J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-01-2018

44 ALUMNI NETWORK FINDINGS MacArthur Foundation Recognizes Alum’s “Compassionate Capitalism” nning a MacArthur award can be myself, or is there something that I can a revelation, says David Green, MPH do for others that will be helpful? The ’82, who found out last September that more you do for others, the more joy he was a 2004 recipient of the prestiand happiness you experience,” he says. A native of Ypsilanti, “And my wife knows for sure that I’m Michigan, Green was a carpenter when a genius, whereas before she didn’t. ” he applied to the master’s program in Joking aside, Green says the health behavior and health education $500,000 award will enable him to at the School of Public Health in 1980. Helped restore sight to One day in epidemiology hundreds of thousands of class, Green heard a lecture individuals in countries by SPH alumnus Larry like India, Nepal, Egypt, Brilliant, chair of the Seva Tibet, El Salvador, TanFoundation, a nonprofit organzania, and Kenya, and he’s ization dedicated to finding now working to restore hearskillful means of relieving David Green ing to similar numbers of peosuffering worldwide. Available at low cost to patients in India Green, who lives in Berkeley, Caliand Nepal. Green came up with a more sus”I think that each one of us can, in tainable idea. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH Thanks in part to his carpentry skills, Green figured out how to lower the cost of manufacturing the lenses so that Seva could help establish Aurolab, a nonprofit manufacturer of medical products in India. Through his own nonprofit, the Berkeley-based Project Impact, which he founded in 2000, Green has used the same formula to make high-tech hearing aids available at low cost to people throughout the world. The organization’s underlying principle, Green explains, is that “If we can bring down the cost of key medical technologies, then these programs can become marketdriven. It’s a public health mentality- leveraging small efforts into big effects.” His method is straightforward. More importantly the award will allow Green to further his efforts to improve lives around the world. “It’s more difficult for a social entrepreneur because we choose to feed many mouths.” But feeding many mouths is what David Green is all about. “The only thing that follows us is our good thoughts, our good words, our good actions or deeds.” In Green’s case, those deeds are many.

Keywords: [“Green”,”health”,”more”]
Source: https://sph.umich.edu/findings/pdf/spr05_findings_green.pdf

Don Surber: Trump vs. Obama, or capitalism vs. communism

The new plant will mean employment in Alabama until at least the middle of the century, creating 4,000 direct jobs and up to five times as many jobs for suppliers. On July 18, 2013, the city of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 protection in bankruptcy court – a record $20 billion, five times the previous record $4 billion filing by Jefferson County, Alabama, in 2011. The Obama administration compares the $50 billion in direct bailout funds with the price it will eventually be able to get for selling the GM stock it owns. The $6.7 billion loan to GM was just a tiny fraction of the money given to it. As TARP special inspector general Neil Barofsky explained, GM used “Other TARP money” to pay off the loan So what about President Obama’s boast in a White House speech in late April that the bailout “Saved probably a million jobs” and that “GM is now the number-one automaker again in the world”? The “Million jobs” contention is quite a stretch. You can reach a 400,000 total by assuming that all of GM’s jobs, as well as all the jobs of its parts suppliers and car dealers, would have been lost. Electing Donald Trump president changed the dynamic. Ford Motor Co. announced Tuesday it has scrubbed plans to build a new $1.6 billion assembly plant in Mexico, a project that had been spotlighted by then-candidate Donald Trump, especially after Ford said it would move small car production from the U.S. into that new factory. Hyundai Motor Co. and affiliate Kia Motors Corp. said they will spend $3.1 billion in the U.S. in the next five years, joining other vehicle manufacturers in announcing investment plans amid threats from President-elect Donald Trump of higher levies on auto imports from Mexico. The planned U.S. investment by South Korea’s two largest automakers is about 50 percent more than the $2.1 billion they spent in the previous five-year period, Hyundai Motor President Chung Jin-haeng told reporters in Seoul on Tuesday. “We expect a boost in the U.S. economy and increased demand for various models as President-elect Trump follows through on his promise to create one million jobs in five years,” Chung said. Companies are spending billions on bonuses, expanding benefits, and voluntarily raising minimum wages because they can keep 79 cents of every dollar they earn instead of only 65.

Keywords: [“billion”,”jobs”,”Trump”]
Source: http://donsurber.blogspot.com/2018/01/trump-vs-obama-or-capitalism-vs.html

Issues in anarchism

Proponents of anarchism, known as “Anarchists”, advocate stateless societies based on non-hierarchical voluntary associations. Anti-capitalism is considered a necessary element of anarchism by most anarchists, while anarcho-capitalists naturally disagree. Anarchists have often been portrayed as dangerous and violent, possibly due to a number of high-profile violent actions, including riots, assassinations, insurrections and terrorism committed by some anarchists as well as persistently negative media portrayals. During the 2014 Scottish independence referendum there was debate within anarchist circles about whether to take an abstentionist position, vote for independence or to vote to remain in the United Kingdom and anarchists rarely fitted into the easy binary of Yes/No voters of the referendum, with all seeking to go beyond the choices offered at the ballot box. Libertarian municipalist Murray Bookchin criticized individualist anarchists for opposing democracy and said “Majority rule” is consistent with anarchism, but he also preferred the term assembly rather than democracy. A common accusation against contemporary anarchists by radical, gender-critical and Marxist feminists is that contemporary anarchists largely espouse a view of gender that is postmodern, liberal and idealist or identitarian and rely on post-structuralist queer theory. Anarchist People of Color was created as a forum for non-Caucasian anarchists to express their thoughts about racial issues within the anarchist movement, particularly within the United States. Buddhist anarchism originated in the influential Chinese anarchist movement of the 1920s. Historically, anarchists considered themselves socialists and opposed to capitalism, thus anarcho-capitalism is considered by many anarchists today as not being true anarchism. Other anarchists and scholars regard anarchism as referring only to opposition to the non-privatisation of all aspects of the state and thus do consider anarcho-capitalism to be a form of anarchism. Individualist anarchist Benjamin Tucker defined anarchism as opposition to authority as follows “They found that they must turn either to the right or to the left, – follow either the path of Authority or the path of Liberty. As Peter Marshall notes in his history of anarchism, “few anarchists would accept the ‘anarcho-capitalists’ into the anarchist camp since they do not share a concern for economic equality and social justice.

