J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 09-27-2018

Can capitalism be compassionate?

For an individual a concept like Kurtosis would have no meaning. Private ownership allows for exchange between individuals. An objection may be that we are dealing only with numbers, but if those numbers were actually pointing to individuals, and referred to each individuals’ height, then the Quicksort process could still not be compassionate, kind, or just. If I, as an individual, were to choose my own method to sort those individuals’ heights, then I could choose a method that is compassionate or that is not. There is no method, or rules of conduct, that the sickly individual could observe which would at the same time allow him or her to secure food without making it more scarce for others. 

We can consider how individuals seek other individuals to partner with and marry. Most would not object to allowing individuals to choose their own partner, but we would be likely to object if one partner forced another partner to be with them. They were simply pursuing their own individual interests. Many thousands of years ago, the individuals of the human species in their technological infancy could only look at those outside of their immediate family, or perhaps tribe, as competitors for the scarce resources nature chanced to provide. It is only when one human conceives that he or she, or his or her immediate family or tribe, could be better off by exchanging with another individual from an altogether different family or tribe, that compassion can begin to develop between humans outside of immediate families or tribes, because they no longer need to view each other as competitors for scare resources, they’ve developed a new abstract relationship- a relationship of exchange for mutual benefit. 

Individuals who engage in a great deal of trade with one another tend to have strong relationships, and to share similar interests. Those individuals who do not engage in trade with one another have no such mutual interests. 

Keywords: [“Individual”,”partner”,”process”]
Source: https://www.quora.com/Can-capitalism-be-compassionate

The Pursuit of Equal Income Distribution

During the last decades, the great weaknesses of capitalism have flourished. Inequality of income distribution has worsened painfully, the gap between rich and poor widens more and more every day, and just a few lucky entrepreneurs in the world are able to enjoy the capital benefits of the global system. Hunger, poverty, demographic explosion, ageing, and unbridled mass migration, among other factors, have become critical social dilemmas directly related to capitalist deviations, all of which cause us to foresee a chaotic world scenario in the near future. The numbers shown in this article confirm that the world’s economic disparity, instead of diminishing, is increasing at an alarming rate. Since the world economy completely depends on capitalism, this system is still extremely powerful and influential in global decision-making, thus further aggravating economic disparity. 

As it is not possible to avoid the capitalist system, we will make proposals that are feasible for implementing within the current capitalist tendencies in order to alleviate global imbalance. Compassionate Capitalism is an alternative that promotes flexibilization of the system in order to make it more sustainable. It seeks to diminish corporate control over the economy and markets by regaining the State’s economic intervention so that profits are fairly redistributed for the common welfare. The information used for the study is based on the most recent international reports and global circumstances of the topics in question. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. 

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Keywords: [“system”,”global”,”world”]
Source: http://journal.julypress.com/index.php/ajsss/article/view/262

The Case For Compassionate Capitalism

The closer we looked at capitalism, the more we found it wanting. To save capitalism from itself, FDR introduced what turned out to be the crucial missing ingredient: compassion. The damage done to the country during the Depression convinced him that unregulated capitalism always favors the rich at the expense of everyone else. So to save capitalism from itself, FDR introduced what turned out to be the crucial missing ingredient: compassion. He knew instinctively that fairness – essential to any functioning democracy – was an alien concept to pure capitalism. 

Compassionate capitalism worked for everyone without busting the federal budget. Under Roosevelt’s compassionate capitalism – even with a Great Depression and a Second World War – the federal budget quickly came right back into balance. By the time Eisenhower was elected, compassionate capitalism was tightly woven into the fabric of American democracy. America’s social safety net was never viewed as the cause of eye-popping deficits until a radical group of political nihilists decided that the best way to kill the compassion in capitalism was to stubbornly refuse to pay for it. The reason compassionate capitalism is still hugely popular – Tea Party extremists notwithstanding – is because it works. 

America’s social safety net was never viewed as the cause of eye-popping deficits until a radical group of political nihilists, led by people like Grover Norquist, decided that the best way to kill the compassion in capitalism was to stubbornly refuse to pay for it – and then blame the resulting deficits on the lie that compassion itself is just too damn expensive. History has repeatedly demonstrated that compassionate capitalism leads to balanced budgets, a robust economy, and a piece of the opportunity pie for every citizen seated at America’s table. 

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”deficit”,”budget”]
Source: http://www.wbur.org/cognoscenti/2013/03/21/nick-paleologos

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 07-26-2018

Human capital

Many theories explicitly connect investment in human capital development to education, and the role of human capital in economic development, productivity growth, and innovation has frequently been cited as a justification for government subsidies for education and job skills training. Pierre Bourdieu offers a nuanced conceptual alternative to human capital that includes cultural capital, social capital, economic capital, and symbolic capital. Just as land became recognized as natural capital and an asset in itself, human factors of production were raised from this simple mechanistic analysis to human capital. It is broken down or defined, human capital is vitally important for an organization’s success; human capital increases through education and experience. Human capital is also important for the success of cities and regions: a 2012 study examined how the production of university degrees and R&D activities of educational institutions are related to the human capital of metropolitan areas in which they are located. 

The transformation of raw human resource into highly productive human resource with these inputs is the process of human capital formation. The intangible human capital, on the other hand, is an instrument of promoting comprehensive development of the nation because human capital is directly related to human development, and when there is human development, the qualitative and quantitative progress of the nation is inevitable. United Nations publishes Human Development Report on human development in different nations with the objective of evaluating the rate of human capital formation in these nations. Human capital is distinctly different from the tangible monetary capital due to the extraordinary characteristic of human capital to grow cumulatively over a long period of time. Rate of human capital formation in the future generation happens to be more than the rate of human capital formation in the current generation. 

Specific human capital refers to skills or knowledge that is useful only to a single employer or industry, whereas general human capital is useful to all employers. When human capital is assessed by activity based costing via time allocations it becomes possible to assess human capital risk. 

