J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 08-16-2018

A Manifesto for Psychopaths – George Monbiot

Ayn Rand’s ideas have become the Marxism of the new right. The belief system constructed by Ayn Rand, who died 30 years ago today, has never been more popular or influential. Rand was a Russian from a prosperous family who emigrated to the United States. Rand’s is the philosophy of the psychopath, a misanthropic fantasy of cruelty, revenge and greed. As Gary Weiss shows in his new book Ayn Rand Nation, she has become to the new right what Karl Marx once was to the left: a demi-god at the head of a chiliastic cult(4). 

Ignoring Rand’s evangelical atheism, the Tea Party movement has taken her to its heart. Like all philosophies, Objectivism is absorbed second-hand by people who have never read it. It is not hard to see why Rand appeals to billionaires. Among the essays he wrote for Ayn Rand were those published in a book he co-edited with her called Capitalism: the Unknown Ideal(10). Once in government, Greenspan applied his guru’s philosophy to the letter, lobbying to cut taxes for the rich and repeal the laws constraining the banks, refusing to regulate the predatory lending and the derivatives trading which eventually brought the system down. 

Saturated in her philosophy, the new right on both sides of the Atlantic continues to demand the rollback of the state, even as the wreckage of that policy lies all around. From an article by Soma Golden in the New York Times, July 1974, quoted by Gary Weiss. 

Keywords: [“Rand”,”philosophy”,”Weiss”]
Source: http://www.monbiot.com/2012/03/05/a-manifesto-for-psychopaths

BIBLE VERSES ABOUT CHARITY

Bible verses related to Charity from the King James Version by Relevance. Acts 20:35 – I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. 2 Corinthians 9:7 – Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, ; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. Proverbs 19:17 – He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again. Luke 12:33 – Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. Luke 6:38 – Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. 

For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Matthew 5:42 – Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. Proverbs 21:13 – Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard. Topics and verses are auto-generated from user searches. Some scripture references/categories courtesy of Open Bible. 

Search the King James Version for more references about Charity…. Popular Topics for Bible Verses. 

Keywords: [“give”,”shall”,”Bible”]
Source: https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Bible-Verses-About-Charity

Dominican Republic Economy: Population, GDP, Inflation, Business, Trade, FDI, Corruption

The Dominican Republic does a poor job of protecting property rights. Enforcement of intellectual property rights is also poor. Corruption is a serious systemic problem at all levels of government and is linked to significant levels of narco-trafficking. The top individual income tax rate is 25 percent, and the top corporate tax rate is 27 percent. Other taxes include value-added, estate, and net wealth taxes. 

The overall tax burden equals 13.7 percent of total domestic income. Over the past three years, government spending has amounted to 17.7 percent of total output, and budget deficits have averaged 2.1 percent of GDP. Public debt is equivalent to 34.4 percent of GDP. Regulatory EfficiencyView Methodology. The Dominican authorities have carried out some reforms to improve transparency, but corruption and arbitrary implementation of existing laws are often cited as grievances by business owners. 

The Dominican Labor Code creates a relatively inflexible labor market. Trade is significant for the Dominican Republic’s economy; the combined value of exports and imports equals 54 percent of GDP. The average applied tariff rate is 6.3 percent. In general, government policies do not significantly interfere with foreign investment. The small financial sector remains relatively stable and continues to evolve. 

Keywords: [“percent”,”Dominican”,”government”]
Source: https://www.heritage.org/index/country/dominicanrepublic

Social Mindfulness

Mindfulness has recently become popular in the west, with many forms of psychotherapy and counselling drawing on mindfulness ideas and practices. Perhaps for this reason – and because of the wider connection between mindfulness and meditation – the focus has tended to be on mindfulness as an individual technique undertaken for personal reasons. Social mindfulness draws together projects which explore the social potentials of mindfulness. Briefly, mindfulness involves remembering to bring alert, clear, attention to what are doing within a wide, open awareness of the totality of our experience. Many forms of mindfulness emphasise being in the present moment and accepting what comes non-judgementally. 

It is also possible to be mindful when remembering or thinking about the future, or when evaluating things. The potential of existing mindfulness practices for addressing social issues, such as conflict, sustainability, and discrimination. The development of mindfulness practices which are explicitly social and/or collective. Dialogues between mindfulness and social theory, social science and social psychology. Mindfulness therapies which are located more explicitly within sociocultural understandings of human experience. 

The application of mindfulness to social settings, such as healthcare, education, and social work. Social mindfulness was set up by Meg Barker and Steven Stanley. 

Keywords: [“Mindfulness”,”Social”,”form”]
Source: https://socialmindfulness.wordpress.com/about

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-10-2018

Socialism, Once in Power, Outlaws It

Socialism on the other hand has no checks and balances against greed. Socialism therefore cannot produce a people who are free to be compassionate. Although socialism is viewed as compassion, it doesn’t allow room for compassionate giving because by definition, under a socialist system, there shouldn’t be any need for anyone to have to give compassionately. Socialism has to keep people poor in order to justify its own existence. Socialism strips the individual of their right to own private property. 

To give freely is treasonous because, in theory, under socialism there is no need for people to be compassionate. Unlike compassionate capitalism, compassionate socialism cannot exist. It’s an oxymoron because socialism as absolute economic law only has what it’s taken from the people; it has no capital outside what socialism has taken without compassion; creating no real margin of abundance for individuals to give compassionately from. The Bible does not preach or foster socialism as an absolute economic law or morality. Socialism has no room and sees no need for compassion once it holds power. 

The socialist only sees the capitalist as his or her enemy, upholding socialism religiously, without opposition. Socialism is seen as true compassion and therefore the only compassion anyone truly needs. 

Keywords: [“Socialism”,”give”,”compassionate”]
Source: https://www.xyz.net.au/capitalism-needs-compassion-socialism-power…

Blue Print for How to Build A Culture of Empathy?

