J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 03-31-2018

Compassionate Capitalist Coffee Break – Seed Stage Investors

Forget compassionate capitalism, just some fairness will do

Saving Capitalism by Robert Reich could have ended up being the usual rant against the excesses of capitalism and capitalists. His argument that large companies in collusion with regulators and government officials have exploited the free market system for massive personal gains comes with the force of his personal experience as secretary of labour in the Clinton administration, as well as reams of relevant data. Osvald Bjelland founded and runs Xynteo, an Oslo-based consulting firm that advises companies on how doing good for society can be good for their bottom lines as well. As a serial entrepreneur who sold an earlier start-up to Citibank, it does sound strange for him to be critical of the capitalist system. Finally, over the weekend, N.R. Narayana Murthy, co-founder of Infosys, one of India’s most influential entrepreneurs and a poster boy for how capitalism can spawn a thousand millionaires, led some of the company’s founders in abstaining from voting in favour of a board proposal to hike the salary of the company’s chief operating officer U.B. Pravin Rao by 35% to Rs12.5 crore. Reich is even more critical of the system that served the US and most of Western society for well over a century. Before the current round of hand-wringing against capitalism took wing, the system did deliver incredible growth to all those countries that adopted Adam Smith’s laissez faire doctrine. In a country like India where for centuries, two meals a day was the ambition of millions, today people demand a share of the wealth they are helping create for the companies they work in. The virtual defanging of unions, the unholy nexus between government and big business, and above all the limitless greed of a select few for more power, have all contributed to the prevailing angst about the existing rules of business. Now as more and more of those who may have been its biggest beneficiaries declare that it is broken, the need to fix it, is acquiring urgency. Perhaps it is too much to expect compassion from a system that is inherently Darwinian. We will settle for a fairer and more just arrangement.

Keywords: [“Capitalism”,”system”,”companies”]
Source: https://www.livemint.com/Opinion/K6RVjtcr1QX0DAQFvJZg6O/Forget-compassionate-capitalism-just-some-fairness-will-do.html

The Free-Market Fantasy

Instead of trying to get a handout from the government or make a quick buck on the stock market, Mackey says that companies need to roll up their sleeves and rethink how to run a business. Today, the dominant discourse governing discussion of markets, states, and companies is neoliberalism, and Mackey’s free-market business model and historical narrative fit neatly within this framework. As economic historian Karl Polanyi argued decades ago, capitalist markets are a product of state engineering, not nature. The history of industrial development in the United States, often considered the epicenter of free markets, demonstrates the political nature of markets. The history of market formation in the United States reveals an industrial structure supplied by goods and capital extracted from slave labor and facilitated through a state-sponsored, genocidal land grab. Far-reaching government legislation protected domestic markets and infant industries from external competition, and federal and state governments played a central role in the development of physical infrastructure and the creation of huge bodies of agricultural and industrial knowledge – all essential elements in the genesis of American industrial capitalism. At the same time, society’s greatest inventions and innovations of the past two hundred years – rockets to the moon, penicillin, computers, the Internet – were not bestowed upon us by lone entrepreneurs and firms operating in free markets under conditions of healthy competition. Companies produce influential innovations, but so do other institutions that operate outside the confines of the profit motive, competitive markets, and the bottom line. Designating the market as natural and the state as unnatural is a convenient fiction for those wedded to the status quo. The complexion of those markets depends on the balance of class forces at any given point in time. Free markets don’t exist and other institutions like states clearly matter. Free markets don’t exist, but maybe corporations are still the best, most sensible, way to heal the planet.

Keywords: [“Market”,”capitalism”,”Mackey”]
Source: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/04/free-market-conscious-capitalism-government/

Even Stevens Makes Capitalism-With-a-Cause Work

Addressing nationwide food insecurity while creating a thriving restaurant business should be a Herculean task, but Michael McHenry tackles formidable projects several times a week. As the president of Even Stevens Sandwiches, McHenry exudes an unfailing optimism that’s carried the hip sandwich shop to six states with 20 locations-with many more scheduled to open in 2018. Craft sandwiches, a local vibe and a charitable cause have propelled Even Stevens to build an organization that employs hundreds and serves millions. Even Stevens opened its first location in downtown Salt Lake City in 2014 and introduced the concept of donating one sandwich for every sandwich sold. McHenry has an extensive background in the restaurant industry. He worked for 15 years in brand development, concept and operational performance before partnering with Even Stevens owner Steve Down to create the first restaurant in the industry that can correlate revenue with social impact. It took less than three years to sell and donate a million sandwiches, and by the end of 2017, Even Stevens had donated over two million sandwiches to more than 70 nonprofit organizations. The organizations place the order, often a $2,500 value, and the food is drop-shipped to the door with Even Stevens picking up the bill. Following a close second to the compassionate capitalism aspect of Even Stevens is McHenry’s enthusiasm for team development. Even Stevens donates around 100,000 sandwiches a month, and McHenry says overcoming challenges has contributed to the ongoing success of the brand. Each of the eight Even Stevens locations in Utah works with merchants from that area to provide a catalyst for the business community. McHenry says his job is to be a voice for social change, to find artisans in the food industry, to partner with nonprofits that are tackling food insecurity, and to find new neighborhoods where the sandwich shop can create a sustained impact.