Keywords: [“Human”,”capital”,”development”]
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_capital

Global Capitalism at War with Itself

This week the threatened tariffs from Canada, China, and the European Union that were initiated in response to the U.S tariffs initiated by #45 have gone into effect. Thousands of migrant parents from Central America have been separated from their children, while others are being detained in tent cities in the blistering Texas heat. At the same time, a similar scenario plays out in Europe where German Chancellor Angela Merkel is under fire for imploring the German people, as well as her European allies to develop an open and compassionate approach to immigration in this time of a global migrant crisis. In language that echoes the words of Jesus in his famous sheep and the goats parable of Matthew 25, Merkel has challenged her colleagues and citizens with the idea that how they handle the migrant crisis is a reflection of whether or not they truly embrace the democratic values of justice and freedom they freely proclaim. While these two issues at first glance may not seem connected, in reality, they are deeply connected as they are the result of a neoliberal capitalism run amok, benefitting the few at the expense of the many. 

It’s a philosophy in which there are winners and losers, with no regret or recompense for the losers. Those in between are the pawns manipulated to justify the inequity. What is seldom acknowledged is that global capitalists made sure the game was rigged in their favor so that elections were bought and paid for, and few if any radical voices – like a Bernie Sanders or the new Mexican President Obrador – get in. Now the capitalists are fighting among themselves, instituting tariffs as a way of somehow protecting their economies that are inextricably linked together in the global capitalist web. Rather I could only marvel at how the people whose countries control an overwhelming percentage of world’s wealth could be so petty with each other and so callous toward the truly poor in their midst and the migrants on their borders. 

God who abides with poor and the oppressed, looks on as thousands at borders long only for a comfortable bed, a safe home and the basic essentials of life, weeps. Metcalf, S. Neoliberalism: The idea that swallowed the world. 

Keywords: [“migrant”,”45″,”global”]
Source: http://drickboyd.org/global-capitalism-at-war-with-itself-while-migrants…

There is No Third Way

Writing during an age in which the expropriation of the means of production by the state and the imposition of full-scale socialism with central planning was a real possibility even in Western Europe, Röpke bravely defended private property, the free market, free international trade, and market-determined prices and wages. While out of step with the prevailing economic orthodoxies of his time, Röpke nevertheless helped save at least part of his fatherland from the poverty and stagnation that would have followed inexorably from the statist economic policies favored by German social democrats and Anglo-American occupiers. The neoliberal economists of the GermanFreiburgSchool, Walter Eucken and Wilhelm Röpke, denied that what Germany needed was more government control of the economy. If there is one area in which Röpke’s ideas can be praised without qualification it is in his advocacy of political and economic decentralism and the closely related idea of subsidiarity. Röpke pointed out that Switzerland was more genuinely democratic than any other Western country because political power was divided between a federal parliament and numerous self-governing cantons. 

According to Zmirak, Röpke opposed the supranational economic and political organizations that began emerging in the wake of the Second World War. Although Röpke defended the autonomy of historic regions within larger political entities, he also defended the independence of the sovereign nation-state as a bulwark against the emergence of such supranational bureaucracies. According to Zmirak, Röpke accepted many of the socialist and traditionalist criticisms of historic capitalism. Röpke made a fatal concession to the socialist cause in agreeing that unrestrained capitalism had proven socially destructive and unsustainable. There are three inherent weaknesses with Röpke’s distinction between compatible and incompatible market interventions. 

A passionate critic of socialism and the welfare state, Röpke was nonetheless keenly attuned to capitalism’s destructive elements and the intrinsic limits of the market. We need Mises, not Röpke, to save us from the despotic hand of the modern WelfareCorporatistState. 

Keywords: [“Röpke”,”state”,”capitalism”]
Source: https://mises.org/library/there-no-third-way

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 07-03-2018

Animal’s Daily Capitalism 101 News

The growing prevalence of refrigerators is partly due to their declining cost and partly due to people’s growing incomes. In 1919, the Frigidaire was the first self-contained refrigerator. It cost $775. As the average hourly wage in 1919 was just $0.43, it took the average American 1,802 hours of work to afford this luxury appliance. Today, the standard Whirlpool French door refrigerator holds 25 cubic feet’s worth of food and drink. 

According to the latest BLS statistics, it would take the average American just 57.5 hours of work to be able to afford this – now common – appliance. Even as the price of refrigerators decreased, refrigerator quality increased. The modern refrigerators have more settings, are more reliable and more energy-efficient. You can, of course, apply the same historical example to microwave ovens, cellular phones, televisions, and many more consumer items. Here’s the thing about capitalism – real, free market, non-crony capitalism – it works every time it’s tried. 

There is no underlying philosophy other than liberty; there is no dogma, no set of underlying principles other than leaving people the hell alone. Capitalism in the pure form is nothing more than millions of people making up their own minds, free of outside pressure, as to how to manage their own talents, skills and resources and when and with whom to engage in voluntary trade. Capitalism is free people dealing with each other voluntarily in free markets. 

Keywords: [“refrigerator”,”people”,”free”]
Source: http://www.frombearcreek.com/animals-daily-capitalism-101-news

A Terrifying Experiment

In 1974, artist Marina Abramović staged a performance art piece titled Rhythm 0. She stood motionless in an art gallery for exactly 6 hours. To the side stood a table bearing dozens of objects, each selected for their associations with pain or pleasure: a whip, honey, grapes, a feather, knives, lipstick, a camera, a scalpel, a rose, a gun and a single bullet. Audience members were modest and timid at first, repositioning her arms, using the items nervously. One participant put a bullet in the gun and pointed it at her head, and held it there, finger on the trigger, until another audience member eventually pushed the gun away. 

Throughout the performance, Abramović remained passive. At the end of the six hours, the curator announced that the performance was concluded. Abramović stood up, tears in her eyes, blood dripping from her neck, and walked towards the audience. Nobody wanted to confront the active, animated version of the passive figure they had been abusing. Humanity is cruelest when presented with a passive victim, and that’s why would-be oppressors first seek to silence their targets. 

As Abramović’s performance 40 years ago shows, society will always do its worst to a passive victim. When the abusers find that their victim is no longer a passive object, that she’s stepping forward to confront them face to face, their taste for confrontation suddenly vanishes. 