We’d like to come up with a blueprint for building a culture of empathy and compassion. The more empathy you receive, the more space you have to give it. Develop training that deepens the individual components of empathy. Change all social institutions to actively support empathy. Go to the pain, suffering, fear, alienation with awareness, presence and empathy. 

Have TV moderators using empathy to bring people together. I take heart that there are many people bringing forward empathy. Local level with skilled moderators, who want to get people heard. Want to talk with peoples who’s letters confused me. I don’t understand this lack of empathy around the world. 

This group used reflective listening to deepen empathy for each person. Edwin told story of visiting Tea Party and Republican State convention to talk with participants about the role of empathy in their lives. 

Keywords: [“Empathy”,”people”,”Culture”]
Source: http://cultureofempathy.com/Projects/How-To-Build-Empathy/index.htm

Halcyonic by HTML5 UP

This is Halcyonic, a free site template by AJ for HTML5 UP. It’s responsive, built on HTML5 + CSS3, and includes 5 unique page layouts. Yes! Halcyonic is built on the Skel framework, so it has full responsive support for desktop, tablet, and mobile device displays. Halcyonic is licensed under the CCA 3.0 license, so use it for personal or commercial use as much as you like. 

Duis neque nisi, dapibus sed mattis quis, rutrum accumsan sed. Suspendisse vitae magna eget odio amet mollis justo facilisis quis. Sed sagittis mauris amet tellus gravida lorem ipsum. What We Do A subheading about what we do Sed mattis quis rutrum accum. What People Are Saying And a final subheading about our clients. 

Keywords: [“sed”,”quis”,”Halcyonic”]
Source: http://www.copyblogwriter.com/compassionate_capitalism_how_corporations…

Culture of the New Capitalism

The distinguished sociologist Richard Sennett surveys major differences between earlier forms of industrial capitalism and the more global, more febrile, ever more mutable version of capitalism that is taking its place. Only a certain kind of human being can prosper in unstable, fragmentary institutions: the culture of the new capitalism demands an ideal self oriented to the short term, focused on potential ability rather than accomplishment, willing to discount or abandon past experience. Richard Sennett teaches sociology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the London School of Economics. His recent publications include The Corrosion of Character and Respect in a World of Inequality. 

Keywords: [“Sennett”,”more”,”how”]
Source: https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300119923/culture-new-capitalism

The Compassionate Librano

On the prowl sort of whereas an Alligator is any woman out there ready to devour or destroy the reputation, livelihood and well being of any male she has her sights on – without due course, due diligence, due evidence, or due process. We’re due they, the radical feminists, were due to say. No more holding the door open, paying for dinner, compliments, drinks or whatever. I would belch, fart, grunt, swear, and scratch my ass – wiggle me nuts – tell dirty jokes, well perhaps not, and – y’know all of those things that define a male – in front of you. I would think twice about working with a woman because you just never know. 

No defence, no evidence, just hearsay and buddy you are screwed. 

Keywords: [“due”,”well”,”woman”]
Source: http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2018/01/the-compassiona-2.html

UPC’s Seventh Annual Conscious Eating Conference: What are the Most Compassionate Choices?

You are cordially invited to attendUnited Poultry Concerns’ Seventh Annual Conference. Conference Synopsis: United Poultry Concerns’ 7th Annual Conscious Eating Conference brings expert speakers to Berkeley, California to share their ideas about the best food choices we can make for the planet, ourselves, and other animals. We will explore the ethics of eating and the effect of agriculture on animals and the planet, and why it matters. 20 pre-registration for all others, $30 at the door the day of the event. Food: Registration includes a continental breakfast of vegan pastries & fruit, delicious vegan lunch, and all-day coffee & tea. 

Keywords: [“Conference”,”vegan”,”animals”]
Source: http://upc-online.org/forums/2018

The C word

Bill Gates recently gave a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The idea is this: the increase in standards of living brought by capitalism mainly benefit the rich, so companies should put more effort into developing products and services for the poor. Both these bargains are bound up with capitalism, which is centred not on the free market or the accumulation of wealth, but instead on the idea of false choice. Yes, you may buy from or work for a number of companies, but they are all motivated by the same desires and thus, really, you only have one choice. 

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”companies”,”Creative”]
Source: https://maryrosecook.com/blog/post/the-c-word-2

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-13-2018

On Weinstein: We’re All Accountable for Our Cultural Issues

Then many more stories emerged about the abuse of women, mainly by powerful men. After a while of digesting all this, I realized that women are stronger than men. Today, the world continues to favour men, because they’re men. The problem is not only that some power-hungry, egoistic men are sick. Rather, the problem is that when such men are sick, it has severe consequences for all of us, because men still, to a large extent, rule the world. I remember Rebecca Solnit saying something about men being the problem-not all men, but men. Because men, as philosopher Simone de Beauvoir said about women, aren’t born men; they become men. Gender can too easily turn into a lucrative identity of being this or that. It’s naïve and wrong to reduce men to being intrinsically morally bad. What Weinstein and his ilk have done is a violation of many women, but not only women. Due to capitalism, we’re told that freedom is related to property rights, as if anyone could own another human being. Narcissism, egoism, nationalism they’re all related to capitalism and the right to own a territory, the illusion of being in control and the belief that some people can treat others as they see fit, because of ownership, money and such. It shows people who feel superior because of money, gender, race or religion that the most powerful human being is a person who cares for what brings life.

