J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 08-27-2018

Interview with “Compassionate Capitalist” Dr. Charlotte di Vita MBE

Actual engagement was a weakness as people tended to ignore the passionate subculture with a rigid gospel prohibiting use of any and all animal products. The vegan movement’s brain finally outgrew its heart, and in less than two decades the pragmatic vein of the movement has morphed into one of the biggest disruptors of the American food system. Instead of throwing red paint at the fashion industry, picketing outside McDonald’s, and creating spectacles in the street, the small group devoted their energies to behind-the-scenes farm animal welfare policy, pressuring companies to improve housing conditions for pigs and hens while also drafting legislation and ballot measures to get the issues in front of voters. Friedrich leads The Good Food Institute, a lobbying shop in DC that represents the interests of meat-alternative food products; Shapiro helped mastermind a cage-free ballot initiative in Massachusetts that will reshape how food animals are produced across the country; Prescott has made inroads into major investment banks; Meier leads undercover investigation efforts to expose the poor living conditions of many farm animals; and Tetrick, who as a college student would travel from West Virginia to DC to hang out with the pragmatists, was a founder of Hampton Creek, the well-known eggless condiments company. By picking on farm animal production techniques that appeal to consumer emotions, the group forced companies with so-called factory farms into the difficult position of defending practices that can seem draconian. 

That measure prohibits the in-state sale of eggs, veal, or pork from farms that confined their animals in spaces that prevented them from lying down, standing up, extending their limbs, or turning around. There aren’t many egg farms in Massachusetts, but if egg farmers in Iowa want to sell their goods to the 6.7 million people living in the northeastern state, they’ll have to re-outfit how they house and manage their flocks. Voters who empathize with farm animals were much more likely to buy into Shapiro’s measure. If sales data show consumers care about animal welfare, Matthew Prescott can use-and has used-it to convince investment banks to pressure companies, such as McDonald’s, to change their practices. Companies such as Perfect Day, Beyond Meat, and Hampton Creek are developing meat and dairy products marketed as better for the environment and the animals. 

From the absolutist point-of-view, the pragmatists diminished the importance of fighting for animal lives by concentrating their energies on farm animal welfare. A commitment to reducing animal suffering, argues Gary Francione, a Rutgers University law professor, was an abdication of the bigger mission of freeing animals altogether. 

Keywords: [“animal”,”farm”,”movement”]
Source: https://qz.com/829956

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Political analysts frequently consider what it means to be a libertarian. Almost no one ever discusses what it feels like to be a libertarian. It feels bad. Being a libertarian means living with an almost unendurable level of frustration. Imagine spending two decades warning that government policy is leading to a major economic collapse, and then, when the collapse comes, watching the world conclude that markets do not work. 

Imagine continually explaining that markets function because they have a built in corrective mechanism; that periodic contractions are necessary to weed out unproductive ventures; that continually loosening credit to avoid such corrections just puts off the day of reckoning and inevitably leads to a larger recession; that this is precisely what the government did during the 1920’s that led to the great depression; and then, when the recession hits, seeing it offered as proof of the failure of laissez-faire capitalism. I remember attending a lecture at Georgetown in the mid-1990s given by a member of the libertarian Cato Institute in which he predicted that, unless changed, government policy would trigger an economic crisis by 2006. Libertarians spend their lives accurately predicting the future effects of government policy. Their predictions are accurate because they are derived from Hayek’s insights into the limitations of human knowledge, from the recognition that the people who comprise the government respond to incentives just like anyone else and are not magically transformed to selfless agents of the good merely by accepting government employment, from the awareness that for government to provide a benefit to some, it must first take it from others, and from the knowledge that politicians cannot repeal the laws of economics. For the same reason, their predictions are usually negative and utterly inconsistent with the utopian wishful-thinking that lies at the heart of virtually all contemporary political advocacy. 

For the sin of continually pointing out that the emperor has no clothes, libertarians are attacked as heartless bastards devoid of compassion for the less fortunate, despicable flacks for the rich or for business interests, unthinking dogmatists who place blind faith in the free market, or, at best, members of the lunatic fringe. If you add to that curse that she would be ridiculed, derided, and shunned for making her predictions, you have a pretty fair approximation of what it feels like to be a libertarian. Trust me, it won’t feel any better five or ten years from now when everything you have just said has been proven true and Obama, like FDR, is nonetheless revered as the savior of the country. 

Keywords: [“libertarian”,”government”,”feel”]
Source: http://faculty.msb.edu/hasnasj/GTWebSite/FeelsLike.htm

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 08-09-2018

What’s wrong with libertarianism

Apparently someone’s curse worked: we live in interesting times, and among other consequences, for no good reason we have a surplus of libertarians. There are libertarians and libertarians, and sometimes different camps despise each other- or don’t seem to be aware of each other. If I point out examples of nations partially following libertarian views- we’ll get to this below- I’m told that they don’t count: only Pure Real Libertarianism Of My Own Camp can be tested. The libertarian philosopher always starts with property rights. The libertarian voter is chiefly exercised over taxes, regulation, and social programs; the libertarian wing of the Republican party has, for forty years, gone along with the war on drugs, corporate welfare, establishment of dictatorships abroad, and an alliance with theocrats. 

Christian libertarians like Ron Paul want God in the public schools and are happy to have the government forbid abortion and gay marriage. Thanks to the libertarian business climate, companies are happily moving jobs abroad, lowering wages, worsening working conditions. Libertarian dogma can’t be buttressed by libertarian doctrine- that’s begging the question. Most libertarians theoretically accept government for defense and law enforcement. It’s no excuse to claim that libertarians didn’t want the government to increase spending, as Bush has done. 

