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

Sam Harris Couldn’t Help But Smear Ayn Rand

Although Sam Harris is wrong about various important issues, he occasionally writes cogently about important matters. He skewers moral relativism and aptly identifies the dangers of Islamic ideology. The result was Objectivism-a view that makes a religious fetish of selfishness and disposes of altruism and compassion as character flaws. If nothing else, this approach to ethics was a triumph of marketing, as Objectivism is basically autism rebranded. Rand’s attempt to make literature out of this awful philosophy produced some commensurately terrible writing. 

Harris’s account of Rand’s ideas is patently wrong in practically every detail-which is not surprising given that, by his own admission, he has not actually read her works. Those who care to learn what Rand advocated would do well to ignore Harris’s smears, read Rand for themselves, and reach their own conclusions. I do want briefly to address the ways in which Rand’s views differ from Harris’s fantasies. She advocated rational self-interest, recognizing that one’s interests entail thinking long range about the requirements of one’s life and happiness, and acting in accordance with principles formed on the basis of such thinking. The principles she recognized as necessary to human life include respecting people’s rights, developing loving romantic relationships, and building meaningful friendships. 

Rand did not confuse altruism with being friendly or helpful; rather, she saw it as a creed of self-sacrifice, a morality that demands that one sacrifice the values on which one’s life and happiness depend for the alleged benefit of others. Harris’s claims about Rand are, one and all, perfect misrepresentations of her views. 

Keywords: [“Rand”,”Harris's”,”view”]
Source: https://www.theobjectivestandard.com/2012/05/sam-harris-couldnt…

What Is Stoicism? A Definition & 9 Stoic Exercises To Get You Started

Stoic writing is much closer to a yoga session or a pre-game warm up than to a book of philosophy a university professor might write. The Stoics had an exercise called Turning the Obstacle Upside Down. What a Stoic does is turn every obstacle into an opportunity. As Don Robertson explains in his book, when the Stoics discuss overcoming ‘passions’, which they called patheiai, they refer to the irrational, unhealthy and excessive desires and emotions. Being a good person and doing the right thing right now, that’s what matters and that’s what was important to the Stoics. 

The Stoics would also point out that, once while drunk, Alexander got into a fight with his dearest friend, Cleitus, and accidentally killed him. The second, more subtle point, is to tap into what the Stoics call sympatheia, or a mutual interdependence with the whole of humanity. The single most important practice in Stoic philosophy is differentiating between what we can change and what we can’t. The premeditatio malorum is a Stoic exercise of imagining things that could go wrong or be taken away from us. It is why amor fati is the Stoic exercise and mindset that you take on for making the best out of anything that happens: Treating each and every moment-no matter how challenging-as something to be embraced, not avoided. 

The Stoics were writing honestly, often self-critically, about how they could become better people, be happier, and deal with the problems they faced. You can see how practicing misfortune makes you stronger in the face of adversity; how flipping an obstacle upside down turns problems into opportunities; and how remembering how small you are keeps your ego manageable and in perspective. 

Keywords: [“Stoic”,”how”,”life”]
Source: https://dailystoic.com/what-is-stoicism-a-definition-3-stoic…

Benito Mussolini & the Italian Fascism State

Watch this great introductory video that I created on GoAnimate if you haven’t watched it already! It is a brief explanation of Benito Mussolini and Fascism. Benito Mussolini was the founder of Fascism and leader of Italy from 1922 to 1943. Benito Mussolini was killed in northern Italy while retreating back to Germany with other fascist officials of his short lived Italian Social Republic. Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini was born in Forli, Italy, 1883, in a working class family. 

In February 1908, Mussolini once again left Italy to Trento, an ethnically Italian city under the control of Austria-Hungary. In 1918 Mussolini declared that Italy was in need of a man that was energetic enough to revive the Italian people. As the disorder grew, Mussolini and his Italian Combat Squad recruited unemployed ex-soldiers and formed paramilitary squadrons that would restore peace in the streets of Italy. Influenced by Italy’s Roman past, Benito Mussolini believed he was the contemporary Roman Emperor and set out to create an Italian Empire. Returning to Italy, Mussolini adopted the Nazi goose-step marching style for the Italian army and enacted the Manifesto of Race, which stripped Italian Jews of their citizenship and their ability to hold public office. 

To conceal the location of Benito Mussolini’s detainment from Gestapo intelligence, Benito Mussolini was sent to a remote jail in the mountains. Two months after being incarcerated by the new Italian government, a special unit of the Nazi army raided the Gran Sasso prison and rescued Benito Mussolini. To blunt Nazi repression on the Italian people, Mussolini set up a regime in northern Italy called the Italian Social Republic. 

Keywords: [“Mussolini”,”Italy”,”Benito”]
Source: https://fascistitaly.wordpress.com/benito-mussolini

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 08-07-2018

Matthieu Ricard

Sharjah 24: Matthieu Ricard, philosopher and best-selling author of books on happiness and compassion, inaugurated the first day of the World Government Summit 2018 by asking the assembled audience to consider a more compassionate and altruistic approach to daily life for the benefit of society and the world. 3 lessons I learned from the Tibetan monk who works with the Dalai Lama and went viral as ‘the happiest man alive’ Published on January 08, 2018 In Press Reviews. I sat down with Matthieu Ricard, a Tibetan Buddhist monk who found himself famous among the TED Talk set and reluctantly decided to use the spotlight to share teachings. A scientist and a monk compare notes on meditation, therapy, and their effects on the brain. In his writing and in his life, he explores happiness…. Contemplating happiness with Matthieu Ricard Published on July 02, 2017 In Press Reviews. 