Keywords: [“performance”,”passive”,”Audience”]
Source: https://johndopp.com/reality-0-marina-abramovic

What are the negative effects of capitalism

The negative effects of greenhouse effect is very well known among people as global warming. Global warming is a recent phenomena of the 20th and the 21st century. The adverse effects of global warming start from temperature rise to melting of polar ice caps and submerging of the islands and coastal areas under water. All that water again heats up and produces condensation, floats to other parts of the world in clouds, and drops down like rain. There is a global climate change from that repeated compounding weather pattern. 

On land, if pollution and deforestation is not controlled and the greenhouse effect keeps going we could see temperatures rise by another degree in the next hundred years. Earth will be a giant aquarium with all landmasses under water. Making freshwater from saltwater for supplying our world’s drinking water is helping. Bringing saltwater inland supplies fresh fish, faster than having to pollute our environment by using fishing vessels. Maybe tapping into our own oil reserves, growing our own sustainable environment without electrical, industrial, or chemical factors, or finding other uses for water rather than letting it flood us to extinction, can be researched. 

The continuous technological advancement that the world has today have actually contributed a lot to global warming. Some of these turns into pollution rather than actual environmental help. 

Keywords: [“global”,”water”,”effect”]
Source: http://www.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_negative_effects_of_capitalism

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Keywords: [“manual”,”solution”,”answer”]
Source: http://jerkyz.de/compassionate/capitalism/compassionate_capitalism_rich…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 06-12-2018

Article about Global capitalism by The Free Dictionary

Although many large companies have globalized for decades, the Web, more than any other phenomenon, has enabled the smallest company to have a global presence. Globalization A mulifaceted process in which the world is becoming more and more interconnected and communication is becoming instanteneous. Aspects of this process include: the transformation of the spatial arrangement and organization of social relations involving ‘action at a distance’, a stretching of social relations and transactions, including instantaneous communications across time-space;. The increasing extensity, intensity, velocity and impact of global social relations and transactions;. The creation of new networks and nodes – the ‘network society’ – associated with the new levels of dependence on knowledge/ information and ‘expert systems – the ‘information’ or ‘knowledge society’ – as well as the new risks associated with this – RISK SOCIETY;. 

A dialect between the global and the local in which the outcome is not a simple triumph of the centre over the periphery, mere Americanization’, or suchlike. ‘hyperglobalizers’ for whom global marketization is the main driver;. ‘S ceptics’, who play down the level and distinctiveness of the change;. ‘transformationalists’, including GIDDENS, for whom globalization is a distinctive new phase such that societies and states across the globe are experiencing profound social as well as economic changes – a ‘massive shake-out’ of social relations, economies, governance and politics – as they seek to adapt to an increasingly interconnected but also unpredictable and uncertain world. 

Keywords: [“social”,”global”,”society”]
Source: https://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Global+capitalism

Compassion, Privilege, and Spiritual Practice

Ram Dass showered us with love from his own open heart, and we melted into it. Spending time with satsang only deepened the love, and much of the magic occurred during the free time between sessions. All of us, I’m sure, sincerely hope that our time in love together will help us to be a little softer, a little more caring, and a little more present and loving in our daily lives. It is important to be in touch with our own inner well of compassion, presence and love. The inequality gap is so wide that I fear that the love, compassion, and kindness gained from spiritual practices by privileged Americans like me might be disproportionately benefiting other privileged people. 

Inevitably this means sharing love with other people like me who live a life of privilege. Love that is shared only with the privileged is not the deepest love. If we are to truly love everyone, as the great spiritual traditions implore, then a deep pain must inevitably arise from the realization that we are complicit in the world’s suffering. I want to hold both grief and love in my being at the same time. I want to honor the way spiritual practices and retreats have shaped my life, the way that they have allowed me to hold this seeming paradox, while also acknowledging that the reason I have been able to engage in them has largely been because of my privilege. 

If I’m sitting in a hot tub in the tropics while dissolving into love, then I also want to be smacked with the pangs of grief. Its a calling to rest in an even deeper truth and a more expansive love. 

Keywords: [“love”,”privilege”,”time”]
Source: https://sitaramdass.com/2016/05/18/compassion-privilege-and…

Commentary: Slavery alive and well in U.S.

Americans spend months at a time at sea fishing for crab or drilling for oil; two of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Americans clean bathrooms, subway stations and crime scenes. Americans man toll booths, pave roads, embalm bodies and inspect sewers. How capitalism does NOT work is when we collectively look the other way as companies exploit illegal labor for their own benefit. The unspoken truth is that these businesses don’t hire illegal aliens because they can’t find American workers, they hire illegal aliens because they don’t want American workers. 

Illegal aliens mean no workers’ comp claims, no age, race or sex discrimination lawsuits, no healthcare premiums, no unions, and no demands for raises, vacations or bigger offices. Illegal immigrants are the perfect employees because they’re not employees at all; they’re corporate slaves. Many Americans believe that cracking down on the businesses that hire illegal aliens would hurt these hardworking people too much. In Southampton officials found immigrants living in sheds with no plumbing or heat. The problem with the debate over illegal immigration right now is that special interests have been successful in making us think with our hearts instead of our brains. 

If you really want to be compassionate, then help immigrants get jobs here the right way. Help put crippling fines on the employers who knowingly hire illegal workers, help expand and simplify the visa process, and, most importantly, help get people to start thinking with their brains again. 

Keywords: [“illegal”,”work”,”American”]
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/05/28/beck.immigrantworkers/index.html

Religion, capitalism and compassion « Truth on the Market

I’ve been traveling for a lot of that time in Israel. Given my recent travels to the Holy Land I thought it might be appropriate for my first post on returning be about religion. The villain, in Felten’s summary is capitalism. According to Armstrong, capitalism drives people to greed and self-seeking from which they need to be rescued by religion. Felten notes that Milton Friedman sees capitalism as embodying something like Christianity’s golden rule that we should allow others to do what we want to do. 

