J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 09-08-2018

Ethical Theories in Business

You might wonder how ethics works its way into business, and whether it’s practical to consider the ethics of our actions when we conduct business at all. As it turns out, business leaders will make decisions that are ethically significant on a daily basis. As a result, business leaders can sometimes be faced with conflicting loyalties. You might think, on the one hand, that the loyalties of a business leader must be to the business’s consumers. On the other hand, it can also be argued that the loyalty of the business leader should lie with the shareholders. 

There are many other stakeholders who can lay claim to the loyalty of the business leader: the environment, the employees, the government, and even the wider community. No single business owner can know what kind of ethical actions will bring the most utility to the society. In this case, self-interest can lead to altruism when the business, as well as the greater community benefits from the actions of the business. Take sustainability programs, for example, they contribute to the preservation of the environment, while also leading to reduced expenses for the business. The business owner who employs an ex-convict to give them a second chance in life and the restaurant that occasionally feeds a street family can be said to have compassion. 

These are just some of the many questions that exist for ethical theories in business to answer. The point is that, at the end of the day, business leaders are faced with serious ethical questions in the decisions they make. 

Keywords: [“business”,”lead”,”self-interest”]
Source: https://smallbusiness.chron.com/ethical-theories-business-74122.html

On The Rise and Fall of US Corporatocracy

Unwelcome Guests regular, war reporter turned social critic, Chris Hedges, sees Trump as a symptom of a deep and more grave development – the corporate takeover of the USA. He highlights capitalist subversion of the key US democratic institutions since the 1970s, undermining their ideals while preserving their form to cloak the totalitarianism. His overview of life in the US in 2017 is as extensive as it is disturbing. Hedges parallels the fall of the US democratic ideal with the collapse of the empire of Ancient Rome, and – drawing on his experience in Eastern Europe in 1989 – with the collapse of the Soviet empire. He details the injustice faced by inmates within the US corporate prison business, and emphasises the need for compassion with fellow human beings who are caged and tortured, ultimately, because doing so makes money for the corporations that run US society. 

He challenges the enemy images such as those we have detailed in the last few episodes of this show. We begin our second hour with a 2018 recording of Marxist economist Richard Wolff, whose alternative post-WW2 economic history gives center stage to the behaviour of US corporations since the mid 1970s. Wolff’s economic analysis is congruent with Hedges’ wider observations about corporate power in US – to which we return 20 minutes in to our second hour. Hedges emphasises the role of compassion as an antithesis to the amorality of capitalism, a positive value to which we can hold fast as the wreck of capitalism crashes around us. 

Keywords: [“Hedges”,”corporate”,”capitalism”]
Source: http://www.unwelcomeguests.net/WP:Family_values

Tarot Tuesday: Capitalism, Control + Compassion –

Four of Pentacles is the energy that blocks change, abhors it, and clings for dear life to the days of old. As our social landscape changes, with that change comes a radical power shift. The Four of Pentacles is he who insists upon dominance and the perception of control at all costs. Capitalism, after all, operates only if everyone adopts the shared assumption that acquiring and accumulating is inherently better than being satisfied with one’s equal share. In a system built on a scarcity mentality, those within it are taught to cling to coins alone, as if coins had the power to save us. 

It is the state in which material wealth becomes so entwined with one’s sense of self that he feels his very survival depends and is contingent upon the material things he owns. The King of Cups in a reading is a beacon of compassion. The King of Cups is capable of seeing things from many angles, and has the ability to flow from one to another with strength and sustained psycho-flexibility. The force of his compassion for the vulnerable transforms his anger toward the oppressor, allowing him to process and respond effectively to injustice. It is from this place of compassion for the vulnerable that we move effectively and make wise, smart choices. 

In an activated, threatened state, our minds become narrow and we cannot see the infinite choices available. In the days to come, let us establish the practice of bringing our selves back to this state moment by moment, again and again. 

Keywords: [“power”,”state”,”become”]
Source: https://www.jessicadore.com/tarot-tuesday-capitalism-control…

Capitalism vs. Socialism: Reply to Bruenig – Econlib

They’d witness amazingly well-fed, healthy people enjoying a cornucopia of technology and art beyond their wildest dreams. In a world with eight billion people, you can find unbridled lust and ravenous want if you search hard enough. Even the crummiest job in the U.S. lets workers serve their own end of making money, and spending or saving it as they like. The vast majority of workers also get some satisfaction from being productive and socializing with their coworkers. 

