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 07-14-2018

Dr Gabor Maté – Why Capitalism Makes Us Sick

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Keywords: [“answer”,”key”,”book”]
Source: http://spacic.de/compassionate/capitalism/compassionate_capitalism…

‘Compassionate capitalism,’ another name for social entrepreneurship

Low has been leading the nonprofit organization that promotes social entrepreneurship. Low was in Seoul to attend and deliver a key note speech at Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017. Social Innovation Park President Penny Low.The following are excepts of the interview. Low: The vision of Social Innovation Park is to build a more inclusive, sustainable and mindful world by providing platforms for collaborations and partnerships. It has been around for 11 years now and given birth to some 100 social enterprises. 

Social entrepreneurs should be even more creative, even more innovative. Social entrepreneurs need to have compassion for everything. Another name for social entrepreneurship is compassionate capitalism. Low: In the short term, you use negative tax system and fiscal policies to address the income distribution gap. Low: There are many medical-tech startups that are getting to the space. 

The company might not have started as a social enterprise, but it clearly has social missions itself. Low: Find the right person to spearhead. It’s very important – the person who is going to make the decisions. 

Keywords: [“social”,”entrepreneurship”,”Low”]
Source: http://m.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20171114000811

GamerGate Critic Brianna Wu Booted by Fellow SJW’s for Defending Capitalism

I believe wealth inequality is one most serious issues we face today. I think capitalism has gone awry since 2000, and needs regulation. I ALSO believe that within that flawed system, good can come out of it. I think we can improve the world through technology. ArchivistBecks I disagree strongly w her opinion but don’t see why I should hate her more for it than, like, everyone else in tech. 

Mac pestle My parents are millionaire entrepreneurs. I think being in that class growing up affected me more than college. It is a situation that is all too familiar with the staff here at Breitbart Tech, after the Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King lost thousands of followers on Twitter within the space of a few days and got booted out of the movement. This isn’t even the first time that Wu has faced a similar situation. It is also worth noting that Wu once offered an $11,000 reward to anyone who could provide information on an internet harasser. 

Charlie Nash is a libertarian writer, memeologist, and child prodigy. When he is not writing, he can usually be found chilling at the Korova Milk Bar, mingling with the infamous. 

Keywords: [“think”,”social”,”face”]
Source: http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2015/12/28/gamergate-critic-brianna-wu…

Identify any rhetorical devices you find in the following selections, and classify those that fit the categories described in the text. For each, explain its function in the passage. 1.I trust you have seen Janet’s file and have noticed the “univer

Identify any rhetorical devices you find in the following selections, and classify those that fit the categories described in the text. The original goal of the Milosevic government in Belgrade was ethnic cleansing in Kosovo. Obamacare: The compassion of the IRS and the efficiency of the post office, all at Pentagon prices. We’ll have to work harder to get Representative Burger reelected because of his little run-in with the law. I’ll tell you what capitalism is: Capitalism is Charlie Manson sitting in Folsom Prison for all those murders and still making a bunch of bucks off T-shirts. 

Clearly, Antonin Scalia is the most corrupt Supreme Court justice in the history of the country. If MaxiMotors gave you a good price on that car, you can bet there’s only one reason they did it: It’s a piece of serious junk. It may well be that many faculty members deserve some sort of pay increase. It is clearly true that others are already amply compensated. It’s fair to say that, compared with most people his age, Mr. 

Beechler ispretty much bald. 

Keywords: [“good”,”Clearly”,”capitalism”]
Source: http://excel.impressivewritings.com/identify-any-rhetorical-devices-you…

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute

In early 1967 King stepped up his anti-war proclamations, giving similar speeches in Los Angeles and Chicago. The speech was drafted from a collection of volunteers, including Spelman professor Vincent Harding and Wesleyan professor John Maguire. King’s address emphasized his responsibility to the American people and explained that conversations with young black men in the ghettos reinforced his own commitment to nonviolence. To change course, King suggested a five point outline for stopping the war, which included a call for a unilateral ceasefire. To King the Vietnam War was only the most pressing symptom of American colonialism worldwide. 

The immediate response to King’s speech was largely negative. Both the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Ralph Bunche accused King of linking two disparate issues, Vietnam and civil rights. Despite public criticism, King continued to attack the Vietnam War on both moral and economic grounds. 

