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 If these laws were repealed, there would be a massive increase in the supply of housing in the most prosperous areas of the country, soon followed by massive intranational migration.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

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