The libertarians reminds me of G.K. Chesterton’s description of people who are so eager to attack a hated ideology that they will destroy their own furniture to make sticks to beat it with. Some people may be attracted by parts of the libertarian program without buying into its underlying morality. 

Keywords: [“libertarian”,”government”,”people”]
Source: http://www.zompist.com/libertos.html

Conscious Capitalism Drives Winning Businesses Today

Some are so focused on this principle that they forget that every business, even nonprofits, have to practice the basic principles of capitalism to cover their costs to do good things another day. You can find dozens more on the Conscious Capitalism web site. Conscious capitalism is the rational alternative approach, dedicated to advancing humanity, while using tried and proven business principles. Recognizing the interdependent nature of life and the human foundations and business, a business needs to create value with and for its various stakeholders. Like the life forms in an ecosystem, healthy stakeholders lead to a healthy business system. 

Conscious leaders understand and embrace the higher purpose of business and focus on creating value for and harmonizing the human interests of the business stakeholders. This is the ethos – the values, principles, practices – underlying the social fabric of a business, which permeates the atmosphere of a business and connects the stakeholders to each other and to the purpose, people and processes that comprise the company. They want their business potential to support the overall human potential as well. None of these positives obviate the need for a viable business model, in order to survive. I would expect that to seem intuitive to all entrepreneurs, but every investor I know has many stories about startup funding requests with no clear business model. 

Entrepreneurs and startups are all about innovation, in business principles as well as in products and services. I see conscious capitalism as a great innovation to the foundations of capitalism, bringing compassion and collaboration to the heart of value creation. 

Keywords: [“business”,”conscious”,”capitalism”]
Source: http://www.alleywatch.com/2018/07/conscious-capitalism-drives-winning…

People Are Less Selfish Under Capitalism Especially Compared to Socialism

My student described how exasperated she felt hearing the claim that capitalism leads to a survival of the fittest mentality. Among broad segments of society, the belief that capitalism teaches us to be so self-interested that we become uncaring about the welfare of others seems to be accepted as truth. Relative to any reasonable frame of reference, modern human societies are generous, peaceful, compassionate, and continually improving. We can only be considered selfish and violent in comparison to a utopian society in which no violence or cruelty takes place-a somewhat unfair comparison considering that there is no evidence of such a society as ever existed. Utopias may be imagined to be more altruistic than capitalist societies, but capitalist societies are more generous than real-world collectivist societies. 

Contrary to collectivism, capitalism widens our circle of compassion to include strangers. The evolution of capitalism has been in the direction of more trust and transparency, and less self-serving behavior; not coincidentally, this evolution has brought with it greater productivity and economic growth. Trust had been the product only of a personal relationship-I trust this guy because I know him-rather than a more general assumption upon which you could do business. The real triumph of capitalism in the 19th and 20th centuries was that trust was woven into the basic fabric of everyday business. The rise in altruism that Marsh observes has occurred concurrently with the rise of capitalism. 

To do business, we learn to trust strangers and to be trustworthy to strangers. The more capitalism, the more compassion and altruism towards strangers. 

Keywords: [“stranger”,”capitalism”,”more”]
Source: https://fee.org/articles/people-are-less-selfish-under-capitalism

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the establishment like to celebrate MLK’s love of imperial America and centrist economic doctrine. There is a reason the FBI orchestrated a well-resourced campaign to destroy King that ultimately culminated in J. Edgar Hoover having a letter sent to King to push King to commit suicide. The reason is Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. 

opposed capitalism and the American empire. In the last campaign before his assassination, King campaigned for a democratic socialist agenda. Called the Poor People’s Campaign, demands included a guaranteed job, retribution of land and capital, and more inclusion of the poor in state decision-making. Yes, taking land and money from rich people and giving it to poor people was part of King’s dream. King’s anti-capitalist views cannot really be bifurcated from his struggle for racial justice as they come from the same spiritual conception of the world. 

King also backed a universal basic income, believing it was a better solution to fighting poverty than the programs put forward by President Lyndon Johnson’s War On Poverty. Another fact left out of mainstream narratives about MLK is his fundamental opposition to U.S. imperialism. Though he knew he would make many enemies-black and white-by doing so, King gave a scorching speech against the Vietnam War in 1967 at the Riverside Church in New York City. King condemned the war as robbing anti-poverty programs and victimizing the poor Americans who were having to fight and die in the war. 

His most salient critique was the war’s fundamental opposition to his goals of nonviolence. 

Keywords: [“King”,”War”,”poverty”]
Source: https://shadowproof.com/2017/01/16/revolutionary-socialism-martin…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 07-29-2018

What is a ‘system of privilege’? – Allan G. Johnson

White people are generally assumed to be law-abiding until they show some sign that they are not, while people of color are routinely assumed to be criminals or potential criminals until they show they’re not. A white person, for example, can work hard and have little to show for it, can be mistreated by the police without cause, be denied a job they’re qualified for. What privilege does is load the odds one way or the other so that the chance of bad things happening to white people as a category of people is much lower than for everyone else, and the chance of good things happening is much higher. A system of white privilege, for example, is white-dominated, which means the default is for white people to occupy positions of power. White-dominance doesn’t mean that all white people are powerful, only that the powerful tend almost always to be white, and when a person of color occupies a position of power, that will be noted as an exception to the rule. 

