiles, the kidnappers invest a lot of time into our children because they have a lot to win. Often children are posted on their websites for sale. The may make 10, 20, or 30,000 dollars just selling our children to someone who keeps them locked up, torturing them for years. Satan reaches his long tentacles into our homes and transfixes our children to pull them out of the safety and comfort of our homes and inflict his evil on them. 3) The FBI may ask you, but even if they don’t, file a report with The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. We must ask our children and their friends to tell an adult if they think a teen is on-line with someone they don’t know or someone who seems questionable. We have to teach our children that they are not dumb or untrustworthy but just inexperienced and it is up to a parent to protect our children but more importantly, to teach them the ways of the world. These pedophiles are very wise about ways to trap our children. Let us work diligently not to allow Satan to devour our children or any other children that we know.

Keywords: [“children”,”teen”,”parent”]
Source: https://compassionchurchofcharlotte.wordpress.com/2016/09/23/…

Why price-gouging is OK – The Case For Capitalism

High prices for purple widgets encourage buyers to reduce consumption of purple widgets, while also encouraging sellers to somehow increase the supply of purple widgets. It’s just the normal interaction of buyers, sellers, and prices in the economy. Higher prices in the crisis area allow sellers to either make a higher-than-normal profit or avoid losing money if the cost of supplying the crisis area spikes up. Either way, high prices encourage a greater supply of needed goods. In short, “Price gouging” helps ensure that everyone in a crisis area is better able to get the supplies they need. The $10 price-gouging price allows Beatrice to buy the water because it encouraged Paul to supply the water, and it kept Ashley from buying it. Now, imagine the same scenario, except an anti-price-gouging law forces Paul to sell water for the normal price of $1. In this case, Paul would probably not bother making the long drive to the crisis area because it’s not worth his time and effort. No doubt many people dislike price-gouging because they feel compassion for people in crisis areas who are faced with high prices. Allow businesses the freedom to supply water at normal or elevated prices. Allow profiteering entrepreneurs the freedom to supply water at price-gouging prices.

Keywords: [“Price”,”water”,”supply”]
Source: https://caseforcapitalism.wordpress.com/…/07/why-price-gouging-is-ok

a socialist, ideological conservative, and compassionate conservative…

An ideological conservative joined the conversation. Derik is a “Classic liberal” conservative. His point of view is likely in good company amongst Tea Partiers, neo-cons, neo-liberals, and ideological conservatives. John, is a “Republican” conservative, and he prefers moderate Republicans and the Average Joe. Whereas Derik understands that the future / freedom depends on capitalistic entrepreneurs-and protecting them; John understands that the future / freedom depends on entrepreneurs who will engage in worthwhile and efficacious activity. To pigeonhole these two: Derik sees the future as small, limited government amidst a multitude of for-profit industries. John sees the future as strong, local government amidst a multitude of competing for-profit and non-profit organizations / associations. Today, as you know, it’s much more likely that Derik will be elected in a “Safe” Republican district. Whereas John will focus on public policy for the Average Joe, like higher education reform; Derik’s followers will label John a RINO. If the election were held today, Derik would be elected over John. See the debate here-and question why Derik would almost always win in the early 21st century in a Republican U.S. Congressional District over John.

Keywords: [“Derik”,”John”,”Republican”]
Source: https://politicalpipeline.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/a-socialist…

Compassionate Capitalism Is Possible Through Effective Corporate Philanthropy

Charitable giving is no longer just something you do around the holidays. With Millennials valuing socially focused companies more than ever, success is virtually unattainable if you aren’t giving back. In 2014, corporate giving was only at $18.45 billion compared to the $265 billion from individual donations. According to Suzanne DiBianca, the Chief Philanthropy Officer at Salesforce and keynote speaker at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, it’s because, simply put, companies need money. DiBianca pioneered a philanthropic model that will hopefully usher in a new era of corporate giving. “The real assets in a company are the people that work there, the products that they have, and their ability to advocate for change in policy,” said DiBianca in her keynote speech at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. As DiBianca puts it, charitable giving is about more than reaching your target audience. Giving back is something that benefits the entire community, helping to build an ecosystem that can support everyone from any background. The most important takeaway from DiBianca’s speech was that the future of business is philanthropic. Get on board with the giving back movement or your business will be left behind.

Keywords: [“company”,”DiBianca”,”giving”]
Source: https://tech.co/compassionate-capitalism-philanthropy-2017-03/amp

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-26-2018

Evangelists of capitalism: Is compassion compatible?

My rejoinder to the idea of “Compassionate Capitalism” as articulated in the following article by Infosys Founder Narayanamurthy. Smart sound bytes -‘compassionate capitalism’as I understand is yet another word coined by the capitalists to justify their assets and illgotton wealth-at the same time to project themselves as saviors of the down trodden. To give themselves an acceptance and a social absolution now they parade themselves as saviors of the downtrodden. Is it not a paradox that the poorest countries of the world have the richest of the world. I am trying to decode this ‘compassionate captialism. Does that quieten the conscience of the capitalists or does it give them a benelovence and a social standing as the doers of good-the great social workers. If you are truely a compassionate person you will not be a capitalist. Now we have the capitalists garbing themselves as evangelists and the hungry people will swallow anything-no wonder they are kept in hunger for then there is no power to discern-no strength even to comprehend-the gullible people look with awe at these great compassionate captialists/evangelists and go into a trance. How long are we going to fool the people and ourselves. How long are we going to quieten our consciences and how long are we going to display hell as heaven The sooner we discard this mirage and shed the mask and be truthful to uphold justice then only Justice will remain and the rest will fall.

