J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-10-2018

The Pursuit of Equal Income Distribution

During the last decades, the great weaknesses of capitalism have flourished. Inequality of income distribution has worsened painfully, the gap between rich and poor widens more and more every day, and just a few lucky entrepreneurs in the world are able to enjoy the capital benefits of the global system. Hunger, poverty, demographic explosion, ageing, and unbridled mass migration, among other factors, have become critical social dilemmas directly related to capitalist deviations, all of which cause us to foresee a chaotic world scenario in the near future. The numbers shown in this article confirm that the world’s economic disparity, instead of diminishing, is increasing at an alarming rate. Since the world economy completely depends on capitalism, this system is still extremely powerful and influential in global decision-making, thus further aggravating economic disparity. As it is not possible to avoid the capitalist system, we will make proposals that are feasible for implementing within the current capitalist tendencies in order to alleviate global imbalance. Compassionate Capitalism is an alternative that promotes flexibilization of the system in order to make it more sustainable. It seeks to diminish corporate control over the economy and markets by regaining the State’s economic intervention so that profits are fairly redistributed for the common welfare. The information used for the study is based on the most recent international reports and global circumstances of the topics in question. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. To make sure that you can receive messages from us, please add ‘julypress.com’ domain to your e-mail ‘safe list’. If you do not receive e-mail in your ‘inbox’, check your ‘bulk mail’ or ‘junk mail’ folders.

Keywords: [“system”,”global”,”world”]
Source: http://journal.julypress.com/index.php/ajsss/article/view/262

Two-faced capitalism

Good corporate citizenship is a theme of the Davos celebrations. Admittedly, even fewer, just 5%, named CSR in its own right as the single most important criterion; but one might add to this the additional 24% who said that the reputation and integrity of the brand, to which good corporate citizenship presumably contributes, matter most. From an ethical point of view, the problem with conscientious CSR is obvious: it is philanthropy at other people’s expense. Advocates of CSR typically respond that this misses the point: corporate virtue is good for profits. The trouble is, CSR that pays dividends, so to speak, is unlikely to impress the people whose complaints first put CSR on the board’s agenda. Profit-maximising CSR does not silence the critics, which was the initial aim; CSR that is not profit-maximising might silence the critics but is unethical. In a new book, co-written with Karen Southwick, Mr Benioff argues that corporate philanthropy, done right, transforms the culture of the firm concerned*. Unlike some advocates of CSR, Mr Benioff says he opposes government mandates to undertake such activities. In any case, if Mr Benioff is right, and CSR done wisely helps businesses succeed, compulsion should not be needed. Lack of compulsion is exactly what is wrong with current approaches to CSR, say many of the NGOs that first put firms on the spot for their supposedly unethical practices. CSR was conjured up in the first place because government action was deemed inadequate: orthodox politics was a sham, so pressure had to be put directly on firms by organised protest. Ten years on, instead of declaring victory, as well they might, disenchanted NGOs like Christian Aid are coming to regard CSR as the greater sham, and are calling on governments to resume their duties.

Keywords: [“CSR”,”corporate”,”firm”]
Source: https://www.economist.com/node/2369912

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/tag/compassionate-capitalism

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-09-2018

The Compassion Gap

When it comes to charitable donations, volunteer activity, and even donating blood, it’s liberals, not conservatives, who should feel compelled to prove their compassion. A Syracuse University professor who studied economics at the famously demanding Rand Graduate School, Brooks has exhaustively reviewed a wide range of nonpartisan survey research, much of it university-based, to demonstrate the existence of a charitable divide between liberals and conservatives. He has determined that the average conservative-headed household gives 30 percent more money to charity than the average liberal-headed one, despite earning 6 percent less annually. Brooks has found that of the 25 states where charitable giving was above average, George W. Bush won 24 in the 2004 presidential race. Perhaps there really are, to borrow John Edwards’s glib phrase, two Americas: one charitable, the other miserly. The preponderance of Brooks’s evidence for a compassion gap is convincing, and he rightly devotes much of his clearly-written volume to figuring out why it exists. Brooks adeptly correlates charitable giving with four characteristics, all of which favor conservatives. Those who favor governmental redistributive programs give less to charity and have effectively used public discourse to equate their view with compassion. These are not minor philosophical adjustments, and it’s hard to believe that merely calling attention to liberal stinginess will shame liberals into making them. It is encouraging that liberal idealists are increasingly backing nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations, which often must rely on charitable donations. True, these donations may be from the big liberal foundations. Many NGOs, such as the Children’s Defense Fund, are not really charities, in that their core business is advocacy for an expanded welfare state.

Keywords: [“liberal”,”charity”,”charitable”]
Source: https://www.city-journal.org/html/compassion-gap-9414.html

Passion for Justice

On Saturday March 9 Pope Benedict visited the Al-Hussein Bin Talal mosque in Jordan and gave a stirring speech that I believe offers all of us some great wisdom and insight with regards to the evils of politicizing these three great faiths. Islam as a faith has taken much of the blame for 9-11. Here in our own country many people witness some harsh and divisive use of the Christian faith by partisan groups which has the unfortunate effect of pushing a greater wedge between faith and politics. A Christian faith that is free from political manipulation is one that promotes the ethic of compassion, forgiveness and solidarity. As an advocate for a Catholic religious community I keep promoting legislative and corporate principles that our based on the principles that flow from the Christian faith. I have seen and heard other members of the Christian faith who have applied partisan political manipulations to our great faith and in a sense they have also perverted the faith just like the Muslim terrorist have perverted their own faith. The political manipulations of the right have chocked the spirit of the faith for some type of artificial political agenda and try to claim that this is the essence of faith. As for the political manipulation of the left, their error has been to dismiss the faith altogether and to relegate it as an individual private moment that is virtually irrelevant. Our faith is a divine gift with a message and a purpose. Our faith serves the political system by constantly offering principles and values from which we must evaluate the policies of our society and Government. We dare not manipulate the principles of our faith to fit a political agenda. Faith becomes manipulated when one group suggest that the life of an aborted fetus is irrelevant because it should be left to an individual choice.