Keywords: [“McHenry”,”Even”,”Stevens”]
Source: https://utahbusiness.com/even-stevens-shows-make-capitalism-cause-enterprises-work/

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 03-30-2018

Life Over Profits And Compassion Over Capitalism

Being vegan means you are a non-combatant in the war for Animal Rights. You aren’t doing the animals any harm, but you aren’t helping, either. If you want to help animals you need to something more than just not having them killed to order. If you aren’t vegan, you are working for the enemies of animals. If you wish to join us on the side of animals, you need to first recognize what this war is about, who are our enemies, and who are our allies. Greed is the biggest factor in animal cruelty and animal exploitation. It creates demand for animal products, drives consumption of animal flesh, makes animal cruelty profitable, and bribes governments to pass laws favorable to continued animal exploitation. If capitalism is the engine of animal cruelty, religion is the fuel. The Abrahamic religions all rely on the barbaric Old Testament teachings of human dominion over animals. To end the Animal Holocaust we must bring down the governments which allow the horrors and debunk the ridiculous religions which justify those horrors. We will not likely win Animal Rights in our lifetimes, or even in our grandchildren’s lifetimes. If Animal Rights are to be won at all, they must come under a society which values life over profits and compassion over capitalism.

Keywords: [“Animal”,”cruelty”,”religion”]
Source: https://armoryoftherevolution.wordpress.com/2014/05/31/life-over…

Capitalism VS Human Compassion

Capitalism can survive as long as there is no greed. Almost daily we read about some bank, investment broker or some con-artist scamming people out of millions of dollars. We expect banks to raise fees, we expect to lose money in our 401k, we expect to pay high interest rates on credit cards,,,,. The companies were more interested in protecting their money, then the health and safety of the employees. Look at all of the people that were conned into signing flexible mortgage rates. Get the people to sign the flexible mortgage, then hike the rates up so high the family can not pay, the bank gets the home, rinse, repeat,,,,. I think capitalism can work, but not while unbridled greed is involved. The US government established free trade with China, now we get to reap higher taxes to pay for more people on welfare. Companies looking for low wage workers sends our jobs overseas, the US economy slowly goes into a recession. I feel there is a line in the sand that capitalism should not cross. Company ABC makes widgets; highest paid employee makes $30 million a year, the lowest paid sub-contractor of a sub-contractor should make $1 million a year, give or take a few bucks. Post your comments in this forum thread about Human Compassion VS Capitalism.

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”people”,”company”]
Source: https://www.survivalboards.com/…/capitalism-vs-human-compassion

This is Compassionate Calvinism – I Am Aaron Shafovaloff

Every man has built for himself a house of mind, and holds dear the belongings which he possesses within. The foundation beneath his house-where his beloved affections, worship, treasures of joy, and sources of value and acceptance are-sustains all that which he loves in the framework of his thinking. The house is built in glory to his master, either Satan, or the God of Jacob. To the glory of God, Christians characteristically live and think. For some, this means drinking wine in thanksgiving for God’s blessings. For some, this means exercising compassion on the poor by means of supporting socialism. For others, the working of God in a person to will and to act according to His purpose. To question God’s sovereignty over our wills is rebellion. To stubbornly refuse to believe God’s word when He so explicitly describes His determining, defining, irresistible will is downright sin. To zero-in on the crux of what it means to be godly: worshipping God and loving your neighbor. This is compassionate Calvinism: not to obliterate a man’s house of mind and leave it unsupported, but rather to gently, gradually, lovingly supply a better foundation. It is to inspire acts of unseen love and obedience and prayer, all to the glory of God.

Keywords: [“God”,”house”,”means”]
Source: https://aaronshaf.wordpress.com/…/09/this-is-compassionate-calvinism

To Go from “Good to Great,” Be Endearing

The term firm of endearment is a metaphor for businesses that follow the model of stakeholder relationship management, in which employees, customers, suppliers and the community-in addition to shareholders-are regarded as true stakeholders in a business. To support companies in becoming conscious businesses Sisodia partnered with the consulting firm Axialent, which serves as the training arm of the firms of endearment process. Starting with a culture assessment, Axialent helps companies understand where they stand against each of the four pillars of conscious capitalism. From this, Axialent identifies the ‘gap’ between a company’s current state and full potential, and then supports this growth through leadership training, cultural shift and system creation. In the simplest form, the organization tackles complex business challenges by focusing on human issues. When we sync business to personal values, we find our objectives to be shared and well meaning: compassion for one another, generosity toward others, stewardship of our backyards, integrity and respect. Acting from these values, a company produces positive social change of a kind that far surpasses CSR or Secretary’s Day.

Keywords: [“company”,”firm”,”endearment”]
Source: http://causecapitalism.com/firms-of-endearment

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 03-29-2018

A Christmas Carol Themes

The financial success that Scrooge enjoyed is precisely the goal of capitalism, but a fixation on the accumulation of wealth seduced Scrooge into seeing every aspect of life in such terms. Not only Christmas, but his fiancé, his dying friend and business partner, his reputation, his office staff, and his only living family member are all weighed against their financial cost and found unworthy. The costs of such selfishness and bitterness are not borne by Scrooge alone, however. Dickens’s portrayal of the social costs-prisons, workhouses, increased mortality, the creation of ghettos and slums, the miserable state of both wealthy and poor alike-clearly makes a case for morality and social justice on a larger scale. The world becomes a better place almost immediately following Scrooge’s conversion. The story implies that a renewed connection to humanity is the very essence of redemption. Though the Christmas setting invites a traditional Christian interpretation of Scrooge’s redemption, his change is rooted not in a commitment to deeper spirituality or orthodoxy but in an authentic connection to and investment in the lives of other human beings. While the results seem to change nothing about the social structure itself, the compassion shown by individual people changes the social relationships they share.