Those nasty old capitalists, with their vigor, risk-taking, animal spirits and reptilian brains, have created so much wealth for so many societies over so many centuries-and have raised the standard of living for so many people who would otherwise live in grinding poverty-that their efforts, easily considered merely selfish, begin to look downright compassionate. I would add that compassion is not only a product of capitalism but at its core. Business is about helping others to express themselves by buying things. Businesspeople sacrifice their souls to make our lives happier by making products or providing jobs that enrich our leisure or give us more of it. While religions preach brotherly love, they seem to create a lot of enmity with their claims of exclusive paths to God. 

Capitalists’ pursuit of gains from trade makes friends out of would-be enemies. Maybe she’d be better off, instead of rejecting capitalism, using it to sell compassion to people as they exist today. 

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”Felten”,”Armstrong”]
Source: https://truthonthemarket.com/…/28/religion-capitalism-and-compassion

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-10-2018

The Pursuit of Equal Income Distribution

During the last decades, the great weaknesses of capitalism have flourished. Inequality of income distribution has worsened painfully, the gap between rich and poor widens more and more every day, and just a few lucky entrepreneurs in the world are able to enjoy the capital benefits of the global system. Hunger, poverty, demographic explosion, ageing, and unbridled mass migration, among other factors, have become critical social dilemmas directly related to capitalist deviations, all of which cause us to foresee a chaotic world scenario in the near future. The numbers shown in this article confirm that the world’s economic disparity, instead of diminishing, is increasing at an alarming rate. Since the world economy completely depends on capitalism, this system is still extremely powerful and influential in global decision-making, thus further aggravating economic disparity. As it is not possible to avoid the capitalist system, we will make proposals that are feasible for implementing within the current capitalist tendencies in order to alleviate global imbalance. Compassionate Capitalism is an alternative that promotes flexibilization of the system in order to make it more sustainable. It seeks to diminish corporate control over the economy and markets by regaining the State’s economic intervention so that profits are fairly redistributed for the common welfare. The information used for the study is based on the most recent international reports and global circumstances of the topics in question. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. To make sure that you can receive messages from us, please add ‘julypress.com’ domain to your e-mail ‘safe list’. If you do not receive e-mail in your ‘inbox’, check your ‘bulk mail’ or ‘junk mail’ folders.

Keywords: [“system”,”global”,”world”]
Source: http://journal.julypress.com/index.php/ajsss/article/view/262

Two-faced capitalism

Good corporate citizenship is a theme of the Davos celebrations. Admittedly, even fewer, just 5%, named CSR in its own right as the single most important criterion; but one might add to this the additional 24% who said that the reputation and integrity of the brand, to which good corporate citizenship presumably contributes, matter most. From an ethical point of view, the problem with conscientious CSR is obvious: it is philanthropy at other people’s expense. Advocates of CSR typically respond that this misses the point: corporate virtue is good for profits. The trouble is, CSR that pays dividends, so to speak, is unlikely to impress the people whose complaints first put CSR on the board’s agenda. Profit-maximising CSR does not silence the critics, which was the initial aim; CSR that is not profit-maximising might silence the critics but is unethical. In a new book, co-written with Karen Southwick, Mr Benioff argues that corporate philanthropy, done right, transforms the culture of the firm concerned*. Unlike some advocates of CSR, Mr Benioff says he opposes government mandates to undertake such activities. In any case, if Mr Benioff is right, and CSR done wisely helps businesses succeed, compulsion should not be needed. Lack of compulsion is exactly what is wrong with current approaches to CSR, say many of the NGOs that first put firms on the spot for their supposedly unethical practices. CSR was conjured up in the first place because government action was deemed inadequate: orthodox politics was a sham, so pressure had to be put directly on firms by organised protest. Ten years on, instead of declaring victory, as well they might, disenchanted NGOs like Christian Aid are coming to regard CSR as the greater sham, and are calling on governments to resume their duties.

Keywords: [“CSR”,”corporate”,”firm”]
Source: https://www.economist.com/node/2369912

compassionate capitalism

Over the years, Mr. Whittaker’s Christian ecumenical humanitarian organization, Opportunity International, has lived up to its growing reputation of giving the poor an alternative to charity. Today, this non-profit group creates entrepreneurial empowerment by providing loans and job training directly to poor people at the grassroots level. By 2007, the organization plans to finance 1 million poor entrepreneurs per year; and by 2010 its goal is to finance 2 million people per year into their own businesses. 98 percent of its clients pay their loans back on time and at market-rate interest! Notions that the poor are not creditworthy are shattered by this reality. Given access to credit and capital, capitalism can be democratized. People must be able to feed themselves and their families. For the majority of the world’s hungry people, food is available. Microfinance is the jumpstart so many people need to begin the process of meeting their most basic human needs; and then, accumulated capital can be saved and invested towards purchasing a home and property to begin the process of real wealth-building. When people are economically deprived, they can be politically and culturally deprived as well. We also know that poverty represents a breeding ground for terrorism, emanating from people’s feelings of desperation. The bottom line is that we must do more to narrow that gap between the rich and poor in our world. When we tap into one of the key economic forces that have made America great, namely, venture capital to energize the spirit of entrepreneurship, and harness it with compassion in the form of credit for the working poor – we have a formula for ending chronic poverty.

