J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-20-2018

Privately Owned Society

In The Future, Alternate History or simply somewhere apart from historical location, there exists a society where virtually everything is privately owned. Cyber Punk settings often do not explain the precise laws used in their respective societies, so it’s not always clear if everything is actually privately owned or if corporations just act as if they own everything, laws be damned. In the post-apocalyptic setting, all formerly government run programs from schools to prisons are privately owned. The sequel, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, starts on a space station owned and managed by a private corporation, and we learn that Standard Oil now has its own senator. In the Hostile Takeover series, Godwin and Proudhon cities are two different flavors, with Proudhon being a Company Town where everything is owned by the PSDC, and Godwin a Wretched Hive where everything is owned by whoever can keep it. 

They got exterminated in the second game, so the position of Privately Owned Society in the third game gets taken by the Iridium Corporation, which is at least somewhat more moral than the Korx were. Absolutely everything is owned by the Crimson Corporation, which runs a meritocracy based on how profitable an individual Druuge is. Spoofed in The Simpsons episode You Only Move Twice, where Homer gets a job for the fictional Mega Corp. Globex Corporation and the family moves to Cyprus Creek, a town owned and operated by Globex Corp. for its employees, with its own school, shopping center and boardwalk among other things, and presumably all public services are run by the company. 

In any society whose statehood is despotism, the head of the state is the only free man and he owns everything within the state. King Leopold II of Belgium owned what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo and considered it a business investment. Even later, after the Congo Free State became the Belgian Congo, corporations still had a large power over their mines, plantations and the living quarters of their workers: they provided them with schooling, healthcare and welfare Bakwanga was build and owned by the MiBanote For Minière de Bakwanga, who mined diamonds there, and sometimes destroyed buildings in order to access the gems! Many ancient political systems ran like this. Among the Franks, the kingdoms were actually treated as a part of the estate and consequently divided among the heirs as would be any real or chattel property owned by a deceased person. 

Keywords: [“own”,”government”,”state”]
Source: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/PrivatelyOwnedSociety

Capitalism: Latest News, Photos, Videos on Capitalism

The wealthiest in India have cornered a huge part of the wealth created in the country through crony capitalism and inheritance, the report said. It is this stigmatised capitalism that has made reform of the Twin Balance Sheet problem very difficult, Arvind Subramanian said. Former actor Shatrugan Sinha has become the first MP from his party to call for an investigation to determine if the son of BJP chief Amit Shah benefited from crony capitalism. India’s billionaires believe in rugged, muscular capitalism – so at the first hint of trouble, they go running to mommy. The commerce and industry minister said the debate here at WEF has been about the fate of globalisation and whether capitalism needs to be demonised. 

Fidel Castro spent his life combating US capitalism, but by the time he died, American cruise ships, regular flights and even the embassy had returned to the communist-ruled island. Veteran industrialist Adi Godrej on Monday cautioned against high tax rates under the Goods and Services Tax, as he praised the Narendra Modi government for being reform-oriented and bringing down corruption and crony capitalism. Crony wealth in India has come down sharply from 18 per cent of GDP in 2008 to just 3 per cent of GDP today, according to The Economist’s index of crony capitalism. Pope Francis arrived in the United States on Tuesday for his first visit – a historic six-day trip to the spiritual home of capitalism after his tour of communist-ruled Cuba.Pope Francis Spans Divides on Tour of Rivals he Brought Together. Pope Francis sets off on Saturday for a trip spanning communist Cuba and the spiritual home of capitalism, the United States, erstwhile bitter enemies he has helped bring closer together. 

Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan interacted with students at a session organized by NDTV. Speaking to NDTV’s Dr Prannoy Roy, the RBI chief said though there are concerns about crony capitalism, we have plenty of good business people in India. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said that allegations of crony capitalism against the previous government harmed India’s image globally as the spectrum and coal block allocations became defining moments against the country. 

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”crony”,”India”]
Source: https://www.ndtv.com/topic/capitalism

Marc Benioff

Marc Russell Benioff is an American internet entrepreneur, author and philanthropist. Benioff and his wife, Lynne, have focused their personal philanthropy on improving public education and advancing children’s health care through UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, at the University of California, San Francisco. Benioff expected to continue programming after college, but USC professors advised him to obtain customer-oriented work experience and Benioff joined Oracle Corporation after graduation in a customer-service role. On March 17, 2017, Benioff was included in a business leaders’ symposium organized by the Trump Administration during German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to the White House. Benioff created the 1-1-1 model of integrated corporate philanthropy, by which companies contribute 1 percent of equity, 1 percent of employee hours and 1 percent of product back to the communities it serves. 

In June 2010, Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne announced a $100 million gift to UCSF Children’s Hospital with the goal of not only seeing the new hospital built but significantly advancing children’s healthcare worldwide. Marc and Lynne Benioff have also donated to The Ocean Cleanup, a non-profit organization developing technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. Benioff has said that businesses are the greatest platforms for change in the world. In March 2015, Benioff announced Salesforce would cancel all employee programs and travel in the state of Indiana after the passing of SB 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a controversial bill which would allow companies and individuals to deny service to LGBT individuals based on religious beliefs. As the largest tech employer in Indiana Benioff led a global effort of business leaders fighting back against the legislation, ultimately leading to the Indiana State Legislature passing an amendment to the bill containing protections for LGBT customers, tenants and employees. 

In April 2015, Benioff announced that he would be reviewing all salaries at Salesforce to ensure men and women were being paid equally for comparable work. In March 2018, Benioff announced that he would be donating 1 million USD to March for Our Lives. 