Keywords: [“social”,”Scrooge”,”Christmas”]
Source: https://www.enotes.com/topics/christmas-carol/themes

For Equal Rights by Sophie M. Gray

In the world of today, where you have a racist neo-nazi uprising in Europe, where Trump gets a free pass in saying racists slurs, and ISIS talks about global domination, I see history repeating itself – over and over again. I have over the years tried to understand what it is that gets millions of people to follow such a man and do horrible unthinkable things. I wanted to understand how it was possible for this one man to convince millions to believe his own reality and perception, acting on his beliefs, and follow him blindly. I came to realise that Hitler is not the only one with this power, and this is why history keeps repeating itself. In all cases they use fear to recruit more into their movement and convince them about the cause, a cause they would die and kill for. Fear is a powerful emotion, and from there comes hate. A lot of this fear comes from lack of knowledge, the fear of the unknown. Leaders that preach war and hate use fear to reach their goals and start movements. With fear they make people believe their cause, and with fear they win. Our strongest tool against these movements is knowledge and critical thinking. That is how we stop governments cheating us, companies abusing us, global wars and bullies. We have therefore the obligation to each other to spread knowledge – not fear.

Keywords: [“fear”,”over”,”knowledge”]
Source: https://forequalrights.wordpress.com/tag/capitalism

discordion {Artist Ian Pritchard}

Here’s the list of companies that took advantage of taxpayer-funded workers courtesy of the DWP. Feel free to use the information in whatever way you see fit. The Tory government has been forced to reveal a vast list of firms that hoovered up free labour from benefit claimants after spending four years trying to keep it a secret. Poundstretcher, Tesco, Asda and Morrisons are among more than 500 companies, charities and councils named as having used Mandatory Work Activity. Others on the list from 2011 included payday loans firm Cash Converters, chicken diner Nando’s, WH Smith, Superdrug and DHL. More than 100,000 jobseekers were put on the hated ‘workfare’ scheme, which forced them to work 30-hour weeks unpaid for a month each or have their benefits docked. The Department for Work and Pensions mounted an astonishing and costly legal battle to keep the firms’ names a secret. The DWP stood its ground for nearly four years despite being overruled by the Information Commissioner watchdog in August 2012. The saga finally ended at the Court of Appeal on Wednesday – where a trio of top judges threw out the DWP’s argument by a 2-1 vote. Campaigners and Labour condemned the vast cost of the cover-up – in which taxpayers had to fund lawyers for both the DWP and ICO..

Keywords: [“Work”,”DWP”,”firm”]
Source: https://discordion.wordpress.com/tag/capitalism

Mental wellbeing, capitalism and fluminism. Notes.

Photo by me On social media, I read of a woman who recently experienced rejection from mental health services during a crisis of severe distress and suicidal thoughts. I know something of the absolute fear and isolation suffered during times of severe distress and suicidal thoughts. Humans are biologically social beings, yet our social foundations have been shaken to the core. Families and institutional service providers have been hammered by the pressures of a failing economic system ~ Neoliberal Capitalism. A globalised machine based on competition rides roughshod over mental wellbeing. Tensions manifest directly upon loving and supporting relationships, right across the globe. Humans are biologically responding to internal and external stimuli. The externals are largely ignored in our systems of care. Even the monetisation of nature is being forced at a pace, adopted by advocates of a growth-oriented market system dominated by corporate interests. Lives are worn down and snuffed out by competitive examinations, interviews, PIPS, job markets, mortgage payments, rents, bills, the weekly shop. I will not accept all-out competition is the god-given ‘natural state’ of human existence. We can perpetuate and proliferate positive interconnections between all living beings.

Keywords: [“human”,”system”,”market”]
Source: https://seasonalight.wordpress.com/2018/01/06/mental-wellbeing…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 03-28-2018

Capitalism vs. Socialism: The Bruenig-Caplan Debate, Bryan Caplan

Next, weigh the probable effects of the main policy reforms necessary to bring those countries into harmony with the capitalist ideal. All of these countries still have relatively poor people, but there’s very little absolute poverty. The poor in these countries have such a nice life that people around the world eagerly immigrate there to work in hard, low-skilled jobs. To repeat, none of the world’s most capitalist countries actually live up to the capitalist ideal. Even the most capitalist countries heavily restrict immigration. People around the world would move from countries where their labor produces little to countries where their labor produces much. Even the most capitalist countries tightly regulate construction, especially in high-wage areas. If these laws were repealed, there would be a massive increase in the supply of housing in the most prosperous areas of the country, soon followed by massive intranational migration. Even the most capitalist countries engage in massive involuntary redistribution. Even the most capitalist countries heavily subsidize education. Next, weigh the probable effects of the main policy reforms necessary to bring those countries into harmony with the socialist ideal. There are many praiseworthy ways to bring relatively socialist countries into harmony with the socialist ideal, starting with: stop murdering and jailing people to keep the ruling plutocrats in power.

Keywords: [“country”,”ideal”,”socialist”]
Source: http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2018/03/capitalism_vs_s.html

Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Bill

We as a society teach children that successful adulthood means being the richest, the prettiest, the most powerful, the most confident – or being a lifelong outcast. The U.S. idea that your income level gives you access to better health care and education does not apply in Europe. We increasingly define people as consumers or investors – how they relate to money – instead of citizens and community members – how they relate to people. We live in a culture that gives little support to those who meet hard times. Emotional struggles can get in the way of both academic performance growing up and productivity at work as adults. Even if you do well, cliques and bullying from the cutthroat culture make the best performers risk failing. We grow up having hope for our futures after high school only to face an unnecessarily harsh environment. Six hour work days and four to six week paid time off mean healthier people. The forty-hour week their parents and grandparents fought for turned into 50+ hour work weeks. Productivity doesn’t mean longer hours – it means shorter ones. We as a society are afraid to trade in the hypermasculine – competitive, aggressive, and powerful – for a more feminine – cooperative, compassionate, and nurturing – culture. As a result, we’ll trade in loneliness and isolation for connectedness, community, and well-being.