Keywords: [“men”,”being”,”gender”]
Source: https://www.themindfulword.org/2018/survival-compassionate…

Socialism Is Not the Answer

Pope Francis is right to call attention to poverty, but socialism is not the solution. The pope’s emphasis on the needs of the poor is important, especially in today’s politics, where poverty is often a public-policy sideline. In calling attention to the problem, he fails to understand that free-market capitalism is not a cause of poverty, but a solution. In 1980, less than 1 percent of Argentinians lived in extreme poverty, while in neighboring Chile, the extreme-poverty rate exceeded 15 percent. Today, while the proportion of Argentinians living in extreme poverty has risen slightly, to nearly 3 percent, Chile has seen the most dramatic reduction in poverty in Latin America. Fewer than 2 percent of Chileans now live in extreme poverty. Poverty, which briefly declined at the beginning of Chávez’s reign, has begun rising rapidly. Although accurate figures are hard to come by, it is estimated that between one-third and one-half of the population now lives in poverty. In China alone, even the partial adoption of a market-oriented economy has saved more than 650 million people from poverty. Almost 84 percent of Chinese lived in extreme poverty in 1987. As Bono, hardly a right-wing icon, explains, ‘Capitalism takes more people out of poverty than aid. Throughout most of human history, most of mankind lived in truly abject poverty.

Keywords: [“poverty”,”more”,”capitalism”]
Source: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/424464/pope-and-poverty

Christian Heritage

These give us license to dismiss some ideas quickly, or to answer objections swiftly so that we might be free to mull over other ideas. A free market, we should remember, is not fueled by greed, but by service. First, taxing one group of people to give the money to another group of people is bad for the people who receive the money. When we tax one group to give the money to another we create disincentive for everyone to work, which leads to greater poverty for everyone. Second, taking from one group to give to another fails the compassion test because it is not compassionate to those who are having their wealth taken. We surely aren’t showing grace when we come to take what we will later give. If having more than someone else is a sure sign of greed, we are all guilty, including even those to whom we give money. Finally, and most importantly, asking the state to take from one group to give to others isn’t compassionate because we are not the ones making the sacrifice. I am not demonstrating a giving heart if I steal my neighbor’s car, and give it to a struggling single parent. Christians are called to be compassionate, which means we give what is ours, not what is our neighbors’. We give in the name of Jesus, not in the name of Uncle Sam. It says we are called to give of our own wealth, not the wealth of others.

Keywords: [“give”,”greed”,”more”]
Source: https://www.christianheritageonline.org/compassion-on-the-cheap

Compassion and Capitalism – The Best You Magazine

David Meltzer was born in Akron, Ohio In 1968 and was described as a bright and able student at school. Upon graduating, he entered the world of business, where he was soon part of the upper echelon of the business community. Everywhere he worked in the world of business, Meltzer appeared to have the Midas touch. In his 30s, already a multi-millionaire, Meltzer’s career went off the rails. Meltzer decided he needed to stop and look at how he’d previously created success. Meltzer explored spirituality, bringing a broader more balanced approach to his business life. Through this process, he worked out four principles that would become his guiding light in all his future business interactions. Meltzer soon rose to great business and personal success. It is this willingness to trust in what the universe is doing that defines Meltzer’s approach to life. It fit perfectly with the notion of gratitude, one of his own core beliefs in the philosophy of business. Whether it’s the elementary school, high school, college or law school he attended, he says Meltzer enjoys sharing the lessons he’s learned to empower young people who may be in a similar situation. His second book, Compassionate Capitalism: AJourney to the Soul of Business, was published In 2016 and is co-authored with Blaine Bartlett.

Keywords: [“Meltzer”,”business”,”works”]
Source: https://thebestyoumagazine.co/compassion-and-capitalism

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 03-15-2018

Is capitalism bad?

Capitalism itself is not bad, nor are all capitalist. People confuse capitalism with corporate America and do no consider the alternative socialism for what it is, fake. Jealously is the cause of people thinking capitalism is bad, not compassion. In fact people think they are better people just believing in anti-capitalism. If you think capitalism is wrong, live in a post-communist country for a few years. Capitalism has transformed the world I live in from poor to rich. Most people who make a lot of money give a lot to charity and are kind gentle people. Next time you ask the question is capitalism good or bad, consider the capitalist vs the large corporation. Consider Capitalism like we have in free America and the socialism that Poland or Russian had during communism. Is capitalism bad? No. Self expression does not sound too bad to me.

Keywords: [“People”,”Capitalism”,”capitalist”]
Source: http://political-economy.com/is-capitalism-bad

Self-righteous vs. Compassionate charity

It is important not to downplay charity regardless of the motivation. Typically:Self-righteous people give charity to make themselves sleep better at night. Compassionate people give charity to make the poor person sleep better at night. Don’t get me wrong, self-righteous people do accomplish a lot. The nature of self-righteousness is an important engine in getting good things done. Imagine corporations that sponsor cultural events or seasonal soup kitchens. Usually the nature of self-righteousness blinds the giver to understanding the truth and complexity of the recipient’s situation, whereas compassionate people are more likely to really put themselves into the recipient’s shoes and are thus enabled to think about fixing the problem rather than merely applying a band-aid.

Keywords: [“people”,”give”,”charity”]
Source: https://goodflagbetsy.wordpress.com/self-righteous-vs…

LSE Blogs

LSE’s public-facing blogs have grown into one of the world’s primary digital knowledge exchange platforms for academics, students, and researchers. Contributions from think tank researchers, politicians, and third-sector experts across the world mean that LSE Blogs have grown into a hub for evidence-based commentary and accessible summaries of academic research. At LSE we also use blogs as platforms for student engagement and teaching, where our teams are recognised for early adoption of digital platforms. More than 70,000 unique users read blog posts and commentary from across the LSE Blogs every week. Get started by exploring our new and most popular blogs below.