Keywords: [“Compassionate”,”capitalist”,”themselves”]
Source: https://hildaraja.wordpress.com/2009/06/21/evangelists-of…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-04-2018 – JR Test Site

What is compassionate capitalism? who advocated it? The whole “Creative capitalism” concept has a certain echo of “Compassionate conservatism,” which wound up being the worst of both worlds. Can Gates-style “Creative capitalism” avoid the same trap? You will find this book packed full of stories in support of capitalism and how to be a capitalist that makes a difference in the world. Epub book] compassionate capitalism marc r benioff Compassionate Capitalism Marc R Benioff PD F searching for compassionate capitalism marc r benioff epub book do you really need this respository of compassionate capitalism marc r benioff epub book it takes me 52 hours just to find the right download link, and another 7 hours to validate it. In 2010, the name of this organization was officially changed to Conscious Capitalism Incorporated – a non-profit with a purpose of advancing the integration of consciousness and capitalism. In 2009, Raj Sisodia and Shubhro Sen founded the Conscious Capitalism Institute to support the integration of Conscious Capitalism in business through research, education and development. Edward Ortiz Jr., in his Jan. 12 Letter responding to “Liberty Theology”, has the nature of capitalism backward. We believe in compassionate capitalism and by shopping here you will support that causeand allow you to look good doing it. Why Pope Francis wants us to stop worshipping capitalism.

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”compassionate”,”Benioff”]
Source: http://jr.zaphne.com/2018/02/04/j-r-s-zaphne-blog-news-for-02-04-2018

There Is No Housing Shortage, Just a Lack of Compassion – Zone of Non-being

On any given night, more than half a million people experience homelessness in the United States. There are more peopleless homes than homeless people because houses do not exist to satisfy human needs. Anyone who is vaguely familiar with America’s inner cities has borne witness to people holding cardboard signs and begging for spare change. Consider the fact that between 2011 and 2014, the number of cities that banned panhandling increased by 25%. It is evident that people who beg for money are demonized as ‘public nuisances’ and blemishes on the body politic. Specifically, municipalities are investing in defensive architecture: street furniture that is rigged with spikes or bars to prevent prolonged stays by people who are homeless. Image: vertical bars installed on bench to prevent people from laying down. A common idea is that people who are homeless and beg for money deserve to suffer because they are substance abusers. Detoxification programs often advance the idea that “The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it is connection.” From this perspective, addiction is a consequence of dehumanization – a turning inward and away from people. Keep in mind that people who are homeless are typically ignored at their darkest hour. Not only are such individuals in a precarious position, but the masses of people fail to acknowledge as such.

Keywords: [“people”,”homeless”,”civilization”]
Source: https://zoneofnonbeing.wordpress.com/2017/08/10/there-is-no…

The Compassionate Capitalist

A few weeks ago I had this tremendous idea; I would add my voice to the Internet ether by launching a blog. Thanks to WordPress, I was able to quickly and easily create and publish this blog and I rifled off a three or four posts within a couple of days. With even more ease than the creation phase, I promptly stopped posting. I’m sure I broke one the fundamental law of blogging – start, then promptly stop. Well, life got in the road. Specifically, a trip to Costa Rica on business and a weekend get-a-way with my wife to San Diego. I drafted several posts along the way, but never finished them off. I’m working on an update to my previous post regarding child slavery in Western Africa associated with cocoa harvesting. I’m preparing a series of posts that introduce 10 economic concepts that one should understand if one is to make sense of the World along with 10 economic fallacies that roll off the lips of politicians and those who don’t really understand how things work. Along the way, Corbyn, our brilliant and talented son, who is an economics major at the University of Utah is going to make a guest post arguing for the normalization of trade with Cuba. Sign-up to follow this blog and every there is a post, you’ll receive an e-mail letting you know that I’ve found my way back to the keyboard.

Keywords: [“post”,”blog”,”economic”]
Source: https://compassionatecapitalism.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/back-in…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-25-2018

Embodied Spirituality: Compassion

Spirituality – embodied or otherwise – is merely narcissism and self-indulgence when it doesn’t involve compassion – literally, feeling with others. We cannot really expect others to be convinced that we are “Mystical” or “Spiritual” unless we put compassion into practice by helping others. The two aspects of religion go hand-in-hand: without a sense of connection there is no basis for compassion, and without the expression of compassion in the form of caring, the life of a mystic can be barren and unproductive. In a Pagan context, we might view the theological underpinnings of compassion as our view that divinity is immanent in the world, and everything carries a spark of divinity within it. My theological basis for compassion is a religious basis, but it is also a naturalistic basis. Beyond the practical aspects of compassion lies the recognition of kinship, of looking into the face of another and seeing ourselves. The ancient virtues of hospitality and reciprocity are core values for many Pagans, and these are, in many ways, related to compassion. Compassion is not only fellow-feeling for other humans, but also for animals and birds: all our relations. The Charter for Compassion would benefit from a “Green clause” to emphasise caring for the Earth and our fellow creatures. Although there is a section on their website about treating the Earth with compassion, it hits a discordant note for me, as we need to recognise that we are part of the Earth, not regard it as a separate system from ourselves.

Keywords: [“compassion”,”being”,”love”]
Source: https://dowsingfordivinity.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/embodied…

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Keywords: [“Download”,”pdf”,”ebooks”]
Source: http://www.moto-lock.com/compassionate/compassionate-capitalism-people…

Capitalism and Self-Care

As a person who struggles with anxiety, one of the ways I’ve shamed myself is when I believe I haven’t been productive enough. Dad would epilogue his stories with, “I pulled myself up by my bootstraps so I could give my children the life I didn’t have.” The message is clear: work hard and I can achieve anything. Has anyone noticed that being productive never includes self-care? As a person who struggles with anxiety, as a person who has several loved ones who have mental health struggles, and as a person who works in the mental health field- I see so many people be hard on themselves for not producing enough, especially if their reason for not doing so involves mental health issues. Because we are told we aren’t good enough to justify taking time away from productivity to practice self-care. “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” ~Audre Lorde. If we collectively practice self-care by taking time away from being productive, what would the world look like? What would happen? “I’m a failure for not doing the thing.” -> transforms to -> “Taking care of myself does not make me a failure.” I ask myself whether I’m practicing self-care because I need to or because I shamed myself to. Asking myself what I would say to a friend/loved one going through a similar situationthen turning those words back to myself. Telling myself it’s okay not to be productive because I am important.