Keywords: [“people”,”poor”,”property”]
Source: https://steveparkhurst.wordpress.com/tag/compassionate-capitalism

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

Compassion, Capitalism and Culture

In Millennial Momentum, sociologists Morley Winograd and Michael Hais concluded that today’s “Next” generation is rejecting traditional politics and government as the means to address social justice, and instead are pursuing social entrepreneurship, working outside government via business, technology and new forms of civil society to make a difference. In The Atlantic this summer, Ron Fournier observed that “While their parents and grandparents preferred to work alone, young Americans are team-oriented and seek collaboration. Wired to the world, they are more likely than past generations to see the globe’s problems as their own. Millennials are eager to serve the greater community through technologies, paradoxically, that empower the individual.” It took some people by surprise this summer when Bono announced at a Georgetown speech that government “Aid is just a stopgap. Commerce [and] entrepreneurial capitalism take more people out of poverty than aid. We need Africa to become an economic powerhouse.” The marketing firm that Clapham launched called MORE Partnerships was a producer of the 2013 Global Citizen Festival in October and brought in Hewlett Packard as the official technology partner to creatively invite Millennials to be part of the solution. We designed and executed a holistic partnership between the HP LIFE program, Global Citizen and musician Jake Clemons, highlighting the role that entrepreneurship and innovation play in creating jobs and opportunity in developing economies. HP LIFE e-Learning for Entrepreneurs is a free online tool that allows anyone, anywhere to learn the essential business and IT skills needed to start their own business, create jobs, and help build a more prosperous society. Saxophonist, artist, writer, and global citizen – Jake Clemons has a heart for helping local communities thrive. Global Citizen integrated the HP LIFE program into its call to action and collaborated with Jake to launch a contest. This contest allowed Global Citizens to vote for their favorite HP LIFE entrepreneur who was/is making a difference in their community. She was honored onstage at the Global Citizen Festival by Jake Clemons and HP representatives. In addition to being featured on the Global Citizen platform and the festival stage, Global Citizens were encouraged to use the free tools available at HP LIFE to turn their own world-changing ideas into reality. More than 23% of those who saw HP LIFE Entrepreneur pages shared the posts.

Keywords: [“Global”,”Citizen”,”LIFE”]
Source: http://claphamgroup.com/featured/compassion-conservatism-and-culture

The Compassionate Capitalist

Where personal freedom exists, the ingenuity and creativity of people spawns great prosperity. For most of the people in this country, freedom and liberty are intricately woven into the tapestry of our national identity. Of the many defining attributes of this sense of freedom one of the more important is economic freedom. There is no generally accepted definition of economic freedom, but I believe the essence of this freedom is the conditions where people are free to produce, trade and consume any goods and service without the use of force, fraud or theft and to do so under the rule of law and where law exists, where private property rights are honored and practiced, and where there is freedom of contract. These are essential parts of economic freedom and, while there are no entirely free markets our planet, the market that exists in the U.S. is considered by most to be one of the more free and open; and therefore, the most prosperous. Freedom unleashes individual effort and creativity because free individuals protected by just laws create prosperous and inventive societies. Adam Smith believed that liberty meant not only freedom of speech and religion, but freedom to earn a living, freedom from burdensome taxes and trade restrictions, freedom from excessive government regulations, and the freedom to own and use property to create a new business or own an existing business. We can look around the World and see where economic freedom exists and where it does not – the markers are clear and unambiguous. The test before us is how to bring all of the freedoms enjoyed by the most prosperous Peoples of the World to those who are oppressed, marginalized and exploited. The World is growing smaller every day and commerce permeates nearly every part of the globe, but for most people on this planet, freedom and prosperity are but conceptual mirages that cannot be reached as the path to these human rights is blocked by exploitation, corruption, and oppression created by governments, multi-national corporations, cartels, syndicates, juntas and other groups of individuals that use various forms of power to take advantage of and exploit the resources needed to feed the appetite of the world economic engine. We cannot simply impose our notion of freedom on other Peoples, especially by coercion and force. For a Compassionate Capitalist the only type of greed that is good is the desire for all Peoples of this World to have freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and the freedom from fear.

Keywords: [“freedom”,”people”,”world”]
Source: https://compassionatecapitalism.wordpress.com

JR Test Site News for 01-26-2018

Brave New Schools, Chapter 2: The International Agenda

Brave New Schools, Chapter 2: The International Agenda “[A] major goal…should be… to organize a worldwide education program… In the process, we should actively search for ways to promote a new way of thinking about the current relationship between human civilization and the earth. While Gary Nash and his panel of historians were rewriting American history, others were gathering worldwide support for an international education system. “[I]ncreasing numbers of educators, particularly those in leadership roles, have moved toward cross-national educational concerns,” wrote Professor John I. Goodlad in Schooling for a Global Age, funded by powerful globalist foundations such as the Danforth and Rockefeller Foundations as well as the U.S. Department of Education. Education Week explained: “Cawelti’s world-core curriculum would be based… on proposals put forth by Robert Muller, assistant secretary-general of the United Nations, in his recent book New Genesis: Shaping a Global Spirituality.” I silently thanked God for His spiritual protection as I flipped through the pages of the first one, Education in the New Age. The first announced that The Robert Muller School “Is a participating institution in the UNESCO Associated Schools Project in Education for International Co-operation and Peace.” The other confirmed its accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. “The ecumenical teachings of the Christ – peace, justice, love, compassion, kindness, human brotherhood… must also find their way in world-wide global education. We must give the newcomers into the ceaseless renewed stream of human life the right education about their planetary home, about their human family, about their past, present and future, about their place in the universe and in time, so that they can flower to their utmost beauty – physically, mentally and spiritually – and become joyful and grateful members of the universe or kingdom of God.”. Muller’s vision can be seen at a glance in two diagrams for “Defining World Class Education” designed by the Iowa Department of Education. “We need a new world education. Global education, namely the education of the children into our global home and into the human family, is making good progress. But we have to go beyond. We need the cosmic education foreseen by the religions and by people like Maria Montessori. We need a holistic education, teaching the holism of the universe and of the planet….”. Their founder, Rudolf Steiner, shared Alice Bailey’s occult roots in Theosophy, but broke away to start his own cult, Anthroposophy, which he described as “Knowledge produced by the higher self in man.” Like the Robert Muller schools, Waldorf schools offer holistic education and have long used the strategies now implemented in all states through Mastery Learning: whole language instead of phonics, stories and “Literature” instead of factual history, and a strong emphasis on myth, imagination, guided imagery, art, creativity, movement, and spiritual oneness with nature. In his acceptance speech, Muller shared his vision of the new world education program. To bridge the gap between domestic and international education, educators and politicians formed a U.S. branch of the WCEFA. Called the United States Coalition for Education for All (USCEFA), it first met in Virginia in 1991 with Barbara Bush as its Honorary Chairwoman.