Keywords: [“faith”,”political”,”manipulation”]
Source: https://passionistjpic.wordpress.com/2009/05

July 2017 – Left Cheek: The Blog

As a conservative Christian, I was introduced to WORLD Magazine and Marvin Olasky in the 90’s. Olasky - one of several supposed ex-communists with a dubious past and a lying streak - talked a lot about ‘compassionate conservatism’ and the need for conservative Christians to support urban people. Yes, I voted for the first time on the premise that I was doing good for myself and my community. At the same time, he became an adviser to then-Texas governor George W Bush and helped lay the groundwork for Bush’s faith-based initiatives. I did see welfare as an impediment to working and living securely. What I thought about were the kids I was working with. It didn’t lead to more secure communities through the advancement and strengthening of nuclear families, but less-secure communities. I think I believed in compassionate conservatism not only because I hadn’t yet seen the extent of economic deprivation and theft in Working Class communities of color and other abandoned WC communities. I hadn’t understood the extent to which resources have been mined out of our communities and with no replacement. At the time, I knew and saw the desperation of my Black and Brown Working Class community and my own Working Class family, which had received government subsidies before and after my father lost his employment to privatization, alcohol abuse, and epilepsy. Welfare before the Reaganites and the New Democrats altered it was not going to work on its own because it saw money to poor families as merely a form of aid. It should have realized - as conservativism and more-compassionate liberalism certainly still fail to realize - that child-raising is work. Pregnancies are seen as interruptions from work - and thus income - rather than as a form of valuable, creative work in and of themselves.

Keywords: [“work”,”community”,”people”]
Source: https://leftcheek.wordpress.com/2017/07

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-08-2018

Against Empathy

Most people see the benefits of empathy as too obvious to require justification. This reaction surprised me at first, but I’ve come to realize that taking a position against empathy is like announcing that you hate kittens-a statement so outlandish it can only be a joke. In general, empathy serves to dissolve the boundaries between one person and another; it is a force against selfishness and indifference. Most people see the benefits of empathy as akin to the evils of racism: too obvious to require justification. Empathy is biased; we are more prone to feel empathy for attractive people and for those who look like us or share our ethnic or national background. In light of these features, our public decisions will be fairer and more moral once we put empathy aside. One sees a similar contrast in ongoing experiments led by Singer and her colleagues in which people are either given empathy training, which focuses on the capacity to experience the suffering of others, or compassion training, in which subjects are trained to respond to suffering with feelings of warmth and care. Finally, one decisive test of the low-empathy-makes-bad-people theory would be to study a group of people who lack empathy but also lack the other traits associated with psychopathy. Despite their empathy deficit, such people show no propensity for exploitation and violence. They often measure empathy through self-report, so you don’t know whether you are assessing actual empathy as opposed to the degree to which people see themselves, or want to be seen, as empathetic. Still, given laboratory findings showing that inducing empathy increases the likelihood of altruistic behaviors, it would be wrong to dismiss empathy’s role in our moral lives. Unlike emotions such as fear and disgust, which are often elicited by experiences and inanimate beings, empathy and anger are mainly geared toward other people.

Keywords: [“empathy”,”other”,”people”]
Source: http://bostonreview.net/forum/paul-bloom-against-empathy

The Problem with ‘Compassionate Conservatism’

Nobody in Washington talks much about the poor in America these days, even though they are more and more with us in the economic aftermath of the Great Recession. He wants everyone to understand that he is seeking to figure out the problems faced by poor folks and how he can help. The Bush gang dropped that gimmick well before they entered the White House, and it was never glimpsed again. Whenever a Republican spouts kinder, gentler, compassionate-conservative babble, the vaunted cynicism of the capital press corps gets washed away in a warm bath of credulity. Just to be clear, there is nothing new in Ryan’s perspective on poverty, which is impoverished indeed when set next to the outlook of his late mentor Jack Kemp, who became a conservative icon in Congress before he joined the cabinet as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Although Kemp belatedly recognized the role of government in alleviating poverty, Ryan and the current crop of Republicans in Washington talk about volunteerism, charity and spirituality as the only legitimate ways to address social problems – while all government support for the poor must be slashed or eliminated, as prescribed by their budget. It was nonsense then and it remains that way, because the volume of private charity in America is utterly dwarfed by the government programs that preserve the poor from starvation. If he truly does care, Ryan could lift up America’s poorest simply by stifling his persistent urges to kill the minimum wage, reduce the earned-income tax credit, cut food stamps, wreck Medicaid or carry out any of the dozens of destructive schemes that are, in his perverse outlook, meant to help. He could rid himself and his party of the rancid notion that there is something morally wrong with families surviving below the poverty line beyond the persistent dearth of decent jobs.

Keywords: [“Ryan”,”poor”,”Bush”]
Source: http://billmoyers.com/2013/11/22/the-problem-with-compassionate-conservatism

Is Capitalism Compatible with the Christian Faith?

Like Steve Mahle, brought objects like the sample Medtronic defibrillator and pacemaker shown here. All engaged the fellows in discussion and conversation about business, a subject the fellows readily agreed was not something they knew much about. In 2013 the Collegeville Institute initiated the Collegeville Institute Fellows Program, designed to recapture a once vibrant idea of the religious leader as public, or civic, leader, but to do so in informed partnership and conversation with other leaders from areas such as business, health care, criminal justice, social services, and education. This initiative forms peer groups of 12 accomplished pastors, who are five to 15 years out of seminary. The group meets eight times over a period of 22 months. The group meets regularly with, and learns from, leaders of other professions who have a strong interest in contributing to the fabric of public life in our state. The program has not staked out advocacy positions concerning particular public issues, but helps clergy speak from an informed position about complex matters, and exercise practical wisdom in their roles as public leaders. We encourage these religious leaders to look for solutions to the challenge of employment in Minnesota but we want them to act only when they have a firm grasp of the complex issues that impact the labor force and the business community. The first fellows cohort concluded in the summer of 2015 and was judged by participants, presenters, and national funders to be a remarkable success. Religious leaders who participated in the program returned to their home congregations and developed programs attending to such issues as transportation, downtown development, remedial education programs, and teen homelessness. The second cohort of religious leaders from the Twin Cities region is nearly at the halfway mark.