Keywords: [“work”,”School”,”Klein”]
Source: https://mahealthyworkplace.wordpress.com/tag/compassion

Welcome to The Compassionate Capitalist

Compassionate Capitalism is the exercise of this economic system modulated by the emotional human capacity of compassion to bring improved standards of living, such as better availability of food, education, housing, clothing and healthcare, to all peoples of the World through the balanced pursuit of profit/income with a commitment to behave ethically and contribute to the economic and social development of our Global society as a whole. This blog is intended to provide a forum for people to share information, to discuss and debate how the elements of capitalism can be used or altered to improve the lives of all peoples, and to address social inequality and alienation, unfair distribution of wealth and power, cultural exploitation, repression of workers, exploitation of women and children, economic inequality, unemployment, and economic instability. I intend to provide visitors to this blog with information that may challenge long held beliefs and may not be generally held views by all – that is the nature of this subject matter. I look forward to sharing relevant opinions and ideas from business and political leaders, from academic professionals, along with social and economic commentators designed to foster debate and discussion that one hopes will result in consequent action. Action that improves the human experience for us all.

Keywords: [“economic”,”improve”,”people”]
Source: https://compassionatecapitalism.wordpress.com/2012/02/03/welcome…

Blog #1 “Crisis of Capitalism” Marx

Watching the video clip of capitalism taught me the basic concepts of how this world really works. It explained why we should look beyond capitalism towards a new social order that would allow us to live within a system that could be responsible, just and humane. Capitalism never solves its crisis problem, it just moves around geographically. The excess power of power was the root of the problem. This relates to Marx explaining the class consciousness, forces of production and relations of production. Reading Marx’s views help me realize why the division of labor in capitalism is inevitable resulted in alienation because this can be very stressful to an individual or groups opposing another. I say this because of the power of money in a Bourgeois society where the money is the universal medium. The government is action out for bourgeoisie not acting out for everybody. The government is not concerned for the people they just want to be the cash crop. Society is shaped based on upper class and the people are the ones who work for wages to produce objects that are valued more than how much their actual income is shown. Knowing that what you make or produce can resort to issues where people feel worthless because of the actual work they put in they are not compensated for it. That leads to alienation where people may feel nonexistent.

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”people”,”work”]
Source: https://soc331.wordpress.com/…/19/blog-1-crisis-of-capitalism-marx

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 03-27-2018

Dry Not White Powder – Close-Up Culture

Often with great success as evidenced by stage play Enron and film The Big Short. The latest director to cast their beady eye over the dark side of capitalism is Sarah Burgess whose play Dry Powder has just opened at the Hampstead Theatre in North London. Financial terms litter the script although buyers of the play’s programme can get to grips with them beforehand if they turn to the useful ‘glossary of terms’. The play is built around a deal that KMM Capital Management, a Manhattan based private equity manager, is trying to complete. KMM director Seth has been working on the purchase assiduously, in the process assuring Landmark boss Jeff Schrader that all will be good once the deal has been done. Everyone seems happy bar Seth’s fellow director Jenny. Jenny, a ruthless driven piece of work, believes the best return on Landmark can be made by offshoring all production to Bangladesh, sacking all bar a handful of the Sacramento staff and selling its luggage into China. The only love affair Jenny has had is with algebra as a child – and her job. The only clue I will give is that this is not a play where the moral case for private equity is advanced. The play’s opening and closing are a little underwhelming – Jenny first discussing with Rick a speech she will be making to finance students at New York University – and then at the play’s death her delivering it. Maybe Atwell’s Jenny sets the ‘bastard’ bar too high. Occasionally, the play disappears up itself in financial jargon but the set is clever and it all has an energy that keeps you watching straight through for one hour and 45 minutes.

Keywords: [“play”,”Jenny”,”KMM”]
Source: https://closeupculture.com/2018/02/02/capitalism-at-its-most…

compassion – Septisphere

The problem with political beliefs is there’s not much you can do with them. If your government offends your sensibilities there’s little you can do except complain about it and perhaps try to convince others of your point of view. You can of course try to bring about political change but this is a very large undertaking, and it brings a whole set of problems and compromises. The great thing about personal ethics is they apply to everything you control, and nothing you don’t. My ethics apply to my own sovereign self; to my actions, my habits, my goals, my relationships and my interactions with others. It’s strange that my culture places a very high value on democracy, yet has not incorporated it into day-to-day morality. At a guess, this is because democracy only appeared for us roughly 200 years ago, but our traditions of personal morality are much older, and haven’t kept up with the changes. The person who is just doesn’t care about anyone’s feelings; she seeks the outcome that is fair to all involved. The democratic person cares less about the outcome than about the process; she tries to ensure that the outcome is determined by those who are most affected by it, and not simply by those who have the most power. A democratic person would never impose a solution on others, even if that solution was kind and just. She would influence others, not by force or intimidation or manipulation, but through persuasion, negotiation and compromise. Of course it wouldn’t make sense to be 100% democratic all the time, any more than it would make sense to always be 100% compassionate or 100% fair.

Keywords: [“person”,”Democracy”,”others”]
Source: https://septisphere.wordpress.com/tag/compassion

Contemplative Wicca

Due to social and infrastructure collapse brought about by war. Thanks to American economic and foreign policies, these people have had much taken away from them, even hope. I believe ISIS has more to do with economic injustice than religion; if those people did not have to suffer such deprivation, they would likely not need to turn to violence. I find it just that they are fighting back against the U.S., because we have authored much of their misery through our economic policies. Conservatives seem to prefer individual charity over just social policy. I suppose giving charity makes them feel good when they deign to provide it, but the problem is that individual charity is spotty at best, and so does not reach as far as needed. There are simply not enough people to give money or time or goods where they are needed, so individual charity does not have much effect. It certainly does not change the cause of the suffering. Perhaps this is another reason conservatives are against social justice – it reduces their opportunities for doing feel-good charity. I prefer to change society, so that suffering of the magnitude mentioned above does not occur. Although Band-Aid work such as that provided by Mother Teresa is necessary in the short term, larger change in attitudes and policy is needed. By all means, contribute to your favorite charity, but also vote properly and work to change society so that all can share in our prosperity.