Scientific studies have shown that you can train your brain to be more compassionate; and coupling compassion with altruism can generate a positive outlook in individuals and society. French Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard-who used to be a biochemist-has been studying and practicing altruism for many years, and teaches the meditative techniques t…. A Case For Freedom of Expression Based on Altruism Published on March 24, 2017 In Press Reviews. Freedom is clearly a basic need for all living beings. How to be happy, per the Happiest Man in the World Published on March 12, 2017 In Press Reviews. 

He’s been hailed the happiest man in the world. A dialogue between Matthieu Ricard and Elizabeth Kolbert, moderated by Sam Mowe. Scientist, monk, best-selling author, humanitarian-how Matthieu Ricard discovered that caring for others is the only answer. 

Keywords: [“Matthieu”,”Ricard”,”monk”]
Source: http://www.matthieuricard.org/en/articles

Defining Economic Justice and Social Justice

Social justice is the virtue which guides us in creating those organized human interactions we call institutions. Economic justice, which touches the individual person as well as the social order, encompasses the moral principles which guide us in designing our economic institutions. The ultimate purpose of economic justice is to free each person to engage creatively in the unlimited work beyond economics, that of the mind and the spirit. Like every system, economic justice involves input, out-take, and feedback for restoring harmony or balance between input and out-take. Within the system of economic justice as defined by Louis Kelso and Mortimer Adler, there are three essential and interdependent principles: Participative Justice, Distributive Justice, and Social Justice. 

Like the legs of a three-legged stool, if any of these principles is weakened or missing, the system of economic justice will collapse. Through the distributional features of private property within a free and open marketplace, distributive justice becomes automatically linked to participative justice, and incomes become linked to productive contributions. The principle of distributive justice involves the sanctity of property and contracts. Many confuse the distributive principles of justice with those of charity. Distributive justice follows participative justice and breaks down when all persons are not given equal opportunity to acquire and enjoy the fruits of income-producing property. 

Economic harmony results when Participative and Distributive Justice are operating fully for every person within a system or institution. The harmony that results from the operation of social justice is more consistent with the truism that a society that seeks peace must first work for justice. 

Keywords: [“justice”,”Economic”,”Social”]
Source: http://www.cesj.org/learn/definitions/defining-economic-justice-and…

Review: Money, Greed, and God – Acton Institute PowerBlog

The belief that the essence of capitalism is greed is perhaps the biggest myth Jay W. Richards tackles in his new book, Money, Greed, and God: Why Capitalism is the Solution and not the Problem. Richards does however have a skill for tightly honed logical arguments, and he not only is able to defend free markets but tear lethal holes into many of the economic ramblings of the religious left. The overarching strength of Richards work is how he places the free market message into the context of Christian discussions and debate. Richards also provides an argument of sorts through narrative in his book by contrasting his youthful naïveté with his more mature adult self. 

The chapter on greed and capitalism contain some of the most thoughtful and helpful arguments particularly when he discusses the value of the entrepreneur in society. The author grasps and understands the arguments made by those who are hostile to the market and the religious backgrounds they come out of, and this helps his ability to respond. I have heard all of the myths and teachings Richards is so skilled at countering. The religious left will probably ignore this book rather than respond to many of the well thought out and ordered arguments. Richards takes on figures like Ayn Rand, who celebrate selfishness over the defense of the other. 

The moral argument of course characterizes the basis of the Acton Institute’s purpose and mission. The Acton hand print is all over this book of course because Richards penned the book during his tenure at Acton. Even if one is not inclined to believe or rally around the arguments made by Richards it offers a nice balance to much of the economic branding offered up by the popular culture and religious left of late. 

Keywords: [“Richards”,”book”,”argument”]
Source: http://blog.acton.org/archives/10317-review-money-greed-and-god.html

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 08-06-2018

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/business/2004/01/22/two-faced-capitalism

Early Retirement Extreme: — a combination of simple living, anticonsumerism, DIY ethics, self-reliance, and applied capitalism

Outgoing people have a psychological need to interact with other people most of the time. This can pose a big problem for extraverted early retirees as most people at the same age or even 10 or 20 years older will away at their jobs for over 10 hours a day for 5 or 6 days of the week, effectively most of their waking time. This leaves very little time or very few opportunities to soak up the required amount of interaction for those who no longer work for a living. At least you get to talk to other dog owners every time you run into one. I like hobbies, reading, learning, playing music, practicing instruments, spending hours on wikipedia, Hanging out with people other than DW for a couple of hours a day, 4 days a week is enough for me. 

Now, many working people spend their time on the job, watching TV and maybe one activity, which for introverts would be a hobby and for extraverts would be going out. I already mentioned getting a dog I would also encourage people to join committee work, fund-raising, and maybe non-profit volunteering. Building trails, teaching people how to sail, rescuing pets, politics, being the treasurer of the HOA, etc. Depending on your interests, this can be very rewarding if you can find the right kind people to work with/for. I used to live next to the municipal golf course and every Monday morning there were people playing golf. 

This would all happen when other people are working and in the function of these activities you would probably be interacting with some of them or the few other retirees you could find if you are flexible. In conclusion, I think even if you can not get along without other people to get your , it is still possible to find something rewarding to do if retiring extremely early, while everybody else stay at their jobs. 