White-identification also encourages whites to be unaware of themselves as white, as if they didn’t have a race at all. It also encourages whites to be unaware of white privilege. White-centeredness is the tendency to put white people and what they do at the center of attention-the front page of the newspaper or magazine, the main character in the movie. When you organize a society in this way, the result will be patterns of unearned advantage that are available to whites simply because they are socially identified as ‘white. Abundant research, for example, shows that whites and blacks are equally likely to use illegal drugs, which would lead us to expect them to be equally likely to wind up in prison for that offense. 

On top of that, young white males are the demographic most likely to sell illegal drugs. The white privilege in this example, is the practice of the criminal justice system to overlook or respond less harshly to drug crimes committed by whites, while the corresponding oppressive consequence for people of color is the systematic selection of people of color for arrest, prosecution, and punishment. 

Keywords: [“White”,”people”,”privilege”]
Source: http://www.agjohnson.us/glad/what-is-a-system-of-privilege

Jon Chopan

Despite the notion that we are voiceless, it seems to me that the challenge of a good creative writing instructor is to teach students that they do indeed have a voice and that their voice, that all our voices in concert, have meaning. We should be struggling with our students as writers, and students of writing, to leave behind something worth protecting, worth defending, something that contributes to the growth of this culture. One of my greatest struggles, as a writer, as a human being, is to find purpose in the things I do. This, it seems, is the job of a good creative writing teacher, to help their students in their quest to find purpose. In a culture that has grown weak on faith in the arts, in the power of words, it would seem now, when things are most bleak, that our job is to bring new hope to an army of writers who will go forward and make their mark on this nation. 

Having been the student of two fine writing programs, and having had the privilege to be around so many skilled and compassionate instructors, I truly believe in this purpose as a creative writing teacher. I mean, in my classes, to help my students find their stories, to find the unique thing it is that they were meant to say. I also believe in the power of students to return that favor, be it through a direct act or through simply watching them grow as writers and learning from them. Nothing thrills me more than the energy of young writers, how the world of words seems new and boundless to them, and that energy keeps me going as a writer, as a teacher, because it has the power to breathe life into the things we all come to take for granted, the debates and books and tools we feel we already know so well. In my own writing I hope to give voice to the people and places I come from. 

I did not become a writer or a teacher of writing because it seemed easy, or because it was something I happened upon. I believe that by fostering the creativity born of writing, born in well told stories and in boldly written poems, that we are contributing to a kind of creative power that is much needed. 

Keywords: [“writes”,”student”,”teach”]
Source: http://www.glimmertrain.com/bulletins/essays/b137chopan.php

9 FDR’s New Deal

They got it in the form of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal, but there was more continuity between Hoover and the early New Deal than most people realize, and more mixed messages coming from Franklin Roosevelt’s campaign than most historians remember. Having a capitalist like Joe Kennedy on board helped FDR insulate the New Deal from right-wing criticism. Race & the New Deal.The New Deal excluded sharecroppers and tenant farmers from farming relief in order to discriminate against minorities. These New Deal flaws have led modern civil rights commentator Ta-Nehisi Coates to argue that modern liberalism is intrinsically racist, but many civil rights leaders have been leftists or liberals and even the New Deal helped minorities in important ways. Second New Deal: Labor ReformThe Second New Deal improved workers’ leverage as strikers and their pay. 

Second New Deal: Housing ReformThe Government also reformed housing during this second phase of the New Deal. FDR won four elections, and won by a historic landslide in 1936, just after the more radical Second New Deal kicked in. In response, FDR threatened to pack the Court with more judges, all favorable to the New Deal. He didn’t play up the pro-New Deal angle but merely suggested adding one judge for each existing judge over 70 that refused to retire and claimed the bigger court would lighten their workload. The Court-Packing Scheme was ridiculous – with that precedent, any president could simply add judges favorable to his policies – but FDR was cleverly focusing the public’s attention on the Court threatening to undo the New Deal. 

FDR was reminding the Court that they were out of step with the times, regardless of the legal technicalities of the New Deal – technicalities known to legal scholars as the Constitution. Since his court-packing bill died, FDR claimed he lost the battle but won the war, saving the New Deal. The New Deal led to bigger government with the establishment of Social Security and its offshoot programs like unemployment insurance and Medicare. 

Keywords: [“new”,”Deal”,”government”]
Source: http://sites.austincc.edu/caddis/fdrs-new-deal

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 07-16-2018


Soul of Business

United Arab Emirates Government type

Authoritarian – a form of government in which state authority is imposed onto many aspects of citizens’ lives. Communist – a system of government in which the state plans and controls the economy and a single – often authoritarian – party holds power; state controls are imposed with the elimination of private ownership of property or capital while claiming to make progress toward a higher social order in which all goods are equally shared by the people. Confederacy – a union by compact or treaty between states, provinces, or territories, that creates a central government with limited powers; the constituent entities retain supreme authority over all matters except those delegated to the central government. Constitutional – a government by or operating under an authoritative document that sets forth the system of fundamental laws and principles that determines the nature, functions, and limits of that government. Federal – a form of government in which sovereign power is formally divided – usually by means of a constitution – between a central authority and a number of constituent regions so that each region retains some management of its internal affairs; differs from a confederacy in that the central government exerts influence directly upon both individuals as well as upon the regional units. 

