J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-27-2018

Student To Pelosi: Young People Do Not Believe In Capitalism, Can We Fight Against “Right-Wing Economics?”

TREVOR HILL, NYU STUDENT: I was originally slated to give a pretty soft question, but given the dire circumstances – I’m so sorry Mr. [Jake] Tapper – given the dire circumstances our country is in, I wonder if you’d indulge me in a little bit more of a serious question about the future of the Democratic Party. What I’ve seen on NYU’s campus and what I’ve seen in polls all over – I mean, CNN even, a Harvard University poll last May showed that people between the ages of 18 and 29, not just Democrats, not just leftists, 51 percent of people between 18 and 29 no longer support the system of capitalism. Now, that’s not me asking you to make a radical statement about capitalism, but I’m just telling you that my experience is that the younger generation is moving left on economic issues and I’ve been so excited to see how Democrats have moved left on social issues. We do think that capitalism is not necessarily meeting the needs with the income inequality that we have in our country. About 40 years ago, a little bit more now, no less a person in terms of capitalism than the chairman of the Standard Oil of New Jersey said – he talked about stakeholder capitalism, capitalism that said when we make decisions as managements and CEOs of the country, we take into consideration our shareholders, our management, our workers, our customers, and the community at large. 

Around 20 years ago, it started to turn into – maybe 15, 20 years ago, it started to turn into shareholder capitalism, where we’re strictly talking about the quarterly report. So a CEO would make much more money by keeping pay low, even though productivity is rising, the worker is not getting any more pay, and the CEO is getting a big pay because he’s kept costs lows by depriving workers of their share of the productivity that they created. Disparity between the CEO and the worker in the shareholder capitalism is more like 350 to 400 to 1. The more money you put in the pocket of the worker for the productivity he or she has produced, the more money they will spend, consume with confidence, inject into the economy and grow the economy. So what you talked about and what you’ve talked about, the same thing, the stagnation of wages and the financial instability that families are feeling, tied with seeing priorities that are not necessarily ones that they have as – well, they care about it, but it’s not a job and being able to have a home and send your children to school and have a dignified retirement, or what we want for all Americans, and capitalism should serve that purpose. 

It’s a safety net for capitalism, because they can go through their cycles, and when they don’t need as many employees, they – we have unemployment insurance or all kinds of benefits as a safety net that enable them to go through cycles. I don’t think we have to change from capitalism. 

Keywords: [“more”,”capitalism”,”worker”]
Source: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/01/31/student_to_pelosi_young_people_do_not_believe_in_capitalism_can_we_fight_against_right-wing_economics.html

In the ultimately his carpenter’s past two decades, he’s training proved useful. Helped restore sight to One day in epidemiology hundreds of thousands of class, Green heard a lecture individuals in countries by SPH alumnus Larry like India, Nepal, Egypt, Brilliant, chair of the Seva Tibet, El Salvador, TanFoundation, a nonprofit organzania, and Kenya, and he’s ization dedicated to finding now working to restore hearskillful means of relieving David Green ing to similar numbers of peosuffering worldwide. Next on the agenda, Green hopes promptly volunteered for the foundation to find new ways to make antiretroviral and after graduation joined its staff. Dugs available to AIDS patients-espeThrough Seva, he became involved in cially children-who can’t otherwise global efforts to make cataract surgery afford treatment. Available at low cost to patients in India Green, who lives in Berkeley, Caliand Nepal. 

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH Thanks in part to his carpentry skills, Green figured out how to lower the cost of manufacturing the lenses so that Seva could help establish Aurolab, a nonprofit manufacturer of medical products in India. Aurolab produces products such as intraocular lenses and pharmaceuticals at prices that are affordable to the economies of developing countries-without infringing on intellectual property rights. Aurolab’s customers, who are for the most part programs serving the poor, are then able to offer medical products at graduated prices to people in need. The poorest recipients pay nothing, those who can afford the products pay part of the cost, and the rich pay well above cost. Through his own nonprofit, the Berkeley-based Project Impact, which he founded in 2000, Green has used the same formula to make high-tech hearing aids available at low cost to people throughout the world. 

Project Impact is dedicated to making medical technology and health care services accessible to everyone, especially to those living mostly in developing countries. More importantly the award will allow Green to further his efforts to improve lives around the world. 

Keywords: [“Green”,”health”,”more”]
Source: https://sph.umich.edu/findings/pdf/spr05_findings_green.pdf

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-19-2018

Doing Good through Government

In fact the good created by these governments far exceeds all the good accomplished by churches and charities in our society. When we think about some of the greatest moral achievements in our history, it is often the American people acting through their government that brought them about. It is government that has saved millions of lives through public health programs to eradicate diseases. On any measure, the good works accomplished by government have far eclipsed those of churches and other charities. In contrast, the federal government alone spends over $200 billion a year on programs aimed at poor and low-income families, including welfare, food stamps, Medicaid, and housing subsidies. 

Government also funds much of the anti-poverty and anti-hunger work done by charitable groups and non-profit human service organizations. Catholic Charities USA, which provides emergency food and shelter to the poor, gets 65% of its budget from the government. 2 So it is clearly the government that is carrying the bulk of the load in caring for the neediest people in our society. So while most of us do not think of it this way, government is actually one of the main ways that we act as good people in the world. Our contributions to government in the form of taxes go to fund a wide variety of programs and services that have eliminated enormous amounts of suffering and vastly improved millions of people’s lives. Democratic government is in part a manifestation of our desire to be responsible moral people, and it is the primary institutional mechanism that we use to make the world a better place. 

One of the best examples of government as a moral instrument is the way we use it to express compassion and caring toward one another. 

Keywords: [“government”,”program”,”people”]
Source: http://governmentisgood.com/articles.php?aid=11

Survival of the fittest?

After so many years of Social Darwinism, Hurricane Katrina could reawaken the American people’s appetite for compassion in government. In my view, it is likely to have as traumatic an impact on American political life as the Great Depression of the 1930s. So Social Darwinism has remained in the American psyche, sometimes submerged in the current, sometimes coming to the surface like a log in a fast-flowing river. Never before had government so directly shored up the lives of individual Americans at every social level and class. These days, we Americans are totally ignorant of our own political and social history. 

American tax payers have spent 4 trillion that’s Trillion dollars on social welfare programmes over the past 35 years. Sarc, New York, USA. Amen! Though in the short term I am not so certain, there are many Americans rather satisfied with the status quo and not too keen on asking serious questions about the role of the individual, the responsibility of the state, the meaning of public policy in a new millennium that will require dialogue and cooperation if mankind is able to survive. J. 