Keywords: [“blog”,”LSE”,”research”]
Source: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk

John Stossel on ObamaCare :: The Future of Capitalism

Obamacare has barely started taking effect, and the evidence is already rolling in. I hate to say we told them so, but … we told them so. The laws of economics have struck back….thanks to the compassionate Congress and president, parents of sick children will be saved from expensive insurance – by being unable to obtain any insurance! That’s how government compassion works.

Keywords: [“insurance”,”told”]
Source: https://www.futureofcapitalism.com/2010/10/john-stossel-on-obamacare

Food First

Informed by a vast network of activist-researchers, Food First’s analysis and educational resources support communities and social movements fighting for food justice and food sovereignty around the world. Food First gives you the tools to understand our global food system, and to build your local food movement from the ground up.

Keywords: [“Food”,”First”,”movement”]
Source: https://foodfirst.org

Animal Stories from all-creatures.org

Some of them are sad, some are funny, and some are both. Others tell of humans turning to God because of the death of a non-human animal. Others remind us of the individuality and sentience of every living being. One thing that all of these stories have in common is that they will touch your heart and soul.

Keywords: [“Others”]
Source: http://www.all-creatures.org/animal.html

Compassionate Capitalism by Blaine Bartlett on Prezi

Present RemotelyInvited audience members will follow you as you navigate and present. People invited to a presentation do not need a Prezi accountThis link expires 10 minutes after you close the presentation. Learn more about this feature in our knowledge base article.

Keywords: [“Present”,”presentation”]
Source: https://prezi.com/h-ecl7tkwgxz/compassionate-capitalism

Compassion International

Compassion partners with churches to help them provide Bolivian children with the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and become all God has created them to be. Currently, more than 66,500 children participate in more than 200 child development centers.

Keywords: [“children”,”more”]
Source: https://www.compassion.com/about/where/bolivia.htm

FANDOM powered by Wikia

Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers. Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.

Keywords: [“Wikia”,”blocker”]
Source: http://socialism.wikia.com/wiki/Capitalism

Education, Networking, Events

We offer transformative thinking, programs, events, and a community of inquiry and learning. We foster aware and engaged business in Chicagoland and the Midwest through powerful programming, peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and conscious practice.

Keywords: [“programs”,”learning”]
Source: http://consciouscapitalismchicago.org

the vegan online store

Capitalism will cause harm to you and your neighbours. 10 paper stickers per pack.10.5 cm x 7.2 cm. These stickers are not printed at a random print shop – we get them from the radical left-wing print shop Disgusted Youth.

Keywords: [“print”,”shop”,”stickers”]
Source: https://www.rootsofcompassion.org/en/capitalism-at-work-sticker-10x

Compassionate capitalism: Lessons from medieval Cambridge

Compassionate capitalism: Lessons from medieval Cambridge. Idea of pursuing competitiveness while promoting the common good began as early as the medieval period, write Catherine Casson, Mark Casson, John Lee, and Katie Phillips.

Keywords: [“medieval”,”Casson”]
Source: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/80228

Web Development – DeepTown

DeepTown Company is good in development of Web and Hosted Solutions. CMS powered websites Cloud ready back-end solutions REST or RESTful API for Web services and Mobile apps Landing pages and single-page web applications.

Keywords: [“Web”,”Solutions”]
Source: https://deeptown.com/services/software-development/web

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 03-05-2018

Le Capitalisme Avec La Compassion et L’Integrite Inconditionnelle, Toujours!

It should be very clear by now that I am some form of Laissez Faire capitalist. It only takes one unethical Madoff, to ruin hundreds of ethical human beings lives. The system will do that but it’s people, not theory, that I care about now. If I have just proved myself to be as intellectually incongruous as most of the people I can’t stand, well. David Kelley and Nathaniel Branden both have come up with powerful teachings about the importance of benevolence and integrity in a rational society. Both of them will tell me that I’m inconsistent in my belief and that I’m not much help to the rationalist / capitalist cause. I can dig them even if it’s not going to be reciprocated. To me, they have the most important teachings about both capitalism and about living in a capitalist society. Capitalism works best when capitalist leaders have a very high level of integrity and when it’s philosophically acceptable to help others even in an individualistic system. It means that capitalists need to have unconditional integrity and need take responsibility for their actions.

Keywords: [“people”,”capitalist”,”even”]
Source: https://almostrational.wordpress.com/2011/10/23/le-capitalisme…

Mindfulness is not enough: Why equanimity holds the key to compassion

Para valorar el mindfulness, es necesario centrarse en las ideas del no juicio y de la aceptación ya que esto conceptualmente sustenta la práctica. El no juicio es una palabra importante en una variedad de profesiones de ayuda y un valour fundamental de muchas prácticas. En el contexto de las intervenciones basadas en el mindfulness, la aceptación de los pensamientos de manera no prejuiciosa es un ingrediente esencial. Sin embargo, el autor está en contra de la capacidad de las personas de ser imparciales, dada la profundidad de su significado. El autor presenta un modelo conceptual de juicio e «ignorancia presente de forma natural» para explorar conceptualmente las barreras potenciales a la práctica. El autor plantea la hipótesis de que la ecuanimidad es el factor mediador clave para facilitar la compasión. Se creó y se abordó un modelo conceptual de juicio. Además, se creó un modelo teórico de «ignorancia presente de forma natural» para subrayar las barreras a la ecuanimidad, con la motivación de cultivar la compasión.

Keywords: [“la”,”Para”,”juicio”]
Source: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2445407917300277

The Reluctant Capitalist

I come to this point in my journey as someone who cannot be criticised as lacking in compassion, as lacking in concern for the poor. I have spent most of my working life in social care, working with vulnerable and needy families, with disadvantaged young people and with the poorest people in our community. I have seen poverty, squalor, social exclusion and desperate need. I have worked in the public sector for many years, within statutory agencies and I have seen health, social care and criminal justice processes close up. I have been immersed in every aspect of the welfare state, at close hand – observing it in action and viewing the effect on people’s lives. I have come to one unmistakable conclusion – as someone who hates economic and spiritual poverty – that the welfare state, socialism, social democratism, call it what you will, has done little to improve the lot of the poor. It is increasingly my view that it has worsened their situation and has sucked any vestiges of spirit and self-reliance from their lives.