Keywords: [“charity”,”policy”,”change”]
Source: https://contemplativewicca.wordpress.com/tag/compassion

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 03-26-2018

Compassionate capitalism in the Middle Ages

Compassionate capitalism in the Middle Ages: Profit and philanthropy in medieval Cambridge. Using recently discovered documents on medieval Cambridge, we have investigated how money was made through property speculation and how the profits of successful speculation were spent. Property markets developed in medieval England as burgage plots were laid out in new or expanding towns by local landowners, with the king’s permission. While the operation of commodity markets and local trade during the commercial expansion of the 13th century has been explored by economic historians, the operation of the property market has been under-researched in comparison. Our research combines statistical analysis of medieval records with detailed analysis of the backgrounds of the individuals and institutions that developed property portfolios. We identify patterns in rents, highlight strategies used to assemble property portfolios and examine how the profits of property speculation were spent. Medieval speculators invested in a variety of properties. Property hotspots with high-rents can be identified in three parts of medieval Cambridge: at the road junction by the hospital; west of the market; and near the river just south of the hospital. Figure 2 Map of medieval Cambridge showing property hotspots. Profits from the property market were recycled back into the community through donations to religious houses, hospitals and churches. Properties were cleared and streets obliterated to create a new site for King’s College Chapel during the 1440s. Profits from property speculation benefitted individuals, family dynasties and the urban community as a whole.

Keywords: [“property”,”medieval”,”Cambridge”]
Source: https://european.economicblogs.org/voxeu/2017/casson-lee-phillips…

Compassionate Jordan Peterson, David Henderson

I’ve watched the whole 30-minute interview of Canadian psychologist Jordan B. Peterson by the BBC’s Cathy Newman twice. When I showed it to a friend in Miami last week who knew nothing about him, we stopped after the 3-minute point because we found it so profound. Particularly moving were his words at the 1:57 point, when he says that many young men have heard almost no words of encouragement. My friend and I, who both went to the same therapist in the mid-1970s in Los Angeles, and who both went to a few of Nathaniel Branden’s weekend-long intensives in the late 1970s and early 1980s, appreciated that thought. Although it’s not true that I never heard words of encouragement, they were few and far between. Listening to this part the third time led me to think that Jordan Peterson is an incredibly compassionate man, especially toward younger men. I came to the same conclusion about Nathaniel Branden after going, at great expense and despite much skepticism, to my first Nathaniel Branden intensive in New York City in February 1978. In this audio, where I introduced Branden for a speech he gave at the Libertarian Party National Convention in Los Angeles in 1979, I talk about the moment during the weekend when I came to that conclusion. Postscript:I’m particularly interested in hearing from men about any memories you have of encouragement. Every few years at my cottage in Canada, we would overlap for a few days with my uncle from Texas and his family. In the summer of 1962, when I was 11, my uncle Elmer heard my brother Paul’s pet name for me: Henry. Uncle Elmer heard that and started calling me Patrick Henry.

Keywords: [“Branden”,”few”,”heard”]
Source: http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2018/03/compassionate_j.html

Capitalism and Socialism, their strengths and weaknesses – patriotmongoose

Strengths – supports private property rights, focuses more on the individual, less government control, etc. Eugene Krabbs, the owner of the Krusty Krab, sees this and panics that the Chum Bucket with its new hours will be getting more business than him. The same goes for the lie that H1B visas and the phony shortage of STEM workers. Of course, to keep the people in line, the business elites will bribe the government with company donations, lobbying, etc, to help them pass laws to beat out the competition, look the other way while they try their best to get rich at everyone else’s expense, etc. At any rate, the vice of capitalism is GREED. Socialism -. The virtues of Socialism are COMPASSION and COMMUNITY. Weaknesses – Unfortunately, the very means of achieving socialism are its greatest weaknesses. This system will claim that you didn’t earn your wealth, that you either inherited it or got it by jipping someone else and thus the government should take some of it and give it to more deserving people. The virtue of capitalism, diligence, is seen as a vice under socialism. In time, more and more people end up on the dole, others get angry and fights break out more as they feel they are working just to pay off loafers. Eventually, the society will devolve into something called communism where the government and its few connected companies that pay homage to it. Eventually the people that are working will get tired of paying for all those that are not. To keep the society from collapsing, the government, of course, steps in and tells everyone what they get paid, what job they do, etc.

Keywords: [“Company”,”more”,”work”]
Source: https://patriotmongoose.wordpress.com/2015/11/11/capitalism-and…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 03-25-2018

Media Ignorance on Capitalism Hurts Low-Wage American Workers – Dr. Rich Swier

For whatever reason – ignorance, socialist-leaning worldview or laziness – basic economics of free market capitalism seems all but impossible for most of the mainstream media to grasp. At its most foundational, capitalism functions on supply and demand and the ability of a company to make a profit meeting the demand, and the person creating the demand to have multiple supply options to create competition. Now let’s say Bob gets greedy – like many liberals tell us corporations are – and tries to sell his shoes for $60 to make a $25 profit. These capitalism concepts of supply, demand, profit and competition seems to elude most media reports, allowing people like Sen. Bernie Sanders to claim corporations are evil, gouge employees and make outrageous profits. If you are making $9 per hour and working for a company making billions of dollars in profits without any media explanation of the fuller context, this is very enticing to believe. Liberal politicians such as Sanders, and many in the media, always use the anecdote corporation that just made a huge profit, rather than actual data points. Your local liberal’s favorite evil corporation, Walmart, squeezes out a paltry 2.1 percent profit. Walmart’s profit margin is less than one-third of what it pays in taxes. A 2013 Reason-Rupe Poll found that the average American guessed the typical corporate American profit to be 36 percent – more than four times reality. The actual number is about 3-5%. The corporate profits disconnect is a combination of economic ignorance and liberal agenda. 2) Cut the number of workers, particularly full-time workers with benefits. Add more part-time workers and employ the use of technology to replace low-skill workers.