Keywords: [“education”,”school”,”global”]
Source: http://www.crossroad.to/Books/BraveNewSchools/2-International.htm


Many educational reform donors seem intrigued by the nomination of Betsy DeVos as education secretary, as it seems likely she will try to create new growth opportunities for the charter schools so popular with philanthrocapitalists. In so far as the new administration wants to make government perform better, rather than just shrink it, pay for success bonds have won bipartisan support in Congress, and perhaps could be expanded fast. The good news is that lately a few more enlightened business leaders have joined Paul Polman, the CEO of Unilever, in making a public stand for building a more inclusive and sustainable society. The birth of the resistance movement Surprised and depressed by the success of Trump and fearful that he will tear down much of what they hold dear, many American philanthrocapitalists are likely to throw money at efforts to fight ignorant populism and combat the worst instincts of the new administration and a Republican Congress out of touch enough to try to undermine its own ethics watchdog on the first day of its new term. It’s the climate, stupid The top priority for the new resistance movement is likely to be stopping the Trump administration destroying what had been an increasingly concerted global effort to combat climate change. Fighting fake news There will be a vigorous philanthrocapitalistic effort to fight the plague of “Fake news” that has been credited in part for Trump’s win. One leader of this campaign will be one of the fake news movement’s most prominent targets: as well as launching the Barack and Michelle Obama Foundation, Trump’s predecessor in the White House is said to be mulling creating some sort of media-focused entity committed to restoring integrity to news. Uncharitable deductions Now he is getting out of the charity business, and given what he will regard as an obvious bias of philanthropic organisations against him, what could be more tempting for the new President than to demonstrate his egalitarian tax-cutting credentials by getting Congress to abolish the tax deduction for charitable donations? The appointment of former Gates Foundation executive and head of USAID, Raj Shah, as its new head encourages the hope that Rockefeller Foundation will continue to build on its historic commitment to doing good globally. Machine learning for good As the hype grows around the disruptive potential of Artificial Intelligence, the doom-mongers predicting robots taking all the jobs and complaining about the pernicious role of unethical algorithms in everything from news consumption to law enforcement will be joined by philanthrocapitalists who see the possibilities of using AI to do good. How could it continue once Hillary Clinton was elected President? As a result, a lively contest has kicked off to fill the vacuum for a private-sector-led philanthrocapitalist shindig in New York during UN General Assembly week in September. Now they will not be returning to the White House, why shouldn’t Bill, Hillary and Chelsea put the band back together? Meanwhile, though he remains unpopular at home, Tony Blair still sees an opportunity for himself to lead the global fightback against nasty, nationalistic populism: watch out for efforts to launch a new “Blair Initiative” to revive the evidence-based political centre.

Keywords: [“New”,”Trump”,”much”]
Source: http://philanthrocapitalism.net

JR Test Site News for 01-21-2018

B. The development of machines, including steam engines and the internal combustion engine, made it possible to exploit vast new resources of energy stored in fossil fuels, specifically coal and oil. D. As the new methods of industrial production became more common in parts of northwestern Europe, they spread to other parts of Europe and the rest of the world. E. The “Second industrial revolution” led to new methods in the production of steel, chemicals, electricity and precision machinery during the second half of the 19th century. F. The changes in the mode of production also stimulated the professionalization of sciences and led to the increasing application of science to new forms of technology. II. New patterns of global trade and production developed that further integrated the global economy as industrialists sought raw materials and new markets for the increasing amount of goods produced in their factories. C. The rapid increases in productivity caused by industrial production encouraged industrialized states to seek out new consumer markets for their finished goods. C. Rapid urbanization that accompanied global capitalism often led to unsanitary conditions, as well as to new forms of community. The growth of new empires challenged the power of existing land-based empires of Eurasia. New ideas about nationalism, race, gender, class and culture also developed that facilitated the spread of transoceanic empires and new states, as well as justified anti-imperial resistance and the formation of new communal identities. D. New states developed on the edges of an empire. These rebellions sometimes resulted in the formation of new states and stimulated the development of new ideologies. IV. The global spread of Enlightenment thought and the increasing number of rebellions stimulated new transnational ideologies and solidarities. B. Because of the nature of the new modes of transportation, both internal and external migrants increasingly relocated to cities. B. The new global capitalist economy continued to rely on coerced and semicoerced labor migration, including slavery, Chinese and Indian indentured servitude, and convict labor. B. Migrants often created ethnic enclaves, which helped transplant their culture into new environments and facilitated the development of migrant support networks.

Keywords: [“new”,”state”,”Global”]
Source: http://msgurr.weebly.com/uploads/3/8/4/9/3849258/whap.concepts.period05.pdf

End of Enlightenment? Not if we fight for it – Philosophers for Change

Perhaps the neoliberal assault on education is not the destruction of democracy, but rather something much more profound; it may be the end of the Enlightenment. Enlightenment thinkers such as Denis Diderot, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Marquis Condorcet, Mary Wollstonecraft, Thomas Jefferson and later Georg Hegel all wrote of the power of a progressive and liberal education grounded in history and the liberal arts; they wrote about civic duty, public service and the infallibility of true democracy. After the events that higher education helped to inspire in the 1960s, conservatives began an assault on public K-12 and higher education. With this in mind, the present analysis argues that the Enlightenment may be coming to an end with the assault on public education and critical thinking. While education always had economic uses, such as helping the individual secure a high paying job and being workforce trained, education – especially higher education – was always thought of as primarily a social good with the ability to enhance the commonweal. In the case of education, the policies of state governments, as well as the federal government, are the primary tools to restructure K-12 and higher education from social to market goods. Standardized testing companies and educational technology companies, which have grown into billion dollar entities and do billions of dollars of world trade, have lobbied the US government and other governments across the world to hold education accountable. Performance based funding sets up definable goals for higher education institutions to meet, such as graduation rates, graduation of STEM graduates, use of data etc. Milton Friedman once remarked that public education in the US was a socialist island in a free-market sea. More than just greed, there is an ideological element to performance based funding policies and NCLB. These policies espouse and promote a certain view of education. Conservatives are afraid of the potential of public education at all levels to inspire social change. After the events of the 1960s, it became apparent what public education was capable of. The Enlightenment is based on the notion of criticism and humanism, both of which are not valued in American public education. Zumeta, W. “What does it mean to be accountable? Dimensions and implications of higher education’s public accountability”. The writer is a doctoral student in higher education.