Keywords: [“leader”,”Program”,”fellows”]
Source: https://collegevilleinstitute.org/news/capitalism-compatible…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-07-2018

Compassionate capitalism means we must think of the vegetables

Zesty memes, videos and GIFs that critique the social, moral and ideological decay of western capitalist culture. Mocking the general hypocrisy and irrationality of Capitalism as it accelerates the process of digging its own grave. THIS IS NOT A DEBATE OR EDUCATION SUBREDDIT. If you wish to debate or learn more, visit the links in the sidebar, the material in our wiki, and our Crash Course on Socialism, Glossary of Socialist Terms, and our Socialism FAQ. Brigading from other subs, spamming, trolling, harassment, personal attacks on fellow users, bigotry, ableism, intolerance and hate speech are all bannable offenses. Support for capitalism-and the political parties which uphold it-is strictly prohibited; comments showing support for capitalism and capitalist parties and politicians will be removed and the user punished at moderator discretion. Every user is expected to have a basic level of understanding and acceptance of socialism and communism before commenting here. Liberalism, and defending Liberalism is strictly prohibited. This means conflating socialism with anything the government/state does, or suggesting that communism is anything other than a stateless, moneyless and classless system where the means of production are owned by the community. You are allowed to offer nuanced critiques of other leftist positions, but undermining socialism and/or communism as a whole is not permitted. Shit content that does not fit the content criteria will now be removed. All bans are at mod discretion for violating specific rules or the general anti-capitalist and pro-socialist, pro-communist nature of the sub. Participation in reactionary subs, subs that tolerate or tacitly endorse the aforementioned behavior, will lead to automatic bans. When it comes to proposed alternatives to Capitalism, it is the general consensus of this subreddit that the contradiction between Capital and Labour must be eliminated; the working class should own and control the means of production.

Keywords: [“Socialism”,”sub”,”own”]
Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/LateStageCapitalism/comments/6tc2wz/…

Compassionate conservatism

Compassionate conservatism is a political philosophy that stresses using traditionally conservative techniques and concepts in order to improve the general welfare of society. Compassionate conservatism has also been applied to the Christian democratic political ideology prevalent in Europe and Latin America. I do challenge its failure to exhibit a compassionate conservatism that adapts itself to the realities of a society ridden by class and race distinction. Some insist the doctrine was invented by Dr. Marvin Olasky, who went on to memorialize it in his books Renewing American Compassion and Compassionate Conservatism: What it is, What it Does, and How it Can Transform America, and Myron Magnet of the Manhattan Institute. Bush also wrote the foreword to Olasky’s Compassionate Conservatism. Compassionate conservatism has been defined as the belief that conservatism and compassion complement each other. A compassionate conservative might see the social problems of the United States, such as health care or immigration, as issues that are better solved through cooperation with private companies, charities, and religious institutions rather than directly through government departments. Compassionate conservatives offer a new way of thinking about the poor. Compassionate conservative philosophy argues for policies in support of traditional families, welfare reform to promote individual responsibility, active policing, standards-based schools, and assistance to poor countries around the world. Bush began his presidency hoping to make compassionate conservatism his centerpiece. Krugman endorses Digby’s analysis that right-wing compassionate ‘charity’ assumes that the giver has the right to investigate and dictate the life of the receiver, even for the smallest charity. A b Sebastian Payne, Five things we learnt about compassionate conservatism from Michael Gove’s speech Archived October 19, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.

Keywords: [“Compassionate”,”conservative”,”conservatism”]
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compassionate_conservatism

Living with awareness, wisdom, and compassion

Close the day by connecting and sharing lessons learned. In this unique interactive session, Tarana will share her lessons in providing opportunity for people to find their voice and share their story. Over her career and through key learnings from co-creating the 350,000+ Daybreaker community in 23 cities around the world, Radha, Co-Founder and Chief Community Architect at Daybreaker and Co-Founder of THINX, developed a Method she calls the CRAWL Method for community building. So whether you’re an author, CEO, political candidate or musician wanting to build your community from the ground up, this workshop is for you. Explore ways to strengthen and deepen the way we live out our democracy. Friends from Spirituality & Practice will lead practices on listening and compassion and open up a conversation about our hopes, fears, needs, and ideas related to how to live together in a democratic society. Facilitated by Michelle Scheidt and Darrell Jones III. Throughout the country, we are noticing innovative forms of community…spiritual communities emerging outside traditional religious institutions. Join us to share where you find community, where your spirituality shows up-or doesn’t, and what we’re hearing from innovators about who they serve, how they lead, and where spirit lies. A closing gathering on our shared lessons and integrating them into our daily lives. Join Byron Katie for a two-hour interactive session where Katie will do The Work with attendees, showcasing and highlighting her unique way of working with individuals to support more joy and freedom. SIYLI CEO Rich Fernandez and his team will share lessons from making these practices and teachings accessible and relevant to business environments. Throughout the country, we are noticing innovative forms of community…spiritual communities emerging outside traditional religious institutions.