Young, Atlanta, USA. From one so entrenched in American journalism reading the BBC is a breath of fresh air. Greg Burton, Atlanta, GA USA. The question is, do Americans want it differently. With jobs now being outsourced by American companies and the resurgence of other worldwide industries to supply to the USA the prognosis for the American is not good. 

You are correct that American society rests on a foundation of social Darwinism. Millions of Americans are deeply convinced that the federal government is a bloated, ineffective and culturally alien institution. 

Keywords: [“American”,”Social”,”government”]
Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/4230372.stm

Engaging the Other

Edgewood College joins the Common Bond Institute in hosting Engaging the Other: The Power of Compassion, a participatory conference addressing the toxic polarization around social and political issues in the United States. Facilitators representing the socio-political spectrum from right to left will guide opportunities for deep listening and compassionate dialogue, as well as practical action planning to increase civility in public discourse. In addition to immigration and violence, conference participants will determine many of the specific topics to be addressed through interactive roundtables. The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Bonnie Carroll, military veteran, 2015 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, former staffer in the Reagan and Bush White Houses, and founding president of Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Farha Abbasi, founder, Muslim Mental Health Conference and the Mental Health First Responder Training for Faith and Community Leaders; Managing editor of the Journal of Muslim Mental Health, and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Michigan State University. 

John Steiner, Bridge Alliance board member and trans-partisan activist. Barbara Simonetti, past board chair, National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation. Registration will begin in the Predolin lobby at 3pm. Conference sessions, including opening remarks, round-table discussions, a World Café, and a plenary session will occur from 4p-8:30pm. Lunch is provided to all registered conference participants. 

For driving directions to the College during the Monroe Street Construction, please visit: Directions to Main Campus. 

Keywords: [“conference”,”Health”,”Mental”]
Source: http://diversity.edgewood.edu/Engaging-the-Other

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-11-2018


Compassionate Capitalism – by Sanjiv Mehta at the #India2022Exchange

The Ethics of Health Care Reform: Issues in Emergency

This paper describes the basic provisions of the PPACA of 2010 and addresses important ethical issues of health care reform, including the moral foundations of reform, the American College of Emergency Physicians Code of Ethics as a guiding document, and health care reform’s likely effects on cost containment, public health, access to care, ED crowding, and end of life issues. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a federal statute signed into law along with its amendment, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, by President Obama in March 2010.[i] It is designed to take effect in stages over the next 8 years and includes reforms such as prohibiting insurers from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, expanding Medicaid eligibility, subsidizing insurance premiums, and providing incentives for businesses to provide health care benefits. To understand the moral dimensions of the health care reform debate, it is useful to begin by examining the fundamental goals of our health care system. Evaluation of health care reform practices according to this Code of Ethics will provide guidance to ensure the ethical delivery of emergency medical care. An accountable care organization is defined in the PPACA as an organization of health care providers that agrees to be accountable for the quality, cost, and overall care of Medicare patients for whom they provide the bulk of primary care services. 

Xvi] ACOs have been suggested as a strategy to deliver integrated health care by promoting evidence-based medicine, reporting data about quality and cost of care, and coordinating health care. Finding the balance between provision of value in health care and cost containment remains a fundamental ethical challenge for health care reform. ACEP’s policy on Medical Screening of Emergency Department Patients states that ACEP strongly opposes deferral of care for patients presenting to the ED. Furthermore, ACEP believes that deferring care for patients presenting to the ED reflects a void in the health care system. Further bolstering an expanded scope of care argument is the fact that racial and ethnic disparities may be increased by expanded health insurance coverage by the PPACA. 

Those who have difficulties in obtaining PCP care are often from disadvantaged backgrounds, and in Massachusetts health reform did exacerbate this health care disparity. This reform will invest in community health centers and pay for primary care, to give patients options to receive non-urgent care and follow-up care in settings more appropriate than the ED. Unfortunately, PPACA does not address the underlying issues that influence ED crowding. Lxx] Health care reform provisions, including the possible future adoption by law or regulation of funding for advance care planning consultations, demonstrating the value of expert symptom management in parallel with standard therapies and improving pain management, would enhance ethical care by promoting patient autonomy and well-being, avoiding harm, and matching resources with patients’ goals for medical therapy. Ethical issues of health care reform include moral foundations, cost containment, public health, access to care, ED crowding, and end-of-life issues. 

Keywords: [“care”,”Health”,”Patient”]
Source: https://www.acep.org/Content.aspx?id=80871

The American Conservative

A few years ago I began a book about cruelty to animals and about factory farming in particular, problems that had been in the back of my mind for a long while. Industrial livestock farming is among a whole range of animal-welfare concerns that extends from canned trophy-hunting to whaling to product testing on animals to all sorts of more obscure enterprises like the exotic-animal trade and the factory farming of bears in China for bile believed to hold medicinal and aphrodisiac powers. Surveying the various uses to which animals are put, some might be defensible, others abusive and unwarranted, and it’s the job of any conservative who attends to the subject to figure out which are which. A certain moral relativism runs through the arguments of those hostile or indifferent to animal welfare-as if animals can be of value only for our sake, as utility or preference decrees. If one animal’s pain-say, that of one’s pet-is real and deserving of sympathy, then the pain of essentially identical animals is also meaningful, no matter what conventional distinctions we have made to narrow the scope of our sympathy. 

Often applying felony-level penalties to protect certain domestic animals, these state and federal statutes declare that even though your animal may elsewhere in the law be defined as your property, there are certain things you may not do to that creature, and if you are found harming or neglecting the animal, you will answer for your conduct in a court of justice. Our pets are accorded certain protections from cruelty, while the nameless creatures in our factory farms are hardly treated like animals at all. If conservatives do nothing else about any other animal issue, we should attend at least to the factory farms, where the suffering is immense and we are all asked to be complicit. If we are going to have our meats and other animal products, there are natural costs to obtaining them, defined by the duties of animal husbandry and of veterinary ethics. Factory farming came about when resourceful men figured out ways of getting around those natural costs, applying new technologies to raise animals in conditions that would otherwise kill them by deprivation and disease. 

Actually, all of factory farming proceeds by a massive denial of reality-the reality that pigs and other animals are not just production units to be endlessly exploited but living creatures with natures and needs. Factory farming is a predatory enterprise, absorbing profit and externalizing costs, unnaturally propped up by political influence and government subsidies much as factory-farmed animals are unnaturally sustained by hormones and antibiotics. 