Keywords: [“people”,”time”,”day”]
Source: http://earlyretirementextreme.com

Why ObamaCare is Not Socialism

The main problem with boiling down American healthcare reform under the PPACA to buzzwords is that terms like socialism only broadly define a philosophical economic/political theory. With that said, the trillions made off the healthcare system for private companies doesn’t exactly scream socialism the philosophy or socialism as presented by the media. Socialism is a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole. In truth, socialism and communism are distinctly different. Socialism on the other had is a range of economic and social systems characterized by social ownership and democratic control of the means of production. 

If we apply socialism to healthcare we get single payer, if we apply communism we would likely get state controlled fund and healthcare delivery system. Suffice to say, communism is sort of like a radical socialism, and is pretty much the opposite of capitalism. If America is about a balance of powers then neither total free-market or communism should be on the table, but democratic socialism could be. Right wing-ers in America like to bunch communism and socialism into the same group to attack different political views, but the truth is our brand of governing really just borrows ideas from all over the place to create something uniquely American. Socialism is a philosophy, a regulated free-market is a completely different idea. 

A regulated free market is different than socialism because the primary goal is a free market and government only regulates when deemed necessary. Socialism suggests that all things are regulated and controlled by the government and little to nothing is left to the free-market. 

Keywords: [“socialism”,”healthcare”,”regulate”]
Source: https://obamacarefacts.com/2015/03/30/why-obamacare-is-not-socialism

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 08-05-2018

“Helping and Hating the Homeless”

Helping and Hating the Homeless: The Struggle at the Margins of America. Almost none of what was said had anything to do with the homeless people I know-not the ones I once traveled with, not the ones in town. In many American cities, vets make up close to 50 percent of all homeless males. You can learn that the world of the homeless has its roots in various policies, events, and ways of life for which some of us are responsible and from which some of us actually prosper. We decide, as a people, to go to war, we ask our children to kill and to die, and the result, years later, is grown men homeless on the street. 

Here, for example, is the story of Alice, a homeless middle-aged woman in Los Angeles, where there are, perhaps, 50,000 homeless people. The homeless in our cities mark out for themselves particular neighborhoods, blocks, buildings, doorways. The point is this: our response to the homeless is fed by a complex set of cultural attitudes, habits of thought, and fantasies and fears so familiar to us, so common, that they have become second nature and might as well be instinctive, for all the control we have over them. What does seem clear is that the homeless embody all that bourgeois culture has for centuries tried to eradicate and destroy. Every government program, almost every private project, is geared as much to the needs of those giving help as it is to the needs of the homeless. 

Whatever the case, the fact remains that almost every one of our strategies for helping the homeless is simply an attempt to rearrange the world cosmetically, in terms of how it looks and smells to us. How we mediate by default or design between those contrary forces will determine not only the destinies of the homeless but also something crucial about the nation, and perhaps – let me say it – about our own souls. 

Keywords: [“Homeless”,”world”,”men”]
Source: https://msu.edu/~jdowell/135/PMarin.html

The language of humanitarianism has played a central role in recent political and media debates about undocumented migrants crossing into Europe and North America. There is already a host of humanitarian nongovernmental organizations – ranging from the big, famous ones such as the International Committee of the Red Cross and Doctors without Borders to many other local incarnations – working at various entry points into Europe, such as the Spanish islands of Ceuta and Melilla as well as Italian Lampedusa. The quintessential humanitarian victims bear no responsibility for their suffering. Their innocence is what qualifies them for humanitarian compassion. Yet the migrant children who were at the heart of the crisis in the United States were not afforded the status of victims, worthy of humanitarian aid. 

If humanitarianism is the primary language used to counter closed-border and anti-immigrant policies, the majority of migrants – children included – will be sent to detention centers or deported without due process. Talking about any situation as a humanitarian emergency makes it seem as if it is an exception to an otherwise peaceful order. At best, it is naïve to suggest that the crossings will be stopped by fences, or the drownings by humanitarians. Third, humanitarianism is about feelings rather than rights; it is about compassion, not entitlement. Humanitarian exceptions are precisely that – exceptions to regular laws. 

When migrants are spoken of as humanitarian victims, we take them out of the range of the law, where they have the right to be free from violence. To argue against humanitarian borders is not to argue against a place for emotion in the face of the many dead; it is to make way for feelings that fit with different projects for equality, with different political visions. 

Keywords: [“Humanitarian”,”humanitarianism”,”migrant”]
Source: http://www.publicseminar.org/2015/09/the-problem-with-humanitarian-borders

The Political Compass

It’s timely to stress that The Political Compass has been on the internet since 2001. The uniqueness of our take on politics is reflected in the gratifyingly enthusiastic reviews we’ve enjoyed in the national media of many countries from our earliest years – as well as from many teachers and academics who continue to use our work. The enduring appeal of The Political Compass lies in its universality, and the fact that it’s not a fly-by-night election-time survey, but a continually accessible profile of a political personality applicable to all democracies. Although we’d like the time to develop more updates than we can sometimes offer, we remain a tool for comparing the politics of countries and well-known political figures, past and present. Our essential point is that Left and Right, although far from obsolete, are essentially a measure of economics. 

As political establishments adopt either enthusiastically or reluctantly the prevailing economic orthodoxy – the neo-liberal strain of capitalism – the Left-Right division between mainstream parties becomes increasingly blurred. Instead, party differences tend to be more about identity issues. In the narrowing debate, our social scale is more crucial than ever. We’re indebted to people like Wilhelm Reich, Hans Eysenck and Theodor Adorno for their ground-breaking work in this field. We believe that, in an age of diminishing ideology, The Political Compass helps a new generation in particular to get a better idea of where they stand politically – and the sort of political company they keep. 