Keywords: [“King”,”war”,”Vietnam”]
Source: https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/encyclopedia/beyond-vietnam

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 06-24-2018

Will Capitalism Ruin Other Planets After It Ruins Earth? – Collective Evolution

Monsanto published a study a few years ago which purported to demonstrate the effects of GMO maize on rats over a 90 day period. Given the fact that there are no long term studies examining the health risks associated with GMOs, independent researchers then decided to conduct the same study, with one difference: Their study lasted over a year rather than a mere three months. The study was published in November of 2012, in the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology, and then instantly retracted. The study was then re-published in multiple peer-reviewed scientific journals, like Environmental Sciences Europe. Another study published in the British Medical Journal by researchers at the Nordic Cochrane Center in Copenhagen showed that pharmaceutical companies were not disclosing all information regarding the results of their drug trials. 

Researchers looked at documents from 70 different double-blind, placebo-controlled trials of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors and found that the full extent of serious harm in clinical study reports went unreported. It’s offered to anybody, including journalists and scientists, who can provide a study showing that it is safe to inject mercury into babies. Dr. William Thompson, a longtime senior CDC scientist, published some of the most commonly cited pro-vaccine studies, which showed that there was absolutely no link between the MMR vaccine and autism. A study with revised information and no data omitted was published by Dr. 

Brian Hooker in the peer reviewed journal Translational Neurodegeneration, and it found a 340% increased risk of autism in African American boys receiving the Measles-mumps-rubella vaccine. The study has since been retracted, around the same time this controversy arose. You can read the full study here unsurprisingly, it has since been retracted. A great example is the corporate takeover of science, as discussed in this article, but another one could be the Snowden Leaks on mass surveillance, or 9/11. Studies are now being published by physicists and engineers regarding that event. 

Keywords: [“study”,”publish”,”science”]
Source: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2017/06/21/will-capitalism-ruin-other…

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 through 1968. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established as a holiday in numerous cities and states beginning in 1971, and as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986. 

King’s legal name at birth was Michael King, and his father was also born Michael King, but the elder King changed both his and his son’s names around 1934. King was a middle child, between an older sister, Christine King Farris, and a younger brother, A.D. King. The same year that Martin Luther King was assassinated, she established the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia, dedicated to preserving his legacy and the work of championing nonviolent conflict resolution and tolerance worldwide. I’d like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King Jr. 

tried to give his life serving others. I’d like for somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to love somebody. Observed for the first time on January 20, 1986, it is called Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

On January 17, 2000, for the first time, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was officially observed in all fifty U.S. states. In the United Kingdom, The Northumbria and Newcastle Universities Martin Luther King Peace Committee exists to honor King’s legacy, as represented by his final visit to the UK to receive an honorary degree from Newcastle University in 1967. The Peace Committee operates out of the chaplaincies of the city’s two universities, Northumbria and Newcastle, both of which remain centres for the study of Martin Luther King and the US civil rights movement. 

In turn, both Gandhi and Martin Luther King had read Tolstoy, and King, Gandhi and Tolstoy had been strongly influenced by Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. 

Keywords: [“King”,”right”,”civil”]
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King,_Jr.

The Christian Science Monitor Daily for March 28, 2018

After more than a month of Syrian government and Russian bombardment that has claimed 1,700 lives and seen the loss of 90 percent of the last rebel enclave in the suburbs east of Damascus, the residents of eastern Ghouta have only three stark choices. The evacuations started last week and gained momentum, with more than 101 buses leaving early Tuesday for Syrian rebel-held territory near the border with Turkey. All felt they would not be safe or at ease living in an area controlled by the Syrian regime. The Damascus suburb served as a launching pad for rebel attacks on the Syrian capital. One of the major Syrian rebel groups in the area, Failak al-Rahman, an Islamist group that has taken part in UN-sponsored peace talks in Geneva, agreed to evacuate last Friday. 

Russian and Syrian forces launched a full-scale assault on eastern Ghouta Feb. 18, dividing and defeating one rebel pocket after the other despite the UN cease-fire. As part of the deal, thousands of Syrian opposition fighters and their families, as well as civilians, have been heading to Idlib, a province in the north and the largest remaining area outside government control. He fears Idlib, the main recipient of various vanquished elements of the Syrian armed opposition, will suffer a fate as brutal or worse than eastern Ghouta. Reflecting the climate of fear synonymous with the Syrian regime even before the war, both shunned communications for days after their arrival and felt ill at ease to report much beyond their immediate survival. Syrian state TV estimates that more than 110,000 people have been absorbed into regime-held areas. 