Capitalists want disciplined, focused workers – and well-reward those who possess these traits. Impulsive people in capitalist societies have trouble even holding down a job, as sociologists of poverty are well-aware. Even if you focus on consumers, plenty of firms – such as insurance companies and lenders – want people to be strong-willed, because their products offer long-run gain for short-run pain. People have consented or agreed to things they obviously haven’t. Even in the poorest countries, it’s normally multinational corporations that provide the best wages and working conditions. 

Workers’ alienation from their labor, society, and themselves; 3) to. Socialist-style approaches will result in greater utility or efficiency,but the greatest recommendation of socialism is that it is its own. Yes, people who run businesses want to make money; but most are also glad to create economic and personal opportunities for their workers, and valuable products for their consumers. 

Keywords: [“work”,”people”,”even”]
Source: https://www.econlib.org/archives/2018/03/capitalism_vs_s_1.html

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-24-2018

The sound of capitalism

Read Steve Yates’s rundown of the tracks that changed hip hop at our blog. The latest album by the twin titans of hip hop has been a record-breaking success. A total of 290,000 copies were downloaded that week, and when CDs are taken into account, the album’s sales approached the 450,000 mark. Originating in the South Bronx in New York City in the late 1970s, when performers began rapping over looped beats taken from soul and funk records, hip hop has since journeyed right into the heart of mainstream culture. Jay-Z is married to Beyoncé Knowles, queen of R&B, and together they form the most influential power couple in global music. 

His wealth is estimated by Forbes at around $450m, and he has had 12 US number one albums. For its detractors, this materialism is one of rap’s three deadly sins, along with its violence and misogyny. When the riots broke out across Britain this summer, many saw hip hop’s celebration of materialism as one of the key causes. 

Keywords: [“hop”,”hip”,”materialism”]
Source: https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/hip-hop-bling…

GCSE English Literature

Sheila is shocked when she learns that she had a part to play in Eva’s death. Gerald is being judgemental of her even though he has not yet taken responsibility for his own actions. Mr Birling refuses to take any responsibility for Eva Smith’s death. Eric shows that he takes responsibility for his actions in the final act of the play. Whilst Gerald and Eric’s parents are enjoying being in the clear, Eric still takes the matter of Eva’s death very seriously. 

He is even brave enough to tell his mother that she should feel responsible too. Sybil Birling will not take any responsibility for the death of Eva Smith even after she has been questioned by the Inspector. The audience would know that she is in no position to be questioning the behaviour of anyone else given her own treatment of Eva Smith and lack of social responsibility. This is a practice the privileged Birlings would be used to. 

Keywords: [“responsibility”,”take”,”Eva”]
Source: https://www.bbc.com/education/guides/zpf3gk7/revision/2

Entrepreneurs + Investors + Funded Innovation + Generational Wealth + Compassionate Capitalism

History has shown that the Greatest Wealth is Created through Entrepreneurism. Every Innovation that improves our lives came from an Entrepreneur with an idea; a strategy to succeed; and the funding to execute. The Good News: You don’t have to start a great company when you can invest in a great company and reap the same rewards as the founders. Recent regulatory changes have made that easier than ever to happen. We help Entrepreneurs and Investors create their legacy in the innovation they bring to market and the generational wealth they create. 

The men and women who take the road less traveled and invest in exciting private companies before they go public, have the opportunity that few realize – create wealth, leave a legacy of innovation, and have personal pride in knowing they impacted their community with new jobs and opportunities. 

Keywords: [“create”,”company”,”Innovation”]
Source: https://www.karenrands.co

Towards a socially engaged mindfulness

Stephen Stanley was recently asked to provide an introduction to a screening of the documentary ‘Happy’. Apparently a ‘turn to happiness’ – or perhaps a near-obsession with happiness – is happening across government, science, therapy and popular culture. The general idea is that: the purpose of life is to be happy, we all want to be happy, and that to be happy, be need to do certain things. We have a right to be happy, and a moral obligation or duty to be happy, for ourselves and others. If we fail to find happiness, we have failed in life. 