Keywords: [“social”,”people”,”worked”]
Source: https://thereluctantcapitalist.wordpress.com/tag/compassion

Musings on Compassion, Suffering and Free Markets

The Dharma is the teachings of the Buddha and is part of the foundation of Buddhism. Libertarianism is a political and economic theory based on free markets and limited government. In its teachings, I find great meaning and satisfaction and in meditation great relief from stress. Learning to see the world as it is, not as it appears is called enlightenment and is the goal of Buddhism. It does a great job of helping us negotiate the physical world we live in. Incredibly it does a wonderful job of describing the hidden world of subatomic physics as well. This goes a long way toward validating much of what the Buddha taught. I am also a Libertarian and believe greatly in the power of free markets, capitalism and personal freedom. As a result I have decided to create this blog where I will attempt to show the value of free markets and how free market capitalism couples well with Buddhism. Hopefully I will learn, teach and have interesting and enlightening conversations via this blog.

Keywords: [“Buddhism”,”free”,”market”]
Source: https://dharmatarian.wordpress.com/tag/capitalism

The Pope Should Know Capitalism Fights Poverty

Now, let me give you a couple of pull quotes from this piece. The theme of this is that redistribution’s great, taking from those who have more and giving to those who have less, on paper. That’s how you make people think that you’re good guy. You know, a guest host of this program, the great Walter Williams believes in giving something back, but only if you’re a criminal. He’s raising money from other people he gives back, or she, or whoever. If you’re Obama and having people write your books for you and earning lot, that’s really, really good. Poverty is by far the economic circumstance most people are born into and live in, in the world. The government gives you health care with $500 Band-Aids. BREAK TRANSCRIPT. RUSH: Let me give you some numbers here. Without capitalism, there wouldn’t be enough people with enough money to give it to the Catholic Church in the form of donations itself.

Keywords: [“give”,”people”,”money”]
Source: https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2013/12/09/the_pope_should_know…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-05-2018

Is Rich DeVos’Capitalism Compassionate?

God wanted us to join Amway but right now Im not totally sure why. You see God doesnt always tell us what are His plans for tomorrow, but His Word will instruct us as to what we are to do today. Thats exactly why we write these little sermonets; to show why its so important to follow the plan of God by following the Word of God and do it day by day. We found out the truth and then the Lord started giving us His messages from the Word of God to give to them. God got us into that great big old Amway Corporation so that we could see what was going on inside of it, and then the Lord gave us a few choice things to say about the “Amway corruption” that we saw. Wow!!! So what do you think about that one? Well thats what God the Father thinks about the religions of man and Amway just so happens to be one more of them. Reading from chapter 7 under the section Why Compassion Is So Rare, “Moses, the Hebrew leader and lawgiver, writing more than twelve centuries before Christ, described the problem clearly. According to his powerful, poetic vision of creation, the Creator gave Adam and Eve the freedom to choose between God and Satan. The Old Testament writers see life as warfare, not on a battlefield but in human minds and hearts between Gods call to obedience and Satans call to sin. The Bibles ancient stories illustrate how easy it is to follow the promptings of evil toward self-centeredness, indifference, hatred, greed, lust, jealousy, and murder, and how difficult it is to hear the voice of God calling humankind to compassion.” Now you can call Mr. DeVos book whatever you would like to call it, but at best I call it a twisted and distorted use of the Word of God for his own personal gain. Because getting back to the black and white of it, Amway is nothing less than a false religion that uses the Word of God to try and destroy the truth that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh. Tell everyone you know in Amway to turn away from the sins of Amway and escape the fiery wrath of God!!!

Keywords: [“God”,”Amway”,”Jesus”]
Source: http://www.fmh-child.org/S1.24.99.html

Capitalism Is About Love

It’s more like structural love, a system-wide devotion to mutual benefaction based on giving and getting. I didn’t know her and I might never see her again, but there was still love there: a mutual affirmation of the inherent dignity of the other. The rarely used Latin term commercium literally means sex, but came to be more commonly used in medieval spiritual writing to refer to the incarnation: God becoming flesh in a wondrous exchange between time and eternity, one that ends in the ultimate act of love. Love – even the divine love that leads to a new creation – is present in every exchange. The next form of love spoken about by Lewis is eros, and this meaning is well known, and the most common meaning of the term love today. The entrepreneur is a lover of something he or she can see that does not yet exist, and from this comes the inspiration to take wild risks and work unfathomably hard to see that love realized. These forms of love are woven into the fabric of the voluntary society where exchange flourishes and creates new value, where commercial relationships lead to deep friendships and networks of mutual aid, where dreamers breathe deeply the air of freedom and imagine the possibility of creating worlds that do not yet exist and commit their lives fully to see them come to fruition. These features of love are realized not only in spirit and not only in sexuality but also, and in the most common and socially beneficial way, through the material world, in the ceaseless effort to grow the bounty of wealth for us all. So it has been for 150 millennia, from the dawn of time to our time, the longest and most cumulative story of at least three forms of love working themselves out in the course of human events, drawing us out of the state of nature and always into a future full of promise, all with the dream of a world of unbounded plenty. The story of this material rise, and the commercial relationships that give us so much of what we need and want and hope for in the future, is a story of love.