Keywords: [“profit”,”workers”,”media”]
Source: http://drrichswier.com/2018/01/29/media-ignorance-on-capitalism-hurts-low…

Compassionate Capitalism

Over the years, Mr. Whittaker’s Christian ecumenical humanitarian organization, Opportunity International, has lived up to its growing reputation of giving the poor an alternative to charity. Today, this non-profit group creates entrepreneurial empowerment by providing loans and job training directly to poor people at the grassroots level. By 2007, the organization plans to finance 1 million poor entrepreneurs per year; and by 2010 its goal is to finance 2 million people per year into their own businesses. 98 percent of its clients pay their loans back on time and at market-rate interest! Notions that the poor are not creditworthy are shattered by this reality. Given access to credit and capital, capitalism can be democratized. People must be able to feed themselves and their families. For the majority of the world’s hungry people, food is available. Microfinance is the jumpstart so many people need to begin the process of meeting their most basic human needs; and then, accumulated capital can be saved and invested towards purchasing a home and property to begin the process of real wealth-building. When people are economically deprived, they can be politically and culturally deprived as well. We also know that poverty represents a breeding ground for terrorism, emanating from people’s feelings of desperation. The bottom line is that we must do more to narrow that gap between the rich and poor in our world. When we tap into one of the key economic forces that have made America great, namely, venture capital to energize the spirit of entrepreneurship, and harness it with compassion in the form of credit for the working poor – we have a formula for ending chronic poverty.

Keywords: [“people”,”poor”,”property”]
Source: https://steveparkhurst.wordpress.com/…/26/compassionate-capitalism

Compassionate Capitalism

That’s why my daughter Sarah and others like her on the autistic spectrum are out of luck when it comes to finding jobs as adults. Beyond the safety net of SSI, ACCES-VR and other government services, young adults with ASDs have been abandoned by American society. Like many other childhood disabilities, autism generates a variety of expensive special needs services in the medical, educational, psychological and behavioral realms. Parents feed many dollars into our capitalist system in order to receive these critical services for their children. No wonder autism has generated a booming industry with: behavioral therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, developmental pediatricians, psychiatrists and pharmacologists. The autism conundrum employs researchers and pharmaceutical companies looking for prevention, treatments and ultimately, a cure. Clearly, autism has become a billion dollar industry. Our capitalist society doesn’t provide services to young adults with autism because THEY can’t pay for the expensive therapy and treatments previously funded by their parents. Of course there are some intelligent and compassionate exceptions. According to Business Insider,two MIT graduates Rajesh Anandan and Art Schectman recently founded ULTRA Testing, a software-testing company created ESPECIALLY to hire people on the autistic spectrum. With almost 80% of adults on the autistic spectrum unemployed, ULTRA Testing can receive 150 applications in 72 hours. I’m guessing Sarah and others like her will have to settle for volunteer jobs and whatever economic crumbs are tossed in her direction-unless somehow MY networking efforts connect her with meaningful, paying work.

Keywords: [“autism”,”Testing”,”job”]
Source: https://margueriteelisofon.com/2014/12/compassionate-capitalism.html

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Keywords: [“Download”,”pdf”,”keyword”]
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J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 03-24-2018

Nieke Nouwen: Microcredit: Solution to poverty or false ‘Compassionate Capitalism?

Het debat uit bovenstaand beeldfragment past mijn inziens volkomen in het kader van deze blog. Medegrondlegger en aandeelhouder van de Grameen Bank en adviseur van het ILO, pleit voor de microfinanciering als oplossing voor de armoedeproblematiek. Zij wijst erop dat we er niet vanuit mogen gaan dat het leveren van kleine leningen aan armen een adequate oplossing is voor alle soorten van armoede in alle omstandigheden. Onder invloed van het huidige economische beleid en de massale buitenlandse directe investeringen in onroerende goederen, worden de Indiase boeren ontnomen van hun gronden. Een oplossing die de landrechten van deze boeren respecteert en waarbij de eigendommen van de armen niet beschouwd worden als iets dat gewoon door de rijke elite opgeëist kan worden, is essentieel in de strijd tegen armoede. Microkredieten hebben in deze case allesbehalve gezorgd voor empowerment van vrouwen en heeft hen in tegenstelling beroofd van hun productieve capaciteiten. Susan Davis blijft echter overtuigd van de positieve effecten die microkredieten kunnen hebben op de ‘livelihood’ van armen. Met dit citaat tonen we aan dat de aanhangers van de microfinanciering de oplossing van armoede zoeken binnen het huidige marktsysteem. Armoede kan enkel en alleen maar beëindigd worden door het uitschakelen van het systeem dat armen berooft van hun gemeenschappelijke rijkdommen, levensonderhoud en inkomens. Op het diepgaande betoog van Shiva, had Davis, als aanhangster van microkrediet geen adequaat antwoord klaar. De huidige internationale armoedestrategie moet afstappen van deze exclusieve gerichtheid op economische groei en kapitaal en moet meer aandacht schenken aan structurele oorzaken van armoede. Naar mijn mening sluit deze laatste gedachtegang volledig aan bij de mensenrechtendimensie van armoede van Shiva.