We have lost the connection with the Middle English word ‘happ’ which means chance, luck or fortune. The idea that happiness is what happens to us, and is beyond our control, goes against the grain of contemporary understanding. This ‘turn to happiness’ has taken place across at least three domains. 

Keywords: [“Happy”,”happiness”,”fail”]
Source: https://socialmindfulness.wordpress.com

Dutch Healthcare Shames Down Syndrome Man. For Costing ‘Too Much…’ » Louder With Crowder

There is no room within the progressive-socialist movement for those with Down syndrome. By now their hatred is as obvious as Chris Christie’s diabetes. In case you need more convincing, here’s a video of a DS man being shamed by the Netherlands for costing too much in healthcare. For people who claim money and capitalism are evil, they sure do like putting a price tag on someone’s life. I suppose this chap should be thanking his lucky stars he didn’t end up like Charlie Gard. 

This is the twisted world of healthcare leftists, like Bernie Sanders and his socialist cronies, envision for America. One where those with disabilities have to justify their existence. Thus people with Down syndrome are seen as an obstacle to be eliminated by society. 

Keywords: [“people”,”healthcare”,”syndrome”]
Source: https://www.louderwithcrowder.com/dutch-healthcare-down-syndrome

Heal Thru Words, Empowerment, Positive Self-Talk, Meditation

In the past, people worked hard to become successful and then, become happy. In the present, people work at becoming happier so that they become successful. Thanks to new technologies and understandings now at our disposal, we can let go of negative self-talk, the silent killer of our happiness, and open up to a whole new reality where a work-life balance is effectively achieved through mindfulness, positivity and wellness. Our DailyBoost™, Conscious TuneUp™ and ReWire™ Programs were created to effortlessly and quickly lead participants into becoming a more positive, balanced version of themselves. 

Keywords: [“become”,”new”,”happy”]
Source: https://healthruwords.com

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-20-2018

�Compassionate Capitalism,� An Amazon Best-Selling Book is Free For One More Day

Best Seller Publishing announces the release of Blaine Bartletts new book, Compassionate Capitalism: A Journey to the Soul of Business. It will be available for free download in the Amazon Kindle Store for one more day on July 15th. Business is the most pervasive and influential force on the planet today. 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. Business today seldom assesses the efficacy of its activities through the lens of anything but profit. 

The true purpose of business is to uplift the experience of existing. From our perspective, business is nothing less than a spiritual discipline, it requires the same integrity, commitment, intentionality, courage, discipline, and compassion as any other spiritual discipline. Compassionate Capitalism by Blaine Bartlett will be free and available for download on Amazon for 1 more day at: https://www. Compassionate Capitalism was an extremely beneficial read and a reminder that business isnt solely about the profits. Every aspect of our life today evolves around business, and so often people tend to lose sight of their goals and aspirations. 

Overall, there are many takeaways and I highly recommend reading it! Jeffrey RovnerCorporate America has made business turn for the worse. This book captures the idea that you can put the customer first and still find the resources necessary to have a successful business. Best Seller Publishing is a Los Angeles Publishing Company dedicated to helping business owners and entrepreneurs become the hunted with their best-selling books. 

Keywords: [“Business”,”book”,”today”]
Source: https://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=204205

Compassion, Christianity or Consumerism? The True Meaning of Christmas

As a result, we have lost sight of the true meaning of Christmas, and celebrate it in ways that are in direct opposition to its original intent. This year, on Black Friday, I was reminded about the true meaning of Christmas. Black Friday has become as much a part of the holiday season in the United States as Thanksgiving and Christmas. 33 million evergreen conifers are purchased each year, at around $35 each, for a market of $1.16 billion in Christmas tree sales. This is not suggesting to abolish Christmas altogether, but if every U.S. household reduced their Christmas budget by only thirty-percent and contributed that money to impoverished communities, we would meet the forecast amount to end world hunger. 

This tale of Christmas we share is a stark contrast to the true story of St. Nicholas. Today, Christmas is a celebration that revolves around fulfilling greed, not need, at the expense of the poor. The real genius-work behind this big façade is the connection between Christmas and Christianity. Christmas marks the return of the sun after the winter solstice – the resurrection of light and the perseverance of unconditional love which nature manifests each year in the new life and returning warmth of springtime, from the desolate depths of winter. 