Keywords: [“Benioff”,”Salesforce”,”company”]
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Benioff

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-19-2018

COMING SOON – Leafwind the Compassionate Capitalist

Facing job cuts, IT needs capitalism in mind, socialism in heart: Narayana Murthy

For more than 20 years, the industry has generated enormous profits and created more than 40 million white-collar jobs. The future could be very different and NR Narayana Murthy, the father of Indian IT industry and founder of Infosys, has a prescription for the industry in these tough times. At the same time, I also realised that capitalism will only succeed if the leaders of capitalism demonstrate self-restraint in allocating a disproportionate part of wealth generated to themselves. I also realized that in a poor country like India if capitalism has to become acceptable and has to be embraced by a large section of our society, then the leaders of capitalism have to eschew vulgar display of wealth. In the interest of enhancing confidence in capitalism, we, the leaders of capitalism, must embrace compassionate capitalism. 

That is capitalism in the mind and socialism at heart – or, capitalism based on fairness, transparency and accountability. In every decision we, the leaders of capitalism, take, we have to ask whether our decision will enhance the respect for us in the eyes of our younger employees and whether respect for our corporations will be enhanced in the eyes of the society. If we follow these principles, I believe, we will be in a position to save capitalism from premature death in India and bring the benefit of capitalism to the vast majority of Indians. The challenge for our industry leaders is to create new markets and create new opportunities and jobs in the scenario of changing technologies. The market for the IT industry may shrink and that is beyond anybody. 

It is very important for leaders of capitalism to be fair to their younger colleagues when the issue of retrenchment comes. All of us have to practice capitalism in mind and socialism in heart. 

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”industry”,”employee”]
Source: https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/companies/facing-job-cuts-it-needs-capitalism-in-mind-socialism-in-heart-narayana-murthy-2294675.html

Compassionate capitalism: Why Murthy is right in opposing Infy CEO Vishal Sikka’s pay hike

New Delhi: N R Narayana Murthy and his wife Sudha are known to be frugal, despite being a billionaire couple. A news report mentions today that amid the raging controversy over the company Murthy co-founded – Infosys – he treated Infosys’ Chairman R Seshsayee to simple breakfast of idli and dosa at his modest Bengaluru residence yesterday morning. No fancy multi-course meal for the Murthys and none obviously for their guests. When last week Murthy raised the issue of the Infosys CEO’s obscene salary, triggering the present crisis, one was forced to sit up and take notice. For the last few days, newspaper reports have spoken of Murthy’s displeasure with the proposal to further increase Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka’s remuneration. 

Founders together own about 13 percent in Infosys and have been a collective weighty voice on important matters. Murthy has also voiced concerns over a large severance package devised for the ex-CFO. On the former, Chairman R Seshasayee said last evening everything was in order. There are no major corporate governance issues at Infosys but the company and its management should look at perception issues which have cropped up after Murthy pointed out the obvious. No one is saying that Sikka’s pay packet violates any law, neither has it been kept a secret. 

The remuneration Sikka received in FY16 was duly approved by Infosys’ board of directors and has been duly disclosed in the company’s annual report. The issue is really this: the obscene amount of money Sikka earns to run Infosys may perhaps be justified by the salary math the world’s top corporate honchos apply to their own packages but makes little sense when put in perspective. This piece shows Sikka took home a salary which was 935 times the median pay at Infosys last fiscal. 

Keywords: [“Infosys”,”Murthy”,”Sikka”]
Source: https://www.firstpost.com/business/compassionate-capitalism-why-murthy-is-right-in-opposing-infy-ceo-vishal-sikkas-pay-hike-3282544.html

Constructive capitalism

In July of 2015 Dr. Bronner’s became a Benefit Corporation with the State of California. A Benefit Corporation is a for-profit corporation that has positive impact on society and the environment according to legally defined goals. A Benefit Corporation can also identify specific public benefits as additional purposes. Expand public awareness of environmental and social issues. 

Make products and source ingredients that are fair trade certified and USDA certified organic whenever possible. Promote equitable compensation: pay executives no more than five times the total compensation paid to fully-vested, lowest paid employees. Bronner’s growth and our pursuit of public benefit are advanced by our environmental and social activism. To that end, our owners and officers cannot be sued for pursuing such activism. We’re also a certified B Corp™Certified B Corps™ are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. 

B Corp™ Certification provides a useful third-party measurement tool to meet our performance assessment and transparency requirements as a Benefit Corporation. The B Impact Assessment model used by B Lab gives us an objective standard to track our improvements over time. As a Certified B Corp™ we are now in a more formal alliance with other companies who are committed to modeling ethical and progressive approaches to business. 

Keywords: [“Benefit”,”Corporation”,”certified”]
Source: https://www.drbronner.com/about/ourselves/constructive-capitalism/

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-18-2018

COMING SOON – Leafwind the Compassionate Capitalist

Dreaming Beyond Capitalism: A Culture Without Fear

Soon after white people did approach them, coming to them however with supportive intentions – a group of activists from the United States, searching for ways to protect Indigenous Peoples from the oil industry. Rewarding people with profit and status for the most competitive and destructive behavior, worshiping the golden calf of maximal economic growth, capitalism has effectively manufactured and then exploited people’s dream image. The First Peoples used this word specifically because they could not fathom any other explanation for the behavior of the European colonialists. Patriarchal conditioning – carried out worldwide, generation after generation, with the most aggressive means – has created a cultural matrix of violence and fear, which at present nearly all of humanity more or less unconsciously follows. Duhm started out as a leading Marxist writer during the anti-imperialist struggles of the 1960s and 70s in Germany, when he asked himself how it could be that billions of people comply with and obey the rules of society without being forced to do so. 