Keywords: [“animal”,”farm”,”factory”]
Source: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/fear-factories

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-14-2018

Why It’s Good Business For Levi’s To Care About What You Do With Your Jeans at Home

Your next pair of Levi’s might come with a clothesline or shoebox-sized dryer. After a recent lifecycle assessment, Levi’s realized that 60% of the climate impact of a pair of jeans comes after the jeans are made and sold; nearly 80% of this is from drying the jeans in a dryer. Instead, it launched Care to Air, an awareness campaign and contest to shift consumer behavior in favor of the environment. In partnershihp with Myoo Create, Levi’s will award $10,000 for the world’s most innovative, covetable, and sustainable air-drying solution for clothing. You don’t have to buy jeans, or even own Levi’s products, for the campaign to be a success. Since Levi’s has chosen the environment-at-large as a beneficiary, it doesn’t get to leverage the credibility or press that a nonprofit partner would bring to bear. Part of a company’s responsibility is to educate and involve its consumers in making more responsible choices and to pressure their competitors to raise their responsibility game. This is exactly what Levi’s is doing with Care to Air, and it’s brilliant because as much as you register the brand behind this campaign, it isn’t about the brand at all. It’s about what I do with my clothes at home and how I understand this to affect the environment.

Keywords: [“Levi's”,”jeans”,”consumer”]
Source: http://causecapitalism.com/why-its-good-business-for-levis-to-care-about…

Pay attention, Progressives: Conservative Millennial Allie Stuckey SCHOOLS Americans on why Capitalism is superior to Socialism – twitchy.com

Allie Stuckey, better known as the Conservative Millennial, explained why Capitalism and the free market are far superior to Socialism. It’s the very reason why people want to make a life here. 1 reason full-on socialism fails is because it negates humans’ inherent desire for ownership. Shared means of production=no private property= no ownership. Socialists ignore that people possess an inherent drive for their own piece of the pie- to have something that’s truly theirs & to do something that actually matters, contributes & provides. Capitalism, though imperfect, is the only economic system that recognizes & rewards this. Free enterprise has lifted more people out of poverty, mediocrity & misery than socialism ever has or will- because, unlike socialism, it taps into the tenacity of the human spirit rather than subdues it. We enjoy the best technology, entertainment and quality of life in the world because of capitalism. People do not become kinder when they’re forced to share. While capitalism isn’t perfect, it is the only system that encourages freedom, innovation & generosity. Socialism seeks to render those things useless through absolute government control. I can’t believe that in 2018 people still have to explain why socialism doesn’t work.

Keywords: [“Socialism”,”people”,”Capitalism”]
Source: https://twitchy.com/bethb-313034/2018/03/11/pay-attention…

Compassionate Capitalism

I live amongst a population that is educated, involved and hard-working and as we get older and earn more, the trend is to buy a bigger house, a nicer car, and more luxury brand clothing. I don’t have time or money left to have compassion on others because I’ve spent so much of it on myself and my family. I’m talking about compassion that compels action and affects change. Compassion that compels us to downgrade so someone else can upgrade above the poverty line. Compassion needs the resources that our capitalist society produces. When I do buy, I buy from companies that value the dignity of the people working for them. I’m just making sure compassion guides my contribution to it. I mean, I just got done saying we should have less and spend less and you probably received a marketing email from us this week asking you to buy our not-so-cheap clothes. I’m more interested in you becoming a conscious consumer than a repeat consumer. Third, for us at Vickery Trading Co., capitalism is our compassion. We use something that people are already buying and turn it into opportunity for the marginalized. Our Associates earn fair wages for their hard work while learning job and life skills so they can go pursue the American Dream.

Keywords: [“compassion”,”buy”,”more”]
Source: https://vickerytrading.org/compassionate-capitalism

No hope without compassion: the importance of compassion in recovery-focused mental health services: Journal of Mental Health: Vol 20, No 6

Whilst current policy is replete with recovery language and references to the need for services to create a sense of hope and optimism, there is less understanding about how such hope may be engendered within services. We propose that an understanding of compassion is necessary to appreciate what actually stimulates hope-inspiring practices. An examination of the continuing relevance of compassion to mental health care and an exploration of its place within modern mental health policy and practice. A review of the compassion deficit in mental health care and a critical examination of whether the direction of current mental health policy in the UK is likely to facilitate compassionate care. Compassion needs to be viewed not merely as an individual expression or property but something which must be nurtured in context, through relationships, cultures and healing environments. Current mental health policy and practice does not appear to prioritise the development of such contexts. The development of compassionate contexts should have a stronger place in modern mental health practice and policy.

Keywords: [“mental”,”health”,”compassion”]
Source: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/09638237.2011.583949

Bookstore – Conscious Capitalism

The flood of information, unprecedented transparency, increasing interconnectedness and our global interdependence – are dramatically reshaping today’s world, the world of business, and our lives. We are in the Era of Behavior and the rules of the game have fundamentally changed. It is no longer what you do that matters most and sets you apart from others, but how you do what you do. Whats are commodities, easily duplicated or reverse-engineered. Sustainable advantage and enduring success for organizations and the people who work for them now lie in the realm of how, the new frontier of conduct. Seidman’s distinct vision of the world, business, and human endeavor has helped enable more than 15 million people doing business in more than 120 countries to outbehave the competition. Now updated and expanded, HOW includes a new Fore¬word from President Bill Clinton and a new Preface from Dov Seidman on why how we behave, lead, govern, operate, consume, engender trust in our relationships, and relate to others matters more than ever and in ways it never has before.

Keywords: [“how”,”business”,”world”]
Source: https://www.consciouscapitalism.org/bookstore

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

John Mackey On The Power of A Plant-Based Diet

Building it on principles of conscious awareness? Another thing altogether. This week I sit down with John Mackey, the father of conscious capitalism and the unlikely entrepreneur behind a $16 billion grocery behemoth that ushered in a global organic food movement and permanently changed the way we eat, live and think about business. The Bill Gates of organic food, John is the original, current and sole CEO of Whole Foods Markets, which he founded in 1980 and has parented to Fortune 500 status, employing over 90,000 people across 450+ stores in the United States, Canada and the UK. A strong believer in free market principles, Mackey is the co-founder of the Conscious Capitalism Movement and co-authored the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller Conscious Capitalism, which encourages business grounded in principles of ethical consciousness. Consistent with this ethos, John has birthed a myriad of philanthropic efforts, including the Whole Planet Foundation to help end poverty in developing nations, the Local Producer Loan Program to help local food producers expand their businesses, The Global Animal Partnership’s rating scale for humane farm animal treatment, and the Health Starts Here initiative to promote health and wellness. Mackey has been recognized as Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Overall Winner for the United States, Institutional Investor’s Best CEO in America, Barron’s World’s Best CEO, MarketWatch’s CEO of the Year, FORTUNE’s Businessperson of the Year, and Esquire’s Most Inspiring CEO. Aligning his actions with his values, John embraces an extremely grounded lifestyle in stark contrast to his means. A vegan for many years, John recently released The Whole Foods Diet. Co-authored by Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman of Forks Over Knives, it’s a powerful primer that unequivocally establishes a whole foods, plant-based diet as the optimum protocol for health, disease prevention and longevity based on the huge body of science, research, and advice that is available today. John’s entrepreneurial journey The popularization of fad diets based on misinformation and industry-financed science The current state of the food industry Our toxic food culture and the addictions that are fueling disease The distinction between conscious capitalism and social entrepreneurship John’s ethical compunction to educate people about lifestyle disease prevention; and Purism versus pragmatism: how John balances his personal values with his fiduciary duties. Most of all, this is a powerful dialog about the incredible power of a plant-based lifestyle to prevent and reverse disease, enhance optimum health and increase longevity – things we all aspire to achieve. I had been wanting to connect with John for years, and our meeting in Austin at Whole Foods HQ didn’t disappoint.