He saw the true meaning of Christmas and put an end to the charade. While his means were extreme, by stealing all the presents he learned that the real meaning of Christmas had nothing to do with exchanging gifts, but exchanging love. Let’s each of us be that Grinch, and take consumerism out of the Christmas mythology. 

Keywords: [“Christmas”,”year”,”love”]
Source: http://www.wakingtimes.com/2015/12/20/compassion-christianity-consumerism…

Capitalism’s stormy sea

Capitalism as a total world system is a relatively new part of human experience. By these measures capitalism is merely the blink of an eye. Economy was, as the social theorist Karl Polanyi has so brilliantly analysed, ‘socially embedded’ in such societies and subject to the prevailing values of that particular society rather than the kind of all-determining external force it has become under capitalism. Those who want to transform or even just tinker with our current system of corporate capitalism are confronted with a formidable task. One of the features of capitalism that has enabled it to survive is its ability both to create and to take advantage of its economic crises. 

Schumpeter saw this underlying attribute as a kind of positive resilience that keeps capitalism from collapsing under the weight of its own contradictions. Capitalism constantly puts these things at risk in its restless search for new avenues of profitable growth. Not only has capitalism shown great resilience in overcoming the periodic crises it has faced but it has also even been embraced by its one-time ideological opponents: state socialism in China and the countries of the former Soviet bloc. Our current phase of capitalism is underpinned by a much named but too little understood political philosophy called neoliberalism. Usually this is a phrase used by critics rather than proponents of capitalism. 

Under earlier forms of liberal democracy these could be counted on to play a moderately autonomous role in tempering capitalism. This makes for difficult terrain on which alternatives to capitalism must be built. 

Keywords: [“Capitalism”,”political”,”become”]
Source: https://digital.newint.com.au/issues/102/articles/2344

We Need Sustainable Capitalism

What is clear to us and many others is that market capitalism has arrived at a critical juncture. The financial crisis has reinforced our view that sustainable development will be the primary driver of economic and industrial change over the next 25 years. At the Harvard Business School Centennial Global Business Summit held earlier this month, the future of market capitalism was one of the principal themes discussed. We founded Generation Investment Management in 2004 to develop a new philosophy of investment management and business more broadly. Our approach is based on the long-term, and on the explicit recognition that sustainability issues are central to business and should be incorporated in the analysis of business and management quality. 

While certainly not a complete list, the causes of the current financial crisis include: short-termism, poor governance and regulation, misaligned compensation and incentive systems, lack of transparency, and in some firms, poor leadership and a dysfunctional business culture. Forty years ago, Robert F. Kennedy reminded Americans that the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Gross National Product measure neither our national spirit nor our national achievement. Business – and by extension the capital markets – need to change. Such investments ignore the reality of the climate crisis and its consequences for business. 

Business and markets cannot operate in isolation from society or the environment. Business and the capital markets are best positioned to address these issues. We need a more long-term and responsible form of capitalism. 

Keywords: [“Business”,”market”,”National”]
Source: https://algore.com/news/we-need-sustainable-capitalism

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-29-2018

A physician suicide: covered up with a tarp and silence

Another young doctor recently jumped to her death in New York City. Hello Pamela, I am not a doctor, but a mother of 3 and a wife of a resident physician. Two doctors died from jumping off our 33-story building in 2 years, and no one seems to care. Since I’m not a doctor, there’s only so much I can understand about what my husband is going through. This is what I saw when I came home tonight – a dead doctor lying under that tarp – lifeless in the freezing cold. 

Another doctor dead from Mt. Sinai in NY. I think NY is a horrible place to work. Conditions are deplorable for doctors, and you should investigate. Don’t let another doctor’s life go unspoken for. 

A few hours before this flurry of emails, I was on the phone with a doctor who reported that her own family physician shot herself in her clinic. Now to answer the questions posed to me by the doctor’s wife, the physician, and the hospital executive. More than one million Americans lose their doctors to suicide each year. Now is the time for fearless leadership, for the heroes among us to reveal themselves and take a stand for our doctors – for the men and women who walk into our hospitals everyday to so selflessly serve others. 

Keywords: [“doctor”,”hospital”,”suicide”]
Source: https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2018/01/physician-suicide-covered…

Vulture Capitalism, by John Stossel

Shifting resources does mean some people lose their jobs. Intuition tells us that it would be better if no one ever lost a job and that capitalists who close businesses are evil. America is richer today because those workers lost their jobs, because money once paid them is put to better use. Most of those workers found new jobs where their skills better served consumers. We take pictures as they leave their jobs on that last day when the factory closes. 