Working as a psychoanalyst, he faced the same basic structure in all his patients – no matter whether they suffered depression, heartache or schizophrenia – deep-rooted existential fear. For Duhm, the consequence was clear: If we want to escape from the wetiko disease of our current capitalist culture, we need a credible concept for a new nonviolent global society and for transforming the old matrix of fear and violence into a new matrix of trust, compassion and cooperation. Healing wetiko would be nothing short of reinventing our entire civilization and basing human existence on new social, ethical, spiritual and sexual foundations allowing profound trust between people as well as between humans and animals. In 1978 Duhm started out with a group of people to engage in an interdisciplinary research project for social and ecological sustainability to develop precisely such a concept. Having witnessed the failure of countless communes in the 1970s, most due to unresolved interpersonal conflicts around money, power and sex, the project focused its cultural experiment on creating new social structures able to resolve the psychological substratum of fear. 

In order to subjugate people under their systems of dominance, patriarchal rulers systematically destroyed tribal communities, thereby inflicting a profound collective trauma onto humanity. As we are reaching the pinnacle of a culture of global wetiko, the last throes of late-stage capitalism, healing our collective trauma, re-establishing functioning communities based on trust, and making our human existence compatible with the biosphere and nature again, may well be our only opportunity to secure ourselves and our children a future worth living on Spaceship Earth. 

Keywords: [“fear”,”people”,”Human”]
Source: http://terranovavoice.tamera.org/2016/07/dreaming-beyond-capitalism-a…

Essays-960329 Economic Growth

The Clinton administration and Democratic congressional leaders are so bereft of ideas that they can only propose an increase in the minimum wage! The Republican leadership, Bob Dole in the Senate and Newt Gingrich in the House, has shamefully given up again on even a minor adjustment in the capital gains tax – the one growth ingredient of their 1994 mandate. Now carry the impressions forward to the modern mechanisms of the market- the banks, credit unions, insurance companies, stock and bond markets, and all other market elements that can extend or withhold capital. Unhappily, the western economists who advise the democratic government of Boris Yeltsin have little appreciation for the role the market plays in assessing macroeconomic tax and monetary risks to capital investment. The capital gains tax is not the only tax that bears upon the market’s assessment of ROI, but it is by far the most important. 

The market mechanisms that absorb and dispense capital must cope with the monetary variable in reckoning the true after-tax ROI. Riskier enterprises cannot hope to find capital and credit in an inflationary environment, even without the compounding effect via capital gains taxation, because sources of capital simply disappear. Sources of capital become more plentiful in a deflationary environment, but those who might otherwise employ that capital are discouraged by its high real interest costs in a world of falling nominal prices. As a matter of simple arithmetic, the risks to capital in a combination of inflation and unindexed capital gains are at a maximum. In a U.S. 

economy that would suddenly shift to a gold-standard with no tax on capital gains, untapped capital would rapidly flow into the marketplace and be dispensed according to a steepening schedule of risks. A mature enterprise that has all or most of its capital gains behind it does not need a gold standard or zero capital gains taxation in order to coax working capital out of those who have it, promising to repay it with interest or dividends. The most worrisome complication for Big Business is that policy changes that enhance the flow of capital to the market put upward pressure on the price of labor. The American Council for Capital Formation, for example, is a Big Business Washington lobby, which technically supports a lower tax on capital gains, but which spends little of its time or resources toward that end. A dramatic increase in the flow of capital to the market would have the unusual effect of eliminating jobs over time. 

Keywords: [“capital”,”market”,”tax”]
Source: http://polyconomics.com/essays/esy-960329.htm

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-17-2018

Compassionate Capitalist – When should an entrepreneur get a patent

American Capitalism Is More Compassionate Than European Socialism

In Investor’s Business Daily, I empirically show that the American model of greater economic freedom and a leaner public welfare state create more opportunity and more wealth than the European social market economy. Capitalism takes care of the less fortunate too, but relies on individual choice and human compassion instead of paternalism and forced wealth redistribution. U.S. workers are, on average, more satisfied with their jobs than their European counterparts. Only 25% of those surveyed in Europe reported the same. 

Europeans, enduring drastically higher long term unemployment and underemployment than Americans, are far more likely to have a difficult time finding work. During 2002-2011, 15% of unemployed Americans had been jobless for more than 12 months, compared to 44% in Europe, according to Eurostat. Europe has nearly three times the number of underemployed – defined as those working part-time because of the unavailability of full-time positions – than the U.S., according to the OECD. Not only is finding a job in Europe more difficult, but the work is only about half as likely to be truly satisfying. Despite having a smaller public welfare state, the U.S. 

spends roughly the same amount of resources as European countries in caring for the less fortunate. After accounting for the cost of voluntary private social spending and the benefits of charity in both the U.S. and Europe, I found that Americans are still wealthier than their European counterparts. U.S. post-tax household income less voluntary private social expenditure discounted for charitable giving is $28,182, according to my data calculations from the OECD, International Monetary Fund and others. 

That’s more than $3,000 greater than the population-weighted Nordic average of $25,071 and nearly $4,000 greater than the Western European figure of $24,422. Not only do Americans enjoy greater opportunity than Europeans, but also greater wealth. 

Keywords: [“European”,”U.S.”,”more”]
Source: https://cei.org/blog/american-capitalism-more-compassionate-european-socialism

Nick Paleologos: The Case for Compassionate Capitalism « The Recovering Politician

The closer we looked at capitalism, the more we found it wanting. The damage done to the country during the Depression convinced him that unregulated capitalism always favors the rich at the expense of everyone else. So to save capitalism from itself, FDR introduced what turned out to be the crucial missing ingredient: compassion. He knew instinctively that fairness – essential to any functioning democracy – was an alien concept to pure capitalism. Compassionate capitalism worked for everyone without busting the federal budget. 

Under Roosevelt’s compassionate capitalism – even with a Great Depression and a Second World War – the federal budget quickly came right back into balance. By the time Eisenhower was elected, compassionate capitalism was tightly woven into the fabric of American democracy. America’s social safety net was never viewed as the cause of eye-popping deficits until a radical group of political nihilists decided that the best way to kill the compassion in capitalism was to stubbornly refuse to pay for it. Deficit hawks didn’t know it at the time, but the answer to their prayers arrived with the presidency of Bill Clinton who inherited a quarter trillion dollar deficit and left his successor with a quarter trillion dollar surplus. The reason compassionate capitalism is still hugely popular – Tea Party extremists notwithstanding – is because it works. 