Keywords: [“education”,”individual”,”student”]
Source: https://philosophersforchange.org/2013/11/19/end-of-enlightenment…

Overrated Rationality is the Enlightenment Mistake

Lastly, we see in some humans a limited form of what we call consciousness or self-awareness. The philosophers of the enlightenment who created the ideas of modernity predicated their ideas on human society on the assumption that most humans are rational and self-aware. The vast majority of humans adhere to whatever ideas they are taught early in life without ever a thought. For the most part, humans thrive by banding into tight collectives and living their lives railroaded by instinctual protocols of social interaction, courtship, and rearing offspring just like pretty much any other high level social mammal. The individual as enlightenment thinkers conceive of one, is a being who hardly exists amongst humans at all. We have only to read for 15 minutes about the inbuilt cognitive biases in humans and immediately begin to recall some of the stupid decisions we’ve all made. From the erroneous underlying assumptions of human rationality and consciousness come the catastrophic ideologies spawned from the Enlightenment. Capitalism and Marxism in their various forms are portrayed often as opposites, yet both come from the same source, Enlightenment thinkers who believed societies were composed of free rational individuals. Marxism believes the masses of workers ought to rule and Capitalists believe a market formed by the purchases of the masses ought to rule. In the end, what good is all the wealth in the world if the people meant to benefit are destroyed and the sterile units of money still counted dutifully by whirring machines, oblivious to the piles of dusty bones nearby?Ultimately, humans are group selected, like other social and eusocial animals. The ideas that stand the test of time and spread are those that help one group of humans outcompete another. If we would have a successful way of improving life for most people, an idea must first provide for the spread and defense of its adopters. No ideology will have its intended results unless it is grounded in a firm understanding of how people actually are in the real world. Its adoption would depend on those more capable of consciousness subjugating those less aware and the humans most Human in the Enlightenment sense adopting rule over human animals as man establishes rule over beast. Perhaps a banker who rules over a million humans by extracting a penny from each every day through sleight of hand is the natural ruler, parasite, and predator of their herd.

Keywords: [“human”,”people”,”rule”]
Source: https://colonyofcommodus.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/overrated…

JR Test Site News for 01-20-2018

The rise of socialism and Marxism

The radical aspects of Marxism, e.g. his championing of class struggles and violent revolutions, were Marx’s interpretation of history and his prediction of what was to come based on the often violent confrontations between workers and management. Finally, precisely because Marxism provided so much threat to European countries, their governments eventually conceded to workers’ demands at least partially to avoid further violent confrontations and the prospect of losing out to the socialists/Marxists. The industrial assembly line that proved to be monotonous, with each worker only performing a very small part of the work, without seeing the end result. No longer able to invest personal identity or pride in work as, say, a cobbler did in the past, who was able to sell a pair of shoes he made from top to sole to a smiling patron, hence deriving a great deal of satisfaction from his work. The heavy work load, the meager pay, the total absence of any laws regulating factories, which, like laws regulating the internet, were something quite new and before they appeared, the factories, legally, were “No man’s land,” hence it was completely up to the factory owners to decide everything, from the wage to the age of the workers. In the early stages of the Industrial Revolution, there were many workers strikes aimed at the destruction of machines, as workers viewed machines as the root of their misery. The relationship people formed with one another as a result of their relationship to the machines led to social classes, the industrial working class and the management class. Eventually the management class would be driven to wars against one another because of competition for markets, since capitalism is driven by the incessant need for new markets, and then the international industrial workers would unite, overthrow their respective countries, and usher in communism that recognized no national borders. Therefore the underdogs in one society, be they the bourgeoisie in feudalism or industrial workers in capitalism, will become the ruling class at a new social stage. To Marx, market economy was bad because it turned workers’ labor into commodities. The industrial workers, who are in the forefront of technology utilization to Marx, should assume leadership in a socialist society. One Marxist argument goes that it was in the capitalist society that human labor became a piece of commodity, which deprived people of the dignity of work. The conflict between workers and management was inevitable because of their different relationships to the machines. Marx calls workers wages the minimum wage: enough only to sustain the workers lives. In response to the popularity of socialism, many European governments developed measures to absorb workers radicalism, e.g. by developing a welfare state and popularizing universal male suffrage.

Keywords: [“work”,”Marx”,”Industrial”]
Source: http://www.iun.edu/~hisdcl/h114_2002/marxism.htm

The Creation of Post-Capitalism

Hello my name is Leonard Mallo and i am the founder, leading visionary and creative and dynamic force behind the Global Initiative ‘The World Unification Project’. As the Federation University’s mission is to address humanity’s grand challenges the main focus of my work is to resolve the world’s major problems, restore the balance of power on the planet and establish world peace and world prosperity. I personally am very much interested in working with really great, intelligent and ambitious people on my global initiative and on other really great work. My work is designed specifically to upgrade the ‘Global Operating System’ so that it functions more effectively and efficiently in serving the seven billion people on the planet via an integration of all 195 nations into a Global Union and the upgrading of global policies. I am reaching out to world-class scholars, great intellectuals and the super ambitious in the hope that some of you will resonate with my work and will like to support it both intellectually and financially. So please contact me with your interest and please send this link to individuals, organizations, institutes, think tanks, etc… that you believe will have an interest in my work as well. Well thank you very much for your time and energy and below is a template of my work along with the links to my website and my facebook group. 3)- the Restoration of the Balance of Power on the Planet. 5)- the Upgrading of the Global Operating System and the Existence of Humanity. The “Timely” solution & advanced global political, economic & social strategy that i propose to solving many if not ALL of the worlds major problems including war, corruption, global warming, poverty, the economy… lies in what i call the “Ultimate power move,” merging the 2 most powerful governments on the planet, the EU & the US. Precipitating or more accurately quickening the “Already-in-motion” Global Unification & Integration process, toward the resolution of the world’s major problems, is the overall goal. The one VERY important caveat/requirement to having a “Fully unified & fully integrated planet” is having the “Right people” on top, unenlightened heartless half-wits will not only “Not do” but they will worsen the already f–ed up & despicable condition of humanity & planet earth & obviously that’s a no no. So those impressed with and interested in bankrolling and/or contributing in other ways to my Global Business Venture/Independent Work Project you may contact me here. Step 4- The Inclusion of the rest of the Nations into the Global Union. P.S. – A shift from the old unregulated short-term oriented “Free Market Economy” to the new regulated long-term oriented “Fair Market Economy”. P.S.S. – Pay Scale/Rate dependent on level and degree of Overall Contribution to Humanity.