Keywords: [“love”,”world”,”give”]
Source: https://tucker.liberty.me/capitalism-is-about-love

The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education

In this dialogue, CCARE’s founder and director, Dr. James Doty, will ask Werner Erhard about his life’s work and how compassion has played a role. Werner Erhard is an original thinker whose ideas have transformed the effectiveness and quality of life for millions of people and thousands of organizations around the world. Erhard has created new ways of seeing things in areas where progress has stalled or where breakthroughs would make a significant difference. Fortune magazine’s 40th anniversary issue, in examining the major contributions to management thinking, recognized Erhard’s ideas as one of the major innovations of the last few decades. In recognition of his humanitarian work in the U.S. and around the world, in 1988 Erhard was awarded the Mahatma Gandhi Humanitarian Award. Since 2002 Erhard has committed his time and intellectual effort almost exclusively to the academic world. More than three million people around the world have participated in the public, corporate, charitable, and academic programs and courses he has created. Erhard’s ideas were first introduced to the public through programs derived from his models, which programs included The est Training and The Forum of the 1970s and 1980s. Social scientist Daniel Yankelovich said of a large-scale study he conducted of participants of The Forum: “Several of the study’s findings surprised me quite a bit, especially the large number of participants for whom The Forum proved to be ‘one of the most valued experiences of my life’. This is not a sentiment that people, especially successful, well-educated people, express lightly.” One of his tutors, Professor of Philosophy, Michael E. Zimmerman, said of Erhard “He had no particular formal training in anything, but he understood things as well as anyone I’d ever seen; and I’ve been around a lot of smart people in academia. This is an extraordinary intellect I saw at work”.

Keywords: [“Erhard”,”people”,”ideas”]
Source: http://ccare.stanford.edu/videos/conversations-on-compassion-with-werner…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-03-2018

Compassionate Capitalism – What it Must Be

One ventures to define it as a way to reconcile one’s faith and conscience to the sometimes-unpleasant arena of business. While some enlightened executives have tried in good faith to give back to the faithful, most of the cogs in the wheel, big and small, are content to simply partake in the everyday business of corporate rapine without a second thought, nullifying any conscientious effort to give back. The problem is, most businesses haven’t developed a sense of compassion while IN business. As for business-to-business relations: Business needs to provide product, gain reasonable profit. Business must be good to employees, since employees = Man. Business develops new, tangible, practical products, which will truly help improve Man’s condition over the long run, make Man happy. Again, to reiterate: Compassionate Capitalism should be about being moral and considerate in business dealings, not just philantrophy or penance. All businesses, especially large corporations, must reevalute whether they are really helping customers when they house them; or if they are screwing them ten times over, by handing them a loan that they have no business handling. Compassionate Capitalism should be about realizing what is good for Man overall, not what should be good, because. Strive to do good business always, with my customers and competitors alike. To a certain extent, they are my partners in my business, and they are also representative of the community I serve. For my business is still dependent on the general welfare of my main customer, all of Humanity.

Keywords: [“business”,”give”,”businesses”]
Source: https://anabasius.wordpress.com/2009/05/11/compassionate…

Compassionate Capitalism In The Middle Ages: Profit And Philanthropy In Medieval Cambridge – Analysis – Eurasia Review

Profits from property speculation in the Middle Ages were re-invested into local communities. Using recently discovered documents on medieval Cambridge, we have investigated how money was made through property speculation and how the profits of successful speculation were spent. Our analysis is based on over one thousand properties recorded in the so-called ‘Second Domesday’ – the Hundred Rolls of 1279. Property markets developed in medieval England as burgage plots were laid out in new or expanding towns by local landowners, with the king’s permission. Our research combines statistical analysis of medieval records with detailed analysis of the backgrounds of the individuals and institutions that developed property portfolios. We identify patterns in rents, highlight strategies used to assemble property portfolios and examine how the profits of property speculation were spent. Property was a desirable asset in medieval Cambridge, much as it is today. Medieval speculators invested in a variety of properties. Statistical analysis of the levels of rent shows that messuages and shops were the most valuable properties. Property hotspots with high-rents can be identified in three parts of medieval Cambridge: at the road junction by the hospital; west of the market; and near the river just south of the hospital. Figure 2 Map of medieval Cambridge showing property hotspots. Cambridge was home to several families who had acquired property through the military service of their Norman ancestors, including the Dunning family who owned 12 plots in 1279.

Keywords: [“property”,”medieval”,”Hospital”]
Source: http://www.eurasiareview.com/08052017-compassionate-capitalism-in-the…

Compassionate Capitalism In The Middle Ages: Profit And Philanthropy In Medieval Cambridge – Analysis – Eurasia Review

Profits from property speculation in the Middle Ages were re-invested into local communities. Using recently discovered documents on medieval Cambridge, we have investigated how money was made through property speculation and how the profits of successful speculation were spent. Our analysis is based on over one thousand properties recorded in the so-called ‘Second Domesday’ – the Hundred Rolls of 1279. Property markets developed in medieval England as burgage plots were laid out in new or expanding towns by local landowners, with the king’s permission. Our research combines statistical analysis of medieval records with detailed analysis of the backgrounds of the individuals and institutions that developed property portfolios. We identify patterns in rents, highlight strategies used to assemble property portfolios and examine how the profits of property speculation were spent. Property was a desirable asset in medieval Cambridge, much as it is today. Medieval speculators invested in a variety of properties. Statistical analysis of the levels of rent shows that messuages and shops were the most valuable properties. Property hotspots with high-rents can be identified in three parts of medieval Cambridge: at the road junction by the hospital; west of the market; and near the river just south of the hospital. Figure 2 Map of medieval Cambridge showing property hotspots. Cambridge was home to several families who had acquired property through the military service of their Norman ancestors, including the Dunning family who owned 12 plots in 1279.