America’s social safety net was never viewed as the cause of eye-popping deficits until a radical group of political nihilists, led by people like Grover Norquist, decided that the best way to kill the compassion in capitalism was to stubbornly refuse to pay for it – and then blame the resulting deficits on the lie that compassion itself is just too damn expensive. History has repeatedly demonstrated that compassionate capitalism leads to balanced budgets, a robust economy, and a piece of the opportunity pie for every citizen seated at America’s table. 

Keywords: [“deficit”,”capitalism”,”budget”]
Source: http://therecoveringpolitician.com/contributors/nickp/nick-paleologos-the-case-for-compassionate-capitalism

Capitalism With a Heart

They justify corporate philanthropy, like donating to the United Way, not because it’s virtuous but because it buys public good will and thus contributes to the company’s bottom line. To hard-core free-marketeers, the corporation’s only mission is to generate profits for shareholders. Mackey defines his company’s mission as improving the health and well-being of everyone on the planet. Before taking the company public, he told investors that he was going to devote 5 percent of the profits to philanthropy, so they can’t complain now that he’s robbing them. Nor can Google’s shareholders, because its founders also warned investors of their philanthropic plans. 

As Katie Hafner reported in The Times, they’ve given $1 billion in seed money to Google.org, and set up the philanthropy as a for-profit organization so it can work with venture capitalists, start companies and use any profits to finance further endeavors. It’s smart of Google’s founders to try using capitalist tools to save the planet; the market’s discipline should keep their philanthropy from backing too many lost causes. Still, whatever Google.org accomplishes, I’d bet that it will pale next to the social good accomplished by Google.com. The company’s founders may not have set out to help humanity with their search engine, but they have enriched countless lives by spreading ideas and connecting people. If you read Adam Smith’s famous passage about the invisible hand causing capitalists to unwittingly serve the public interest, you might conclude that Google’s founders are better off investing their time and money in improving their core business. 

I don’t think Smith would have any problem with Google.org. If compassionate capitalism is a more appealing brand, if Google and Whole Foods are using philanthropy to strengthen the invisible hand, even Smith would say they’re doing good. 

Keywords: [“company”,”founders”,”philanthropy”]
Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/16/opinion/16tierney.html

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-16-2018

Compassionate Capitalist – When should an entrepreneur get a patent

What is Compassionate Capitalism and Why We Need it in These Times of Planetary Crisis ?

In recent years, there has been much talk about Capitalism evolving into a model of economy wherein corporations ensure that communitarian and people oriented business models are embraced so that profit is not the only criterion or reason why they are in business. This form of capitalism which is sometimes called Compassionate Capitalism or Capitalism with a human face is finding many takers both in the developed Western world and in the developing and emerging world in Asia and Latin America. Compassionate Capitalism means that corporations have to account for the costs that they impose on the environment, the communities that lie in the vicinity of their factories and plants as well as offices, their employees whom they have to treat with more kindness, and the consumers and other stakeholders to whom they must be accountable. In other words, corporations must practice a variety of capitalism that is more humane, compassionate, and just and fair. Thus, Compassionate Capitalism not only needs a complete rethink of the existing paradigm of profit before people but also needs a retooling of the principles underpinning it to place people before profit. 

While this might seem idealistic and Utopian, it needs to be mentioned that in these times of planetary crisis where the Climate Change is threatening the very existence of civilization, where gross income inequalities and the obscene wealth gap is leading to social unrest, and where the ever accelerating technological change threatens the social contract on which our relations with the world are based, Compassionate Capitalism is no longer an abstract and remote concept, but something that we need on an urgent basis. Having said that, there are those and who are in the majority at the moment, who dismiss all this talk of Compassionate Capitalism as Hot Air or Bombastic and Ideological nonsense that does not take into account the ground realities of how capitalism and business work. Thus, in one stroke, the debate is dead in the water as the dominant view is that markets take care of all the problems that arise from capitalistic tendencies, and the self-correcting nature of markets is such that sooner or later, business finds a way out of the crisis. When one compares and contrasts the arguments for and against Compassionate Capitalism, we find that there is much Hubris among those who oppose this form of capitalism, and much Naivet, among those who support it. The point to be noted is that we are now at a stage where a New Narrative has to emerge that can hopefully reconcile the differences between the dominant model and the minority view that espouses Compassionate Capitalism. 

This means that we need the case for Compassionate Capitalism to arise from within the ranks of those who practice capitalism and not from those who are well meaning but not in a position to change the Status Quo. Already, this is happening to a certain extent in the West and East as well with prominent Technology Sector business leaders such as Bill Gates, N R Narayana Murthy, Elon Musk, and Mark Zuckerberg, espousing some or more of the strands of Compassionate Capitalism ideology and coming in support of Basic Income for All, Protecting the Environment, Reducing Inequality, and batting for more Gender Inclusivity. 

Keywords: [“Capitalism”,”business”,”Compassionate”]
Source: https://www.managementstudyguide.com/compassionate-capitalism.htm

The Compassionate Way to Combat Creationism

In a world where blank-slatism, anti-vaccine rhetoric, myths about the effects of parenting, and climate change denial persist and even thrive, it should come as no surprise that a contingent of creationist Christians continues to believe in a 6,000-year-old Earth in modern American society. In 2015, the Pew Research Center released the latest national data from another study which, since it was launched in 2007, has provided remarkable insight into the shifting demographics of American Christian culture. This change in attitude, which now represents a remarkable majority of American Christians, has occurred by differing but consistently positive degrees across the broad spectrum of Christian faith, including those most historically opposed to homosexuality. Evangelical Protestants, who constitute a sizeable chunk of white southern fundamentalists, have increased in acceptance of homosexuality from 26 percent in 2007 to 34 percent in 2015. Some have argued that it is even more difficult to maintain an internally consistent set of beliefs as a Christian who accepts homosexuality than as a Christian who accepts evolutionary science. 