Keywords: [“myself”,”work”,”self-care”]
Source: https://expressivesocialworker.wordpress.com/2016/04/29/capitalism…

No, Capitalism Is Not Ruining Your Christmas Market

Glowing Christmas lights fill the cold streets of medieval European cities with little wooden booths selling steaming hot wine and cinnamon biscuits. First off: Christmas markets are, at least in Europe, a billion euro industry. In a more detailed analysis on Christmas markets in the UK, researchers found that in the example of the city of Manchester, an average stall at a Christmas market generated £3,500 per day. Christmas markets in Brussels, Belgium, and Strasbourg, France count between 1.5 and 2 million visitors. Your local Christmas market is a money-making machine regardless of it selling candles or car insurance. The Christmas spirit is supposed to advocate for empathy and compassion, as the biblical stories describe Jesus, a poor man, who preached charity despite receiving very little of it in return. They fail to be the ones who are actually celebrated around Christmas for providing these essential opportunities to people. When there is a large company selling their products on a traditional Christmas market, many see a greedy company ruining the flair of the Christmas spirit. All it takes to see this is to think of the millions of people oppressed by socialism, like those in Venezuela, who will, this year, spend among the worst Christmas Eves they have ever witnessed. Next time you see a large coffee machine retailer or a booth advertising cleaning products at your local Christmas market, think of the people whose lives were made better through these companies.

Keywords: [“Christmas”,”market”,”people”]
Source: http://thelead.com/no-capitalism-not-ruining-christmas-market

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-24-2018

CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW

Firstly, the postulation that aspects of socialist theory to a certain extent chime in harmony with biblical teaching and aligns with the way we often picture the New Testament church. Secondly, a question – why does the conservative, evangelical church tend to lean towards those promoting a capitalist agenda? Coming onto the second point, the conservative evangelical church does tend towards capitalism, despite that fact that it has many, many serious flaws. Conservative Christians, have always seen the great threat to stable society posed by liberal morality and have reacted against it, often perhaps without noticing that the underlying principles of left-of-centre politics are more compassionate and aligned with biblical teaching. Equally, in focusing on the morally conservative politics that have often gone hand in hand with capitalist economic policy, it is easy to ignore the great problems that capitalism brings, making the poor poorer, the rich richer and concentrating power in the hands of an elite few who are only concerned about themselves – think of Jesus’s teaching about the rich fool. I’ve suggested positives of socialist theory and negatives of capitalism. To be fair, this is not to say that socialist theory does not have major problems or capitalism benefits. You are causing the rest of the church a great deal of harm. In the hands of evil men, socialism is evil, in the hands of evil men, capitalism is also evil. Should we bury our heads in the sand, hide behind our closed church doors and avoid the ballot box? Certainly not.

Keywords: [“church”,”Capitalism”,”socialist”]
Source: https://jpschristianworldview.wordpress.com/tag/capitalism

Compassionate Capitalism

The other day Russian President Vladimir Putin who is the longest ruling person in Russia after Ivan the Great and Stalin called America “a parasite of world economy.” Well, all communists say so but we have to ask China if they really believe it at heart or they wouldn’t have had the rapid growth they are having for last few years. Capitalism which is based on free enterprise system in America has been the reason behind the great success achieved by America since its birth. My personal experience with free enterprise system goes back to over 5 years ago when I got involved in a business opportunity where I could create an unlimited income with my sweat equity. To tell you the truth, the first year I failed miserably. This is what free enterprise system of America means to me where anybody from any background can work hard, create opportunity and determine their own destiny. People come to America looking for an opportunity like the one I just mentioned. That’s why, in America we say “No more Cheesecrackers.” A little better than capitalism is “Compassionate Capitalism,” a phrase recently coined which is not about “Money getting” but about “Serving people” because law of success is service and biggest businesses are now realizing it more now than ever. Many analysts still consider America to be in a recession period but few businesses seem to be sky rocketing even in this market. The basic motto of free enterprise system is that law of success is service and greatest server is the greatest leader.

Keywords: [“America”,”own”,”year”]
Source: http://thenewyorkcitypost.com/compassionate-capitalism

Anti-capitalism vs Post-capitalism

Capitalism, like all words that evoke emotions, has as many definitions as there are proponents or discontents. The Market Libertarian definition, to which we can also count the Objectivist definition, is that capitalism is productive human action, free individuals that agree on whether they want to buy or sell products and services on a free market. Capitalism in short is individuals making free decisions. The Marxist definition is that capitalism is a specific system of production, based around a hierarchical concentration of wealth and power. What separates Capitalism from Feudalism is that while Feudalism is centered around Land, Capitalism is centered around Capital – the concentration of possessions. Capitalism will eventually, according to Marx and Engels, have so many contradictions that it will lead to an inevitable worker’s revolution and a system based on the dictatorship of the proletariat, which will develop into a classless society where all the means of production are owned collectively by the people. The Cosmology of the EOS. What is Capitalism, according to the EOS? What we can say for certain is that Capitalism will be replaced within the next two centuries, and that there are three possible scenarios for how it can evolve into something else. Post-capitalism is whatever system of production and distribution that succeeds Capitalism. We don’t owe Capitalism to let it continue to exist only because it allowed an unprecedented standard of life in the western world during the 20th century.