Federal republic – a state in which the powers of the central government are restricted and in which the component parts retain a degree of self-government; ultimate sovereign power rests with the voters who chose their governmental representatives. Islamic republic – a particular form of government adopted by some Muslim states; although such a state is, in theory, a theocracy, it remains a republic, but its laws are required to be compatible with the laws of Islam. Monarchy – a government in which the supreme power is lodged in the hands of a monarch who reigns over a state or territory, usually for life and by hereditary right; the monarch may be either a sole absolute ruler or a sovereign – such as a king, queen, or prince – with constitutionally limited authority. Parliamentary democracy – a political system in which the legislature selects the government – a prime minister, premier, or chancellor along with the cabinet ministers – according to party strength as expressed in elections; by this system, the government acquires a dual responsibility: to the people as well as to the parliament. Parliamentary government – a government in which members of an executive branch are nominated to their positions by a legislature or parliament, and are directly responsible to it; this type of government can be dissolved at will by the parliament by means of a no confidence vote or the leader of the cabinet may dissolve the parliament if it can no longer function. 

Socialism – a government in which the means of planning, producing, and distributing goods is controlled by a central government that theoretically seeks a more just and equitable distribution of property and labor; in actuality, most socialist governments have ended up being no more than dictatorships over workers by a ruling elite. Theocracy – a form of government in which a Deity is recognized as the supreme civil ruler, but the Deity’s laws are interpreted by ecclesiastical authorities; a government subject to religious authority. 

Keywords: [“government”,”state”,”power”]
Source: https://www.indexmundi.com/united_arab_emirates/government_type.html

Patients’ Perception of Hospital Care in the United States

HCAHPS and the Domains of Patients’ Experiences The HCAHPS survey, developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, asks patients 27 questions about their experiences in the hospital and about their demographic characteristics. Other domains reflect individual questions about whether the rooms were clean and whether they were quiet and two overall ratings: a global rating of the hospital on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 being the worst and 10 being the best a hospital can be, and a question about whether the patient would recommend the hospital to family and friends. Under the CMS’s authority to monitor providers of care and to oversee care for Medicare patients, the CMS and its Quality Improvement Organizations can require that the HCAHPS survey be administered to patients who are being discharged from hospitals that receive Medicare payment. HQA Data on Provision of High-Quality Clinical Care The HQA also provides data on the compliance of hospitals with 24 measures of evidence-based processes with respect to care for three conditions – acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, and pneumonia – and with respect to the prevention of complications from surgery. To create condition-specific summary scores, we used a common method,11 in which the summary score is a percentage derived from the sum of the number of times a hospital performed the appropriate action across all measures for that condition divided by the number of opportunities the hospital had to provide appropriate care. 

Composite scores for a condition were calculated only if a hospital had at least 30 patients for at least one measure. Structural Characteristics of Hospitals We linked the HCAHPS data to the annual survey of the American Hospital Association, which collects the following information from hospitals: nurse-staffing levels, profit status, status of membership in the Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems, number of beds, census region, location, percentage of patients receiving Medicaid, and presence or absence of a medical intensive care unit. Statistical Analysis We used chi-square tests and t-tests to compare hospital characteristics between hospitals that reported HCAHPS data and those that chose not to do so. We focused primarily on the fraction of patients who rated the hospital in the highest category as the primary indicator of patient satisfaction. We examined bivariate relationships between each of these characteristics and HCAHPS ratings and subsequently constructed multivariable linear regression models that adjusted for the other two characteristics as well as other characteristics that might be potential confounders: number of beds in the hospital, census region, location, presence or absence of a medical ICU, and percentage of patients receiving Medicaid. 

We examined the relationship between a hospital’s performance with respect to the overall experience of the patients and measures of clinical process using the HQA summary scores described above. We then calculated the performance on each of the HCAHPS measures for each hospital-referral region by averaging the ratings for all hospitals in that hospital-referral region, weighted by hospital size. 

Keywords: [“hospital”,”patient”,”rated”]
Source: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa0804116

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 07-15-2018

RICH DE VOS | CAPITALISMO SOLIDARIO | PARTE 5 | LIBERTAD FINANCIERA | ÉXITO PERSONAL

Co-founder of Conscious Capitalism movement

Raj was born in India and spent parts of his childhood in Barbados, California and Canada. He was educated as an electrical engineer from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science. He pursued an MBA in Marketing from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai after which he earned a Ph.D. in Marketing and Business Policy from Columbia University. He also spent 15 years at Bentley University as Trustee Professor of Marketing, Department Chair and founder/director of the Center for Marketing Technology. 

Raj is a trustee of Conscious Capitalism Inc. and a member of the board of directors of The Container Store. Raj is an American citizen residing in Lexington, Massachusetts. 

Keywords: [“Marketing”,”Raj”,”Trustee”]
Source: http://rajsisodia.com

Leadership and Multi-Faith Program

This full-day event was organized in partnership with Georgia Tech Astrobiology and co-sponsored by Columbia Theological Seminary with support from Joel Cowan and from the Center of Theological Inquiry. The symposium aimed to generate a multifaith discussion among scholars, clergy, community leaders, and students about science, spirituality, and the future of life on earth and elsewhere. Speakers addressed this theme from diverse disciplinary perspectives, including cognitive science, religious studies, ecology, ecotheology, ethics, and astrobiology. Click on the lecture title in the Program Details to be directed to the corresponding video. 

Keywords: [“science”,”Theological”,”Astrobiology”]
Source: https://lamp.iac.gatech.edu/symposium2018

Rishik Commodeals

Doing business and dealing with employees in India is very different from most other countries. India is a socialist state with a large dose of compassionate capitalism mixed in. Some of the most important differences are in the labour. Navigating this environment requires a lot of local knowledge and experience. Rishik Commodeal Services has the knowledge and experience that your organization needs to be successful in India. 