Keywords: [“share”,”community”,”How”]
Source: http://wisdom2conference.com/Schedule

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-06-2018

Jordan Peterson & Fascist Mysticism

12 Rules for Life is only Peterson’s second book in twenty years. Packaged for people brought up on BuzzFeed listicles, Peterson’s brand of intellectual populism has risen with stunning velocity; and it is boosted, like the political populisms of our time, by predominantly male and frenzied followers, who seem ever-ready to pummel his critics on social media. Peterson diagnoses this crisis as a loss of faith in old verities. Closer examination reveals Peterson’s ageless insights as a typical, if not archetypal, product of our own times: right-wing pieties seductively mythologized for our current lost generations. In all respects, Peterson’s ancient wisdom is unmistakably modern. These neo-romantics were responding, in the same way as Peterson, to an urgent need, springing from a traumatic experience of social and economic modernity, to believe-in whatever reassures and comforts. Peterson’s own lineage among these healers of modern man’s soul can be traced through his repeatedly invoked influences: not only Carl Jung, but also Mircea Eliade, the Romanian scholar of religion, and Joseph Campbell, a professor at Sarah Lawrence College, who, like Peterson, combined a conventional academic career with mass-market musings on heroic individuals. Peterson seems to have modelled his public persona on Jung rather than Campbell. Peterson may seem the latest in a long line of eggheads pretentiously but harmlessly romancing the noble savage. Peterson’s revered mentor, was a zealous Russian expansionist, who denounced Ukraine’s independence and hailed Vladimir Putin as the right man to lead Russia’s overdue regeneration. Nowhere in his published writings does Peterson reckon with the moral fiascos of his gurus and their political ramifications; he seems unbothered by the fact that thinking of human relations in such terms as dominance and hierarchy connects too easily with such nascent viciousness such as misogyny, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. Like Peterson, many of these hyper-masculinist thinkers saw compassion as a vice and urged insecure men to harden their hearts against the weak on the grounds that the latter were biologically and culturally inferior.

Keywords: [“Peterson”,”intellectual”,”Jung”]
Source: http://nybooks.com/daily/2018/03/19/jordan-peterson-and-fascist-mysticism

Quotations about or by Capitalism

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. Women’s sexy underwear is a minor but significant growth industry of late-twentieth-century Britain in the twilight of capitalism. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. It is impossible for capitalism to survive, primarily because the system of capitalism needs some blood to suck. Years later, Amanda used the woodpecker experiment as a model for understanding capitalism, Communism, Christianity, and all other systems that traffic in future rewards rather than in present realities. Feminism is a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians. Capitalism is a system in which the central institutions of society are in principle under autocratic control. If the world is lucky enough to enjoy peace, it may even one day make the discovery, to the horror of doctrinaire free-enterprisers and doctrinaire planners alike, that what is called capitalism and what is called socialism are both capable of working quite well. Predatory capitalism created a complex industrial system and an advanced technology; it permitted a considerable extension of democratic practice and fostered certain liberal values, but within limits that are now being pressed and must be overcome. Under capitalism man exploits man under socialism the reverse is true. The problem with capitalism is that it best rewards the worst part of us: the ruthless, competitive, cunning, opportunistic, aquisitive drives, giving little reward and often much punishment – or at least much handicap – to honesty, compassion, fair play, many forms of hard work, love of justice, and a concern for those in need. All fingers are not alike, If you cut bigger ones to make all equal it is communism, If you stretch smaller ones to make all equal it is socialism, If you do nothing to make all equal it is capitalism.

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”system”,”call”]
Source: https://www.poetrysoup.com/quotes/capitalism

Compassionate Capitalist Online Radio

Karen Rands, a true Venture Catalyst, shares her insights about Connecting Companies with Capital and Capital with Companies. This show engages the Early Stage Sophisticated Investor and Angel Investor Community and inspiring Entrepreneurs as a source for info of interest to both investors and entrepreneurs. Become a loyal listener and spread the word to business owners and investors you know! Karen as a presenter, author, and CEO has been involved in the early stage private equity space since 2001. When Karen speaks, people listen to what she has to say about creating wealth through entrepreneurship and private investment! Karen Rands, founder of the Compassionate Capitalist Movement for Angel Investors, talks with author Mark Faust, trusted advisor to Corporate Executive Teams and author of Growth or Bust and High Growth Levers, about how individuals and corporations use Compassionate Capitalism to create wealth and grow their business. As a nationally recognized expert on Angel Investing, Karen has written the best selling book Inside Secrets to Angel Investing as a step by step guide for learning how to invest in private companies to bring innovation to the market, create jobs and create wealth for all those involved – Compassionate Capitalism. She believes busy executives can effectively diversify their portfolio to invest in entrepreneurs as a wealth creation strategy, and enjoy the passion and excitment of an entrepreneurial endeavor without incurring all the risk and challenges of being an entrepreneur. Mark’s company, Echelon Management International, works with both leaders of successfully growing companies who want to raise the bar as well as with companies in turnaround. Mark has worked with and interviewed many Fortune 500 CEO’s, hundreds of number one sales performers, and thousands of his client’s top customers. From this experience and insight, he discovered a corporate version of Compassionate Capitalism that is part of the pattern for success for those companies and executives.

Keywords: [“company”,”Karen”,”Investor”]
Source: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/karen-rands

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-05-2018

What Is Marxism? What is the State?