Keywords: [“anarchist”,”Anarchism”,”state”]
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Issues_in_anarchism

JR Test Site News for 01-21-2018

The Enlightened Capitalist

Clearly, the enlightened capitalist press wasn’t particularly keen on showcasing the power basis of accumulation. Scarcely had a day passed from the article’s publication that we got an angry email from an asset manager whom we’ll call ‘Mr. X’. Mr. X is an enlightened capitalist, and reading our piece had set him on fire. Small businesses are being looted and taken over by the government while shortages increase and inflation soars at over 60%. Are capitalists profiting from this crisis? No just corrupt politicians and businessmen that collude with state run enterprises all of whom would never survive in a capitalist economy. Mr. X’s emotional email reflects a broader capitalist anxiety. The leading capitalists and their investment organs are taking over larger and larger chunks of our natural resources, human-made artefacts and collective knowledge; they formulate and steer public policy to their own advantage; and they dominate ideology, education and the mass media. Second, the very power logic of accumulation – the need to strategically sabotage others in order to increase one’s own share of the total – forces capitalists to continue and dig their own graves, so to speak. Now, of course, most capitalists, particularly the smaller ones, are unaware of and certainly won’t admit these power underpinnings of capitalism. For politically correct capitalists with substantial money to invest, Mr. X’s fund offers a carefully hedged, two-pronged strategy: buying and holding do-good companies that profit from saving the planet while shorting firms that harm the environment and governments that misallocate the world’s resources. Now, once upon a time there existed a real, undistorted capitalist system as outlined above. So who are the real capitalists? If you haven’t guessed it by now, real capitalists are those who never accumulate. To be a real capitalist, you have to either lose money or break even with enough income to survive. To see real capitalists in action, you need go to their ‘impact investing’ gatherings, where they deliberate saving the world, capitalist style. The mandate of the ‘ethical fund manager’ is simple: leverage the world’s distortions and imperfections by selling short and buying long future variations of inequality, the ups and downs of expected hunger, anticipated ecological degradation and regeneration and other assorted disasters and triumphs – and do it all in such a way that we, your capitalist clients, end up beating the holy average. The problem is that, according to the enlightened capitalist, we don’t live in the best of all possible worlds, but in one of the worst. So in the end, the only way to beat the big unreal capitalists of the distorted world is to joint them.

Keywords: [“capitalist”,”world”,”power”]
Source: https://dissidentvoice.org/2014/05/the-enlightened-capitalist

On Anarchism, Noam Chomsky interviewed by Tom Lane

Though Chomsky has written a considerable amount about anarchism in the past three decades, people often ask him for a more tangible, detailed vision of social change. His political analysis never fails to instill outrage and anger with the way the world works, but many readers are left uncertain about what exactly Chomsky would do to change it. For Chomsky, those principles arise from the historical trend of thought and action known as anarchism. “In Latin America,” Chomsky says, “I talked about many of these topics, and far more important, learned about them from people who are actually doing things, a good deal of which had an anarchist flavor. Also had a chance to meet with lively and interesting groups of anarchists, from Buenos Aires to Belem at the mouth of the Amazon. But the discussions were much more focused and specific than I often see here; and rightly, I think.” As a brief introduction to some of his thoughts on anarchism, perhaps they may inspire the reader to pursue other writings on the subject, and more importantly, to develop the concept of anarchism through the process of working for a more free and democratic society. No one owns the term “Anarchism.” It is used for a wide range of different currents of thought and action, varying widely. In your opinion, what specific realization of anarchism is appropriate in this epoch? I tend to agree that anarchism is formless and utopian, though hardly more so than the inane doctrines of neoliberalism, Marxism-Leninism, and other ideologies that have appealed to the powerful and their intellectual servants over the years, for reasons that are all too easy to explain. Anarchism, in my view, is an expression of the idea that the burden of proof is always on those who argue that authority and domination are necessary. What sort of conception of human nature is anarchism predicated on? Would people have less incentive to work in an egalitarian society? Would an absence of government allow the strong to dominate the weak? Would democratic decision-making result in excessive conflict, indecision and “Mob rule”? As I understand the term “Anarchism,” it is based on the hope that core elements of human nature include sentiments of solidarity, mutual support, sympathy, concern for others, and so on. Anarchism is sometimes called libertarian socialism – How does it differ from other ideologies that are often associated with socialism, such as Leninism? Many “Anarcho-capitalists” claim that anarchism means the freedom to do what you want with your property and engage in free contract with others. Is capitalism in any way compatible with anarchism as you see it? What are the prospects for realizing anarchism in our society? What steps should we take?

Keywords: [“anarchism”,”anarchist”,”work”]
Source: https://chomsky.info/19961223