The Political Compass continues to offer something more substantial all year round, and we look forward to keeping our hundreds of thousands of visitors stimulated for years to come. Take the test – but be sure to check out our other pages as well! 

Keywords: [“Political”,”more”,”Compass”]
Source: https://www.politicalcompass.org

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

10 Favourite Quotes from Dr. Gabor Mate

On the surface, addictive or self-destructive behavior seems illogical but if we focus its benefits, few though they may be, we will be able to unlock the mystery of the behavior and put ourselves in a position to change it. The list of symptoms and signs makes very little room for the emotional impact of poor time management, poor attentional control, lack of follow-through, impulsive behavior, and constant restlessness. Children are a great incentive and impetus for parents to learn about themselves, about each other and about life itself. Become and remain the secure base in your child’s life and you will be experienced as a lifeline when needed. Love felt by the parent does not automatically translate into love experienced by the child. 

Whether these features become talents or problems depends, in short, on how the child’s nature is nurtured. Dr. Mate is speaking of the traits of the ADHD child, the parts of our personalities that are hard-wired into being. What determines the weight of that burden is largely influenced by the ability and willingness of those around that child to accept the child for who she or he is and to meet them where they are. Whatever the hopes, wishes or intentions of the parent, the child does not experience the parent directly: the child experiences the parenting. 

When we are older and have the capacity to view our parents’ behavior in context, we might find it easier to forgive and understand their actions. This doesn’t mean that we need to parent in fear of ruining the children, but to parent mindfully, knowing that we are the single greatest influence that they will experience in their lives. We readily feel for the suffering child, but cannot see the child in the adult who, his soul fragmented and isolated, hustles for survival a few blocks away from where we shop or work. 

Keywords: [“parent”,”child”,”behavior”]
Source: https://connectivitycounselling.com/10-favourite-quotes-from-dr…

Zeitgeist: Moving Forward

I have been asked by one of my acquaintances to render my opinion on the Zeitgeist Movement and while I will not berate anyone who believes in the lofty ideals that this group claims to promote, I question their pragmatism in attaining these lofty goals. I am bereft of even one example in history where a populist Utopian group, which is what the Zeitgeist Movement is, has ever delivered a net positive benefit once their theories are implemented. Conserving all the world’s resources as the common heritage of all of the Earth’s people. Transcending all of the artificial boundaries that separate people. It seems to me that any one of these first four ideals establish the grounds for global warfare more than anything resembling the placid idyllic future the Zeitgeist Movement envisions. 

I hear the Zeitgeist Movements’ visionary promises of efficiency, plenty, and equality. I hear the Zeitgeist Movements’ call to promises of efficiency, plenty, and equality I see the killing fields of Khmer Rouge. The Romans killed the Germans, the Germans killed the Jews, the Jews killed the Arabs, and the Arabs killed the hostagesand that’s the news. I do not see the Zeitgeist Movement bringing a resolution to this, even though their intentions may be as pure as the driven snow. As I have said before I am not accusing the Movements rank and file or even their leadership of planning such atrocities or of clandestinely plotting global hegemony. 

My paths are not as glamorous as the photos depicting the Movements vision of an ultra-modern archeology society. Since my time is short my efforts will focused on tangible returns that produce positive outcomes in the earthly realm of small judiciously chosen battles and leave the grandiose, epic and in my humble opinion ultimately unworkable or potentially harmful Zeitgeist Movement. 

Keywords: [“Movement”,”Zeitgeist”,”How”]
Source: https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/zeitgeist-moving-forward

Open Access OMICS Journals List

Peer review is the essential part for maintaining substantial standard in publishing and brings out the best possible scientific novel information from the potential authors and researchers globally. This Open Access Publishing house has around 700+ peer-reviewed journals, 50,000 eminent and renowned Editorial Board members, and highly qualified, expert reviewers to meet the objectives of the Peer-Review Process. The main question that often emerges in this aspect is about the review process adopted to screen the articles for publication. One of the most acceptable and proven process adopted in majority reputed international journals is peer reviewing. Enables Journal editors to select the most important research findings for publication in their journals, based upon the subject, independent reviews of an expert group. 

The process of peer review is comprehended and acknowledged by the majority of researchers. The reviewers will be given priority utmost to reflect the appraisals of a research work and to extract the potentialities of the researcher. All journals are subjected to a single-blind peer review process. The peer-review process is done by esteemed reviewers with an in-depth knowledge of the specialized discipline and purpose of the process. In order to encourage maximum participation from part of the reviewers, scientific credits will be provided based on the number of manuscripts handled and the exemplary timelines by the authors. 

The standard peer review process is also essential from the perspective of editorial board members, who takes the responsibility in shaping the open access articles to meet the international standards of open access journals. Peer-reviewed articles are assessed and critiqued by the scientists and experts in the same field after the article is distributed for review. 

Keywords: [“review”,”Process”,”Journal”]
Source: https://www.omicsonline.org/peer-reviewed-journals.php

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 08-03-2018

Africa University International Peace Marathon Unites the Community

MUTARE, Zimbabwe – About 1,500 runners braved 90-degree heat and a difficult course to compete Nov. 9 in the inaugural Africa University International Peace Marathon. The marathon, launched as part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the founding of Africa University, was aimed at promoting peace in Africa. Once over the Pass, runners still had six miles to go before reaching the finish line on the Africa University campus, outside Mutare. Tsopotsa, who graduated with a master of business administration degree from Africa University in 1998, said she was thrilled that her first big race involved the university and helping people to contemplate and discuss about peace. She ran with 14 other children from her rural school, located about 12 miles from the Africa University campus. 