The working class has seen the welfare state as a vital safety net, which provides basic health, education and security. We live in a class society where the ruling class does not represent the interests of the whole population, where a minority maintains its power and privileges by exploiting the majority. The class with economic dominance and power, the ruling class, created the state to protect itself, hold down its adversaries and guarantee that its will was done. In the last analysis however, if the capitalists feel threatened by the growing power of the working class, they will resort to other forms of capitalist state. One of the considerations of capitalist governments before implementing such plans is the strength of the working class and its ability to defend the historic conquests of the vote, the right to strike, organise in unions and other gains, if the ruling class was to attempt to remove them under a form of dictatorship. There is a series of blatantly political, class laws, relating to things like public order and industrial relations – most notoriously these were the Criminal Justice Act and the various anti-trade union laws introduced by the Tories, which are to do with making it more difficult for working class people to fight the attacks of the bosses. Some sections of the working class and even the middle class, especially young people, are antagonistic to the police. Lenin points out that Marxist revolutionaries, as opposed to reformists, say that the existing bourgeois state cannot be seized ready-made and used in the interests of the working class. Either the working class goes forward to take control of the economy and destroys the repressive apparatus which protects the ruling class and constructs its own institutions for running society democratically, or the leadership attempts a compromise, allows reaction to reorganise itself and move to crush workers and their organisations. In periods of heightened struggle, when the authority of the ruling class is in question and a victory by the working class is on the agenda, it would be irresponsible not to try to minimise the impact of state forces. In the confrontation between the rival powers of the working class and the bourgeoisie, the force used by the ruling class can only be minimised by a mass, well organised and determined movement of the working class. Working class communities in the first instance would be involved in preventing sabotage and disruption of the new socialist society by any disaffected group in the former ruling class.

Keywords: [“class”,”state”,”work”]
Source: http://marxism.org.uk/pack/state.html

Deep Change

In her empowering and practical book, she shares 21 Skills that can help you live a life of wisdom, compassion, and authentic leadership. The SQ21 model translates the most-admired qualities of our spiritual heroes-people like Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, or Martin Luther King Jr.-into a set of 21 skills that can be measured and intentionally developed. You will learn how to: Recognize the voice of Higher Self Live a life that is on-purpose and values-driven Understand people with very different points of view Sustain faith during challenging times Make compassionate and wise decisions Incorporating the best of contemporary and traditional spiritual wisdom in language that is faith neutral and faith-friendly, SQ21 is an invaluable tool for leaders, educators, coaches, consultants and anyone else seeking an effective, rational, and holistic way to embrace spirituality and see results. What They’re Saying I highly recommend this book. Conscious Capitalism, the ultimate path to long-term competitive advantage, requires conscious leaders. Conscious leaders must develop 5 key intelligences: IQ, physical intelligence, emotional intelligence, systems intelligence and spiritual intelligence(SQ). I am thrilled that Cindy Wigglesworth’s SQ21: The Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual Intelligence has finally described in a solid, practical way, what is needed and how we can develop these skills. Cindy Wigglesworth has devised an assessment that is an excellent overview of the process of general spiritual intelligence itself, including developmental variables-and thus one I can highly recommend! Ken Wilber, author of A Brief History of Everything. Wigglesworth has ventured to pioneer new ground in our relationship to larger forces-our spiritual selves. Finally, an intelligent book on Spiritual Intelligence! Cindy Wigglesworth doesn’t just preach its value, but shows us how it can be measured and developed as a skill-set. SQ21 is a must-read for anyone trying to navigate the multidimensional challenges of life today. Cindy Wigglesworth does for spiritual intelligence what Daniel Goleman does for emotional intelligence in giving it a clear definition, a sharpened focus, and elucidating the difference it can make in organizations as well as in individuals.

Keywords: [“Intelligence”,”Spiritual”,”Wigglesworth”]
Source: https://www.deepchange.com/sq21book

Compassion Can Only Exist In The Market

As we approach Christmas, a holiday season ripe for the usual anti-capitalism sentiment as countless of people who celebrate the date prepare to buy presents to put under the tree, we are reminded that in times of crisis, only individuals working in a private business, where they have incentives to act responsibly so that they may also benefit themselves, will be able to meet the market’s demands. In the end, no government bureaucrat can do what a simple pizza delivery man can. The story of Eric Olsen of Omaha, Nebraska, is a perfect example of this. After Hurricane Matthew hit Florida, forcing countless of locals to be shunned from the world as communication lines were cut due to the natural disaster, Olsen knew he had to do something to make sure his 87-year-old grandmother was OK.As he attempted to communicate with her, Olsen contacted the local police and the sheriff’s department, and yet nobody could tell him if Claire Olsen, his grandmother, was alive. After two days of agony, Olsen finally had a brilliant idea. Instead of calling another government agency in search for help, Olsen found a local pizza place and made the call that changed everything. Letting the delivery person know about his grandmother’s situation, Olsen asked the delivery person to call him when he finally delivered the pizza. So once the delivery man arrived, he put Claire in contact with her grandson. As it turns out, the joke is really on anyone who truly believes that in a time of crisis, only governments should be trusted to act on our behalf. When we trust the government to take on the responsibilities that truly should be our own, we also give bureaucrats and politicians powers over our own lives that should never be delegated to anyone else but ourselves. This story goes to show that the market takes care of its consumers not because it has power over them, but because it has a responsibility to deliver, otherwise, it loses customers to competitors. Once we all truly understand this, there will be no more need to convince anybody that a party is superior to another, and that a candidate in particular will do anything for us, as the public will finally realize politicians are not to be trusted.

Keywords: [“Olsen”,”pizza”,”finally”]
Source: https://www.theadvocates.org/2017/11/compassion-can-exist-market