Let us contrast this attitude to the perspective taken by Daniel Karslake’s 2007 documentary For the Bible Tells Me So, which aims to provide a rich and emotional exploration of attitudes towards homosexuality in contemporary Christian American society. In short, the cultural campaign against the traditionalist Christian views on homosexuality has largely been one of compassion, empathy, and reason. 2 The effect of contact on attitudes towards homosexuality has been found in college settings, has been found to be a better predictor than any demographic variable, and has been found to correlate positively with the total number of homosexuals contacted. Creationist Christians largely occupy demographics that have little positive contact with scientists and evolution educators, many of whom react to deeply religious people with, if not outright condescension, intentional segregation and wilful ignorance. Rather than demean, mock, and ignore what creationist Christians believe, we intended to tackle some of the specific lines of creationist reasoning in an extraordinary amount of depth-such as their arguments against radiometric dating and the evolution of birds from dinosaurs-and to do so from a place of compassion and respect, and from an understanding of human nature. Our five authors represent two Christians, a deist, and two atheists, but together we share a powerful history: we were all raised in creationist households, and each of us later rejected this ideology in favor of a scientific worldview. 

My hope is that this understanding of human nature-perhaps together with a dash of compassion and sensitivity-can be valuable to both the Christians and the non-theists among us. 

Keywords: [“Christian”,”homosexuality”,”religious”]
Source: http://quillette.com/2017/10/28/combating-creationism/#comment-10664

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-15-2018

Darshita Gillies

Darshita’s professional career began in multinational banking, working with the board of directors of India’s largest foreign bank in operational risk and investment banking. Darshita coaches and consults with individuals, mothers, entrepreneurs, leaders & organizations including through intensive developmental ‘Immersion’ journeys. She co-founded Blu-Dot, a global-system integration service provider. She is steering committee member for the newly-formed Business Alliance for the Future. She is founding director of the Conscious Capitalism UK chapter. Through all of this, Darshita is unconditionally and relentlessly held & guided by her ‘gurus at home’, ‘playfully provoking & inspiring’ husband Rowan and her ‘little star’ Tara.

Keywords: [“Darshita”,”bank”,”professional”]
Source: https://charterforcompassion.org/darshita-gillies

The Center on Capitalism and Society

Richard Sennett trained at the University of Chicago and at Harvard University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1969. He then moved to New York where, in the 1970s he founded, with Susan Sontag and Joseph Brodsky, The New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University. In the 1980s he served as an advisor to UNESCO and as president of the American Council on Work; he also taught occasionally at Harvard. In the mid 1990s Mr. Sennett began to divide his time between New York University and the London School of Economics. In addition to these academic homes, he maintains informal connections to MIT and to Trinity College, Cambridge University.

Keywords: [“University”,”York”,”New”]
Source: http://capitalism.columbia.edu/richard-sennett-0

Conscious Capitalism

He is the current co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, which he co-founded in 1980. Named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003, Mackey is a strong supporter of free market economics, has strong anti-union views, and co-wrote the best-selling book Conscious Capitalism, which was released in 2013..

Keywords: [“strong”,”Market”]
Source: https://talksat.withgoogle.com/talk/conscious-capitalism

Compassionate Capitalism

My focus is on time to enjoy family, life, travel and seeking answers faster than I forget the lessons already learned! Specialties: Business networking, business startup, management and liquidation through selling that business while it’s profitable, online marketing.

Keywords: [“Business”,”Life”,”work”]
Source: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kurtray

On Masculinity and Capitalism

To appear competitive, he may strive to outdo his fellow workers, bringing a smile to the boss’s face. Middle-class and upper-middle-class men do the equivalent. To display toughness, they work long hours and exalt efficiency over conscience and compassion.

Keywords: [“work”,”men”,”strive”]
Source: https://nolafeministallies.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/on-masculinity…

‘Disaster Capitalism Disguised as Progress’: Critics Rip Trump Infrastructure Plan

Hauter is hardly alone in concluding that Trump’s proposals-many of which were obtained by Axios last week-will benefit big business at the expense of Americans and the environment. Reposted with permission from our media associate Common Dreams.

Keywords: [“infrastructure”,”Trump”,”Plan”]
Source: https://www.ecowatch.com/trump-infrastructure-plan-2530300337.html

Software Testing Company in India

From Load testing, Performance monitoring & tuning to architectural analysis and re-engineering. Complete set of Performance Testing and QA services for your Server, PC, web and mobile applications.

Keywords: [“testing”,”Performance”]
Source: http://crestechglobal.com


The Linux Foundation has registered trademarks and uses trademarks, including for Long-Term Support Initiative. For a list of trademarks of The Linux Foundation, please see our Trademark Usage page.

Keywords: [“Trademark”,”Foundation”,”Linux”]
Source: https://ltsi.linuxfoundation.org/software

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Keywords: [“dolor”]
Source: http://www.abgroupconsultancy.com/compassionate-capitalism-a-journey-to…

A lesson in compassionate capitalism

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632 Compassion Synonyms and 184 Compassion Antonyms in Compassion Thesaurus

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I don’t think the western world is questioning capitalism. Capitalism as a concept is not something that society has written off. There is degree of caution around capitalism.

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Source: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/kumar_mangalam_birla_650781

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Infosys.com’s founding CEO Narayan murthy in his autobiography, better india better world, on Compassionate Capitalism, he said,.