A highlight of the awards ceremony after the race was the unveiling of a peace pole on the campus. In erecting the pole, Africa University joined a network that spans 70 countries and includes more than 62,000 peace poles worldwide. In his address, Dingiswayo Banda, the Zambian ambassador and acting dean of the African Diplomatic Corps in Zimbabwe, reminded race participants and the university community that peace is still an extremely scarce commodity in many African communities. The ambassador commended Africa University for the marathon and other initiatives that focus attention on the issue. More than 150 runners walked away with cash and other prizes, thanks to the support of the Zimbabwe business community and friends of Africa University. 

Professor Rukudzo Murapa, Africa University’s vice chancellor, thanked the participants and sponsors, and called on the athletes to be ambassadors for peace in their homes, schools and workplaces. The university plans to make the marathon an annual event that attracts runners and sponsors from throughout Africa and the world. 

Keywords: [“Africa”,”University”,”Peace”]
Source: https://www.christianpost.com/news/5-reasons-socialism-is-not…

The Hegemony of Psychopathy – punctum books

Any social and political arrangement depends on acceptance. Hegemony works through the dissemination of values and beliefs that create acceptance and that serve the interests of the state and/or the ruling elite. The hegemony of psychopathy is responsible for massive human suffering. It must be fought and replaced with a counter-hegemonic set of values and beliefs that promote compassion and care. The former is responsible for a continuous stream of hegemonic propaganda; the latter – among others – for providing a pseudo-scientific justification for the false belief that there is no alternative. 

The Hegemony of Psychopathy concludes with some considerations on tactics and strategy in the struggle against the hegemony of psychopathy, but does not – and cannot – offer any concrete advice. Lajos Brons is a Dutch philosopher and social scientist living in Japan. After receiving a PhD from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands for a dissertation on an aspect of the history and philosophy of the social sciences, he gradually moved further and further into philosophical territory. Currently, Brons is teaching logic, ethics, and philosophy at a university in Tokyo and his research interests are divided over two broad areas in philosophy: one is in the overlap ofethics and social/political philosophy; the other is in the intersection of philosophy of language, metaphysics, and epistemology. Research in the former focuses on the relations between death, suffering, and compassion. 

Research in the latter concerns the relations between language, thought, and reality, and is heavily influenced by the philosophies of Donald Davidson and W.V.O. Quine, but also by Buddhist philosophy. More information about publications, work in progress, research interests, and so forth can be found HERE.. 

Keywords: [“Hegemony”,”philosophy”,”psychopathy”]
Source: https://punctumbooks.com/titles/the-hegemony-of-psychopathy

What Does the Bible Say About Greed?

You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous, has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 

For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly;. As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; …. Matthew 6:21 Helpful Not Helpful. 

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. The world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. 

Keywords: [“God”,”gain”,”nor”]
Source: https://www.openbible.info/topics/greed

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 08-02-2018

Unlike Obama, Trump Has No Moral Compass

We shall examine both of these dimensions in some detail, but first several paragraphs about the moral compass of President Obama and the values of some of our outstanding previous presidents. In stressing values, Obama followed the example of some of our outstanding presidents. Other scholars have noted other values that motivated FDR. Historian Douglas Brinkley, for example, has written of his strong love of nature, and Robert Dallek’s recent biography indicates that in addition to his ample political skills, FDR adhered to a variety of progressive values. Trump’s appreciation of religion was mainly of the self-help type as preached by Protestant minister Norman Vincent Peale. 

A narcissism that leaves no room for wisdom or other moral values such as humility or empathy. Trump’s lack of a moral center certainly reflects his own personal failings, but the fact that we now have such a president also reflects our own societal failure. Yes we honor Martin Luther King Jr. on his holiday, and twice elected Barack Obama, the son of a black African and white mother as our previous president. Trump reflects these more negative strains of our national life. 

It also mentions Trump’s closeness to lawyer Roy Cohn, one of Sen. Joe McCarthy’s chief aides. Trump’s America is like that of his business interests, a land of real estate wheeling and dealing, of casinos, of beauty pageants, of pro wrestling, of reality TV. It is an America that has bestowed fame on big-mouth media personalities like talk-radio’s Rush Limbaugh and Fox’s Bill O’Reilly. Trump’s America is also one with little respect for scientific or other truth. 

If we are ever to rid ourselves of Trumpism and whatever noxious odors it leaves behind, we need not only a more honorable president, but an emphasis on more honorable values such as wisdom, humility, compassion, empathy, tolerance, and truth. 

Keywords: [“value”,”Trump”,”President”]
Source: https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/169156

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Keywords: [“pdf”,”Capitalism”,”Compassionate”]
Source: http://www.luthiersupplycompany.com/compassionate_capitalism_english.pdf

Welfare States

This has become identified, in practice, with the ‘institutional’ model of welfare: the key elements are social protection, and the provision of welfare services on the basis of right. In practice, social welfare in the United Kingdom is very different from this ideal. The post-war German settlement was based on the idea of a ‘social state’, sometimes rendered as a ‘social market economy’. The first, central principle was that economic development was the best way to achieve social welfare. Social protection in France is based on the principle of solidarity: the commitment is declared in the first article of the French Code of Social Security. 