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

The End of Sound Money and the Triumph of Crony Capitalism

During the Reagan era there had been a modicum of progress in throttling the domestic welfare state – with domestic spending dropping to 13.4 percent of GDP after having averaged 15.2 percent of GDP during the Carter years. Eight years of Republican government had brought the burden of domestic spending to just under 16 percent of national income – a figure materially higher than the 15.2 percent average during the last period of unified Democratic government under Carter. The most recent CBO baseline, for example, shows the Federal deficit declining from 11 percent of GDP this year to 3 percent by 2015 – a trend that looks like progress. The 15 percent tax rate on corporate dividends will jump to 39.6 percent in 2013. The estate tax rises from 35 percent on $5 million to 55 percent on $1 million. At the same time, when you remove the spending expiration booby traps, it appears that current policy for outlays as advocated by the Democrats – and most of the Republicans, too – is about 24 percent of GDP. So if you go by the math of it, the current bipartisan policy path results in a permanent fiscal deficit of 7-8 percent of GDP. That would amount to about $7 trillion in new bond issuance over the next five years, and take total public debt in the United States to over 100 percent of GDP. There is no telling, of course, how much more of Uncle Sam’s debt the monetary roach motels of the world can ultimately absorb. Not surprisingly, nominal or money GDP has gained only $530 billion during those 36 months, meaning that the annualized growth rate has been only 1.2 percent. Even if you allow for the alleged rebound since Q2 2009, the rate of money GDP growth has only been 3.8 percent, and was actually just 3.2 percent in the most recent quarter. By contrast, the new White House budget projects money GDP growth of 5.6 percent per annum over the next five years – meaning that nominal GDP would reach $20 trillion by then. At a 3.5 percent growth rate which is triple the growth rate of the last three years and in line with the post-June 2009 rate of advance – money GDP would come in at only $18 trillion by 2016. Back in 1975, when America’s baby boomers were still young, total household debt, including mortgages, car loans, credit cards, and bingo wagers was $730 billion or about 45 percent of GDP. Today, these households bear the enfeeblements of advancing age but have not shed many pounds of debt since the crisis of 2008: total household sector debt outstanding is still $13.4 trillion, or 91 percent of GDP – double where we started. If in the future households have to earn – not borrow – what they spend, that 3.5 percent assumption about money GDP growth would look more than plausible.

Keywords: [“percent”,”debt”,”year”]
Source: https://mises.org/library/end-sound-money-and-triumph-crony-capitalism

June Hee Kwon

June Hee Kwon is a faculty fellow of Korean Language and Culture. Her research and teaching focus on transnational migration and development; anthropology of exchange; kinship, ethnicity and relatedness; affect and compassion; aid and humanitarianism; travel of science and technology. Currently, Dr.Kwon is completing her book manuscript, Rhythms of a Borderland: The Korean Chinese Transnational Commute Between China and Korea, examines the remittance-driven everyday lives of Korean Chinese who move back and forth between Seoul, South Korea, and the Korean Chinese Autonomous Prefecture of Yanbian, China, an ethnic zone bordering North Korea. In the context of the kinship reunions and ethnic alliances between Korean Chinese and South Korea that flourished after the Cold War, I conducted field research in China and South Korea for more than two years, tracing the circuit of Korean Chinese transnational labor migration that has been ongoing over the last two decades. Informed by theories of mobility and immobility, time and value, affect and ethics, my work conceptualizes rhythm as a bio-political subject-making principle that mediates time and space, present and future, regularity and irregularity. Whereas most observers understand transnational migration as either movement between spaces or simultaneous belonging to multiple places, my book reframes transnational migration as an assemblage of different perceptions and practices of time under the competing rhythms that shape transnational bodies and money flows. Dr. Kwon is developing another research on transnational economy and compassionate capitalism into my second book, The Compassion of Science: The Humanitarianism Aids and Moral Economy in North Korea. This project examines the role of scientists and medical doctors who have engaged in humanitarian efforts to enhance a self-sufficient public health and eventual economic social betterment in North Korea. I pay special attention to the role of transpacific Korean diaspora scientists’ compassionate humanitarianism and the consequence of collaborative experiments with North Korean governments and their scientists under North Korea’s foreign policy. On the basis of multi-sited fieldwork across China, South Korea, and the US, The Compassion of Science will shed light on the intersection of science with compassionate capitalism in the context of a marginalized, precarious country-especially how this intersection plays a key role in inculcating market logic and developing a common scientific language.

Keywords: [“Korea”,”Korean”,”transnational”]
Source: https://as.nyu.edu/content/nyu-as/as/faculty/june-hee-kwon.html

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-03-2018

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey On “Conscious capitalism”

Starting my own business was kind of a wakeup call in a number of different ways. We had to… The wages were under competitive pressures, so there was all this competition on us that of course made operating the business successfully difficult. It’s kind of like having to meet a payroll and having to meet the demands of our customers is a great destroyer of utopian fantasies and utopian ideologies. I just found that the belief system that I had going into operating that business was inadequate to explain the experiences that I was having in business and I began to look around and read other books and other philosophies to try to make sense out of my life and out of my business experience and it was really through encountering the free market capitalist philosophies of Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises and many other free market philosophers that I came to realize that this explanation made a lot more sense in my business experience and made more sense in terms of how the world really operated and so that is when my worldview began to shift and I began to let go of being sort of a democratic socialist. John Mackey: Any type of political ideology is going to have a lot of different variants of it, a lot of different…. Libertarians are constantly arguing with each other who is the most pure libertarian and who is most ideologically pure. What I resist… one of the strains of libertarianism and that I reject: I reject the idea that human kind is essentially selfish, not only as an observation that we frequently are selfish, but there is a strain of belief, particularly in the Ayn Rand part of the movement that believes people ought to be selfish, that that is a virtue, that humans are always self interested and altruism is evil and love is something that makes us weak. I’m a caring, compassionate person and I believe that free markets and free minds leads to the greatest human flourishing, so I really want humans to flourish and I believe liberty and market economies and capitalism are the best strategies for full human flourishing. John Mackey: I do believe that many libertarians are animated by human flourishing. They… we sincerely believe that human flourishing… That we need to be free and that we need to be creative, and that through human freedom entrepreneurship that humans are creative; they create new ways of creating value for each other that expresses the self through the economic system and leads to greater prosperity, not for a few, but for most people and eventually all people. So there is a strain of deep idealism in the libertarian movement. It’s again sometimes masked over by that ideology of selfishness, but the human flourishing element is definitely a big aspect of I think of the motivational structure of many libertarians. John Mackey: I think the zero-sum worldview is the predominate one.