Some of the more critical aspects of employment law in India include:Understanding the complex model that exists in IndiaJurisdiction and choice-of-law in employment relationships. 

Keywords: [“India”,”employment”,”knowledge”]
Source: http://rishikcommodeal.com

Valley Morning Star

Congo says 3 new Ebola cases confirmed in large city. In this photo taken Monday, May 14, 2018, members of a Red Cross team don protective clothing before heading out to look for suspected victims of Ebola, in Mbandaka, Congo. Congo’s Ebola outbreak has spread to Mbandaka, a crossroads city of more than 1 million people, in a troubling turn that marks one of the few times the vast, impoverished country has encountered the lethal virus in an urban area. 

Keywords: [“Ebola”,”Congo”,”Mbandaka”]
Source: http://www.valleymorningstar.com/online_features/business_and_careers/can…

Pilates

You may think that only you are a prisoner, but other people are also prisoners. You are in a small prison, but others are in the big prison outside. If you change your understanding, you will be free in a minute. Dpuf ullam id dolor id nibh ultricies vehicula ut id elit. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient monte nascetur ultricies vehicula. 

Ou may think that only you are a prisoner, but other people are also prisoners. 

Keywords: [“prisoner”,”think”,”vehicula”]
Source: http://www.bulasik-makinesi-karsilastir.com/compassionate-capitalism-how…

What is capitalism???

The government takes one from me and give to it you. I breed them and the government kills me and take all three. Capitalism isn’t the best government possible but it is the best in the world. The more money you make the more taxes the government takes. The more money they take, the more they can squander……………….and so it goes. 

Keywords: [“more”,”take”,”government”]
Source: https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070514145645AAOEQnC

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TED: Ideas worth spreading

About TED TED is a nonpartisan nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics – from science to business to global issues – in more than 110 languages. Independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. 

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Source: https://www.ted.com

Conscious Capitalism

Oct 21, 2016 In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor, The Container Store continues to share our belief in the power of conscious business practices. Last month, our Co-Founder and Chairman Kip Tindell joined a group of 75 business, thought and academic leaders at the White House to discuss the benefit of a more long-term approach to business. 

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Source: http://standfor.containerstore.com/category/conscious-capitalism

What is PURE CAPITALISM? definition of PURE CAPITALISM

A economic system that shows little interference from a government body. The system is run by big business and revolves around money and capital assets. TLD Example: The election of a president who is opposed to any form of government regulation of business could mean the voters are ready to embrace pure capitalism. 

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”pure”,”business”]
Source: https://thelawdictionary.org/pure-capitalism

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J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 06-30-2018

Amway Founders Heritage & Values: Fundamentals of Success

Market Capitalism and Caring for “the Least of These” – in All things

Earlier this year Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, received a lot of attention from the mass media, so I decided to read it. I started reading it and my spirits were immediately lifted by the exuberance of the opening pages. The joy of the gospel about which Pope Francis speaks so eloquently in his apostolic exhortation comes from living one’s life in Christ. A most significant part of that life of joy comes in loving our neighbor, especially that neighbor who is one of the least that Christ talks of in Matthew 25 with such compassion. How we can best love and serve that neighbor is not always easy to determine in our modern economy but a look at the Pope’s discussion of the social dimensions of the gospel, especially his emphasis on the workings of the free market and its exploitation of the poor, might give us some direction. 

Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. There are theologians who argue that the poor benefit greatly by a capitalistic system. If we took a survey of poverty around the world, I suspect we would find it difficult to discern a measurable trickle-down effect from modern capitalism. Certainly statistics on American wealth and poverty indicate that the top 1 or 5 percent are getting wealthier, almost everyone else is getting poorer, and income disparity of astounding proportions is still wretchedly apparent. What concerns me as a Christian, is the way so many Christians preach Free Market capitalism as if it is a doctrine of the Christian faith. 

Most Christians I encounter who are in business or banking or business education at the college level or a part of that amorphous group called the Religious Right view the Free Market with benign acceptance. For them, John Schneider and Novak speak with more authority than the Pope or Kuyper. 

Keywords: [“Kuyper”,”Pope”,”poor”]
Source: https://inallthings.org/market-capitalism-and-caring-for-the-least…

Poverty Capitalism: Interview with Ananya Roy

Ananya Roy: Microfinance is one of those rare poverty alleviation ideas whose popularity cuts across the ideological spectrum. Proponents of social justice have hailed microfinance as an instrument to fight the redlining of the poor by exclusionary financial institutions. Although microfinance is not a substantial sector in the budgets of multilateral and bilateral donors, it is quite literally everywhere in the world of development, repeatedly touted as a poverty panacea. New portals of development, such as Kiva.org, have also made it possible for the globally minded citizens of the global North to feel an immediate and intimate connection to microfinance and to the poor women who are most often microfinance borrowers. There are at least two distinct paradigms at work within the world of microfinance: one where microfinance is a global financial industry and an increasingly profitable asset class; the second where microfinance is a part of an overall package of pro-poor development. 

Ananya Roy: Yes, this is a fundamental contradiction that lies at the heart of microfinance, and indeed many other poverty-alleviation efforts as well. Many proponents of microfinance see it as an alternative to state-led development, and as testament to the entrepreneurial efforts of the poor. Ananya Roy: Microfinance bears many of the characteristics of subprime lending. Very few genres of microfinance tackle such issues; those that do not systematically depoliticize the question of poverty. Josh Leon: Microfinance has long been applied in rural settings, an obvious place to look for the world’s poor. 