The rights and defined areas of state activity relating to social welfare cover most of the issues that would conventionally be considered part of a welfare state. Federalism has meant that many important functions are held by the States, including public assistance, social care and various health schemes; recent reforms of health care have reinforced that diversity. There are significant departures from the residual model – e.g. state schooling, social insurance, or services for military personnel, veterans and their families, which together provide for more than 72 million people. The provision of social protection in China is a mix of incomplete systems: they include social assistance, partial social insurance and welfare services. 

Social policy in India has been dominated by a plethora of social protection programmes. International aspects of social policy The social policy of the European Union. International organisations like the World Bank and International Monetary Fund have been selling a particular brand of economic and social policy to developing countries, and the countries of Eastern Europe, focused on limited government expenditure, selective social services and private provision. 

Keywords: [“Social”,”Welfare”,”state”]
Source: http://www.spicker.uk/social-policy/wstate.htm

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 08-01-2018

Transition Town Tooting

We learned how it is a big proportion of our carbon footprint and how it tends to increase in line with our total household income. There is a relationship between what we buy, why we buy it and our identity. Our first exercise was to relate a purchase we were pleased with: Kew membership, solar PV, a battery to go with PV, second hand clothing, bikes, evening courses. Then we discussed why we buy using the exercise on p29. Our next exercise was to design a poster exploring the differences between personal needs and wants. 

One group drew three concentric circles with basic needs in the centre, then a middle ring for things like special food, entertainment, enrichment, studying etc and an outer area for purchases that we felt were extravagant and not needed like weekend breaks by air, art collections, extravagant jewelry, watches etc, private heated swimming pools and so on. The other group’s poster was a collection of drawings: community giving companionship and friendship which didn’t require expenditure, a mastercard advert for a festival, choices and thoughts when making purchases, children’s expectations. Our penultimate exercise was to think about five ‘ways to well-being’ published by the New Economics Foundation which explored the ideas of give, connect, keep learning, be active and take notice. We all thought about whether we do these in our lives and could we make more time in our lives to do them. Generally we thought these were good principles but sometimes it can be hard to keep a balance. 

Another is how education can give us a double bonus of spending time with others of different age groups and life experiences. Finally we thought about the things we didn’t get a chance to say during the evening – being too busy in our lives, remembering to be compassionate to ourselves, working towards the NEF Five ways, paying attention, new ideas for home improvements, the carbon significance of un-deleted emails, unsubscribing to unread emails. 

Keywords: [“purchase”,”thought”,”how”]
Source: http://transitiontowntooting.blogspot.com


There’s no getting around the fact that Love! Valour! Compassion! Terrence McNally’s 1994 Tony-winning dramedy, is beginning to show its age. Had already made waves, it was still a relatively taboo thing for such an overtly gay play to become both a critical smash and a hit at the box office. 

Even if the play no longer feels like it crackles with modern urgency and that it doesn’t totally speak to-forgive me-the zeitgeist of this very moment the way that it did 24 years ago, Love! Valour! Compassion! remains a treasured contemporary work that is being given a worthy and totally absorbing revival at Zeitgeist Stage. Set in 1994 at a semi-upstate New York country home, each act of the play takes place over three consecutive holiday weekends: Memorial Day, July Fourth, and Labor Day. 

His boyfriend of four years, Bobby, played with great gentility by Cody Sloan, is blind and is significantly younger than Gregory. A notorious Broadway flop that marked Lucille Ball’s only Broadway appearance. Seeming to not quite gel with the rest of the group is John, a pompous Brit still bitter from his failed musical, and his new lover, Ramon, whose lasciviousness becomes a problem over the course of the summer. John’s brother, James, arrives later in the summer and quickly forms a bond with Buzz. Brooks Reeves, giving one of the best performances of the year, plays both John and James. 

The play unfolds with the nonchalance of a long summer weekend and is a rich study not only of friendship and love but of the cruelty of time and how-sickness or not-time rarely leaves any fruit on the tree. Love! Valour! Compassion! suffers a bit from too much sentimentality-sentimentality that Miller’s production does not completely mitigate, though it can hardly be faulted for it. 

There is a great deal of heart that radiates from Miller’s affectionate revival and from the terrific ensemble of actors that make Love! Valour! Compassion! one of my favorite productions of the year. 

Keywords: [“Love”,”play”,”year”]
Source: https://digboston.com/a-terrific-love-valour-compassion-at…

Socialist Appeal

Most hospitals were founded for specific purposes such as leper hospitals, or as refuges for the poor and it was not until later did hospitals become multi-functional. Not all hospitals cared for the sick and there were establishments to house the dying or infirm but the purpose was not cure or even care but to keep the ill poor off the streets. Almshouses were religious institutions in existence from the 10th century – in the middle ages the majority of hospitals functioned as almshouses. Nine hospitals were established throughout the country but the word ‘hospital’ was also used for institutions concerned with people and their families who were poor or destitute, as part of the Poor Law provisions. In London, for example, the only medical hospitals in the 1700s were the Royal Hospitals of St Bartholomew and St Thomas. 

There were other hospitals for special categories, such as Greenwich for injured sailors and refugees, the Magdalen Hospital founded to rescue ‘penitent prostitutes’ and the Marine Society for Educating Poor Destitute Boys. Between 1719 and 1750 five new general hospitals were founded in London and one of these was Guy’s Hospital, founded in 1724, from a bequest by a wealthy merchant Thomas Guy. Local authorities of large towns provided municipal hospitals, maternity hospitals, hospitals for infectious diseases like smallpox and tuberculosis, as well as hospitals for the elderly. By 1844 his premises, now called the Royal Free Hospital, was treating 30,000 patients a year. The Bethlem Royal Hospital was the world’s oldest psychiatric hospital, established in 1330. 