Keywords: [“human”,”business”,”flourish”]
Source: http://www.valuewalk.com/2018/02/whole-foods-ceo-john-mackey

Capitalism and the Free Society, Part 1

For the classical liberal, the most fundamental property right possessed by an individual is to his own person. Now if the individual has a right to his life and his liberty, and to the fruits of his own labor – the harvested crop – then it logically follows that this individual has an equally just private property right in the tools, implements and equipment that he has produced through his mental and physical labor to assist him in his productive efforts. Capitalism is an economic system based on the principle of every individual’s right to his own life, his own liberty and his own honestly acquired property. The capitalist system also is based on the principle that the recognition of every individual’s right to his own life and liberty requires that all human relationships and associations be established through voluntary consent and mutual agreement. To have production goods in the economic sense, i.e. to make them serve one’s own economic purposes, it is not necessary to have them physically in the way that one must have consumption goods if one is to use them up or to use them lastingly. To drink coffee I do not need to own a coffee plantation in Brazil, an ocean liner, and a coffee roasting plant, though all these means of production must be used to bring a cup of coffee to my table. In the society that divides labor no one is exclusive owner of the means of production, either of the material things or of the personal element, capacity to work. The individual who owns nothing but the labor of his own mind and body is able to sell his talents and abilities for what others may consider them to be worth, either in directly satisfying some others’ consumer demands or in assisting an employer in producing a product to be sold to consumers in the marketplace. With the wages earned for services rendered, this individual who owns nothing but himself now has the outputs of the world placed before him by all the other private owners of various means of production who can only earn revenues and income by finding interested and willing buyers for the goods and services they offer on the market. In their own self-interests, so they also may demand the outputs of others in the arena of market exchange, the owners of the physical means of production must apply themselves in their producer roles to successfully fulfill the consumer wants and desires of everyone else in the society. Just as each of us helps in determining everyone else’s relative income position when we spend portions of our own earned income on various goods we desire and for which we are willing to pay. The capitalist system generates the institutional framework and incentive structure that leaves everyone free as an individual to live his own life, enjoy his personal liberty, and use his private property as his peacefully and honestly considers best for his own betterment.

Keywords: [“own”,”individual”,”other”]
Source: https://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/11/capitalism-and-the-free…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-02-2018

Compassionate Capitalism: Full Text Of Narayana Murthy’s Letter To The Media

Mumbai: Text of Narayan Murthy’s letter to the media about COO Pravin Rao’s compensation. I recruited Pravin in 1985 and had nurtured him throughout my stay at Infosys since then. Those of us who have always stood for fairness in compensation and practised it, right from the day Infosys was founded, will have to demonstrate it when needed. I believe in striving towards reducing differences in compensation and equity in a corporation. You may not know that my Infosys salary at the time of the founding of Infosys was just 10% of my salary in my previous job. I gave them huge equity compensation the like of which has never been replicated in this world. I have always felt that every senior management person of an Indian corporation has to show self restraint in his or her compensation and perquisites. Without compassionate capitalism, this country cannot create jobs and solve the problem of poverty. Further, giving nearly 60% to 70% increase in compensation for a top level person when the compensation for most of the employees in the company was increased by just 6% to 8% is, in my opinion, not proper. This is grossly unfair to the majority of the Infosys employees including project managers, delivery managers, analysts, programmers, sales people in the field, entry level engineers, clerks and office boys who are toiling hard to make the company better. No previous resolution in the history of the company has received such a low approval. Finally, given the current poor governance standards at Infosys, let us also remember that these targets for variable pay may not be adhered to if the board wants to favor a top management person.

Keywords: [“compensation”,”Infosys”,”salary”]
Source: https://www.ndtv.com/business/compassionate-capitalism-full-text-of-narayana-murthys-letter-to-the-media-1676524

Capitalist or Communist?

It is a conditional capitalism, and certainly a compassionate capitalism. The Sabbatical year, was designed to allow the land to rest and regenerate. Six years the land would be worked, but in the seventh year it would rest and lie fallow. The agricultural cycle in the Holy Land imposed strict rules and regulations on the owner of the land. The owner could take some, but so could his workers, friends and neighbors. The landowner, in his own land, would have no more right than the stranger. For six years you own the property, but in the seventh you enjoy no special claims. The ten percent tithes, as well as the obligation to leave to the poor the unharvested corners of one’s field, the gleanings, and the forgotten sheaves are all part of the system of compassionate capitalism. Judaism thus presents an economic system which boasts the best of both worlds-the advantages of an unfettered free market, allowing personal expression and success relative to hard work, without the drawbacks of corporate greed. G‑d bestows His blessings upon us, but clearly, the deal is that we must share. The Sabbatical year is one of many checks and balances that keep our capitalism kosher. May you make lots of money, and encourage G‑d to keep showering you with His blessings by sharing it generously with others.

Keywords: [“Capitalism”,”share”,”year”]
Source: https://www.chabad.org/parshah/article_cdo/aid/279679/jewish/Capitalist-or-Communist.htm

Compassionate Capitalism

Pay attention to the soul of your business or you might miss incredible opportunities. Business is the most pervasive and influential force on the planet today. Its activities transcend national and international borders. The net of this is that business, as a prevalent and important force, has a moral responsibility to guide, enhance, value, and nourish the existence of all that it encounters. In the world today, the absolute opposite of this occurs. Business today seldom assesses the efficacy of its activities through the lens of anything but profit. Traditional capitalism forgets an important variable, that of happiness. The true purpose of business is to uplift the experience of existing. It is not to produce ever-cheaper goods and services. Compassionate capitalism is an economic system meant to make a lot of money, help a lot of people, and have a lot of fun.

