J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 09-10-2018

Define Asset at Dictionary.com

A useful and desirable thing or quality: Organizational ability is an asset. Assets, items of ownership convertible into cash; total resources of a person or business, as cash, notes and accounts receivable, securities, inventories, goodwill, fixtures, machinery, or real estate. Law.property in the hands of an heir, executor, or administrator, that is sufficient to pay the debts or legacies of a deceased person… Origin of asset. Back formation from assets, in phrase have assets, literally, have enough Anglo-French, Old French. 

Examples from the Web for asset Contemporary Examples First, his credentials: He did international mergers and acquisitions at Lazard, a financial and asset. McCain said he would not be impacted financially by being subject to a visa ban and asset. Even Russian business leaders could be targets for asset. To a degree the Bernanke years were ones in which asset. Historical ExamplesThey all of them have to admit that I’m honest-that’s an asset. 

What however went first of all or rather vanished was nothing in the nature of an asset…Your beauty is as tangible an asset. In the balance she had confidently thrown the asset. Asset in CultureassetA possession that can be turned into cash to cover liabilities. 

Keywords: [“asset”,”person”,”cash”]
Source: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/asset

The Hobo Ethical Code of 1889: 15 Rules for Living a Self-Reliant, Honest & Compassionate Life

Wouldn’t it be grand if they looked instead to the Hobo Ethical Code, a serious standard of behavior established at the Hobo National Convention of 1889. When in town, always respect the local law and officials, and try to be a gentleman at all times. Don’t take advantage of someone who is in a vulnerable situation, locals or other hobos. Always try to find work, even if temporary, and always seek out jobs nobody wants. By doing so you not only help a business along, but ensure employment should you return to that town again. 

When no employment is available, make your own work by using your added talents at crafts. Do not allow yourself to become a stupid drunk and set a bad example for locals’ treatment of other hobos. When jungling in town, respect handouts, do not wear them out, another hobo will be coming along who will need them as badly, if not worse than you. Do not cause problems in a train yard, another hobo will be coming along who will need passage through that yard. Do not allow other hobos to molest children; expose all molesters to authoritiesthey are the worst garbage to infest any society. 

Help all runaway children, and try to induce them to return home. Help your fellow hobos whenever and wherever needed, you may need their help someday. 

Keywords: [“Hobo”,”work”,”help”]
Source: http://www.openculture.com/2016/11/the-hobo-ethical-code-of-1889.html

Compassionate appointment is not a matter of right: SC

A Bench of Justices Aftab Alam and R M Lodha quashed a direction of the Madras High Court which directed appointment of M Selvanayagam in Karaikal Municipality,five years after the death of his father Meenakshisundaram,a watchman. Simply because the claimant happened to be one of the dependents of the deceased employee would be directly in conflict with Articles 14 & 16(equality) of the Constitution and hence,is quite bad and illegal. Meenakshisundaram died on November 22,1988,after putting in 4 years 3 months and 25 days of service. It was only in 1993 that Selvanayagam made an application for his appointment on compassionate grounds. The apex court rejected the plea of the wife that she could apply for government job and instead chose to do some menial jobs on account of her poor health condition. 

The apex court recalled that under the scheme of compassionate appointment,in case of an employee dying in harness,one of his eligible dependents is given a job with the sole objective of providing immediate succour to the family which may suddenly find itself in dire straits as a result of the death of the bread winner. Start your day the best way with the Express Morning Briefing. For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App. 

Keywords: [“appointment”,”compassionate”,”death”]
Source: https://indianexpress.com/article/news-archive/print/compassionate…

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Keywords: [“answer”,”hall”,”Prentice”]
Source: http://silkom.de/compassionate/capitalism/compassionate_capitalism_barnes…

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Keywords: [“Free”,”iTunes”,”View”]
Source: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-rich-roll-podcast/id582272991

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 06-16-2018

Attempting the Impossible – Calculating Capitalism’s Death Toll – Guerrilla Ontology

When one sees one of those massive lists of the death toll of Communism on Tumblr, one inevitably see, if sources are included, the name RJ Rummel over and over and over again. In order to show you that Rummel’s figures are way off the wall, I will take a closer look at the dictator who’s death toll has the highest consensus – Hitler. While it is true that there is some debate about whether the Holocaust occurred or how many people perished under the Third Reich, the overall historical consensus is more stable than Stalin or Mao’s death toll which changes every year as a new book is published or new archives are explored. Not all were tried, but most of the 50,000 who were, were sent to normal prison which did not mean death. Given the lack of data on their part and their own numbers, assuming a 100% death rate, adding up to only 32,300, that is what I will go with. 