Keywords: [“food”,”John”,”Year”]
Source: http://www.richroll.com/podcast/john-mackey

‘Compassionate Capitalism’ for the Developing World

NEW YORK, May 19, 2010 – “Compassionate capitalism will be the way of the future” and is the only way that for-profit companies will be able to sustain themselves in developing markets, according to Asher Hasan, Founder and CEO of Naya Jeevan, a nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to providing health insurance to disadvantaged families. Hasan told an audience here at the Asia Society that Naya Jeevan’s mission is to “Alleviate poverty by providing affordable access to quality catastrophic health care” when catastrophic events render families either financially insolvent or heavily indebted. Working with private sector and multinational corporations in Pakistan and with academic and non-profit institutions, Naya Jeevan provides health insurance coverage for domestic employees of people working for large multinationals, low-income participants in the supply chains and distribution networks of these companies, and to low-income employees of corporations. Citing the example of the Seva Foundation in India, Hasan noted that private providers often face criticism for supposedly usurping the state’s role as a provider of health services. As a counter to such claims, Naya Jeevan aspires to be a working model that will eventually provide state health care providers with a “Facilitative ecosystem” from which they can learn. By ensuring the “Three P’s” in the model are considered-“Planet, people, and profits”-the Naya Jeevan model is a sustainable way to provide health care. Niki Armacost, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Arc Finance Limited, moderated a follow-up Q & A session that examined other potential relief models, ranging the gamut from “Pure charities” to “Extreme capitalism.” Hasan asserted that neither extreme can work in the long run because neither is sustainable or scalable, and that a nuanced approach is best when dealing with new ventures in emerging economies. Asked to describe some of the biggest challenges his organization has faced to date, Hasan argued that the “Entrenched post-colonial mind set” that prevailed in post-colonial countries literally “Rigged the system against those at the bottom of the pyramid” and makes it difficult for have-nots to better their circumstances. Changes in the system, he stated unequivocally, need to come from privileged elites themselves. Speaking about the need to make Pakistani youth more aware of the society around them, Hasan outlined a Naya Jeevan initiative that literally matches privileged children in private schools in Pakistan and in the US with their less privileged peers to increase their awareness of how low-income children actually live.

Keywords: [“provide”,”Jeevan”,”health”]
Source: http://asiasociety.org/new-york/compassionate-capitalism-developing-world

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

Classical liberalism is compassionate, ethical capitalism – Sanjeev Sabhlok’s revolutionary blog

Essentially this distinguishes utility into two types: utility that adds real value to mankind and utility that adds to one’s pride. Competition becomes cut-throat competition. Competition degenerates into competition for false pride. I particularly refer to the idea of nationalism/master race/religious pride, etc. Scientific knowledge will become a tool for control over other humans. I’m thinking here mainly about the evil of Social Darwinism and eugenics. For someone to be killed just because he or she was a little bit disabled, or sterilised just because he or she was a little bit less able than the rest of us, is repugnant to the classical liberal. Founded as he is on a firm belief in the equality and improvability of EACH individual, and optimism for the future of mankind, the classical liberal is perhaps the most compassionate human being around. He also insists on a social minimum for those who are entirely incapable of sustaining themselves without support. According to him, if you can’t survive the competition of the economy and the competition of biological evolution, then you are a dead end and must be discarded. This view is consistent with the best idea in ALL religions. In that sense the classical liberal is extremely religious.

Keywords: [“Competition”,”Social”,”pride”]
Source: https://www.sabhlokcity.com/2013/08/classical-liberalism-is…

Core Focus: Examples of Compassionate Capitalism

We at Core Focus are proud to support good causes, and note that many firms today are getting involved in food drives, 5Ks, and other events that raise either funds or awareness. Some are taking this idea of doing the right thing a step further though, forging trade deals with social good in mind. Coalition of Immokalee Workers: Founders Lucas Benitez and Greg Asbed have created a union between workers in Florida’s tomato industry and some of the biggest names in food, including McDonald’s and Walmart. The giants agreed to limit their business deals to farmers who respect their workers, and to pay an extra penny per pound for tomatoes. They double the wages of tomato pickers in the Sunshine State. I2 Institute for Imagination and Ingenuity: When she was visiting Harvard, Hayat Sindi proposed a nonprofit that would create moderately priced tools designed for business owners in emerging countries. The result was i2, which connects founders from Middle Eastern countries with investors and mentors from Harvard and the Boston area. Here at Core Focus, we’ve always thought business could be a force for good – not just profit. We applaud their efforts and wish them success as they change the way business is done around the world.

Keywords: [“business”,”good”,”Workers”]
Source: http://corefocusincorporated.com/core-focus-examples-compassionate-capitalism

‘Compassionate capitalism’ for the developing world

“Compassionate capitalism will be the way of the future” and is the only way that for-profit companies will be able to sustain themselves in developing markets, according to Asher Hasan, Founder and CEO of Naya Jeevan, a nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to providing health insurance to disadvantaged families. Hasan told an audience here at the Asia Society that Naya Jeevan’s mission is to “Alleviate poverty by providing affordable access to quality catastrophic health care” when catastrophic events render families either financially insolvent or heavily indebted. >/>Working with private sector and multinational corporations in Pakistan and with academic and non-profit institutions, Naya Jeevan provides health insurance coverage for domestic employees of people working for large multinationals, low-income participants in the supply chains and distribution networks of these companies, and to low-income employees of corporations. >/>This model is also being followed in other South Asian contexts, notably in Bangladesh and India. Citing the example of the Seva Foundation in India, Hasan noted that private providers often face criticism for supposedly usurping the state’s role as a provider of health services.