Keywords: [“Business”,”lot”,”activities”]
Source: http://ivanmisner.com/compassionate-capitalism/

Purpose Store – Purpose Coin

Welcome to a store that has products, videos, and books to help you find your life’s Purpose that can only be purchased or donated with Purpose Coins. Here are some links to writings by some of our members of Purpose Coin. The most common systems such as capitalism, socialism, free-market, and command economies are compared and evaluated. The author proposes a new traditional economy that focuses on integrity, innovation propelled economic growth, encouragement from efficient governments, and priority assistance to the poor. He also cites numerous examples where businesses are making significant contributions to communities mired in poverty and suggests strategies for companies that wish to join in the effort. Please donate 20 Purpose Coins to his Waves wallet for this great book.

Keywords: [“Purpose”,”capitalism”,”Coin”]
Source: http://purpose-coin.io/purpose-store/

The Business Ethics of Capitalism with Compassion

At times, we forget who we are and what we have become. Corporate profitability, growth and career development without strong values give way to destructive behaviors and damaging work environments. In today’s corporate world, success is often equated with sacrificing our values and well-being for capital gain such as wealth, power and possessions. Filled with tips, tales, and tools to identify and eliminate toxic behaviors and motivators, as well as priceless lessons from top industry leaders and powerful research from academics, Moral Fiber is the ultimate guidebook on how to create a thriving business and career while staying true to who you are and what you believe.

Keywords: [“business”,”corporate”,”Fiber”]
Source: http://moralfiber.world/

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-01-2018

Compassionate Capitalist – Reality Check – Having a Plan

Two-faced capitalism

Good corporate citizenship is a theme of the Davos celebrations. Admittedly, even fewer, just 5%, named CSR in its own right as the single most important criterion; but one might add to this the additional 24% who said that the reputation and integrity of the brand, to which good corporate citizenship presumably contributes, matter most. From an ethical point of view, the problem with conscientious CSR is obvious: it is philanthropy at other people’s expense. Advocates of CSR typically respond that this misses the point: corporate virtue is good for profits. The trouble is, CSR that pays dividends, so to speak, is unlikely to impress the people whose complaints first put CSR on the board’s agenda. Profit-maximising CSR does not silence the critics, which was the initial aim; CSR that is not profit-maximising might silence the critics but is unethical. In a new book, co-written with Karen Southwick, Mr Benioff argues that corporate philanthropy, done right, transforms the culture of the firm concerned*. Unlike some advocates of CSR, Mr Benioff says he opposes government mandates to undertake such activities. In any case, if Mr Benioff is right, and CSR done wisely helps businesses succeed, compulsion should not be needed. Lack of compulsion is exactly what is wrong with current approaches to CSR, say many of the NGOs that first put firms on the spot for their supposedly unethical practices. CSR was conjured up in the first place because government action was deemed inadequate: orthodox politics was a sham, so pressure had to be put directly on firms by organised protest. Ten years on, instead of declaring victory, as well they might, disenchanted NGOs like Christian Aid are coming to regard CSR as the greater sham, and are calling on governments to resume their duties.

Keywords: [“CSR”,”corporate”,”firm”]
Source: https://www.economist.com/node/2369912

Scotland’s Compassionate Capitalist Legacy

The global banking sector was enticed to set up shop in London with the promise of a non-interventionist government with ‘light touch regulation. ‘ Over the next 30 years’ successive Westminster Governments embraced laissez faire capitalism with gusto. What is perhaps less well known is that the capitalism set in motion by her government was a gross distortion of his beliefs. Michael Marin, Canadian law professor and Gates Cambridge Scholar in his paper Disembedding Corporate Governance: The Crisis of Shareholder Primacy in the UK and Canada sets out in detail the role that the corporate governance of laissez faire capitalism had in the global financial crash. At the heart of the problem is the fact that a company and its directors are legally required to put the interests of shareholders above all other stakeholders. The mission of a company becomes about maximising shareholder returns – often at any cost. In 2015, the World Economic Forum recognised that there no longer needed to be a trade-off between economic growth, competitiveness and social inclusion. A fact experienced by Bart Houlahan, a US businessman who helped grow the basketball apparel company, AND1, to become the number two brand in the US behind Nike. Within weeks of the sale, the company’s commitment to employees, the community and the environment had been stripped away. B Corps are companies that have met these standards and changed their constitution to rank all stakeholders equally. Recognised brands have come on board including the clothing company Patagonia; the on-line market place Etsy; the funding platform Kickstarter; and the ethical bank Triodos. Fast Company attributed ‘The B Corp movement [as] one of the ’20 Moments that Mattered’ over the last 20 years.

Keywords: [“company”,”Shareholder”,”Government”]
Source: http://www.businessforscotland.com/scotlands-compassionate-capitalist-legacy/

The Compassion of Capitalism

We benefit from the compassion of capitalism and we must help others achieve the same blessings. Sufferings or misfortunes of others – we feel a current state of uneasiness or hardship that we want to improve. How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it except the pleasure of seeing it. As we have no immediate experience of what other men feel, we can form no idea of the manner in which they are affected, but by conceiving what we ourselves should feel in the like situation. We must be able to have sympathy for and identify sufferings of others in order to solve problems and serve others. Sympathy and concern for others form the bedrock of free market exchange. Entrepreneurs play a vital role in identifying the misfortunes of others, putting themselves in others’ shoes, to really experience what they are going through. In a free society, men like Henry Turkel can take their natural born sympathies towards others and aid them in their misfortune. Through his profession, he had many occasions to understand the needs of infants and others who are incapacitated such that they cannot feed themselves. If not for Dr. Turkel’s sympathy, understanding of suffering, and the incentives to do something about it, my Bailey Grace may not be where she is today. His innovation, which is encouraged when one lives within a capitalist system, breeds compassion even among the greedy and selfish. It does encourage ordinary people to unleash their God-given creativity to identify the sufferings of others and eliminate them.

Keywords: [“other”,”Turkel”,”suffering”]
Source: https://tifwe.org/the-compassion-of-capitalism/