The Act introduced a compulsory apprenticeship and a formal qualification and required individuals to have instruction in a range of subjects including anatomy, botany, chemistry and physics – in addition to six months’ practical hospital experience. Hospitals charged for services, though sometimes poorer people would be reimbursed. 

Keywords: [“hospital”,”poor”,”people”]
Source: https://www.socialist.net/health-services-before-nhs.htm

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 07-31-2018

Video: Robert Reich on ‘Inequality for All’

With which you can emotionally connect with people and open people’s minds and eyes and hearts. On this issue of widening inequality there’s so much confusion, many people if they’re, you know, if they’re rightwing, they want to blame the poor, if they’re leftwing they want to blame the rich. One way of looking at and measuring inequality is to look at the earnings of people at the top versus the earnings of the typical worker in the middle. ROBERT REICH: Both about what looked like a fundamentally unfair subsidy going from everybody, taxpayers, to mostly the top one percent, that is the people on Wall Street who had blown it. Because you see very wealthy people, not everyone, but many very wealthy people and many big corporations use their money to buy rules that favor their positioning. 

I think again, it’s important to bear in mind that some inequality is necessary if we’re going to have a capitalist system that creates incentives for people to work hard and to invent and to try very hard. I would say people who self-identify as middle class extend from people who are earning around $25,000 a year to people who are earning well, in major cities, expensive cities like New York or San Francisco, a lot of people call themselves middle class who are earning $200,000 a year because the cost of living is so high. BILL MOYERS: Speaking of real people, we began this series last year with three broadcasts on inequality. ROBERT REICH: We’ve got to a point where money is so powerful a force in politics and in the media, that attention is paid mostly to people who are wealthy or upper middle class. ROBERT REICH: It’s a petition to the CEOs of Walmart and McDonald’s as the exemplars in these two big, big sectors of the economy, employing huge numbers of people to raise their wages to $15 an hour. 

ROBERT REICH: As an engine of prosperity for most people. JACOB KORNBLUTH: There’s a lot of people who made a lot of money who think this widening economic inequality is bad for them and it’s bad for the economy. 

Keywords: [“People”,”work”,”BILL”]
Source: https://billmoyers.com/episode/full-show-inequality-for-all

A Different View of the Homeless

In a rather depressing cartoon, a rotund, wealthy man walking up a New York avenue comes across three homeless people, each staking out a different street corner. The wealthy man continues past him up the avenue and meets the third homeless man. After walking a few more blocks, he turns another corner and runs directly into the three homeless men standing together. The younger of the monks looked long at the homeless man, who was obviously in distress and need. In addition to affirmation and acceptance, the homeless poor desperately need a sense of home, that is, to actually have a home, even a room, which they can enter, close the door to, and live in peace. 

Just as all of us thrive in the sanctuary of our own homes, the homeless need not just a shelter, a room in anothers house, but their own space. In Evanston, Illinois, north of Chicago, a forward-looking faith community called Lake Street Church is trying to address the needs of the homeless. When we are separated from all the goods of this world, we are no different from our homeless brothers and sisters. The homeless poor are everywhere on the subcontinent, and I noticed in the vast majority of them that, though destitute and possessing nothing, they were happy and serene beyond comprehension, a serenity connected with their faith, not their poverty! They taught me that one needs very little to be happy, that happiness is a spiritual quality that has absolutely nothing to do with wealth and possessions. 

As long as we ignore the homeless or apply a Band-Aid solution to the symptoms of a much larger disorder in our world, the problem will grow and finally get out of control. Our leadership, particularly with respect to the homeless problem, needs a special kind of guidance, that of our spiritual communities themselves. As a monk, a mystic in the world, pursuing my spiritual practice each day, I have awakened to the horrible inequity in the sufferings of the homeless persons I have known for so long. 

Keywords: [“homeless”,”people”,”street”]
Source: http://www.grandtimes.com/A_Different_View.html


GOD IS CALLING HIS PEOPLE BACK HOME – TO ISRAEL – IN FULFILLMENT OF END TIMES PROPHECIES!1 God is beginning to call the Jewish people back to Israel, from all corners of the globe. Lately, Jews have been returning to Israel by the hundreds of thousands from the old U.S.S.R., again spurred by intense persecution. The lifestyle offered Jews here not only keeps American Jews here, it attracts Jews to migrate from Israel to America. Basically, Jews are returning to Israel from most points on the globe. For the purposes of our study, Kahane was an interesting person because he was urging American Jews to consider migrating to Israel, before the persecution he thought he saw on the American horizon came to fruition! 

Let us return now to this article, speaking of Shifra Hoffman. We want to focus on the assertion by Rabbi Kahane’s organization, that God has promised to the Jews all the land of Israel. God promised the land of Israel to Abraham and his descendents, but many people believe that His promise has been revoked, because of the Jew’s sins against Him, and especially, because of their sin in killing Jesus Christ. Second, the Bible also declares that God will restore Israel to her ancient land, after she has been out of it for many, many years. God will do all this for Israel, for the glory of His mighty name, which has been profaned for so many years. 

Again, we see that all the Jews are going to come back to Israel. In these verses, God is promising full reinstatement of the nation, to whom Jews from all over the world will flock to live! No longer will there be more Jews outside Israel than inside; no longer will there be any hint of a Diaspora. These borders include Lebanon, most of Jordan, a lot of Syria, and even some of Iraq! This coming war in the Middle East will probably accomplish this border enlargement, thus preparing the way for the fulfillment of the prophecies to bring all the Jews back to Israel. 