Keywords: [“provides”,”health”,”Jeevan”]
Source: https://asiancorrespondent.com/2010/06/compassionate-capitalism…

Why Capitalism Works

Only capitalism creates a group of people, known as entrepreneurs, who have no choice but to concern themselves with the needs and desires of others. Few economists actually study the behavior of these entrepreneurs, the creative leaders of capitalist businesses. Entrepreneurs must begin by saving, which is defined as forgoing consumption to achieve long-term goals. Entrepreneurs must collaborate with others, building teams to achieve their aims. What entrepreneurs do when they seek profit is far more than self-interest. Under capitalism, a business prospers only if customers voluntarily trade for its output. If the entrepreneur pursues his own interests first and his customers’ interests second, his business will fail. Sooner or later an altruistic entrepreneur will surpass him. Capitalism at its essence is a competition of giving. The genius of capitalism, and only capitalism, is that it channels self-interest into altruism. Entrepreneurs can only help themselves by helping others. Those courageous souls, the entrepreneurs who are the beating heart of capitalism, who bring us the endless material benefits we enjoy from ATM machines to life saving medicines – should be held up for admiration, not torn down.

Keywords: [“entrepreneur”,”others”,”capitalism”]
Source: https://www.prageru.com/videos/why-capitalism-works

Compassionate Capitalism by Rich Devos, Richard M. Devos, Devos,Richard M./Devos,Rich

9780452270510Compassionate capitalism? How could that be? Doesn’t “Capitalism” mean “Dog-eat-dog, law of the jung … more »le, every person for himself”? Rich DeVos, co-founder and former president of Amway, responds to this hard-nosed approach with a resounding “No.” He offers more than a vision in this extraordinary book. A plan that has made him one of America’s richest men, and that has made Amway one of the great corporate success stories of our time. Compassionate Capitalism spells out clearly and eloquently the guiding principles and concrete steps to making your life and your world better. Rich DeVos shows how your energy, your ambition, and your spirit of enterprise can travel together down a path in which the spirit of capitalism and moral values inextricably merge. Interweaving his own amazing story with vivid personal histories of men and women around the world, Rich DeVos illustrates both how success is achieved and what it truly means. He demonstrates that compassionate capitalism is the only solution to the most crucial issues of our time, and to the many other challenges that face us in the closing decade of this century and in the beginning of the next.

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”DeVos”,”Rich”]
Source: https://www.gettextbooks.com/isbn/9780452270510

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

44 ALUMNI NETWORK FINDINGS MacArthur Foundation Recognizes Alum’s “Compassionate Capitalism” nning a MacArthur award can be myself, or is there something that I can a revelation, says David Green, MPH do for others that will be helpful? The ’82, who found out last September that more you do for others, the more joy he was a 2004 recipient of the prestiand happiness you experience,” he says. A native of Ypsilanti, “And my wife knows for sure that I’m Michigan, Green was a carpenter when a genius, whereas before she didn’t. ” he applied to the master’s program in Joking aside, Green says the health behavior and health education $500,000 award will enable him to at the School of Public Health in 1980. Helped restore sight to One day in epidemiology hundreds of thousands of class, Green heard a lecture individuals in countries by SPH alumnus Larry like India, Nepal, Egypt, Brilliant, chair of the Seva Tibet, El Salvador, TanFoundation, a nonprofit organzania, and Kenya, and he’s ization dedicated to finding now working to restore hearskillful means of relieving David Green ing to similar numbers of peosuffering worldwide. Available at low cost to patients in India Green, who lives in Berkeley, Caliand Nepal. Green came up with a more sus”I think that each one of us can, in tainable idea. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH Thanks in part to his carpentry skills, Green figured out how to lower the cost of manufacturing the lenses so that Seva could help establish Aurolab, a nonprofit manufacturer of medical products in India. Through his own nonprofit, the Berkeley-based Project Impact, which he founded in 2000, Green has used the same formula to make high-tech hearing aids available at low cost to people throughout the world. The organization’s underlying principle, Green explains, is that “If we can bring down the cost of key medical technologies, then these programs can become marketdriven. It’s a public health mentality- leveraging small efforts into big effects.” His method is straightforward. More importantly the award will allow Green to further his efforts to improve lives around the world. “It’s more difficult for a social entrepreneur because we choose to feed many mouths.” But feeding many mouths is what David Green is all about. “The only thing that follows us is our good thoughts, our good words, our good actions or deeds.” In Green’s case, those deeds are many.

Keywords: [“Green”,”health”,”more”]
Source: https://sph.umich.edu/findings/pdf/spr05_findings_green.pdf

Don Surber: Trump vs. Obama, or capitalism vs. communism

The new plant will mean employment in Alabama until at least the middle of the century, creating 4,000 direct jobs and up to five times as many jobs for suppliers. On July 18, 2013, the city of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 protection in bankruptcy court – a record $20 billion, five times the previous record $4 billion filing by Jefferson County, Alabama, in 2011. The Obama administration compares the $50 billion in direct bailout funds with the price it will eventually be able to get for selling the GM stock it owns. The $6.7 billion loan to GM was just a tiny fraction of the money given to it. As TARP special inspector general Neil Barofsky explained, GM used “Other TARP money” to pay off the loan So what about President Obama’s boast in a White House speech in late April that the bailout “Saved probably a million jobs” and that “GM is now the number-one automaker again in the world”? The “Million jobs” contention is quite a stretch. You can reach a 400,000 total by assuming that all of GM’s jobs, as well as all the jobs of its parts suppliers and car dealers, would have been lost. Electing Donald Trump president changed the dynamic. Ford Motor Co. announced Tuesday it has scrubbed plans to build a new $1.6 billion assembly plant in Mexico, a project that had been spotlighted by then-candidate Donald Trump, especially after Ford said it would move small car production from the U.S. into that new factory. Hyundai Motor Co. and affiliate Kia Motors Corp. said they will spend $3.1 billion in the U.S. in the next five years, joining other vehicle manufacturers in announcing investment plans amid threats from President-elect Donald Trump of higher levies on auto imports from Mexico. The planned U.S. investment by South Korea’s two largest automakers is about 50 percent more than the $2.1 billion they spent in the previous five-year period, Hyundai Motor President Chung Jin-haeng told reporters in Seoul on Tuesday. “We expect a boost in the U.S. economy and increased demand for various models as President-elect Trump follows through on his promise to create one million jobs in five years,” Chung said. Companies are spending billions on bonuses, expanding benefits, and voluntarily raising minimum wages because they can keep 79 cents of every dollar they earn instead of only 65.