Keywords: [“van”,”Het”,”een”]
Source: https://armoede.wordpress.com/microcredit-solution-to-poverty-or…

Passion for Justice

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. International laws governing trade and financial flows should be developed and enforced. The International Financial Institutions should promote access to capital to developing nations. 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. Behind these ideas another basic premise seem to hold favor with these economist. 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/capitalism

Conscious Capitalism

The Conscious Capitalism movement challenges business leaders to re-think why their organisations exist and to acknowledge their companies’ roles in the interdependent marketplace. From a Zappos to Whole Food, Southwest Airlines to Patagonia, the Container Store to Google, they’re generating every form of value that matters: emotional, social, and financial. They’re doing it for all their stakeholders. Not because it is politically correct but because it’s the ultimate path to long-term competitive advantage. Conscious Capitalism is the system-level effect of a substantial number of companies practicing the four tenets of a Conscious Business as defined below. Instead they have a higher purpose that generally reflects the desire to make the world, their community, their sector better in some tangible way. It is this higher purpose that attracts and inspires dedicated, passionate employees and loyal customers. Conscious LeadershipLeaders of Conscious Businesses are highly self aware and conscious themselves – they know who they are; what they value; have a clear sense of purpose and can inpsire and align all stakeholders around that purpose. Conscious Leadership is an alternative term to Servant Leadership. Such leaders recognize that their role is not to line their pockets but to serve all their interdependent stakeholders. The most important task of a Conscious Leader is to create and sustain a healthy corporate culture that allows the interdependent stakeholders to flourish; that informs and shapes the unique brand proposition of the company and that enables the enterprise to achieve its greatest potential and benefit the most. This involves developing strategies, structures and processes that are in alignment with the firm’s purpose and core values.

Keywords: [“Conscious”,”purpose”,”stakeholder”]
Source: https://conscioustourism.wordpress.com/conscious-capitalism

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 03-23-2018

Conscious, Caring, Creative, Compassionate: The New Face of Capitalism in the 21st Century

At this time of economic dislocation, we have the opportunity to re-think the role and purpose of business in society. In order to emerge stronger and more sustainable, business needs a strategy for change, not a return to the status quo. A broad change may be underway in the nature of the economy and capitalism itself. Companies that practice conscious capitalism embody the idea that profit and prosperity go hand in hand with social justice and environmental stewardship. They tap into deeper sources of positive energy by operating with a higher purpose, and create greater value for all stakeholders. They utilize creative business models that are both transformational and inspirational, and can help solve the world’s social and environmental problems. Bio Dr. Rajendra S. Sisodia is Professor of Marketing at Bentley University, and was previously Trustee Professor of Marketing and the Founding Director of the Center for Marketing Technology. Dr. Sisodia has an MBA in Marketing from the Bajaj Institute of Management Studies in Bombay, and a Ph. D. in Marketing & Business Policy from Columbia University, where he was the Booz Allen Hamilton Fellow. His current research focuses on conscious capitalism, marketing ethics and improving marketing productivity. In 2007, he was honored with the Award for Excellence in Scholarship by Bentley University. His book Firms of Endearment: How World Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose was named one of the best business books of 2007 by several organizations, including Amazon.com. Dr. Sisodia writes frequently for the Wall Street Journal, and his work has been featured in The New York Times, Fortune, Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and numerous other publications, radio shows and television networks such as CNN, CBC and Fox.

Keywords: [“Marketing”,”business”,”capitalism”]
Source: https://www.erim.eur.nl/research/events/detail/1677-conscious…

Competitive Enterprise Institute

The notes and cards we exchange on Valentine’s Day cover a wide range of emotions-from intimate love letters for that special someone to the simple tokens of friendship exchanged among schoolchildren. The more ambitious among us may craft Valentines by hand, but while such handicrafts are appreciated, most of us purchase and send the Hallmark-style card. Valentine cards are exchanged because we enjoy giving and receiving gifts. Which best deepens our friendship will vary depending upon our culinary skill, our enjoyment of the process and many other factors. Both options can foster human relationships which then blossom in unexpected ways. To these miracles which manifest themselves in Nature an even more extraordinary miracle has been added: the configuration of creative human energies-millions of tiny know-hows configurating naturally and spontaneously in response to human necessity and desire and in the absence of any human master-minding! Many products, from a simple pencil to a Valentine card, requires ingredients sourced from around the world. To bring together these ingredients into a final product requires continuous interaction of buyers and sellers, strangers who absent a market might never have met. Valentines strengthen friendships between current friends but commerce goes further making friends of strangers. Friendships are common among those trading and working together-often their enthusiasms and interests entice us. On Valentine’s Day, we should celebrate capitalism not only for the prosperity it creates, but for the many ways in which it fosters and validates friendships, enriching the vast array of connections that bind us together in civil society. Send a card to your sweetheart, but also think about the friendships that your purchase made possible among the printers, designers, and copy writers who produced that card.

Keywords: [“friendship”,”card”,”Valentine”]
Source: https://cei.org/content/valentine-capitalism

In the Name of Love

Low-wage work is what ever more Americans do and will be doing. Elevating certain types of professions to something worthy of love necessarily denigrates the labor of those who do unglamorous work that keeps society functioning, especially the crucial work of caregivers. Emotionally satisfying work is still work, and acknowledging it as such doesn’t undermine it in any way. Refusing to acknowledge it, on the other hand, opens the door to the most vicious exploitation and harms all workers. Ironically, DWYL reinforces exploitation even within the so-called lovable professions where off-the-clock, underpaid, or unpaid labor is the new norm: reporters required to do the work of their laid-off photographers, publicists expected to Pin and Tweet on weekends, the 46 percent of the workforce expected to check their work email on sick days. Nothing makes exploitation go down easier than convincing workers that they are doing what they love. The latter is worker exploitation taken to its most extreme, and as an ongoing Pro Publica investigation reveals, the unpaid intern is an ever larger presence in the American workforce. These industries have long been accustomed to masses of employees willing to work for social currency instead of actual wages, all in the name of love. Excluded from these opportunities, of course, is the overwhelming majority of the population: those who need to work for wages. Another damaging consequence of DWYL is how ruthlessly it works to extract female labor for little or no compensation. Women comprise the majority of the low-wage or unpaid workforce; as care workers, adjunct faculty, and unpaid interns, they outnumber men. Women are supposed to do work because they are natural nurturers and are eager to please; after all they’ve been doing uncompensated childcare, elder care, and housework since time immemorial.