Keywords: [“property”,”medieval”,”Hospital”]
Source: https://www.eurasiareview.com/08052017-compassionate-capitalism-in…

The Capitalism Site

Rand’s description highlights the key aspects of capitalism on several different levels. Ethically, the moral base of capitalism is the principle that the individual has an inalienable right to their life, i.e., as a sovereign being. Politically, capitalism is a social system based on the principle of individual rights, i.e., freedom. It is to banish the initiation of physical force from all relationships that governments are instituted. Objective control highlights the essential characteristic of capitalism’s legal system. Legally, capitalism is a legal system of objectively defined laws based on individual rights, i.e., the rule of law as opposed to the “Rule of man”. Under such a legal system one is free to act so long as one does not violate the rights of others, i.e., the government is not a regulator but a referee. Economically, when such freedom under a “Rule of law” is applied to the sphere of production and trade, its result is the free-market. Under capitalism, there is a separation of economics and state, just like there is a separation of religion and state. A free-market is entirely dependent on a specific ethical, political, and legal foundation; without that foundation, it is only free in name. The goal of this site is to elaborate on the nature of this foundation and then to answer the errors behind the popular arguments against capitalism. When one does examine them one will find that the source of the error is the influence of one’s philosophy.

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”system”,”i.e.”]
Source: http://capitalism.org/capitalism/what-is-capitalism

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 01-30-2018

Mitchell Rabin Speaks on Conscious, Compassionate Capitalism, The Lotus Emerges 03/22 by A Better World Radio

This evening, Mitchell Rabin takes a look at the positive trends showing up in the world of business through Social Enterprise companies, B Corporations through the increase of humane and eco-friendly business practices, Compassionate and Conscious Capitalism. Despite appearances, there is a significant upsurge in the number of companies which are purpose-driven beyond a single, monetary bottom line and are defining their mission as being of service in numerous, creative ways to serve humanity and Mother Earth. Due to the fact that government is no longer a reliable partner in improving the lives of its people in any kind of a principled way, all the greater reliance is placed on the private sector to express ethical, eco-sensitive and humane values and policies to drive the creation of a better world for all. From the muddy swamp, a beautiful lotus flower has emerged. The values of the spiritual life in business is becoming more pronounced. Last week, A Better World aired Mitchell’s interview with Patricia Aburdene, author of Conscious Capitalism and co-author of the Megatrends series, which is one of a series Mitchell has done on this vitally important subject.

Keywords: [“Mitchell”,”business”,”world”]
Source: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/abetterworld/2017/03/22/mitchell-rabin-speaks-on-conscious-compassionate-capitalism-the-lotus-emerges

What is Compassionate Capitalism?

Harkiss Designs is a social enterprise, a new breed of business with a mission. Don’t confuse a social enterprise with a social networking business. As a social enterprise, Harkiss Designs seeks to use capitalism compassionately as a tool for improving the economic well-being of communities and the health of the environment. A social enterprise competes within its market to sell products or services. At Harkiss, one of our key goals is empowering the women who handcraft our goods. This encourages our artisans in East Africa to parlay the skills passed down through generations into a better economic future for their families and communities. They need no longer be dependent on others to provide for them and their children. Provide income so impoverished people can meet their family’s subsistence needs. Reinvest earned income into the communities they work with. Are scalable and can expand to provide more benefits to more people. As the founder and CEO of Harkiss Designs, I am always seeking innovative ways to give back to the East African communities that I partner with. In 2012, I joined with Lend a Hand Uganda to help provide orphans with homes, health care and education.

Keywords: [“social”,”provide”,”Harkiss”]
Source: https://harkissdesigns.com/what-is-compassionate-capitalism/

BNI Foundation Archives

I share a personal story about someone who has impacted my life, my high school football coach, Art Hiett. WHO: When you were growing up, did you have an adult who significantly influenced your life? Then, we at the BNI Foundation want to hear from YOU! WHY: We want you to share your story with us so we can share it with the world so people will see and hear the huge impact that adults can have on kids! Tell us in a 1 minute or less video, about the person who inspired you, possibly even changed the trajectory of your life when you were between age 6 and graduating from high school. We especially welcome stories in which a small gesture or action made a big difference, showing how easy it can be to help our youth, without always spending a ton of time over many years. It does NOT need to be professionally filmed or edited. Name Location Video embedded or attached Link to Google Docs/Drive platform for downloading video. State, at start of video, your name & location. Be a spoken testimonial of how this special person positively influenced your life. 1st prize – 2 days in Austin, TX for winner + 1 guest, including airfare and hotel!

Keywords: [“life”,”video”,”share”]
Source: http://ivanmisner.com/category/bni-foundation/

Compassionate Capitalism: How Corporations Can Make Doing Good an Integral …

Html?id=H HM3mmDYLwC. You’ll learn from this compelling book, coauthored by Marc and veteran journalist Karen Southwick, how important philanthropy is and what kind of positive messages it sends to your employees and to outside stakeholders. You’ll discover how some of the best practitioners of good community service – among them IBM, Timberland, Hewlett-Packard, Lens Crafters, Wells Fargo, and many others – have put their ideals into practice. The examples of salesforce.com and smaller companies included in the book will demonstrate that giving back is not a matter of size nor of longevity, but of early and sustained commitment. That commitment must come from the executives of the company, particularly the CEO, and extend down to the newest employee. It must be reinforced at company meetings and integrated within the corporation. I’ll put it bluntly: We want to get companies that don’t give to start giving. Salesforce.com is a wonderful model, because, starting at the top, Marc has the passion. If you have passion and let your people become involved, the sky’s the limit on what the company can do.