Ananya Roy: Many poverty alleviation interventions have been developed and implemented in rural areas-such as the famous conditional cash transfer programs of Mexico and Brazil and the microfinance programs of Bangladesh. Ananya Roy: Your poetic question is about microfinance but it also speaks to broader trends-to millennial challenges and hopes. 

Keywords: [“Microfinance”,”Poverty”,”Development”]
Source: https://fpif.org/poverty_capitalism_interview_with_ananya_roy

why is capitalism good

That’s why i think capitalism has it’s strong propaganda too and i don’t see any different between propaganda’s of capitalism and socialism. If we analyze their situation we see that good socialism is better than bad capitalism while socialism is for people and not for millionaires. Yes today i think that good socialism is better than bad capitalism, but if someone will ask me which one is better for me, as person who born in post-soviet union country i choose Socialism for my country while capitalism failed in eastern European countries. The main argument that says capitalism is bad goes like this: people need to be controlled or the greedy and the powerful will use the good hard-working people of the earth and destroy the earth while they are at it. To understand why capitalism is good consider the alternative. 

Capitalism like democracy believes that men are basically good and when they act on their enlighten self-interest society as a whole is lifted to a higher level, just compare North Korea and South Korea. I live in Eastern Europe in a ex-communist country and for anyone who thinks capitalism is wrong or evil or does not work, should come here and see what the alternatives to capitalism did to the people of many countries. It should be noted that crony capitalism should not be confused with true capitalism. As outlandish as this may seem, capitalism is a good thing, maybe not the best system to have, but it is the best one we have got. The current American system of capitalism is rife with discrimination, sexism, and willingness to not reward people for their hard work. 

True capitalism does not discriminate, if two people do the same of work, then they should get the same amount of pay, regardless of gender, race, or anything else. Capitalism is a good thing as it provides us all a motivation and a chance to succeed; and don’t think for a minute that what we have today is capitalist, because it is not. 

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”government”,”people”]
Source: http://gopplatform2008.com/essayshark/why-is-capitalism-good

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 06-25-2018

FFM: Compassionate Conservative

I am a Republican who has taken a sabbatical until my party gets back to being what George Bush called a compassionate conservative. This is one who believes in free enterprise, competition and having a strong government to control free markets. These conservatives also recognize there are some objectives of society that are better overseen by government rather than the private sector. My Republican party recognizes free markets purpose is to help meet the needs of society. Society is not here to meet the needs of free markets. 

Government has the responsibility of being a fair referee ensuring our markets are indeed free and not controlled by a few entities depriving society of the wonders of competition. Many conservatives today forgot what Milton and Rose Friedman in their book, Capitalism and Freedom, said of the role of government in a free society. These functions are generally those providing benefits to society as a whole including defense, basic research and development, preservation and optimal utilization of our natural resources including its people, education, care for the poor and needy, building and maintaining the countries infrastructure and of course the protection of free markets from corruption and unscrupulous behavior. Sometimes both parties lose their way and presently it is my party, the Republican Party, that has gotten too far off track and needs to take corrective action. The Democrats have also made blunders including their handling of health care reform. 

We needed health care reform but it went too far and the Democrats, and the country, are now paying the price of not allowing sufficient Republican input into the passage of the bill. 

Keywords: [“free”,”society”,”markets”]
Source: http://www.freeourfreemarkets.org/2013/04/compassionate-conservative.html

Op-Ed: Capitalism and spirituality, part two – The Stanford Daily

Sadhguru has a huge following in India and internationally. This language, with Sadhguru’s brilliance and humor, has made him an appealing guru around Silicon Valley. Four years ago I attended another public conversation with Sadhguru at Stanford. Having gotten a glimpse of his economic and social ideas at that time, I wasn’t surprised to hear that he is now teaming up with a leader in the private equity world to talk about the compatibility of capitalism and spirituality. Sadhguru presented what struck me as a troubling version of trickle-down spiritual economics. 

Sadhguru proposed that he would spiritually transform the billionaires, and they would solve the problems of inequality and suffering among those who are economically below them. I am sure that when Sadhguru teaches meditation, pranayama and yoga asanas along with inspiring wisdom and delightful humor, to millionaires, billionaires and rising tech workers and entrepreneurs, they will feel better about themselves and become more effective at what they do. Perhaps corporate leaders will buy more massage chairs and other instruments of well-being for their employees; perhaps they will make more donations to good causes. The 2000 leading Indians, or the 85 billionaires, will for the most part resist, threaten, lie to and attack them. Another disturbing aspect of Sadhguru’s talk was his allusion to transformation in India. 

Modi has positioned himself as the promoter of business and economic growth and as the strong leader India needs. Googling Sadhguru + Modi will bring up videos of Sadhguru meeting with or speaking highly of Modi. 

Keywords: [“Sadhguru”,”lead”,”Business”]
Source: https://www.stanforddaily.com/2018/04/19/op-ed-capitalism-and…

Integral to Compassionate Capitalism

Every CEO & Angel Investor needs to hear the insights Karen and Jim will discuss on this segment of the Compassionate Capitalist Radio Podcast. All of that is described in the book and Jim shares tactical and strategic plans for CEOs in his book, Igniting Purpose Driven Leadership, that can lead to sustainable and profitable growth by figuring out how to shift your team to abundance by unleashing their creativity. This is important for investors to understand as well because if the team is too focused on just one innovation, they risk stagnation a few years in to the project and hitting a plateau that will limit their ability to produce the return on investment you expect. About Jim Nevada: Jim is the CEO of the Nevada Group, which helps executives create a purpose-driven culture that attracts and keeps top talent, so they can experience rapid growth and higher profitability. Jim has extensive executive experience, including 20 years as Chief Financial Officer of publicly-traded and privately-held professional service firms, and served as President in one of the largest firms in the sector. 