We don’t see the better things that are done with capital that once went into the factory. We had no clue that those companies were about to produce cool new things, thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in value. If government does not bestow privileges, those that don’t create wealth go out of business, and those that fund good ideas grow. Handouts to Solyndra and special deals for Goldman Sachs and GM are not capitalism. Many people hate banks, private-equity firms and mortgage brokers. 

The real evil bankers are the government cronies, like those at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In a real free market – no government privileges or barriers to competition – capitalism is great. 

Keywords: [“job”,”better”,”capitalism”]
Source: https://www.creators.com/read/john-stossel/03/12/vulture-capitalism

RevThinking with Joel Pilger and Tim Thompson

Episode Info: This podcast is part one of a conversation with David Meltzer, Co-Founder and CEO at Sports1Marketing. David is an executive, author, and humanitarian best known for his work in the field of sports marketing. He is a featured speaker at conferences, corporate meetings, seminars, and other events along with being featured in The New York Times, Sporting News, Fox Business, and Bloomberg. At Terranea Resort in Los Angeles, RevThink’s Tim Thompson and Joel Pilger lead a Creative Entrepreneurs conference on BULLETPROOFING PROFITS. Knowing that being our topic, we recognized our audience might show up thinking we were going to talk only about money. 

Much to everyone’s surprise, we revealed that profits in a creative firm are not about money, but rather about CHOICES and maintaining CONTROL of your business. In David’s talk, he provided us with break from all the talk of numbers plus a terrific dose of inspiration. David’s podcast can be found here: https://itunes. 

Keywords: [“David”,”talk”,”featured”]
Source: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/joel-pilger/revthinking/e/52475275

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Keywords: [“adipiscing”,”felis”,”accumsan”]
Source: http://www.paisleyparksofhouston.com/compassionate_capitalism_english…

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner on management

Justin Sullivan/Getty Since becoming CEO in 2009, Jeff Weiner has led LinkedIn to become a network of 364 million registered users with offices in 30 countries and a market cap of $26 billion. Weiner’s leadership style has earned him the trust of founder and chairman Reid Hoffman, his team, and LinkedIn investors. He used the example of a manager sitting down with an employee who’s frazzled. Before getting to this point, Weiner said, it’s necessary to take a moment to try to understand where the employee is coming from. It could be driven by something happening in their personal life or a misunderstanding of what’s required of them. 

That’s why it’s important to provide room for external factors that may be influencing them, and then have a discussion about the root of the problem. 

Keywords: [“become”,”where”,”Weiner”]
Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/linkedin-ceo-jeff-weiner-on-management-2015-7

JR Test Site News for 01-22-2018

Notes on Adorno T and Horkheimer

Nature has become a matter of mere objectivity, an object for control. ‘Factuality wins the day; cognition is restricted to its repetition; and thought becomes mere tautology’. In accepting these severe limits to itself, science has become no better than myth, with no interest to do anything other than reproduce the given. The rational philosophy which began the Enlightenment project can still penetrate this truth about domination even if it has become ‘forgotten’ as philosophy itself becomes another mechanism of compulsion. The need to organise a system or team becomes an important priority, shown best in the work of Sade, where team work [at an orgy] permits the totally efficient sexual exploitation of every possibility! Organisations develop in their own right, so that any goals can be attached to them, and no external standards of criticism can be applied to them. The Enlightenment project therefore becomes necessarily committed to liberalism – an ideology is needed to bail out a system that claims to be based on pure rationality. Sexual enjoyment becomes a matter of sexual desire, and not respect; promiscuity replaces commitment, sex becomes a technique to replace the enthusiasm for one individual. Suffering becomes part of the culture industry: it is solemnly recorded and serves as some kind of necessary tragic counterpart to having fun, to remind us all of fate. In the culture industry the average becomes heroic, and individuals find their individuality in vicarious participation. The use-value of such objects has become fetishised, or saturated by exchange value. Now art has become ‘free, it can be put to use universally, and people feel they must acquire it because it is now available. Names now become mere abstract terms: ‘A left-half at football, a black shirt, a member of the Hitler Youth and so on, are no more than names’. The mechanisms include false mimesis and projected mimesis, where the outer world is seen as a replica of the inner one, and the motives of the other become the motives of oneself. Stereotypes become vital in a mass society , permitting an immediate identification of actual persons with their stereotypes or archetypes. Society itself has become a kind of prison -‘The punishment of imprisonment is as nothing when set against the social reality [fascism] in which we live’.