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J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-14-2018

Why It’s Good Business For Levi’s To Care About What You Do With Your Jeans at Home

Your next pair of Levi’s might come with a clothesline or shoebox-sized dryer. After a recent lifecycle assessment, Levi’s realized that 60% of the climate impact of a pair of jeans comes after the jeans are made and sold; nearly 80% of this is from drying the jeans in a dryer. Instead, it launched Care to Air, an awareness campaign and contest to shift consumer behavior in favor of the environment. In partnershihp with Myoo Create, Levi’s will award $10,000 for the world’s most innovative, covetable, and sustainable air-drying solution for clothing. You don’t have to buy jeans, or even own Levi’s products, for the campaign to be a success. Since Levi’s has chosen the environment-at-large as a beneficiary, it doesn’t get to leverage the credibility or press that a nonprofit partner would bring to bear. Part of a company’s responsibility is to educate and involve its consumers in making more responsible choices and to pressure their competitors to raise their responsibility game. This is exactly what Levi’s is doing with Care to Air, and it’s brilliant because as much as you register the brand behind this campaign, it isn’t about the brand at all. It’s about what I do with my clothes at home and how I understand this to affect the environment.

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Source: http://causecapitalism.com/why-its-good-business-for-levis-to-care-about…

Pay attention, Progressives: Conservative Millennial Allie Stuckey SCHOOLS Americans on why Capitalism is superior to Socialism – twitchy.com

Allie Stuckey, better known as the Conservative Millennial, explained why Capitalism and the free market are far superior to Socialism. It’s the very reason why people want to make a life here. 1 reason full-on socialism fails is because it negates humans’ inherent desire for ownership. Shared means of production=no private property= no ownership. Socialists ignore that people possess an inherent drive for their own piece of the pie- to have something that’s truly theirs & to do something that actually matters, contributes & provides. Capitalism, though imperfect, is the only economic system that recognizes & rewards this. Free enterprise has lifted more people out of poverty, mediocrity & misery than socialism ever has or will- because, unlike socialism, it taps into the tenacity of the human spirit rather than subdues it. We enjoy the best technology, entertainment and quality of life in the world because of capitalism. People do not become kinder when they’re forced to share. While capitalism isn’t perfect, it is the only system that encourages freedom, innovation & generosity. Socialism seeks to render those things useless through absolute government control. I can’t believe that in 2018 people still have to explain why socialism doesn’t work.

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Source: https://twitchy.com/bethb-313034/2018/03/11/pay-attention…

Compassionate Capitalism

I live amongst a population that is educated, involved and hard-working and as we get older and earn more, the trend is to buy a bigger house, a nicer car, and more luxury brand clothing. I don’t have time or money left to have compassion on others because I’ve spent so much of it on myself and my family. I’m talking about compassion that compels action and affects change. Compassion that compels us to downgrade so someone else can upgrade above the poverty line. Compassion needs the resources that our capitalist society produces. When I do buy, I buy from companies that value the dignity of the people working for them. I’m just making sure compassion guides my contribution to it. I mean, I just got done saying we should have less and spend less and you probably received a marketing email from us this week asking you to buy our not-so-cheap clothes. I’m more interested in you becoming a conscious consumer than a repeat consumer. Third, for us at Vickery Trading Co., capitalism is our compassion. We use something that people are already buying and turn it into opportunity for the marginalized. Our Associates earn fair wages for their hard work while learning job and life skills so they can go pursue the American Dream.

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Source: https://vickerytrading.org/compassionate-capitalism

No hope without compassion: the importance of compassion in recovery-focused mental health services: Journal of Mental Health: Vol 20, No 6

Whilst current policy is replete with recovery language and references to the need for services to create a sense of hope and optimism, there is less understanding about how such hope may be engendered within services. We propose that an understanding of compassion is necessary to appreciate what actually stimulates hope-inspiring practices. An examination of the continuing relevance of compassion to mental health care and an exploration of its place within modern mental health policy and practice. A review of the compassion deficit in mental health care and a critical examination of whether the direction of current mental health policy in the UK is likely to facilitate compassionate care. Compassion needs to be viewed not merely as an individual expression or property but something which must be nurtured in context, through relationships, cultures and healing environments. Current mental health policy and practice does not appear to prioritise the development of such contexts. The development of compassionate contexts should have a stronger place in modern mental health practice and policy.

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Source: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/09638237.2011.583949

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The flood of information, unprecedented transparency, increasing interconnectedness and our global interdependence – are dramatically reshaping today’s world, the world of business, and our lives. We are in the Era of Behavior and the rules of the game have fundamentally changed. It is no longer what you do that matters most and sets you apart from others, but how you do what you do. Whats are commodities, easily duplicated or reverse-engineered. Sustainable advantage and enduring success for organizations and the people who work for them now lie in the realm of how, the new frontier of conduct. Seidman’s distinct vision of the world, business, and human endeavor has helped enable more than 15 million people doing business in more than 120 countries to outbehave the competition. Now updated and expanded, HOW includes a new Fore¬word from President Bill Clinton and a new Preface from Dov Seidman on why how we behave, lead, govern, operate, consume, engender trust in our relationships, and relate to others matters more than ever and in ways it never has before.

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Source: https://www.consciouscapitalism.org/bookstore

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-13-2018

On Weinstein: We’re All Accountable for Our Cultural Issues

Then many more stories emerged about the abuse of women, mainly by powerful men. After a while of digesting all this, I realized that women are stronger than men. Today, the world continues to favour men, because they’re men. The problem is not only that some power-hungry, egoistic men are sick. Rather, the problem is that when such men are sick, it has severe consequences for all of us, because men still, to a large extent, rule the world. I remember Rebecca Solnit saying something about men being the problem-not all men, but men. Because men, as philosopher Simone de Beauvoir said about women, aren’t born men; they become men. Gender can too easily turn into a lucrative identity of being this or that. It’s naïve and wrong to reduce men to being intrinsically morally bad. What Weinstein and his ilk have done is a violation of many women, but not only women. Due to capitalism, we’re told that freedom is related to property rights, as if anyone could own another human being. Narcissism, egoism, nationalism they’re all related to capitalism and the right to own a territory, the illusion of being in control and the belief that some people can treat others as they see fit, because of ownership, money and such. It shows people who feel superior because of money, gender, race or religion that the most powerful human being is a person who cares for what brings life.