Keywords: [“Capitalism”,”system”,”society”]
Source: https://eoshorizon.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/anti-capitalism-vs…

Neoliberal Capitalism, Emotion and Morality – States, Power, Emotion

Neoliberalism does not however, as some have claimed, have its own moral framework. For sure, the advancement of a neoliberal political economic agenda relies on an illusion of moral unity in fabricating claims about the ‘public good’, ‘fairness’, and ‘justice’. Neoliberalism is not a moral project, but an emotional project. Acknowledging the role of culture is not the same as implying neoliberalism has a supporting moral order despite the likes of Thatcher and others attempting to persuade us that it does. Neoliberalism ‘has morals’ to the extent that it has moral interests – but this is a contradiction-in-terms or a misnomer. Such as morality is not imposed from on high: it is deliberative and relatively spontaneous; it is a debated morality not simple moralizing. For Durkheim ideas that promoted particular group interests at the expense of others are not moral but were merely interests with associated habits and ways of seeing and doing that jeopardized collective solidarity, compassion and understanding. So if the powerful do not govern on a moral basis what do they govern on? Of course, they share ‘worldview’s’, cultural outlooks and norms and values. It’s important to say these were deeply immoral acts of state and any wider support for such action speaks not so much to moral affinities between powerful and powerless groups as much as it does to emotional inflammations engineered by governments that sustain popular fears, hopes and anxieties. Capitalism is more a love [and hate] story than a moral one.

Keywords: [“moral”,”morality”,”interest”]
Source: https://emotionalstates.wordpress.com/2016/07/07/neoliberal…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-23-2018

Compassion and the Real Meaning of the Golden Rule – Brain Pickings

The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honor the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect. We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world. Rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness, compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. Compassion can’t be enacted without first grasping its essence in a way that reclaims it from the realm of abstraction and makes it an actionable quality. Compassion is aptly summed up in the Golden Rule, which asks us to look into our own hearts, discover what gives us pain, and then refuse, under any circumstance whatsoever, to inflict that pain on anybody else. Compassion can be defined as an attitude of principled, consistent altruism. The immense public veneration of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and the Dalai Lama shows that people are hungry for a more compassionate and principled form of leadership But in many ways compassion is alien to our modern way of life. Armstrong laments – and I wistfully agree – that compassion has slipped woefully low in our hierarchy of cultural priorities.

Keywords: [“compassion”,”treat”,”human”]
Source: https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/01/08/karen-armstrong-compassion

‘Compassionate’ Conservatism Was a Mistake

Today there is a categorical difference between what Republicans stand for and the principles of individual freedom. Too often the policy agenda was determined by short-sighted political considerations and an abiding fear that the public simply would not understand limited government and expanded individual freedoms. The modern Republican Party has risen above its insecurities to achieve political success. Small government conservatism was, by definition, compassionate – offering every American a way up to self-determination and economic prosperity. Republicans lost control of Congress in 2006 because voters no longer saw Republicans as the party of limited government. Their failure to do so must not be misconstrued as a rejection of principles of individual liberty by the American people. The evidence suggests we are still a nation of pocketbook conservatives most happy when government has enough respect to leave us alone and to mind its own business. Of course, FDR’s election ushered in the New Deal, the most dramatic expansion of government power in American history, together with policy changes and economic uncertainty that inhibited investment and growth and locked in massive unemployment for nearly a generation. In 1992, Republican backbenchers including Newt Gingrich, myself, Bob Walker and John Boehner rose up to challenge the Clinton administration’s agenda on taxes, spending and government-run health care. We captured control of Congress in 1994 because we had confidence in our principles, and in the American people’s willingness to understand and reward a national vision based on lower taxes, less government and more freedom.

Keywords: [“government”,”Republican”,”American”]
Source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB122602742263407769

Better World Quotes

“Democracy” is one of the most important principles for a better world. Economic freedom – not democracy, and not ecological stewardship – is the defining metaphor of the WTO and its central goal is humanity’s mastery of the natural world through its total commodification. Democracy needs support and the best support for democracy comes from other democracies. The real world of American society is one which it is very misleading to call simply a democracy. “If our modern world should be able to recapture this power, the earth’s natural resources and web of life would not be irrevocably wasted within the Twentieth century.True democracy founded in neighborhoods and reaching over the world become the realized heaven on earth. And living peace, not just an interlude between wars, would be born and would last through the ages.” – John Collier. The modern infrastructures that exists in the world all contribute to the advancement of human rights and democracy. As a people, we need to rise to the level of forcing our leaders to abide by our stated principles – really exercise democracy, not only on our behalf but on behalf of the world. “Peace cannot exist without justice, justice cannot exist without fairness, fairness cannot exist without development, development cannot exist without democracy, democracy cannot exist without respect for the identity and worth of cultures and peoples. Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve. Most of the poverty and misery in the world is due to bad government, lack of democracy, weak states, internal strife, and so on.

Keywords: [“Democracy”,”people”,”Democratic”]
Source: http://www.betterworld.net/quotes/democracy-quotes.htm

Henderson Hallway

Canada is a perplexing concept; our country can often be conceptualized in shimmering positivity, and then, upon closer inspection can be dragged through the dusty and bloody streets of reality. MacLennan’s Two Solitudes is an obvious example of cultural paradoxes within the “Narrative” of Canada, as is the the story of the Winnipeg General Strike. In recent weeks, I have also been struck by an increasingly larger divide in Canada that is often left unarticulated – that is our image as a massive expanse of natural beauty contrasted with our 400 year history of resource exploitation. What follows in the film is a shocking barrage of the treatment of the first peoples of Canada and the land itself. The fellow in the coffee shop who works for Suncor, is part of a system of resource exploitation that destroys these vast and wild lands. As Canada delves further into oil sands development, pipeline construction, and dependence on fossil fuels, so too continues the dichotomy of Canada. No, Canada’s sick duality can only be synthesized into a sustainable vision through social and political action. Canada’s reputation in the global community has soured as of late; we no longer lead in peacekeeping, we rank first in deforestation, and our record on treating our indigenous peoples speaks for itself. I would reckon that we have an opportunity to build a better Canada – one that is sustainable, innovative, compassionate, and inclusive. First we need to take the collective action necessary to shed the dichotomies of the past and create one singular and positive vision based on respect for the land and each other.