Keywords: [“become”,”Enlightenment”,”culture”]
Source: http://www.arasite.org/adhkdofe.htm

Why are and should communism and capitalism inherently be at war????, page 3

First of all, when those so called keys were handed to that man, Germany back then was far removed from being a free market capitalist democratic society. Another view could be that National Socialism is, as I previously argued, another iteration in terms of answer to the question how to square personal ownership vs state ownership. Fact remains, in order to elevate the proletariat, violent revolution and a totalitarian state is needed to execute a transition period. I don’t see the need for either a totalitarian state to enforce it. At least not more of a totalitarian state than we have. As I said, it depends on the state of enlightenment of every single person in a geographical area. If you don’t pay your taxes, a fine, smoke pot in the privacy of your own home, exc the US government will throw you in a concrete box FOR YEARS. The current state of affairs in the US is hardly indicative of a free market capitalist democratic republic. There once was a time when there was no income tax, no war on drugs …. when free market capitalism was more valued …. however … you are saying something to say what exactly? That punishing criminal activity is totalitarian? Hardly, but I have to hand it to the US for being Numero UNO in putting people behind bars ….and #ing over it’s own population. If you are preaching revolution, the US government will throw you in a concrete box for years. He was preaching revolution, all right, and using any notion an American could have about the original 1776 revolution against the British Crown and connect it to different issues and giving it another content. NOT. But then again, Obama, preached revolutionary ideas conducive with a gradual change towards a more socialistic and communistic ideal. Preaching revolution to overthrow violently the current status quo … it is in the interest of any current status quo to not have a violent revolution on it’s hands. If trump and Putin get along great, are communism and capitalism still inherently at war??? You see, a fool can pose a lot more questions than a wise man can answer. Second, why do you seem to be implying that Putin and Trump represent a struggle between communism and free market capitalism?

Keywords: [“revolution”,”state”,”more”]
Source: http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread1192552/pglastpost

Sacrifice Yourself to the Golden Calf of Capitalism – Mother Jones

Inspired in turn by Swift, I want to suggest that we put in motion a similar undertaking: On January 16th, Martin Luther King Day, citizens from around the country should gather at the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street. Do you really need that mobile home or tent? And certainly, you’ll want to offer up your children to Wall Street if they’re young enough to make a “Delicious” and nourishing meal. If your children are older still, and waterlogged from the college loans that put them “Underwater” before they even had their first jobs, why not donate those debts as securitized gifts to the Street? Better yet: give back their college diplomas. Give back your votes; they do you no good, but might placate The Street. If you’re not too shy, donate your medical records, x-rays, CAT scans and IV drips; you won’t need them anymore since the odds are you won’t be able to afford health care, and Wall Street can use them. What, for example, is a leg- or ear- or brainpan-derivative really worth on the open market? You don’t know, but Wall Street will. My poor imagination is hardly up to the task of imagining all the ways in which we might express our fealty to Wall Street’s financiers. Why pick a single day and a single place to symbolically immolate our own children? Why not continue to occupy as many places as we can on all days? We should! The simple epiphany that OWS allowed millions to experience was its blunt discovery that Wall Street, the world of financial mis-engineers and predatory speculators, was the taproot of our multiple dilemmas. For people around the globe, that street remains, at least symbolically, the site where our misbegotten Age of Austerity was born. “Our streets” are ever less “Ours” in any meaningful sense. If credit-default swaps and structured investment vehicles are legal, as they are, and if marching in the streets is becoming ever less so, as it is, then on January 16th we should begin to turn that kind of preposterous world upside down. With Martin Luther King in mind, let us propose that January 16th also become Jubilee Day. Our own version of such a “Day of forgiveness” would focus on all the debts with which the 1 percent have burdened so many working people. He is a labor and economic historian whose most recent book is Wall Street: America’s Dream Palace.

Keywords: [“Street”,”Day”,”Children”]
Source: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/11/occupy-wall-street-99-percent…