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Source: https://www.themindfulword.org/2018/survival-compassionate…

Socialism Is Not the Answer

Pope Francis is right to call attention to poverty, but socialism is not the solution. The pope’s emphasis on the needs of the poor is important, especially in today’s politics, where poverty is often a public-policy sideline. In calling attention to the problem, he fails to understand that free-market capitalism is not a cause of poverty, but a solution. In 1980, less than 1 percent of Argentinians lived in extreme poverty, while in neighboring Chile, the extreme-poverty rate exceeded 15 percent. Today, while the proportion of Argentinians living in extreme poverty has risen slightly, to nearly 3 percent, Chile has seen the most dramatic reduction in poverty in Latin America. Fewer than 2 percent of Chileans now live in extreme poverty. Poverty, which briefly declined at the beginning of Chávez’s reign, has begun rising rapidly. Although accurate figures are hard to come by, it is estimated that between one-third and one-half of the population now lives in poverty. In China alone, even the partial adoption of a market-oriented economy has saved more than 650 million people from poverty. Almost 84 percent of Chinese lived in extreme poverty in 1987. As Bono, hardly a right-wing icon, explains, ‘Capitalism takes more people out of poverty than aid. Throughout most of human history, most of mankind lived in truly abject poverty.

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Source: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/424464/pope-and-poverty

Christian Heritage

These give us license to dismiss some ideas quickly, or to answer objections swiftly so that we might be free to mull over other ideas. A free market, we should remember, is not fueled by greed, but by service. First, taxing one group of people to give the money to another group of people is bad for the people who receive the money. When we tax one group to give the money to another we create disincentive for everyone to work, which leads to greater poverty for everyone. Second, taking from one group to give to another fails the compassion test because it is not compassionate to those who are having their wealth taken. We surely aren’t showing grace when we come to take what we will later give. If having more than someone else is a sure sign of greed, we are all guilty, including even those to whom we give money. Finally, and most importantly, asking the state to take from one group to give to others isn’t compassionate because we are not the ones making the sacrifice. I am not demonstrating a giving heart if I steal my neighbor’s car, and give it to a struggling single parent. Christians are called to be compassionate, which means we give what is ours, not what is our neighbors’. We give in the name of Jesus, not in the name of Uncle Sam. It says we are called to give of our own wealth, not the wealth of others.

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Source: https://www.christianheritageonline.org/compassion-on-the-cheap

Compassion and Capitalism – The Best You Magazine

David Meltzer was born in Akron, Ohio In 1968 and was described as a bright and able student at school. Upon graduating, he entered the world of business, where he was soon part of the upper echelon of the business community. Everywhere he worked in the world of business, Meltzer appeared to have the Midas touch. In his 30s, already a multi-millionaire, Meltzer’s career went off the rails. Meltzer decided he needed to stop and look at how he’d previously created success. Meltzer explored spirituality, bringing a broader more balanced approach to his business life. Through this process, he worked out four principles that would become his guiding light in all his future business interactions. Meltzer soon rose to great business and personal success. It is this willingness to trust in what the universe is doing that defines Meltzer’s approach to life. It fit perfectly with the notion of gratitude, one of his own core beliefs in the philosophy of business. Whether it’s the elementary school, high school, college or law school he attended, he says Meltzer enjoys sharing the lessons he’s learned to empower young people who may be in a similar situation. His second book, Compassionate Capitalism: AJourney to the Soul of Business, was published In 2016 and is co-authored with Blaine Bartlett.

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Source: https://thebestyoumagazine.co/compassion-and-capitalism

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-12-2018

What is Communism?

Communism works the day people dare to open their minds, hearts and everything there is to open, and lay down all kinds of judgment. As the world is now, communism will never work, and the beginning of world wide communism would have to be fitted to every area, but in time they all would work for a common goal and the science will move a lot faster than it does today. Communism offers rich leaders and all poor people; it is a failed ideology. In Communism, people would work because they would know the necessity of their and work, if they refused to work they would not benefit from the labor of others. The closest thing a Communism would have to a government would be councils elected by the people, councils which would be kept under control by the people; they would have no real power or authority. Some people hate the rich and some cops hate rich people and they want communism. Communism would work in its purest form if people were mere machines. Communism can’t work because people have different talents and skills, thus people can’t all be equal, or classless. Communism strips the power of the people; there is no freedom as all the media is censored, which in turn limits freedom of expression. What people need to understand is that there is idealistic communism, and then there is the reality: corrupt dictatorships posing as communism, which is in fact the opposite of the idealistic people’s rule. According the definition of communism by the man who coined the phrase, communism *is* stateless and classless. Most of people outside really scared of communism will go into the people mind and try to get rid of it.

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Source: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-communism


Summary – From his observations of environmentalists Milbrath extracts the generalization that there is something inimical between capitalism and compassion. Clearly, Milbrath believes that capitalism and altruistic compassion are fundamentally at odds with one-another. If capitalism and altruistic compassion are opposed, then it should follow that those who feel at home with capitalism and support it will be less altruistic and compassionate. In the subsequent 1983 State election voters had a 3-way choice — between a Leftist party and two conservative parties. There could be no doubt that a vote for the National party was a vote for capitalism. Conservatives who were less confident in the virtue of capitalism could vote for the Liberal party. The differential degree of altruism shown by the supporters of the three main parties in this election should therefore provide a fairly finely-tuned test of Milbrath’s hypothesis. If Milbrath is right, the National party voters should show especially low scores on the compassionate altruism scale and especially high scores on the `AO’ scale. RESULTS. The contrast of chief interest was thought to lie between the National party voters and the Labor party voters. National voters were significantly more ambitious and Labor voters were significantly more compassionate. Voters for the other conservative party showed mean scores on altruism almost identical to those of Labor voters and mean scores on achievement orientation almost identical to National voters. Many quite compassionate people vote in Queensland for a fanatical champion of capitalism.