Keywords: [“company”,”give”,”Marc”]
Source: https://books.google.com/books/about/Compassionate_Capitalism.html?id=H_HM3mmDYLwC

Compassionate Capitalism, the Workplace, and Social Capital

While compassionate capitalism may seem like a contradictory statement, examples of this practice suggest the power of this model. In this chapter, we review key components of capitalism and compassion. We explore governmental intervention through the Great Depression, the New Deal programs initiated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Milton S. Hershey’s groundbreaking business philosophy that was beneficial to the company and to his employees. We then look at the present-day examples of business models that do not sacrifice the community and environment for profit, provide examples of companies that are implementing these models, discuss the business case for doing this, discuss new regulatory support for the concept of compassionate capitalism, and explore how companies are rated by their employees and the community on their “Giving back” practices. KeywordsCompassionate capitalism Corporate social responsibility Corporate citizenship Job satisfaction Best or great places to work Benefit corporations Strategic corporate philanthropy Employee engagement.

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”business”,”model”]
Source: https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/978-3-319-33264-2_7.pdf

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 01-30-2018

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Compassionate Capitalism: Serving the Poor Profitably with David Green

An Ypsilanti native who now lives in Berkeley with his family, David Green’s warm and approachable style made it easier to picture him as your friendly, lawn-mowing neighbor than a legendary social entrepreneur who has impacted the lives of millions. Green is best known for making healthcare affordable for the poor by significantly reducing the manufacturing costs of medical technologies. Green is an Ashoka Fellow and VP, a MacArthur Fellow, and a globally recognized leading social entrepreneur. Among those inspired by Green were several Erb students in attendance. Green’s work was key to the success of Aravind Eye Hospital in India. The hospital serves the poor by performing hundreds of thousands of cataract surgeries a year, the majority of which for free or at a very low cost, all the while maintaining financial sustainability. By targeting the problem areas along the supply chain, Green was able to reduce the prohibitive cost of the surgery technologies dramatically. An example: Green found a way to produce state-of-the-art surgery replacement lenses for under $10.00 a pair, instead of the previous $150.00. My in-a-nutshell attempt at defining Compassionate Capitalism based on Green’s enlightening talk: for-profit social enterprises with a low margin, high volume business model that seek to reduce manufacturing costs by maximizing production capacity, combined with a tier-pricing strategy to ensure affordability to the poor, while using surplus revenue to maintain financial sustainability and forming a lasting impact by “Tilting the industry competitive landscape”. Green has continued to use Compassionate Capitalism to change lives. Those are just a few examples; Green’s current project list was so incredulously long that jaws were dropping over the breakfast table. Green expressed that his competitive nature kept him going, and running and meditation also helped relieve some of the stress from juggling seven to eight startups simultaneously.

Keywords: [“Green”,”social”,”student”]
Source: https://erbsustainability.wordpress.com/2009/10/30/compassionate-capitalism-serving-the-poor-profitably-with-david-green/

Learning to Give

The Giving Pledge is a moral pledge signed by billionaires, who commit to giving away more than half of their entire wealth to help address our most serious problems in society. Billionaires signing the Giving Pledge may donate to charities, private foundations, and philanthropic organizations of their choice. They pledge to give throughout their lifetimes and through their wills when they die. In 2010, Gates and Buffet established the Giving Pledge for billionaires as a platform for donating, learning, and inspiring generosity in others. The Giving Pledge hosted learning sessions for signers of the pledge to meet each other and learn from each other’s experiences with philanthropy. The Giving Pledge expanded internationally with billionaires from India and China joining the pledge as well as younger billionaires, including Sara Blankley, the founder of Spanx, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook and his wife, Priscilla Chan, and Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky, the co-founders of AirBnB. Today, the estimated net worth of more 150 signers is $780 billion. Pledge: There many types of pledges, including moral pledges and legal pledges. The Giving Pledge uses moral pledges, like a promise made between friends. If a philanthropist agrees to give money to a non-profit school to build a playground, he or she signs a legal pledge to ensure that the school can pay the bank and builders the money that is required for construction. Compassionate Capitalism: Giving Pledge signer, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, champions compassionate capitalism over philanthropy as a way of empowering poor people, which she believes is more effective than traditional forms of direct charitable aid. The Giving Pledge: The official website outlining the pledge and listing signers of the pledge. Global Philanthropy Forum: Organization promoting ideas associated with impact investment, compassionate capitalism and philanthropy among the signers of the Giving Pledge.

Keywords: [“Pledge”,”give”,”signs”]
Source: https://www.learningtogive.org/resources/giving-pledge

Capitalism With a Heart

They justify corporate philanthropy, like donating to the United Way, not because it’s virtuous but because it buys public good will and thus contributes to the company’s bottom line. To hard-core free-marketeers, the corporation’s only mission is to generate profits for shareholders. Mackey defines his company’s mission as improving the health and well-being of everyone on the planet. Before taking the company public, he told investors that he was going to devote 5 percent of the profits to philanthropy, so they can’t complain now that he’s robbing them. Nor can Google’s shareholders, because its founders also warned investors of their philanthropic plans. As Katie Hafner reported in The Times, they’ve given $1 billion in seed money to Google.org, and set up the philanthropy as a for-profit organization so it can work with venture capitalists, start companies and use any profits to finance further endeavors. It’s smart of Google’s founders to try using capitalist tools to save the planet; the market’s discipline should keep their philanthropy from backing too many lost causes. Still, whatever Google.org accomplishes, I’d bet that it will pale next to the social good accomplished by Google.com. The company’s founders may not have set out to help humanity with their search engine, but they have enriched countless lives by spreading ideas and connecting people. If you read Adam Smith’s famous passage about the invisible hand causing capitalists to unwittingly serve the public interest, you might conclude that Google’s founders are better off investing their time and money in improving their core business. As Smith wrote, “I have never known much good done by those who affected to trade for the public good.” If compassionate capitalism is a more appealing brand, if Google and Whole Foods are using philanthropy to strengthen the invisible hand, even Smith would say they’re doing good.

Keywords: [“company”,”founders”,”good”]
Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/16/opinion/16tierney.html