The first, and most obvious, deals with the death toll that the book posits. The book, written by professor Stéphane Courtois, tries to posit that there have been about 100 million deaths due to Communism. Two of the book’s main contributors, Nicolas Werth and Jean-Louis Margolin, publicly stated that Courtois either inflated numbers for the purpose of achieving his goal of 100 million or that he cut corners and ignored deaths in some places. Of the 100 million deaths, most are due to famine which, assuming the figures are actually correct, are the result of mismanagement and stupidity as opposed to government malevolence. Assuming that the figures are accurate, the death toll of capitalism is going to outweigh this anyway. 

Before I continue however, an important note must be made: unlike the death tolls associated with Communism, the deaths caused by capitalism are usually the result of capitalist constructions, be they systemic poverty, imperialism, Atlantic and post-Atlantic slavery, etc. In third world countries, the United States, on its quest for empire, has been responsible for 6,000,000 deaths. 

Keywords: [“death”,”Rummel”,”War”]
Source: http://guerrillaontologies.com/2014/05/attempting-the-impossible…

Capitalism has a Role in Fighting Poverty

Any time of year is a good time to discuss poverty, but the subject has obvious resonance at Christmas. The Pope’s letter also took capitalism in general to task, which is troubling because the relationship between wealth creation and the alleviation of poverty is often misunderstood. Pope Francis does not make this next distinction, but his critique applies better to crony capitalism than to competitive capitalism. Crony capitalism wherever it occurs, is not capitalism properly understood, where people are free to bargain and choose goods and services – trade, in other words, an activity human beings have engaged in for much of history. Far from enhancing those who already possess wealth, competitive capitalism – and within the rule of law, property rights, other civil rights and sound currencies – allows entrepreneurs to compete in existing markets or edge out old goods with new, innovative products. 

The late Angus Maddison, a British economist who famously surveyed the world economy, concluded that the growth of international trade and capital was one major reason for the reduction in absolute poverty over the centuries. The authors found that between 1970 and 2006, poverty rates around the world fell by 80 per cent. Capitalism does help reduce poverty, providing it is more the competitive type than the crony type. None of this means that some people will not attempt to combine money and power to abuse others, or that capitalism will solve every social ill. The claim is only that poverty rates would be vastly higher absent open markets and competitive entrepreneurs, as indeed such rates were when protectionism, mercantilism and socialism were more influential around the world. 

Argentina today has much poverty, and that reality has informed the real-world experience of the current Pope. Pope Francis’s capitalism critique is too general, but there is indeed a problem with crony capitalism. 

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”poverty”,”Pope”]
Source: https://freedomtalk.ca/v2/capitalism-has-a-role-in-fighting-poverty

The compassionate state

Students of history know that communism saved capitalism after the Second World War. The welfare state enjoyed a rebirth when countries, especially those in Europe lying prostrate after the conflagrations, kindled a romance with the idea Marx and Lenin wrought. The West, including the United States, strengthened the social buoy of the poor and vulnerable although the idea dated back to the years of German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck in the 19th century. They are the old who cannot earn any more money, the young and old who cannot get healing, the children too poor to afford books and food at schools, the disenfranchised business person who cannot get seed money to pursue the dreams of independence. I had an opportunity to sit as an observer at the state of Osun’s executive council recently and observed the essence of his style. 

As Laoye-Tomori showed in her power-point presentation, in the past year the inflow into schools had leaped from between 25 percent and 30 percent. The students would now have school uniforms, spinning an industry and a jobs spur that locals are taking advantage of to tailor and provide the uniforms all over the state. The thousands of children in Osun who are abandoning idleness at home and on the streets for school are witnessing the greatest liberation: of the human mind. The state has obviously a mobile medical system where communication between the deprived and the caregiver is streamlined. What is being done for the elderly in terms of free healthcare in some states, like Lagos, Delta, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Ekiti, will help improve life expectancy. 

After the U.S. won the war of independence, Jefferson accused President Washington of apostasy for creating an elite society with Alexander Hamilton when he set up institutions for a strong federal state. From the droves of children going to school in Osuns now, we know that is not true. 