Keywords: [“Canada”,”first”,”land”]
Source: https://hendersonhallway.wordpress.com/category/capitalism

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-22-2018

So, what is Conscious Capitalism?

To reintroduce myself and the purpose of this blog- my name is Katie and I’m a senior journalism student at UNC-CH. This semester, I’m studying Conscious Capitalism and how it’s been changing free-enterprise capitalism as a whole. I’ve begun reading the Whole Foods co-founder John Mackey and Raj Sisodia’s book Conscious Capitalism. What is Conscious Capitalism? In his book, Mackey states his vision for Conscious Capitalism: “Together, business leaders can liberate the extraordinary power of business and capitalism to create a world in which all people live lives full of purpose, love, and creativity – a world of compassion, freedom and prosperity.” Conscious businesses are businesses galvanized by higher purposes that serve and align the interests of all their major stakeholders, according to Mackey. These are businesses with conscious leaders who care about their people and the company’s purpose. Conscious businesses understand that stakeholders really matter. Mackey recalls the unexpected happening-dozens of customers and neighbors came to the store to help clean and fix the store. The support from other stakeholders was remarkable- even suppliers offered to resupply Whole Foods on credit. Mackey stated, “The flood demonstrated to us that all our stakeholders have the potential to form close relationships with us, to care and to commit intensely.” He then posed the question, “What more proof did we need that stakeholders matter, that they embody the heart, soul and lifeblood of an enterprise?”. Whole Foods is not alone as a conscious business that creates multiple kinds of value and well-being for all stakeholders. Next time, I’ll discuss what Conscious Capitalism is not.

Keywords: [“Conscious”,”Capitalism”,”stakeholders”]
Source: https://profitswithapurpose.wordpress.com/2013/09/25/so-what-is…

Blackrock Vice Chair: “We need to change Capitalism…” Because Climate Change

Mainstream media is reporting that Blackrock Vice Chairman Philipp Hildebrand thinks investors should consider environmental benefits rather than simply focussing on maximum return on investment. Capitalism must change to avert climate change, according to the vice-chair of the world’s largest asset manager, Blackrock. Two weeks ago, Blackrock boss Larry Fink shook the corporate world with a letter demanding social responsibility in return for the support of his company, which manages around $6 trillion in assets. That would mean funds like Blackrock could become duty-bound to consider environmental risks such as climate change while making investments. “We have to change capitalism. This is really what’s at stake here. And frankly we need a new contract between companies, investors and governments,” said Hildebrand. Society is demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose. In the $1.7 trillion in active funds we manage, BlackRock can choose to sell the securities of a company if we are doubtful about its strategic direction or long-term growth. In managing our index funds BlackRock cannot express its disapproval by selling the company’s securities as long as that company remains in the relevant index. Blackrock might be worried about Climate Change, though this doesn’t mean they’ve bought into the whole climate social justice package. I think Blackrock executives are motivated by compassion for the suffering they see, though I also think Blackrock is worried that the frustration and suffering of ordinary people might empower politicians to take radical action, such as seizing or heavily taxing the assets of companies like Blackrock.

Keywords: [“company”,”Blackrock”,”people”]
Source: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/01/25/blackrock-vice-chair-we…

food and foodies in japan

Nishi discovers and employs Kyoko Shima, a naïve and desperate, charming simpleton to become the new face of “World” caramels in the hopes that she will attract more consumers. The plot follows Kyoko’s transformation into a Japanese superstar and how her rise to fame affects her personal life and appearance, and the profit driven executives who represent her. As Kyoko is cultivated into a pop culture icon, the audience is given insight into how the prosperity of “World” caramels dictates the personal lives and well being of the individuals who work there. In the image I have posted to this blog, Kyoko is participating in her first photo shoot. He asks Kyoko to, “Stop sleeping around” because “It’s starting to show”. This scene is comedic because of Harukawa’s blunt commentary it is also ironically sad because it underscores the objectification Kyoko enthusiastically succumbs to in order to make money. Later as they review Kyoko’s roll of film Harukawa states, “She looks good through a view finder. Plus she can lick her nose”. This notion of Kyoko appearing to be attractive through the medium of a lens poses the question of what constitutes reality. Is Kyoko attractive in real life? Or is it just the camera’s distortion of her image that makes her appear to be alluring? The mass replication of her image through pop art and advertisement propagates a version of her self that would otherwise go unnoticed if it weren’t for the technology of the camera that illuminates her enchanting qualities. Kyoko is metaphorically used in the same way caramels are in this film because both are inherently simple yet animated and presented in a way that makes them seem unique and exceptional.

Keywords: [“Kyoko”,”caramel”,”camera”]
Source: https://foodandfoodiesinjapan.wordpress.com/tag/capitalism-in-japan

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-21-2018

Bernie Sanders Went to Rome to Discuss the Immorality of Unfettered Capitalism

For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Support Progressive Journalism The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. Travel With The Nation Be the first to hear about Nation Travels destinations, and explore the world with kindred spirits. Did you know you can support The Nation by drinking wine? Pope Francis and Bernie Sanders met one another Saturday morning, before the pontiff flew to Greece to show solidarity with migrants and the senator flew to New York to renew his campaign for the presidency. “I told him that I was incredibly appreciative of the incredible role that he is playing in this planet in discussing issues about the need for an economy based on morality, not greed,” said Sanders, who, though he differs with the pope on a number of issues, has hailed the pontiff for repeatedly attempting to focus the global discourse on issues of economic injustice. What mattered more was the purpose that brought Sanders to the Vatican. The Democratic presidential contender took two days away from the campaign trail to speak at a Vatican conference that highlighted concerns about capitalism that have long occupied the church but that Pope Francis brought to the forefront by decrying “An economic system which leads to this tragedy; an economic system which has at its center an idol called money.” Sanders has made no secret of his regard for the pontiff’s economic analysis. Before leaving the Vatican, he told reporters: “I have been enormously impressed with Pope Francis speaking out and his visionary views about creating a moral economy, an economy that works for all people, not just the people on top.”