Keywords: [“work”,”love”,”Labor”]
Source: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/01/in-the-name-of-love

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 03-22-2018

Conscious Capitalism: How Millennials are Shaping the New Economic Paradigm

In light of the corporate scandals over the past several years, it is refreshing to hear that the new paradigm of conscious capitalism has emerged. Millennials are more health and socially conscious than other generations, meaning that we put a strong emphasis on healthy living and well-being, and our consumer trends reflect this. Conscious capitalism refers to businesses that serve the interests of all major stakeholders-customers, employees, investors, communities, suppliers, and the environment. Data compiled over the last several years indicates that the world’s economic paradigm is shifting as consumers are starting to favor conscious-minded business. According to the 2012 Edelman Good Purpose Survey, 47% of consumers buy at least one brand that supports a good cause every month, an almost a 50% increase between 2010 and 2012! The most frequent purchasers of socially conscious brands were Millennials, Gen-X’ers, people employed at management positions and above, married people, and moms. Given the significant rise in socially conscious spending practices between 2010 and 2012, one can only imagine what the data might look like for 2014! Conscious companies have seen unprecedented success in the last decade. Marketing professor Raj Sisodia reports that conscious brands’ investment returns are 1025% over the past ten years, compared to only 122% for the S&P 500 and 316% for companies selected purely on their ability to deliver superior returns to investors. Forbes cites the interesting dichotomy between Target and Walmart, two huge corporations who seemingly do the same thing, but have very different levels of conscious capitalism. Overall, the re-imagination of capitalism as a conscious phenomenon is indicative of a shifting paradigm we are seeing across our world, where Millennial consumers are taking responsibility for using their dollars to improve our planet and promote progress and change. After only a few generations of conscious spending and sustainable business practices, the association between capitalism and crony greed could become a distant memory. If you own a business and you would like to make it more conscious, or if you are thinking about starting a conscious business, check out marketing professor Raj Sisodia’s six tips for conscious success.

Keywords: [“conscious”,”company”,”Capitalism”]
Source: https://themindunleashed.com/2014/09/millennials-shaping-new…

Online Library of Liberty

The doctrine of man held in general in nineteenth-century America argued that each man was ultimately responsible for what happened to him, for his own salvation, both in the here and now and in the hereafter. Thus, whether a man prospered or failed in economic life was each man’s individual responsibility: each man had a right to the rewards for success and, in the same sense, deserved the punishment that came with failure. The New Jerusalem is never going to be realized here on earth, and the man who insists that it is, is always lost unto freedom. Conclusion: Each man should be free to take whatever action he wishes in his economic behavior, so long as he does not use force or fraud against another. The modern liberal is usually inconsistent in that he defends man’s noneconomic freedoms, but is often quite indifferent to his economic freedom. The modern conservative is often inconsistent in that he defends man’s economic freedom but is indifferent to his noneconomic freedoms. Far better to build our economic system on largely impersonal relationships and on man’s self-interest-a motive power with which he is generously supplied. One need only study the history of such utopian experiments as our Indiana’s Harmony and New Harmony to realize that a social structure which ignores man’s essential nature results in the dissension, conflict, disintegration, and dissolution of Robert Owen’s New Harmony or the absolutism of Father Rapp’s Harmony. Under economic freedom, only man’s destructive instincts are curbed by law. As a stubborn act of faith I insist that precisely what makes man man is his potential ability to conquer both himself and his environment. The face of man shall wisdom learn, And error cease to reign: The charms of innocence return, And all be new again. In my view, New Harmony should be seen, not as a monument to man’s idealism, but as a testament to man’s capacity to delude himself about his real nature.

Keywords: [“man”,”Freedom”,”New”]
Source: http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/rogge-can-capitalism-survive

Where W. Got Compassion

In July, Bush vowed, in his first major policy speech as a candidate, to ”rally the armies of compassion in our communities to fight a very different war against poverty” – one based on religious and community groups like New Start – and afterward he paused to thank Olasky. Now, in the car, Olasky describes all the things that Cantu will have to do when he enrolls in New Start – everything from attending Bible study and meeting with a church mentor – that are central to what Olasky and Bush have called ”the transforming power of faith. Initially, he found it where all the Olaskys had – in the Torah. While Bush drank to excess and purportedly participated in branding rituals with his fraternity brothers, Olasky grew his sideburns long and read Marx and Lenin. ” In 1992, Olasky finally published his findings in ”The Tragedy of American Compassion. Almost all of the proposals, which were sponsored by Senator Dan Coats of Indiana and had names like the Character Development Act, were killed before they even reached the floor – largely at the hands of the same Republicans who had wrapped themselves only months earlier in Olasky’s language of compassion. Dejected and dispirited, Olasky returned to Austin, where he, like Charles Brace in the 1800’s, waged his solitary crusade. In 1993, Olasky got a phone message from George W. Bush asking to meet. While Bush had drunk too heavily in the 1980’s, Olasky had divorced his first wife – an act that contrasted markedly with his later Christian writings about family values. After an hourlong meeting with Bush, Olasky was sure he had found a new messenger for his ideas. Even Bush’s aides take pains to distance their candidate from Olasky’s proselytizing. If religion is the most provocative element of Bush’s vision, critics say its bigger challenge is more worldly: there simply aren’t enough Marvin Olaskys out there to replace Uncle Sam.

Keywords: [“Olasky”,”Bush”,”program”]
Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1999/09/12/magazine/where-w-got-compassion.html