Keywords: [“ISRAEL”,”Jew”,”GOD”]
Source: http://www.cuttingedge.org/news/n1064.html

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 07-30-2018

Uncharitable: Dan Pallotta

A courageous call to free charity from its ideological and economic constraints. Uncharitable goes where no other book on the nonprofit sector has dared to tread. Where other texts suggest ways to optimize performance inside the existing paradigm, Uncharitable suggests that the paradigm itself is the problem and calls into question our fundamental canons about charity. Author Dan Pallotta argues that society’s nonprofit ethic acts as a strict regulatory mechanism on the natural economic law. These double-standards place the nonprofit sector at extreme disadvantage to the for profit sector on every level. 

While the for profit sector is permitted to use all the tools of capitalism to advance the sale of consumer goods, the nonprofit sector is prohibited from using any of them to fight hunger or disease. Capitalism is blamed for creating the inequities in our society, but charity is prohibited from using the tools of capitalism to rectify them. Ironically, this is all done in the name of charity, but it is a charity whose principal benefit flows to the for-profit sector and one that denies the nonprofit sector the tools and incentives that have built virtually everything of value in society. This irrational system, Pallotta explains, has its roots in 400-year-old Puritan ethics that banished self-interest from the realm of charity. Pallotta has written an important, provocative, timely, and accessible book-a manifesto about equal economic rights for charity. 

His book provocatively challenges traditional views of how charities should operate and provides a thought-provoking alternative. He explains in graphic detail how these values undercut what charities are trying to do and prevent them from accomplishing all that they might. DAN PALLOTTA founded Pallotta Team-Works, the company that invented the AIDS Rides and Breast Cancer 3-Day events, which raised over half a billion dollars and netted $305 million in nine years-more money, raised more quickly for these causes than any known private event operation in history. 

Keywords: [“charity”,”Pallotta”,”sector”]
Source: http://www.upne.com/1584657231.html

‘Dietland’ Review

AMC’s Dietland would still be culturally notable if it were merely a timely and trenchant drama about fat acceptance. Plum’s fate isn’t to look like a Disney princess, but to help all women feel like one – through whatever means necessary. Dietland is a riveting whirligig of a show: a tale of self-discovery, a manifesto about sizeism, a screed against consumer capitalism and a mystery about a radical feminist terrorist cell that uses vigilante violence to punish rapists, pedophiles andmagazine editors. For a series that’s mostly set in a picturesque cafe, a glamorous magazine headquarters and an unrealistically nice New York apartment, Dietland begins with a gritty montage. Dietland’s boldest assertion is that milder forms of sexism – like being judged for being plus-sized or catcalled on the street – are on a spectrum with more brutal acts at the extreme end. 

It just might be that pattern-finding – that grouping of diverse but related acts of transgression – that gives Dietland its significant emotional power: There’s no end to the variations that misogyny will take. The two strands of Dietland – Plum’s journey toward self-acceptance and the payback murders in the background – don’t quite seem like they belong on the same show, and thus make for an intriguing package. Plum tells us in voiceover that she’s in a happier future, and that what we see is the beginning of her quest. It’s still unclear whether Nash’s slightly numbed performance is her interpretation of Plum’ fearful and ascetic lifestyle or a reflection of the actress’ talents. In its early going, at least, Dietland satisfies through its incisive satire of fat phobia, as well as its compassionate exploration of how low self-esteem can circumscribe not just one’s life, but one’s dreams for one’s self as well. 

Being pressured to look a certain way is bad enough, but being made into a pariah for veering so far from the beauty ideal is a living nightmare. There’s a weary relief in being reminded that, yes, femininity can feel like a psychic hellscape sometimes. 

Keywords: [“Plum”,”Dietland”,”being”]
Source: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/dietland-review-1114756

Can Capitalism Be Compatible with Christianity?

I am a natural born U.S. citizen; I am practically a natural born Christian, too. At Vacation Bible School, we pledged allegiance to the United States and Christian flags with absolutely no sense of irony. It was made clear to me that good Christians supported their country, even if its actions ran counter to the teachings of Jesus. That’s just one example of the tensions that can arise for someone trying to be both a faithful Christian and a faithful U.S. 

citizen. Over the years, I began to try to think seriously and critically about those tensions; specifically, I began to think about how I and others could appropriately live in the United States as Christian citizens. Take, for example, the matter of a Christian’s stance toward U.S. economic policies and practices. I am neither an economist nor the son of an economist, but we all know that the heart and soul of the U.S. 

economic system is capitalism. If I am a Christian operating a business, then ideally grace, love and generosity will be churned out along with profits. Still, it is difficult to make a case that capitalism is a Christian system or is even particularly compatible with Christian practice, given that it is based on competitiveness that all too often degenerates into making a profit at any cost – even if that cost is a human one – and into an atmosphere of greed and selfishness. It seems to me, too, that many professed followers of Christ who put capitalism ahead of their Christianity do not take seriously enough the very clear bias of God – as God is revealed in the Bible – toward the poor and the helpless. I’m not convinced that we couldn’t have it both ways – that is, that we couldn’t foster a robust business climate that still finds a way, through the combined efforts of government, churches and nonprofits, to protect and care for the poor and helpless among us. 

I furthermore believe that Christians could and should be in the forefront of such an effort. 

Keywords: [“Christian”,”way”,”us”]
Source: https://www.ethicsdaily.com/can-capitalism-be-compatible-with…