Keywords: [“state”,”school”,”world”]
Source: http://thenationonlineng.net/the-compassionate-state/#respond

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

The notion and practice of affects management, both privately and socially, are not specific to capitalism. Hellenistic philosophers made up a new word to convey this very idea: metriopatheia, from pathos, affect, and metrios, a word that conveys both the notion of measure and that of moderation. Generally speaking the notion that pathē are the expression of an authentic self was to a large extent foreign to Greek and Roman philosophy: on the contrary, the very word pathē expresses passivity and conveys the idea that the subject undergoes affects and experiences them as forced upon him. The social management of affects is not an invention of capitalism and does not, as such, characterize capitalism in a specific way. In other words, when we address the problem of affects under capitalism, we should be very careful to avoid the risk of thinking that the problem lies in the capitalist intrusion into our hearts, in an opposition between, for example, the authenticity and naturalness of our private affects and their forced and normative display or regulation dictated by capitalist social relations. On the contrary, we may even think that a robust notion of the privacy of affects as characterizing what it means to be a unique individual arises with capitalism and modernity. The first: as shown by Hochshild’s work, under capitalism affects become, like other capabilities, a set of skills produced and regulated in such a way as to be sold as a commodity sui generis, that strange commodity that is labor power. The second factor, strictly connected with the first, is what I would call affects fetishism. This appears clearer in the use of affects in marketing, where the display of specific affects is employed for the sake of the creation of further affects, for example desire, self-identification, lust, ambition, to be attached to commodities. While I want to challenge the idea of a complete privacy and naturalness of affects, I want to insist, at the same time, on the fact that these two forms of experience are actually different and contribute in very different ways to the process of subject formation and to the way a subject perceives herself. To conclude, in very broad terms, I would suggest that decommodifying affects should be both our goal and a means of resistance and struggle, without for this reason falling into a romantic ideal of authenticity. It is not a matter of defending private authenticity versus social reification, but rather of mediating, shaping, and managing our affects through more humane social relations.

Keywords: [“affect”,”capitalism”,”social”]
Source: http://www.publicseminar.org/2014/08/the-capitalism-of-affects

Is a Fear of Death at the Heart of Capitalism? |

According to Becker, it is easy for the human animal to feel small and servile in the face of death. We collectively cope with our fear of death, and the insignificance it suggests, by creating opportunities for “Earthly heroism.” All cultures and economic systems, according to Becker, are organized around providing possibilities for heroism and the symbolic immortality it provides. In the forty years since Becker’s death, a whole field of social psychology has emerged to test his theories. Being reminded of death apparently increased participants’ adherence to a capitalist worldview. Economic insecurity, symbolic immortality, and death rates. In a recent Salon article that applies Becker and TMT to Trump’s electoral successes, Chauncey Devega argues that “Trump is communicating and displaying a strong ‘life force’-and this is closely tied to questions of virility and masculinity as well-to a people who are awash with anxieties about death, weakness, impotence and loss.” All three systems are arguably rooted in fear of death; they offer a select group feelings of strength and superiority that help protect against the sense of smallness and insignificance that death can engender. Becker is not the only thinker to connect fear of death with compensatory desires for dominion. One possible answer is that the reality of death is more workable than Becker allowed. What if gift economies are not illusory, but instead healthy interpretations of the earthly wealth that makes human life possible? What if death itself is emblematic of life’s generosity? As the philosopher Georges Bataille once observed, death “Constantly leaves the necessary room for the coming of the newborn, and we are wrong to curse the one without whom we would not exist.” Becker interpreted ritual and ceremony as means for achieving symbolic immortality, for gaining imagined control over “Material decay and death.” But what if ritual, ceremony, and meditation are instead vital technologies that have historically allowed some cultures to befriend death and impermanence? And might this more affirmative relationship to the existential real be a key reason why some cultures have been more successful at pursuing relative equity? If we encounter our earthly lives as basically rich, then we should have nothing to compensate for. If a cultural fear of death is at the heart of dominative systems like capitalism, white supremacy, and patriarchy, then we need political strategies that can transform this existential fear.

Keywords: [“Becker”,”death”,”Trump”]
Source: https://arrow-journal.org/is-a-fear-of-death-at-the-heart-of…