Keywords: [“billion”,”jobs”,”Trump”]
Source: http://donsurber.blogspot.com/2018/01/trump-vs-obama-or-capitalism-vs.html

Issues in anarchism

Proponents of anarchism, known as “Anarchists”, advocate stateless societies based on non-hierarchical voluntary associations. Anti-capitalism is considered a necessary element of anarchism by most anarchists, while anarcho-capitalists naturally disagree. Anarchists have often been portrayed as dangerous and violent, possibly due to a number of high-profile violent actions, including riots, assassinations, insurrections and terrorism committed by some anarchists as well as persistently negative media portrayals. During the 2014 Scottish independence referendum there was debate within anarchist circles about whether to take an abstentionist position, vote for independence or to vote to remain in the United Kingdom and anarchists rarely fitted into the easy binary of Yes/No voters of the referendum, with all seeking to go beyond the choices offered at the ballot box. Libertarian municipalist Murray Bookchin criticized individualist anarchists for opposing democracy and said “Majority rule” is consistent with anarchism, but he also preferred the term assembly rather than democracy. A common accusation against contemporary anarchists by radical, gender-critical and Marxist feminists is that contemporary anarchists largely espouse a view of gender that is postmodern, liberal and idealist or identitarian and rely on post-structuralist queer theory. Anarchist People of Color was created as a forum for non-Caucasian anarchists to express their thoughts about racial issues within the anarchist movement, particularly within the United States. Buddhist anarchism originated in the influential Chinese anarchist movement of the 1920s. Historically, anarchists considered themselves socialists and opposed to capitalism, thus anarcho-capitalism is considered by many anarchists today as not being true anarchism. Other anarchists and scholars regard anarchism as referring only to opposition to the non-privatisation of all aspects of the state and thus do consider anarcho-capitalism to be a form of anarchism. Individualist anarchist Benjamin Tucker defined anarchism as opposition to authority as follows “They found that they must turn either to the right or to the left, – follow either the path of Authority or the path of Liberty. As Peter Marshall notes in his history of anarchism, “few anarchists would accept the ‘anarcho-capitalists’ into the anarchist camp since they do not share a concern for economic equality and social justice.

Keywords: [“anarchist”,”Anarchism”,”state”]
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Issues_in_anarchism

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


Suzanne DiBianca, Spreading Compassionate Capitalism

moH israaphil Books

Manning Marable deals profound perception into the deeply intertwined difficulties of race and sophistication within the usa traditionally and at the present time. How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America dispenses impeccably complete learn to show the realities of African American poverty, future health, employment, and schooling, in addition to different demographics. Marable’s conclusions turn out an indisputable connection among the oppression and exploitation of Black the United States and capitalism. “How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America is a kind of paradigm-shifting, life-changing texts that has now not misplaced its forex or relevance-even after 3 a long time. Its provocative treatise at the ravages of past due capitalism, country violence, incarceration, and patriarchy at the lifestyles probabilities and struggles of Black working-class women and men formed a whole new release, directing our energies to the terrain of the prison-industrial advanced, antiracist paintings, hard work organizing, choices to racial capitalism, and difficult patriarchy-personally and politically.” -Robin D. G. Kelley, writer of Freedom goals: The Black Radical Imagination. “Manning Marable used to be an expensive good friend and one among my generation’s so much proficient and profound historians, whose brilliance, rigor, and abiding dedication to truths that spoke to energy are sorely neglected in today’s ‘conversation on race.’ Now, during this re-creation of his vintage textual content, How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America, replete with probity and studying, Marable can problem a brand new iteration to discover strategies to the issues that constrain the current yet now not our strength to hunt and outline a greater future.” -Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher collage Professor, Harvard University. “Manning Marable by no means stopped wrestling with this landmark quantity, and neither may still we. Ranging extensively throughout time, spheres, and knowledge, this paintings, right now polemical and analytical, maintains to provide an account of inequality on the intersection of sophistication, gender, and race that has but to be matched. a few 3 many years on, How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America is still a booklet that provokes, informs, and motivates.” -Ira Katznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political technology and historical past, Columbia University. “Marable is of that distinctive band of African American intellectuals whose scholarship arises from, and has an immediate concerning, the struggles of standard Black people-and, within the technique, throws up the symbiosis among race and sophistication. a brand new variation of his pathbreaking paintings, How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America, should still open out those views and demanding situations to a brand new iteration of readers.” -A. Sivanandan, editor, Race & Class. “Following within the footsteps of W. E. B. Du Bois, Oliver C. Cox, and Walter Rodney, Manning Marable’s How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America is a groundbreaking research of the political financial system of Black the USA. It has stood the try out of time and continues to be crucial analyzing for a severe realizing of the interconnection of racism and fiscal exploitation.” -Robert L. Allen, senior editor, Black Scholar. “There are influential books-and then there are classics. Marable’s How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America is a transparent case of the latter. Drawing upon the interpretive insights of Walter Rodney, the paintings complex the majority of the critical matters of the African American fight for liberation in a global that is still adverse and exploitative. Concise and unapologetic, its persistence over the last 20 years is a testomony to its message of praxis and freedom.” -Lewis R. Gordon, chair of Africana reports and professor of Africana stories, non secular reviews, and glossy tradition and Media, Brown University. “Marable elaborates at the contours of Black lifestyles with a scholarly vigour yet in a fashion that’s obtainable, a function that has endured to represent his voluminous physique of labor…. How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America stands the try out of time in lots of methods. Globalization has exacerbated, instead of eradicated, the entire contradictions defined via Marable’s vintage textual content. a brand new variation, which updates the tranformations that occurred on account that 1983, but keeps the fundamental sound arguments, is a welcome and pivotal literary and political event.” -Clarence Lusane, writer of Race within the international Era..

Keywords: [“Black”,”Capitalism”,”Marable”]
Source: http://israfilalammp.com/epub/category/capitalism/page/4