Keywords: [“Global”,”work”,”World”]
Source: http://leonardmallo.blogspot.com

JR Test Site News for 01-19-2018

Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future

If climate change is the key process in the natural world impacting on sustainable development, then globalisation is the parallel process in the human world, creating both opportunities for, and barriers to, sustainable development. While globalisation is not a new process, it has accelerated rapidly since World War II, and is having many effects on people, the environment, cultures, national governments, economic development and human well-being in countries around the world. Objectives To understand basic concepts, processes and trends associated with globalisation; To assess the impacts of globalisation and the wide range of reactions they have caused around the world; To understand the interconnected nature of the major drivers of globalisation; To appreciate the complexity of teaching about globalisation; and. Q1: The story Good Morning World! was written to try to be “Typical” and have some relevance to students in as many parts of the world as possible. Beyond their world enclosed by trees there was, they were told, a wider world where there were hamlets similar to their own, and towns, and cities, and the sea, and beyond the sea other countries where people spoke languages different from their own. The major contemporary issues facing the world today – such as the topics of sustainable agriculture, gender and development, population, sustainable communities, tourism and so on in this section of Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future – are interdisciplinary. What are teachers around the world doing to help their students understand this systems perspective on the increasingly interconnected nature of the world today? What processes, issues and implications are students being asked to explore? Since World War II, and especially since the 1980s, governments have reduced many barriers to international trade through international agreements such as the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and the World Trade Organization. Up to 90% of music sales is by just five corporations: EMI Records, Sony, Vivendi Universal, AOL Time Warner and BMG. These ‘Big Five’ produce and sell recorded music in all of the major markets in the world, but have their headquarters in the United States, the largest of the world’s markets. Let us begin an economic recovery that is not only robust, but also just, inclusive, and sustainable – lifting the entire world. Life expectancy has almost doubled in the developing world since WWII and is starting to close the gap to the developed world where the improvement has been smaller. Seen through the eyes of the vast majority of men and women around the world, globalisation has not met their simple aspiration for decent jobs, livelihoods and a better future for their children. Slowing progress towards the MDGs. A 2009 report by the World Bank predicted that global GDP will decline for the first time since World War II as a result of the failure of governments to regulate financial institutions and globalisation properly. The problems of the developing world are also the problems of the developed world. At their meetings in 2009 to deal with the global financial crisis, the leaders of the twenty largest economies in the world, the G20 have replaced the narrow G8 group as the major international economic forum in the world.

Keywords: [“world”,”globalisation”,”global”]
Source: http://www.unesco.org/education/tlsf/mods/theme_c/mod18.html

The Enlightenment: Introduction

The Enlightenment, a revolution in philosophy, was strictly a Western phenomenon, linked to Modernism in the sense that certain “Modern” social and economic conditions propelled a new form of thinking. The Enlightenment can be understood precisely in terms of its entomology-that which sheds light: light into the darkness of religious “Superstition,” a word that very precisely targeted religious thinking dependent upon the will of God. The principal conflict of the Enlightenment was the contest between established religious beliefs and a growing body of scientific knowledge that grounded knowledge, not in the mind of God, but in an exercise of empirical evidence. The Enlightenment as a very particular way of thinking in the West resulted in the so-called “Death of God” and the rise of science. First, the Enlightenment established new philosophical ideas concerning the grounds of knowledge-epistemology-that is the knowledge was based upon empirical observation and provable hypotheses. A complex phenomenon, the Enlightenment was defined by one central question: how can life be lived and understood without God? If God was “Dead,” as Friedrich Nietzsche proposed a century later, then the Deity was certainly an animated corpse, going to its demise, kicking and screaming, and becoming reanimated at unpredictable intervals. The question for the Enlightenment today would be are these vestigial reactions or a genuine pendulum swing against three centuries of being “Enlightened?”. Unquestioning belief in God was challenged by two forces that proved to be critical to Enlightenment thinking. The concept of “Natural rights” would be articulated by Enlightenment philosophers, from Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Thomas Jefferson but it dated back to the Twelfth Century and was present in a nascent form during the Medieval era. Using the deductive and logical practices of science, rational thinking, and the powers of human reason, the Enlightenment set out to discover universal laws, to take the place of God. To the extent it was successful, the Enlightenment ended eighteen hundred years of spiritualized thinking. Although the Enlightenment could not guarantee fully enlightened thinking, but the alternative to the Enlightenment, with all of its a prorias was, as David Hume, remarked, “. In his recent 2010 book, The Enlightenment: A Geneaology, the historian Dan Edelstein, suggested that the modern Enlightenment, apart from its early roots in the writings of English or Dutch philosophers, really began with the French philosophes of the seventeenth and eighteenth century. In his 2007 book Placing the Enlightenment: Thinking Geographically About the Age of Reason, Withers stated that the “Where” of the Enlightenment was as important as the “What?”. The new philosophical system proposed a new society and a new form of knowledge that would have profound impact upon art and artists, creating new ways of defining both art and artist and developing an entirely new branch of philosophy called “Aesthetics.” The idea of “Artistic freedom” is an outgrowth of the Enlightenment introduction of the concept of the “Individual.” The idea of the defiant artist, challenging the establishment and shocking the conservative public is an Enlightenment concept of rethinking received wisdom.

Keywords: [“Enlightenment”,”new”,”God”]
Source: http://arthistoryunstuffed.com/enlightenment