Keywords: [“issue”,”Pope”,”Nation”]
Source: https://www.thenation.com/article/bernie-sanders-just-met-with…

Passion for Justice

Financial Times recently offered an insert magazine on “The Future of Capitalism.” This debate brought in great economist such as Alan Greenspan, Joseph Stiglitz, Amartya Sen, Gary Becker and others. These economist shared different perspectives with regards to where the emphasize for a new model of global Capitalism should be. First it is accepted that unregulated capitalism or Market Fundamentalism has failed us. Of primary importance now is the stabilization of the market and on this note I did notice that many economist did agree with a strategy for stabilizing the financial institutions. The market should be transparent and held to public accountability. Public regulations should be carefully developed so that they safeguard the public from market volatility but that they do not obstruct the flow of the market. One cannot of course look to the market alone to produce a virtues system since the market itself is value free. This is where our political and social institutions come in, to nudge the market in a way that it can bring financial growth and prosperity while making sure that it does so in a way that can compassionately address the needs of all who are affected by the market. As we are a religious community we do not attempt to offer actual economic policies, but in this blog we would like to highlight an economist who offers some interesting insight into policies that some of us feel may bring about a compassionate form of capitalism. Hernando De Soto is a famous Peruvian economist who promotes the cause of bringing capitalism to the poor by giving people in developing countries an actual opportunity to have access to capital and basic protection of rights to property as well as basic human services and needs.

Keywords: [“Market”,”economist”,”Capitalism”]
Source: https://passionistjpic.wordpress.com/tag/global-economy

Profits with a Purpose

To reintroduce myself and the purpose of this blog- my name is Katie and I’m a senior journalism student at UNC-CH. This semester, I’m studying Conscious Capitalism and how it’s been changing free-enterprise capitalism as a whole. I’ve begun reading the Whole Foods co-founder John Mackey and Raj Sisodia’s book Conscious Capitalism. What is Conscious Capitalism? In his book, Mackey states his vision for Conscious Capitalism: “Together, business leaders can liberate the extraordinary power of business and capitalism to create a world in which all people live lives full of purpose, love, and creativity – a world of compassion, freedom and prosperity.” Conscious businesses are businesses galvanized by higher purposes that serve and align the interests of all their major stakeholders, according to Mackey. These are businesses with conscious leaders who care about their people and the company’s purpose. Conscious businesses understand that stakeholders really matter. Mackey recalls the unexpected happening-dozens of customers and neighbors came to the store to help clean and fix the store. The support from other stakeholders was remarkable- even suppliers offered to resupply Whole Foods on credit. Mackey stated, “The flood demonstrated to us that all our stakeholders have the potential to form close relationships with us, to care and to commit intensely.” He then posed the question, “What more proof did we need that stakeholders matter, that they embody the heart, soul and lifeblood of an enterprise?”. Whole Foods is not alone as a conscious business that creates multiple kinds of value and well-being for all stakeholders. Next time, I’ll discuss what Conscious Capitalism is not.

Keywords: [“Conscious”,”Capitalism”,”stakeholders”]
Source: https://profitswithapurpose.wordpress.com/2013/09

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-20-2018

Walking the Talk – 100+ Ways To Make A Difference

Over the years I have been deeply involved in fund raising, community development and what I call compassionate capitalism. Over the years I have witnessed a darker side of capitalism. As long as it doesn’t effect the bottom line it is blind to the environmental or community consequences due to their business. The time has come to call for action, to call for “Compassionate capitalism.” Already on the horizon are ground breaking books like, The Divine Right of Capital that promotes the dethroning of corporate aristocracy for what Marjorie Kelly calls Economic Democracy; or Bill Jensen’s book, Work 2.0, which calls for new labor contracts and the realignment of corporate assets. Perhaps we are better off calling for “Compassionate capitalists.” Patricia Panchak, Editor-n-Chief, of Industry Week pointed out in her March 2002 editorial, Capitalism At A Crossroad?, that according to a 2000 Business Week/Harris poll, when people were give a choice between the two phrases that they supported more strongly: “Corporations should have only one purpose – to make the most profit for their shareholders – and pursuit of that goal will be best for America in the long run.” -or- “Corporations should have more than one purpose. They also owe something to their workers and the communities in which they operate, and they should sometimes sacrifice some profit for the sake of making things better for their workers and communities.” – 95% percent of those surveyed choose the latter statement. Today there are great disparities among communities. The communities are broken down; they are without hope and have great need. In the Old Testament when Jerusalem was in ruins, Nehemiah heard the call of God to do something about it.

Keywords: [“community”,”call”,”capitalism”]
Source: https://walkingthetalk.wordpress.com/2007/03/10/can-capitialism-be…

Why Compassion Is Hard – The Next Step

Compassion underlies all world religions, most boldly embodied in the provocation “Love your enemies as you do yourself.” Yet in a world of violence and hatred, where people sleep in the streets of our wealthiest cities, it seems compassion is in short supply. At a time of year when we tend to dream of world peace, and to that end, guilt ourselves and others into being nicer, it’s rare that we spend time truly understanding compassion. Is compassion an innate behavior, or one that you learn?Why is it hard to show strangers compassion?How can we be more compassionate in our daily lives? Robert Wright, a journalist and philosopher and author of several books on the biology of compassion, sees compassion as a natural process of evolution. “It happened through a principle known as kin selection. And the basic idea of kin selection is that, if an animal feels compassion for a close relative, and this compassion leads the animal to help the relative,then, in the end, the compassion actually winds up helping the genes. underlying the compassion itself.” Expanding compassion is the life’s work of Karen Armstrong, religious thinker and author of “12 Steps to a More Compassion Life”. Kristen Armstrong compiled a life’s work in compassion into a simple, 12-step book aimed at promoting compassion around the globe. Our failure to show compassion to others with whom we disagree causes political logjams, abuse of power, and otherwise childish behaviors that often cause in harm to each other and our environment. Finding compassion in times of disagreement may be more challenging, but the rewards are far greater. As compassion grows among us, and the barriers between human communities are torn down, the result will be more peace.