Manhattan Institute

Weighing in on the most controversial topics in health care, Dr. Gratzer makes the case that it’s possible to reduce health expenses, insure millions more, and improve quality of care while not growing government or raising taxes. A medical doctor and fellow at the Manhattan Institute, he’s author of The Cure: How Capitalism Can Save American Health Care. As long as someone else pays, the people selling health care, and the people receiving health care always will demand more…. By Michael Barone, USNews.com, 11-28-06. Dr. David Gratzer-a widely cited senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute-draws on his years of experience as a physician in both Canada and the United States to offer several compelling health care reform strategies in his newest book, The Cure: How Capitalism Can Save American Health Care… Readers unfamiliar with the health care system and the policy debate orbiting it will appreciate his conversational approach to intricate topics, as will seasoned health experts looking for a refreshing viewpoint and new ideas…. By David Limbaugh, Washington Times, 12-25-06. Having seen Canada’s dysfunctional single-payer system first hand, he notes that Canada is now moving toward more privatization… He turns his critical eye on insurance in America, Medicare and Medicaid, with each chapter showing how government intervention makes the health care costs more expensive… It is ideas like these that will move us toward a more market-based system of health care and save us from the disaster that is a single-payer system. Dr. Gratzer, a physician from Canada and a fellow at the Manhattan Institute, is painfully aware, thanks to Canada’s single-payer government system, of how inefficient and limited health care can be when the market is kept almost completely out of the calculation… America is clearly at a crossroads in medical care. A little perspective on health care is in order, perspective that Gratzer’s “The Cure” thankfully provides… Anyone interested in understanding the current state of U.S. health care – or taking an active role in the emerging health-care debate – ought to head to Amazon and acquire the Gratzer two pack – “The Cure” and his earlier work “Code Blue.” Then they’ll be well equipped to understand and add to the emerging debate…. By Alex Wayne, Congressional Quarterly, 11-27-06.(Subscription required). Plan for radical surgery for the nation’s health care system, “The Cure: How Capitalism Can Save American Health Care,” argues for a reduction in government regulation and giving individuals more responsibility. “Gratzer: Obviously, people who favor a greater role for government-unions, academics, health policy analysts, foundations-aren’t happily excited about market-based reforms. I see a bigger obstacle, however: cultural resistance. If American health care is to be substantively changed, there must be a cultural change…”. “In a new book, The Cure: How Capitalism Can Save American Health Care, Gratzer takes on employer-sponsored health insurance, HMOs, Medicare, Medicaid, state-coverage mandates, the Food and Drug Administration-and universal government health-care programs based on the models established in Canada and Europe. He finds them all wanting a good dose of capitalism. The employer-sponsored health-care system, Medicare, Medicaid and health-maintenance organizations have different problems, but they all have one problem in common. Somebody else is paying while the patient has no perception of the price and no reason to care about it…”. “There are lots of people these days who claim to have a simple solution to reform the health care system. Liberals who can’t quite embrace the idea of national health insurance now favor extending the program for federal government employees to the whole country. And conservatives are gaga over consumer-driven health care.”In “The Cure: How Capitalism Can Save American Health Care,” David Gratzer, a Canadian psychiatrist and fellow at the libertarian Manhattan Institute, does an artful job of concisely laying out what ails the U.S. system and how things got to be that way…”. In specific, Gratzer’s core insight is that the free market in American health care has not failed, for the simple reason that there is no free market in American health care… “.

Keywords: [“health”,”care”,”Gratzer”]
Source: https://www.manhattan-institute.org/thecure

JR Test Site News for 01-23-2018

ENLIGHTENMENT

Now averaging over 3 1/3rd million pages viewed per year. Your site had 11132 page views yesterday and 261227 page views so far this month. This is where skeptically.org began, March of 01. With the encouragement of Alan Peters the site /enlightenment was born. A large portion is a resource in religious studies with many ancient works and modern critical works. 31 Health, medical science, drugs: an encyclopedic collection of articles on assorted medical & health issues. Science based articles on all the major health issues including cancer, obesity, tobacco, back pain, ulcer & heart burn, dubious drugs and medical treatments, male & female hormone replacements, NSAID & aspirin, longevity, introns stem cells and other important basic medical science. Over 200 articles, plus a large collection of fascinating art. OUTSTANDING SITES. QuackWatch, guide to health fraud by Dr. Stephen Barrett. Worstpills.org/: Part of the Nader network of Public Citizen. EXCELLENT BIBLE STUDIES SITE. The skeptic is one who judges all things according to the evidence. The common herd affirms many things to a degree well beyond what the evidence supports; and conversely doubts that which is worthy of greater affirmation. The humanistic skeptic applies a second measure, that of harm resulting from such beliefs. Issues of economics and politics, of religion, quackery and corporate medicine, and of imprudent behavior top the harm done list. Education and scientific psychology are gateways to following the dictates of reason.

Keywords: [“Health”,”site”,”medical”]
Source: http://www.skeptically.org/enlightenment

Germany in the Age of Enlightenment

The Enlightenment has no agreed ‘start’ or ‘end’ point. Its ‘end date’ also remains unfixed; the Age of Enlightenment gradually faded away as Romantic ideals came into fashion, but its influence remained through much of the nineteenth century. Before its impact can be discussed, the actual meaning of the Enlightenment must be uncovered. The fluidity of its nature highlights a fundamental aspect of the Enlightenment: freedom. The Enlightenment came to German lands through war and peace. Frederick filled his court with French intellectuals, many of whom brought Enlightenment thinking with them. The Enlightenment became a core topic of conversation in drawing rooms, libraries and universities up and down the country. Napoleon’s determination to conquer all of Europe also brought some of the ideals of the Enlightenment by force. The German Enlightenment cannot be discussed without reference to the philosopher Immanuel Kant. Kant’s work highlights that the Enlightenment was an era of discovery and exploration, not only of the physical world, but also of the capabilities and potential of man. The Enlightenment shaped society as well as arts and culture. The concept of Bildung grew out of the German Enlightenment. The German term for the Enlightenment is Aufklärung. The Enlightenment – regardless of when it began or when it ended – marks a shift in the social, political, literary and philosophical landscape of the German lands. After the Enlightenment, nothing was ever the same again.

Keywords: [“Enlightenment”,”German”,”ideals”]
Source: http://www.historyinanhour.com/2012/11/12/german-enlightenment

Enlightenment ideas capitalism

There’s not a lot of businessmen who’re big names all over the world. One that certainly captures the imagination is Mister Richard Branson. We thought it might be smart to request Mister Richard for his outlook during 2011. This inequality is placed to worsen once we still deplete the earth’s natural assets. Once we debate a realistic look at global warming, we’re missing the problem that’s affecting our world. There’s no scientific debate-every single our natural environments is within decline. Our best way out would be to turn business itself right into a good cause. Alter the rules of the overall game Yesterday I spent a while with Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, the frozen treats people. Once they began, these were so afraid to become “Business people”, they deliberately did everything opposite to normalcy. They handed possession of the business for their employees. They used their profits to produce jobs through their logistics. In 1994 it set to do good past the balance sheet in everything it did. At Virgin there exists a lengthy approach to take, but we’re also doing good to create an optimistic effect on people and also the planet. Another economy is emerging that puts the main focus back on people and also the planet, not only pure profits. To ensure that this new economy to thrive, government authorities will have to create new incentives and also the financial sector will have to direct more capital towards companies which are driving change.

Keywords: [“people”,”good”,”business”]
Source: http://www.enlightks.biz/EnlightenmentIdeas/enlightenment-ideas-capitalism

Inclusive Capitalism

In the INFORMATION AGE, you simply cannot get ahead on wages alone! You must acquire capital. If you are a young person, you must learn these invaluable principles now. If you are a parent, teach this to your children and insure they have a happy life. Every citizen needs to demand the common sense real hope and real change advocated in this book from their elected leaders. Learn how and where you can best achieve your long term financial goals – wealth and security. This is not a risky “Get rich quick” scheme. Already nearly 15 million workers enjoy the benefits of employee stock ownership. Indeed a proven political/economic/social movement of epic proportion is already underway. That movement is inclusive capitalism/employee ownership leading to a true economic democracy actually first called for by our brilliant and visionary Founding Fathers. EVERYONE WINS. The individual employees win because they will share in the wealth producing equity/stock of the companies they work for. Participating corporations who share the wealth win because we call for an intelligent, equivalent drastic cut in counterproductive corporate taxes AND they get THE BEST, highly motivated employees who in virtually every case help every business metric improve. The government/society wins because done properly, it results in no loss of revenue, it will lift the middle and even lower classes, cut social costs, cut unemployment and boost the economy!