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Source: http://jonjayray.com/milbrath.html

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That’s a small number, nearly insignificant, but if every company dedicated just 1% of its revenues and time to the community around it, the difference would be monumental. A business is not an island; it’s the product of the community it was formed in, and its enduring success is dependent on that same community. This idea is at odds with the way many companies do business. It’s accepted that many corporations are more concerned with profits than with the community or environment surrounding it. That’s enough to fix up a local park, keep a food pantry stocked for months, or divide between a few local charities. This practice doesn’t just take the cooperation of a few huge corporations; it takes small businesses, too. If enough small businesses joined together, donating a fraction of their revenue and some of their time, they could help prevent children from going hungry by sponsoring community gardens. They could clean up their neighborhoods and make their towns and cities a cleaner, safer place to live, or support a local animal shelter, or host workshops to teach career skills to local students or unemployed community members. They sound like such small things, but when all of these small things add up, they become an unstoppable movement of compassion and gratitude. There are also tangible benefits for businesses, such as an improved business profile as members of the community associate the business with its involvement. You may be just one person, or the leader of a small business. Even a small percentage can have a lasting positive effect on your surrounding area.

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Source: http://www.legendsleadershipconcepts.com/tag/compassionate-capitalism

Capitalism and compassion: Can they coexist? – SD Monitor News

In a free market, the bottom line is simply, the bottom line. Capitalism has become largely about self-interest, consumerism, sleight of hand and the bottom line. A person may be able to provide financially, but not emotionally – because the two systems are often disjointed. In a system that is profit driven, the raw material for intimacy and connection is rarely cultivated or valued. Fact is, business is personal, and sterilizing the brutal impacts of self-interested economics through such phraseology does not shelter us. Poverty has an impact on both physical and mental health. As the middle class founders and people blame themselves for their fiscal woes, which in turn may be associated with higher levels of stress, as well as depression, anxiety and maladaptive coping, the impacts of a system based solely on a bottom line which benefits a few appear to be bad for the mental health of many. Our economic and incentivization systems are a set-up for failure and disappointment for those who are the most vulnerable to experience the worst outcomes. The free market system has become the bellwether of myriad systems in our culture – educational, commercial, media, medical and spiritual. It becomes difficult to teach children empathy and emotional regulation when the system into which they are being acculturated does not value these qualities. Because the system does not equitably provide opportunity across all socioeconomic strata. As the cultural, economic and political needles move, so too does mental health.

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Source: https://sdmonitornews.com/2018/02/27/capitalism-and-compassion-can…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-11-2018

Zombie Apocalypse / Analysis

Common to virtually all Zombie Apocalypse tales is that, regardless of the reason zombies attack living/non-infected people, they never attack other zombies. Any truly large-scale zombie apocalypse is likely to demand a heavy degree of Hollywood Tactics or handling of the Idiot Ball by the military. Overwhelmingly, zombie apocalypse stories tend to fall into one of two categories of political allegory. The zombie horror can be used to make a political statement against consumer capitalism, with zombies representing the bulk of humanity as unthinking sheep. The bite of a zombie is infectious, and is always a fatal injury, even if it seems a trivial scratch. This results in the victim returning as a zombie, much to the horror of the Zombie Infectee, though this is essentially coincidental, as zombification would equally result had the infectee died of, say, rabies. It is generally the case that a single zombie is not a tremendous threat, owning largely to the previous two rules. Zombiism results only from being bitten by another zombie, though event zero created the first zombie that starts off the chain reaction. Most non-Romero zombie films prefer this convention to Romero’s, including the recent remake of Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. A zombie bite results in zombification, though the transition is slow, with the victim becoming progressively more zombie-like. Often, zombie apocalypse stories are tied with a Science Is Bad message, or an allegory about human nature. The Zombie Apocalypse is so iconic that perfectly sane people will formulate emergency survival plans in case of shambling corpses. Zombie films have an ace in the hole for directors, too.

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Source: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Analysis/ZombieApocalypse

compassionate conservativism

In is his view that the Pope seems to fear Capitalism, with the apparent ‘worship of wealth’ more than Socialism, with the inevitable worship of government. Let me start with Our Lady’s promise of a conversion of Russia. Russia has been ruled for centuries by the czars, a royalist form of government that the Western world had started to reject in the 18th century. From 1917 to 1991 Russia and its surrounding countries emerged as the imperialistic Soviet Empire with nuclear teeth. If Russia’s conversion were to eventually take place, it would have to be a complete social, economic and most importantly religious transformation. Since Mary is an important figure in Catholicism I would think that a conversion would entail that Russia rejoin the Catholic Church it left in the 11th century. At Notre Dame President Barack Obama opined in 2009 that practical atheism was the working religion of governments and by inference, economies. The pope need only to look to his own country of Argentina to see what big government interference does to a population. In the United States capitalism flourishes and all boats rise when there are logical and humane rules that limit the excesses of capitalism and promote more of the general welfare. One might even borrow George W. Bush’s phrase of a compassionate conservative into a compassionate capitalism. Government acts merely as a referee that sets fair and equitable laws that will not favor big business, big labor or big government. Maybe too many opposite currents of thought have come down the pike since then but this is the way things ought to be and that’s what we can all hope and pray for, but not just in Russia.

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Source: https://bbprof.wordpress.com/tag/compassionate-conservativism

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