He also has many years of experience in M&A, having worked on numerous transactions, including some of the largest deals in the sector. About Karen Rands: Karen has been working with entrepreneurs on growth and expansion strategies and access to capital for over 15 years. She has been active in the Angel Investor and Venture Capital community for over 10 years. Her best selling book, Inside Secrets to Angel Investing, is the foundation for the Compassionate Capitalist Movement. 

Keywords: [“years”,”Jim”,”Investor”]
Source: https://www.karenrands.co/igniting-purpose-driven-leadership…

10 Different Types of Libertarianism

The popular sci-fi novel Jennifer Government describes a system that is very close to anarcho-capitalist. Civil libertarians believe that the government should not pass laws that restrict, oppress, or selectively fail to protect people in their day-to-day lives. Civil libertarians may or may not also be fiscal libertarians. Classical liberals agree with the words of the Declaration of Independence: That all people have basic human rights, and that the sole legitimate function of government is to protect those rights. Fiscal libertarians believe in free trade, low taxes, and minimal corporate regulation. 

Most traditional Republicans are moderate fiscal libertarians. Geolibertarians are fiscal libertarians who believe that land can never be owned, but may be rented. Libertarian socialists agree with anarcho-capitalists that government is a monopoly and should be abolished, but they believe that nations should be ruled instead by work-share cooperatives or labor unions instead of corporations. The philosopher Noam Chomsky is the best known American libertarian socialist. Like anarcho-capitalists and libertarian socialists, minarchists believe that most functions currently served by the government should be served by smaller, non-government groups. 

At the same time they believe that a government is still needed to serve a few collective needs, such as military defense. Neolibertarians are fiscal libertarians who support a strong military and believe that the U.S. government should use that military to overthrow dangerous and oppressive regimes. 

Keywords: [“Libertarian”,”believe”,”government”]
Source: https://www.thoughtco.com/what-kind-of-libertarian-are-you-721655

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 06-19-2018

Conscious Capitalism and Compassion – Wolff Professional Services

One of the best moments of my life occurred last week at The Mindful Leadership Summit in D.C. I attended a break out session titled Conscious Capitalism. As a child, I started creating businesses in my head. Never very interested in things that just filled my time or entertained me, but in things that affected the world. Creating businesses to meet people’s needs, creating jobs, and making things is what moved me. 

I persisted but with less joy than I once had. I have had my own business for 20 years, actually a number of my own businesses through out my life, but the business that provided for me and my son for the past 20 years. Leaving me at odds with my desire to love the power of businesses, but the inner knowledge that the way we do business, is askew. Remembering the men and women of my childhood, their anger about money, their resentment toward power, sometimes made it strange to be in business. I still loved business, and saw it’s potential. 

I cried in that break out session on Conscious Capitalism, because my heart was renewed. There are communities and leaders who are actively evolving the great gifts of business and creating tools for leaders to become conscious, and these leaders bring their intentional wisdom to the drivers of economy that lift people up. Read the book: Conscious Capitalism, join the communities, attend the events. This is compassionate business, compassionate leadership, mindful leadership at it’s best. Cheers to greater purpose and meaning in our world, and in our businesses! 

Keywords: [“business”,”money”,”businesses”]
Source: https://wolffprofessionalservices.com/conscious-capitalism-and…

A Defense of Capitalism and Free Markets as Millennials Flock to Socialism in Droves – Investment Watch Blog

A once prosperous and fully functioning democratic nation in South America became proof positive of the ultimate failure of socialism. Another South American country teaches us a valuable lesson on the failure of socialism. As America’s Millennials are increasingly drawn to socialism and disgusted by capitalism, it is important to point to the recent collapse of Brazil. Socialism breeds corruption and promotes criminal politicians to the top. Despite these two telling examples from South America, Millennials in the U.S. 

no longer see socialism as a dirty word. Mark Thornton, Senior Fellow at the Mises Institute and Book Review Editor of the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics wrote an informative piece on mises.org bemoaning young Americans’ desire for socialism in the United States. A recent GenForward survey quantified Millennials’ support for socialism. Socialism is viewed as a kind of nationwide safe space, according to thin-skinned Millennials. For comparison’s sake, over half of Baby Boomers favor capitalism and only 26 percent support socialism. 

The numbers are in and America’s young adults appear to want socialism. Similar conclusions were found in a 2015 Reason-Rupe poll which revealed 58 percent of the same age group approved of socialism, up dramatically from a 2011 Pew poll that found 49 percent of young Americans viewing socialism positively. Supporters of socialism claim that capitalism cannot be trusted because humans are inherently greedy and selfish. 

Keywords: [“socialism”,”government”,”capitalism”]
Source: http://www.investmentwatchblog.com/a-defense-of-capitalism-and-free…

How Individuals and Corporations Participate

Karen Rands, founder of the Compassionate Capitalist Movement for Angel Investors, talks with author Mark Faust, trusted advisor to Corporate Executive Teams and author of Growth or Bust and High Growth Levers, about how individuals and corporations use Compassionate Capitalism to create wealth and grow their business. As a nationally recognized expert on Angel Investing, Karen has written the best selling book Inside Secrets to Angel Investing as a step by step guide for learning how to invest in private companies to bring innovation to the market, create jobs and create wealth for all those involved – Compassionate Capitalism. She believes busy executives can effectively diversify their portfolio to invest in entrepreneurs as a wealth creation strategy, and enjoy the passion and excitment of an entrepreneurial endeavor without incurring all the risk and challenges of being an entrepreneur. Mark’s company, Echelon Management International, works with both leaders of successfully growing companies who want to raise the bar as well as with companies in turnaround. Mark has worked with and interviewed many Fortune 500 CEO’s, hundreds of number one sales performers, and thousands of his client’s top customers. 