Keywords: [“win”,”cut”,”employee”]
Source: http://the3rdwaybook.com

JR Test Site News for 01-22-2018

John Mackey: Enlightened, Annoying Capitalist

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey is everywhere! Why? Because he owns a hippie grocery store chain, is himself hippieish, and also he is a conservative libertarian dude! That makes the things he has to say newsworthy! Mackey wrote a Wall Street Journal op-ed on health care reform, because his company successfully switched all their employees to cheap, high-deductible plans, and he was pretty sure this solved the health care reform mess, no government help needed. High-deductible health plans are great at making health care consumers more cost-conscious. They are also a pretty great way to make sure low-income people continue to accrue medical debt and choose not to receive basic medical care because it is too expensive! Whatever, business owner thinks he knows better than liberal government. This apparently really upset the rich hippies who shop at his grocery store for rich hippies. Upsetting rich hippies is totally bad-ass and cool, which is why hipster libertarian magazine Reason stuck Mackey on the cover of their January 2010 issue. Here is a line from the third graf: “It was as if a bomb had gone off in the arugula line.” Matt, Nick, you are worldly men: are there lines for specific produce items at the grocery stores you frequent? Anyway! He comes off as, basically, a guy who got into health food in the ’70s and then parlayed that into a lucrative business selling “Real food” to college educated well-off people. Mackey is the older, hippier Dov Charney: creator of hipster/yuppie fetish objects who says his corporation can be a tool for good while busting unions and promising that the enlightened self-interest of one daddy-figure CEO is way more valuable for the worker than silly old “Collective bargaining.” Mackey pays himself a dollar and pays his employees well. Charney compensates his garment workers really well. At least Charney advocates for immigration reform and gay rights when not touching employees semi-consensually. Mackey? He thinks he’s a worldly liberal guy because he sold tofu and beer in the same Austin organic grocery store in 1980, because he enjoys hiking, because his wife is a fucking Sufi Mystic or some such complete horseshit. He’s out there op-edding against health care reform, and getting a shit-ton of press for doing so, because as long as everyone in America is his employee, they will get pretty ok coverage.

Keywords: [“Mackey”,”health”,”hippie”]
Source: http://gawker.com/5435796/john-mackey-enlightened-annoying-capitalist

Enlightened Capitalism is Suggested by the USAID

The current trend in international development is to encourage sustainable business creation within developing nations. Capitalism for the poor is the new “Cool” for those who see entrepreneurial efforts as a way to build a nation toward economic security. We have observed that business development can be leveraged to benefit more people and to grow prosperity more organically. Even the US government is getting on the business creation bandwagon in targeted regions of the world. Resent comments from Dr. Rajiv Shah of USAID suggested that development work “Should prioritize broad-based, sustainable economic growth that can boost incomes, create jobs, and reduce poverty”. These goals are a part of USAID’s push for “Enlightened Capitalism” among its development partners. Dr. Shah is leading the move to create business ideas that will take the agency in a new direction and encouraged the development community to “Embrace a new wave of creative, enlightened capitalism” that connects profit, wealth and development. He continued: “I’m talking about helping support the work of markets that can deliver profits and create opportunities for women, minorities and the poor. We must partner with the private sector much more deeply from the start, instead of treating companies as just another funding source for our development work.” In an era of tight budgets and a lack of American jobs it is hard for the USAID to push a new agenda forward. Opportunities to partners with American industry in capitalist activities would be great for both the developing nation and the US economy. Foreign governments should take advantage of the American business resources to leverage this trend toward enlightened capitalism. Speaking on the benefits of using US business expertise, the director suggested that foreign leaders should “Ask us to serve as connectors to American ideas. And best of all, transferring ideas enriches us both, creating new markets for American goods and services and new jobs for American workers”. USAID should continue to explore business partnership opportunities in each of the developing nations. We support the plan that allows businesses to share ideas for the benefit of a capitalism among the developing nations. We are happy to partner with USAID to create these new-found profit centers for the world’s poor.

Keywords: [“business”,”development”,”new”]
Source: https://cementtrust.wordpress.com/2011/11/03/enlightened…

Robert Reich

Hillary Clinton won’t be the only winner when Donald Trump and his fellow haters are defeated on Election Day. Another will be Paul Ryan, who will rule the Republican roost. While the Clinton-Ryan years won’t be marked by the same kind of petulant gridlock we’ve witnessed over the last eight, the ascendance of Ryan and Clinton will mark a win for big business and Wall Street over the strongest anti-establishment surge America has witnessed since Great Depression. Clinton might be able to summon Ryan’s support on a “Buffet rule” for the highest-income taxpayers – an effective minimum tax of 30 percent on top incomes. The price Ryan can be expected to exact will be lower corporate tax rates, along with a tax amnesty on corporate profits repatriated to the United States. To offset the added spending and tax cuts, Ryan will probably want Clinton to trim Social Security, and slow the growth of Medicare. The assets of the typical family today are worth 14 percent less than the assets of the typical family in 1984. The typical job is less secure than at any time since the Great Depression. Big money has corrupted our democracy, resulting in laws and rules that systematically favor big corporations, Wall Street, and the very rich over everyone else. Consider, for example, the growing market power of leading pharmaceutical companies, private health insurers, the biggest Wall Street banks, giant cable providers, four major airlines, and five largest high-tech companies. The resulting imbalance is transferring money out of the pockets of average Americans directly into the pockets of major shareholders and top executives. Mandatory arbitration clauses in contracts with giant corporations are forcing people to give up rights under a wide variety of consumer and employment laws. The reforms Hillary Clinton and Paul Ryan are likely to agree to are miniscule compared with the scale of this imbalance. Hopefully, the leaders of big business and Wall Street – the true winners of the 2016 election – will realize that although they avoided Trump’s authoritarian populism and Sanders’s “Political revolution” this time around, they won’t for much longer. In the first decades of the twentieth century, enlightened business leaders joined with progressive reformers to rebalance American capitalism – thereby rescuing it from the savage inequalities and corruption of the Gilded Age.

Keywords: [“Ryan”,”Clinton”,”Wall”]
Source: http://robertreich.org/post/151920926970