J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-01-2018

44 ALUMNI NETWORK FINDINGS MacArthur Foundation Recognizes Alum’s “Compassionate Capitalism” nning a MacArthur award can be myself, or is there something that I can a revelation, says David Green, MPH do for others that will be helpful? The ’82, who found out last September that more you do for others, the more joy he was a 2004 recipient of the prestiand happiness you experience,” he says. A native of Ypsilanti, “And my wife knows for sure that I’m Michigan, Green was a carpenter when a genius, whereas before she didn’t. ” he applied to the master’s program in Joking aside, Green says the health behavior and health education $500,000 award will enable him to at the School of Public Health in 1980. Helped restore sight to One day in epidemiology hundreds of thousands of class, Green heard a lecture individuals in countries by SPH alumnus Larry like India, Nepal, Egypt, Brilliant, chair of the Seva Tibet, El Salvador, TanFoundation, a nonprofit organzania, and Kenya, and he’s ization dedicated to finding now working to restore hearskillful means of relieving David Green ing to similar numbers of peosuffering worldwide. Available at low cost to patients in India Green, who lives in Berkeley, Caliand Nepal. Green came up with a more sus”I think that each one of us can, in tainable idea. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH Thanks in part to his carpentry skills, Green figured out how to lower the cost of manufacturing the lenses so that Seva could help establish Aurolab, a nonprofit manufacturer of medical products in India. Through his own nonprofit, the Berkeley-based Project Impact, which he founded in 2000, Green has used the same formula to make high-tech hearing aids available at low cost to people throughout the world. The organization’s underlying principle, Green explains, is that “If we can bring down the cost of key medical technologies, then these programs can become marketdriven. It’s a public health mentality- leveraging small efforts into big effects.” His method is straightforward. More importantly the award will allow Green to further his efforts to improve lives around the world. “It’s more difficult for a social entrepreneur because we choose to feed many mouths.” But feeding many mouths is what David Green is all about. “The only thing that follows us is our good thoughts, our good words, our good actions or deeds.” In Green’s case, those deeds are many.

Keywords: [“Green”,”health”,”more”]
Source: https://sph.umich.edu/findings/pdf/spr05_findings_green.pdf

Don Surber: Trump vs. Obama, or capitalism vs. communism

The new plant will mean employment in Alabama until at least the middle of the century, creating 4,000 direct jobs and up to five times as many jobs for suppliers. On July 18, 2013, the city of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 protection in bankruptcy court – a record $20 billion, five times the previous record $4 billion filing by Jefferson County, Alabama, in 2011. The Obama administration compares the $50 billion in direct bailout funds with the price it will eventually be able to get for selling the GM stock it owns. The $6.7 billion loan to GM was just a tiny fraction of the money given to it. As TARP special inspector general Neil Barofsky explained, GM used “Other TARP money” to pay off the loan So what about President Obama’s boast in a White House speech in late April that the bailout “Saved probably a million jobs” and that “GM is now the number-one automaker again in the world”? The “Million jobs” contention is quite a stretch. You can reach a 400,000 total by assuming that all of GM’s jobs, as well as all the jobs of its parts suppliers and car dealers, would have been lost. Electing Donald Trump president changed the dynamic. Ford Motor Co. announced Tuesday it has scrubbed plans to build a new $1.6 billion assembly plant in Mexico, a project that had been spotlighted by then-candidate Donald Trump, especially after Ford said it would move small car production from the U.S. into that new factory. Hyundai Motor Co. and affiliate Kia Motors Corp. said they will spend $3.1 billion in the U.S. in the next five years, joining other vehicle manufacturers in announcing investment plans amid threats from President-elect Donald Trump of higher levies on auto imports from Mexico. The planned U.S. investment by South Korea’s two largest automakers is about 50 percent more than the $2.1 billion they spent in the previous five-year period, Hyundai Motor President Chung Jin-haeng told reporters in Seoul on Tuesday. “We expect a boost in the U.S. economy and increased demand for various models as President-elect Trump follows through on his promise to create one million jobs in five years,” Chung said. Companies are spending billions on bonuses, expanding benefits, and voluntarily raising minimum wages because they can keep 79 cents of every dollar they earn instead of only 65.

Keywords: [“billion”,”jobs”,”Trump”]
Source: http://donsurber.blogspot.com/2018/01/trump-vs-obama-or-capitalism-vs.html

Issues in anarchism

Proponents of anarchism, known as “Anarchists”, advocate stateless societies based on non-hierarchical voluntary associations. Anti-capitalism is considered a necessary element of anarchism by most anarchists, while anarcho-capitalists naturally disagree. Anarchists have often been portrayed as dangerous and violent, possibly due to a number of high-profile violent actions, including riots, assassinations, insurrections and terrorism committed by some anarchists as well as persistently negative media portrayals. During the 2014 Scottish independence referendum there was debate within anarchist circles about whether to take an abstentionist position, vote for independence or to vote to remain in the United Kingdom and anarchists rarely fitted into the easy binary of Yes/No voters of the referendum, with all seeking to go beyond the choices offered at the ballot box. Libertarian municipalist Murray Bookchin criticized individualist anarchists for opposing democracy and said “Majority rule” is consistent with anarchism, but he also preferred the term assembly rather than democracy. A common accusation against contemporary anarchists by radical, gender-critical and Marxist feminists is that contemporary anarchists largely espouse a view of gender that is postmodern, liberal and idealist or identitarian and rely on post-structuralist queer theory. Anarchist People of Color was created as a forum for non-Caucasian anarchists to express their thoughts about racial issues within the anarchist movement, particularly within the United States. Buddhist anarchism originated in the influential Chinese anarchist movement of the 1920s. Historically, anarchists considered themselves socialists and opposed to capitalism, thus anarcho-capitalism is considered by many anarchists today as not being true anarchism. Other anarchists and scholars regard anarchism as referring only to opposition to the non-privatisation of all aspects of the state and thus do consider anarcho-capitalism to be a form of anarchism. Individualist anarchist Benjamin Tucker defined anarchism as opposition to authority as follows “They found that they must turn either to the right or to the left, – follow either the path of Authority or the path of Liberty. As Peter Marshall notes in his history of anarchism, “few anarchists would accept the ‘anarcho-capitalists’ into the anarchist camp since they do not share a concern for economic equality and social justice.

Keywords: [“anarchist”,”Anarchism”,”state”]
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Issues_in_anarchism

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