Keywords: [“Compassion”,”more”,”world”]
Source: https://thenextstep0.wordpress.com/2015/12/14/why-compassion-is-hard

War = Capitalism, Capitalism = War by William Bowles – Dandelion Salad

Crisis is capitalism’s middle name and, as in the past, crisis leads to war, major wars and indeed lotsa ‘little’ ones too. I don’t think you need a crystal ball to figure out that capitalism is headed down the major war path, it’s displaying all the same pathological signs as it has done in past decades; economic crisis, economic collapse, repression abroad and repression at home. War, better still, general war solves all of these problems, for the capitalist class that is. Pax Americana! Rule Britannia! It’s the ultimate end-product of industrialising war, just as capitalism has industrialised everything else and trashed the planet in the process. So what is stopping us from stopping them? Is it because we’re as suicidal and as shortsighted as the ruling class is? Like all honest socialists, I’m an optimist, I like to think that we are different from our rulers, that people are being misled, lied to, hooked on addiction to things by the all-devouring monster that is capitalism. Of course it’s extremely dangerous to draw direct analogies with the past but the common thread is capitalism, so you have to draw the obvious conclusion don’t you? Well don’t you? How can you escape the obvious when a man called Donald Trump heads up the most powerful, the most destructive society in all of history. The choice is yours and in a really bizarre, nay abhorrent way, perhaps we do have to thank Donald Trump, for he has surely and finally revealed to us the true nature of capitalism in all its horrific barbarism. For Trump is no aberration, he is capitalism personified, just as Hitler’s Germany was brute force capitalism. A shot across the bows of capitalism but no more than that. First we need a viable programme upon which to base our alternative to capitalism.

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”war”,”left”]
Source: https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2018/01/22/war-capitalism…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-19-2018

Reimagining Capitalism with Higher Consciousness: Raj Sisodia at TEDxNewEngland

compassionate capitalism?

These consequences are at the heart of Daniel Golemans timely new book, Social Intelligence. Innocently beginning as an expos of social neuroscience the new science of human ecology Golemans book. Similar to sociobiology, a framework introduced by E. O. Wilson in 1975, social neuroscience examines the interplay between universal, adapted physiology and social organization, emphasizing but not restricted to human ecology. In the past, this was the domain of social psychology, but with the advent of neuroimaging technology, we can now explore the inner workings of the mind while it processes social information, such as ideas about what others are thinking and doing. The high/low metaphor is also useful for framing social intelligence, which Goleman characterizes as a combination of social awareness and social facility. At the individual level, we can apply the principles of social neuroscience to everyday life, cultivating social awareness and facility at home and work. If we know, for example, that population density decreases educational opportunity, or that excessive work-hours increases anxiety and in turn long-term health consequences, we can obviate these problems by developing social neuroscientifically informed public policiesin other words, social neuroscience is a vehicle for euthenics. To be sure, one of the most important themes of Golemans book is how to restructure social institutions, such as hospitals and businesses, so they do not clash with human nature. So whats to be done? Now that neuroscience can put numbers to that raw buzz of fellow feeling, quantifying its benefits, writes Goleman, we must pay attention to the biological impact of social life. Despite its many shortcomings and oversimplifications, Social Intelligence contains the seeds for social reform.

Keywords: [“social”,”Goleman”,”emotion”]
Source: http://www.entelechyjournal.com/zachnorwoodgoleman.htm

City of Miami Beach Compassionate Parks Program

CITY OF MIAMI BEACH COMPASSIONATE PARKS PROGRAM. Sleeping in parks now allowed by mayor’s reform regime. By David Arthur Walters MIAMI MIRROR. City of Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and City Manager Jimmy Morales in cooperation with Police Chief Daniel Oates, Homeless Outreach, and the ACLU have informally developed a much lauded Compassionate Parks Program that allows vagrants, homeless, gypsies, and anyone else for that matter to sleep in South Beach parks free of charge. A few people objected to the informal program instituted by the reform regime, but they were dissuaded when it was pointed out that many distinguished people picnic and sleep in Central Park in New York City, the most civilized city in the world. An Allied Security officer who had been instructed by his superiors not to allow sleeping in Lincoln Park was corrected by a peace officer who instructed him to let houseless people sleep in the park because, “This is their house.” The Compassionate Parks Program is expected to become very popular as winter sets in up north and tourists flock to the beach. Food is available at the Lincoln Road Community Church, whose minister said at a recent meeting that he came to South Beach for the express purpose of feeding the homeless. It was noted at the meeting that other cities are far more compassionate than the City of Miami Beach. Los Angeles County, for example, accommodates 44,000 homeless, with large camps established to that end in the City of Angels. Mayor Levine, an affluent propagandist and real estate developer, well known for his compassion, wants to convert the big parking lot behind the South Beach convention center into a park. Anyone interested in supporting the Miami Beach Compassionate Parks Program should contact the mayor’s office.