From this experience and insight, he discovered a corporate version of Compassionate Capitalism that is part of the pattern for success for those companies and executives. 

Keywords: [“company”,”invest”,”Compassionate”]
Source: https://www.karenrands.co/compassionate-capitalism-how-individuals…

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J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 06-13-2018

Debate Argument: Capitalism?

Response to Defense Point 3: Capitalism allows the rich to get richer while the poor get poorer. Response to Defense Point 5: In Socialism it helps the poor a lot more than Capitalism, to help their situation by working to their abilities and getting the money that they need. Response to Attack Point 3: No the businesses won’t, but the collective socialism workers’ and consumers’ councils will keep up with consumer demand. Response to Attack Point 4: Socialism has actually proven that it is very economically efficient. Attack Point One: In Capitalism, businesses and corporations must aspire profit before anything else. 

Attack Point Two: Capitalism is ruled by corporations, NOT individuals. Attack Point Three: Capitalism is not compassionate at all. Attack Point Four: Capitalism doesn’t always reward the hard working. Attack Point 1: Capitalism allows for the efficent exchange of goods and resources. Attack Point 8: Capitalism is not meant to be compassionate, and neither is socialism; It is not an economy’s duty, obligation, or job of any kind to be compassionate, or having compassion will ruin the economy. 

Attack Point 9: The Scandinavian countries can espouse the good in Socialism, and the European countries in the debt crisis can espouse the bad in Capitalism. Attack Point 10: Capitalism does not abuse human rights and Socialism does not protect them, but in fact endangers them. 

Keywords: [“Point”,”Capitalism”,”Socialism”]
Source: http://www.debate.org/debates/Capitalism/10

Who’s More Compassionate: The Left or the Right?

Liberals are compassionate and conservatives are mean. If liberalism is the politics of kindness, it follows that conservatism must be the opposite – heartless. On the other, liberals are bursting with ideas for all the humane things government can do by redistributing the wealth created by these so-called selfish people. Liberals champion government action as the best vehicle to alleviate suffering. At the same time, they are uninterested in the question of whether these government programs actually do alleviate suffering. 

To take just one example, the government’s own studies have demonstrated that the federal pre-school program Head Start does not achieve its goals. This program has lost none of its liberal luster. On the contrary, liberals constantly call for its expansion. Our federal, state, and local governments spend more than $3.2 trillion per year on programs designed to prevent or relieve poverty. The whole point of compassion is for empathizers to feel better when the awareness of another’s suffering distresses the observer. 

On top of all its other problems, our $3 trillion welfare state doesn’t work because its liberal architects and defenders don’t really care whether it works. If you really want to help people, it should be pretty obvious which is the more important question. 

Keywords: [“liberal”,”government”,”kindness”]
Source: https://www.prageru.com/videos/whos-more-compassionate-left-or-right

Atlanta real estate whiz is changing lives, one apartment complex at a time

Madison Hills apartment complex in Marietta presented Stagmeier challenges from the start. On behalf of investors, her company acquired this blighted apartment community in 2006. Brumby was one of two Cobb County schools on the Federal Watch List for Failing Schools at the time. Stagmeier had never before realized how much an apartment community could impact a school. Transiency often contributes to a school’s failure, Richie explained. 

The children were no longer going home to empty apartments after school because their parents were working two and three jobs to pay the bills. Knowing the children had a safe place to go after school, parents got better jobs. Having a stabilized apartment community meant residents could contribute more to the broader community and to the tax base, Stagmeier said, because they were staying put and getting better jobs. By 2012, all 90 children in the after-school program passed the school systems’ competency tests. The school went from one of the worst in the state to a Title 1 school of distinction. 

Finally, five years in, the county came around and granted the permits Stagmeier needed to remodel the moldy, burned out apartments. The rent went up, families moved out, Brumby Elementary went back on the watch list for failing schools. 

Keywords: [“school”,”apartment”,”Stagmeier”]
Source: http://specials.myajc.com/compassionate-capitalist

Mourning Modernity: Literary Modernism and the Injuries of American Capitalism

In Mourning Modernity, Seth Moglen argues that American literary modernism is, at its heart, an effort to mourn for the injuries inflicted by modern capitalism. He demonstrates that the most celebrated literary movement of the 20th century is structured by a deep conflict between political hope and despair-between the fear that alienation and exploitation were irresistible facts of life and the yearning for a more just and liberated society. He traces this conflict in the works of a dozen novelists and poets – ranging from Eliot, Hemingway, and Faulkner to Hurston, Hughes, and Tillie Olsen. Taking John Dos Passos’ neglected U.S.A. trilogy as a central case study, he demonstrates how the struggle between reparative social mourning and melancholic despair shaped the literary strategies of a major modernist writer and the political fate of the American Left. 

Mourning Modernity offers a bold new map of the modernist tradition, as well as an important contribution to the cultural history of American radicalism and to contemporary theoretical debates about mourning and trauma. He has recently published a new edition of T. Thomas Fortune’s Black and White: Land, Labor, and Politics in the South. 

Keywords: [“mourn”,”Modernity”,”literary”]
Source: http://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=9618