Keywords: [“Park”,”BEACH”,”CITY”]
Source: https://davidarthurwalters.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/city-of-miami…

Jesse Norman

Political upheaval, a heavy burden of national debt, huge pressure on public spending, a major international rupture, religious conflict, bubbling popular unrest… The 1760s and 1770s were a tumultuous time in British history. In between the country had not one or two but seven different prime ministers, a political merry-go-round accompanied by escalating populism. In 1794 the Jay treaty would reveal the new nation of America pivoting away from its French allies and back towards Britain, laying – with more than the occasional later snafu – the foundations of the modern international trading order. History never quite repeats itself, but it nudges us: to recall how much worse things have been, how resilient and dynamic this country often is, how swiftly events can reverse themselves, how even apparently intractable problems can yield unexpected solutions. In 1770, Edmund Burkehad set out in canonical form the basis of representative government, and emphasised the central importance of political parties, in his Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents. These great works are the hinges of our political and economic modernity. Burke understood how language could be debased through the rhetoric of abstract nouns such as “Liberty” or “Equality”, which move people without enlightening them. A century and a half before George Orwell, he saw how political discourse in France was degraded from respectful disagreement with opponents to labelling, to personal contempt, and ultimately to public denigration and hatred of them as enemies of society. Signs of political extremism are being normalised, and becoming ubiquitous, made ever easier by the echo chambers of social media. Our political and legal institutions, our monarchy, our courts, have an interlocking logic of their own.

Keywords: [“Political”,”how”,”Britain”]
Source: http://www.jessenorman.com

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-18-2018

Compassionate Capitalism-Part 2

Is Human Nature Competitive or Cooperative? |

Another Victorian scientist, Herbert Spencer, coined the term “Survival of the fittest”, applying it to human society, claiming that competition is our fundamental nature. In 1966, Austrian ethnologist Konrad Lorenz published a bestseller called On Aggression in which he argued that human beings are innately aggressive, competitive, possessive and violent. A decade later evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins published The Selfish Gene, about the human instinct for self-preservation; it sold over a million copies, and was translated into more than 25 languages. People who argue that “You can’t change human nature” make the mistake of assuming that because people are led to behave in a certain way in a capitalist society, that behavior reflects the essential nature of human beings. Therefore such people conclude that this behavior is natural for all human beings and that it is impossible to establish a society based on anything except a competitive struggle for private profit. Robert Augros and George Stanciu, in their book The New Biology: Discovering the Wisdom of Nature, found that in fact cooperation, not competition, is the norm in nature, because it is energy-efficient and because predators and their prey maintain a kind of balanced coexistence. Today most anthropologists and psychologists assert that the question of nature or nurture is not an either/or issue, but one of interrelation-ship. We are born with certain instincts and tendencies, but through education, upbringing and our own conscious choices, we can transform our conduct, nature and personality. Firefighters, soldiers, human rights advocates and accidental heroes may endanger themselves or even sacrifice their lives in order to save others. As part of the science of yoga, relevant to the idea of improving human behavior, Sarkar used the term “Bio-psychology” to describe how the glands, nerves and brain of the body affect our behaviors, thoughts and feelings.

Keywords: [“cooperation”,”human”,”nature”]
Source: http://proutglobe.org/2012/10/is-human-nature-competitive-or-cooperative

What We Owe Capitalism, In One Graph

As you can see, that number has dropped rather dramatically, starting as Communism began to fall and more of the world was able to benefit from economic freedom. It shows the relative number between those living in extreme poverty and those who do not, taking account of the massive increase in world population since 1820. The world has grown from about 1 billion people in 1820 to 7.5 billion today. It’s a tiny fraction today of what it was then, indeed a relatively small fraction of today’s population, and it’s dropping fast. Thomas Edison didn’t invent the lightbulb for free, nor did he – or J.P. Morgan, or George Westinghouse – throw vast personal resources at electrifying the world’s businesses and homes randomly. They were creating ex nihilo, literally bringing light to darkness, and opening up vast worlds of possibility in the process. If the left’s theories were true, not only would this graph show a completely different economic story, but almost all of the people represented on this graph would be dead, or never would have been born in the first place. All of pre-Capitalist human history, for thousands and thousands of years, were as horribly impoverished, with the tiniest possible group of “Haves” above the largest possible group of “Have-nots”, as the world was in 1820: indeed, most of it was quite a lot worse. What changed? The miraculous incentive-based system we call Capitalism, or economic freedom, which makes even the most selfish strive with all their abilities to improve the world around them. Third, the rise of global population, which we were promised meant that all of the world’s resources must necessarily be spread thinner over vastly increasing numbers with each passing year, thus inevitably bringing not merely famine but a consequent vast reduction in population, not to mention a standard of living for the survivors far beneath that of the Dark Ages.

Keywords: [“world”,”population”,”today”]
Source: http://rodmartin.org/owe-capitalism-one-graph

O’ the Compassions of Capitalism |Other Blog

While at work yesterday, I noticed a new line of products that BR is releasing referred to as their Green line. This line of products is currently being sent out to various stores in a trial run to see how it sells in different areas, ultimately to find the most successful locations and strategically place them there. Now, the characteristics that distinguish this line is that they, both the item and price tag, are made with “Sustainable fibers” that are “Eco-friendly.” To be honest, I wasn’t that surprised when I first saw this in our store given the growing national concern for issues of social injustice that is increasingly being worked into the marketing world. This is a product line that was created by Bono and Bobby Schriver, chairman of DATA, that contributes a certain percentage of the revenue to help eliminate AIDS in Africa. Various companies can sign on and distribute their own Red Products. Back to the previous discussion of the BR “Green” line. Organic and Sustainable New Products: Banana Republic values the opinions and ideals of our customers. That’s why we responded when we learned customers wanted eco-friendlier products. Notice the reasoning – Because BR values the “Opinions” and “Ideals” of their customers, they responded by giving them what they wanted in the creation of “Eco-friendlier products.” I find it incredibly ironic that commodities such as this “Green” line are able to be promoted and praised for their compassionate concern when in reality these “Concerns” are set in terms of an inherently dehumanizing, capitalist system that can only function “Successfully” if commodities are peddled to consumers, and all others in the market are reduced to competitors. Now, I am sure that many of the people involved in this “Green” line, and many other product lines like it, are very well intentioned.

Keywords: [“product”,”line”,”Eco-friendly”]
Source: https://ericroorback.wordpress.com/…/o-the-compassions-of-capitalism