A video circulating on YouTube showed a Syrian government minister handing out water to thirsty crowds only after they chanted pro-regime slogans. Syrian troop movements suggest a fresh onslaught is in the cards in the absence of a deal. 

Keywords: [“Syrian”,”leave”,”more”]
Source: https://www.csmonitor.com/Daily/2018/20180328

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-28-2018

The greatest MLK speeches you never heard

King may be a national hero whose birthday the country commemorates on Monday, but to many he remains a one-dimensional hero – the vast body of his work unknown. That’s the question CNN put to some members of King’s inner circle as well as top King scholars. We asked them to pick their favorite overlooked gems from King, any extraordinary spoken or written words people don’t typically hear during King commemorations. King put principle over personal popularity and continued to oppose the war. Why it’s important: It is one of King’s most electrifying speeches. 

Sermon delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on July 4, 1965.Why it’s important: We’ve heard about King’s dream. With the rise of the Black Power movement, King seemed dull and obsolete to many youths in the late 1960s who preferred the fire of Malcolm X and the Black Panthers. King is holding a meeting of top staffers in 1963 just before they initiate a campaign in Birmingham. Written on July 18, 1952, to his future wife, Coretta Scott, in which King revealed some surprising thoughts on capitalism and communism. Why it’s important: There’s a theory that King adopted more radical economic theories in the last three years of his life. 

King’s 1952 letter reveals he was radical far earlier than most people realize. King’s fifth book was published in 1967.Why it’s important: This is King’s last – and most radical – book. 

Keywords: [“King”,”white”,”rights”]
Source: https://www.cnn.com/2014/01/19/us/king-speeches-never-heard

Compassion and Capitalism – The Best You Magazine

David Meltzer was born in Akron, Ohio In 1968 and was described as a bright and able student at school. Upon graduating, he entered the world of business, where he was soon part of the upper echelon of the business community. Everywhere he worked in the world of business, Meltzer appeared to have the Midas touch. In his 30s, already a multi-millionaire, Meltzer’s career went off the rails. Meltzer decided he needed to stop and look at how he’d previously created success. 

Meltzer explored spirituality, bringing a broader more balanced approach to his business life. Through this process, he worked out four principles that would become his guiding light in all his future business interactions. Meltzer soon rose to great business and personal success. It is this willingness to trust in what the universe is doing that defines Meltzer’s approach to life. It fit perfectly with the notion of gratitude, one of his own core beliefs in the philosophy of business. 

Whether it’s the elementary school, high school, college or law school he attended, he says Meltzer enjoys sharing the lessons he’s learned to empower young people who may be in a similar situation. His second book, Compassionate Capitalism: AJourney to the Soul of Business, was published In 2016 and is co-authored with Blaine Bartlett. 

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

Christian Research Institute

In response to the critics of capitalism, many conservative Christians turn to philosopher Ayn Rand for ammunition. Finally, Smith argued that capitalism channels greed, which is a good thing. Others, including many Christians, want to defend capitalism, but end up drawing on the work of philosopher and playwright Ayn Rand, who called greed a virtue. THE BEEHIVE. Rand wasn’t the first one to identify capitalism with greed. 

THEN COMES RAND. Perhaps more than anyone else, Ayn Rand not only identified capitalism with greed, but defended it in those terms. We don’t need Rand’s philosophy to defend capitalism. FALLING INTO CAPITALISM. So, contrary to Rand, capitalism doesn’t need greed. 18 Capitalism is just greed elevated to economics, or so they think. 

To be sure, Rand and other champions of capitalism appeal to greed, even glory in it. That’s why greed can explain why capitalism works no better than it can explain the universal thirst for, say, well-synchronized traffic lights: greed is universal. Once we comprehend the nature of entrepreneurial capitalism, we see that it has fit within the Christian worldview all along. Jay W. Richards is the author of Money, Greed, and God: Why Capitalism Is the Solution and Not the Problem. 

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”greed”,”Rand”]
Source: http://www.equip.org/article/was-ayn-rand-right

Capitalism VS Human Compassion

Capitalism can survive as long as there is no greed. Almost daily we read about some bank, investment broker or some con-artist scamming people out of millions of dollars. We expect banks to raise fees, we expect to lose money in our 401k, we expect to pay high interest rates on credit cards,,,,. The companies were more interested in protecting their money, then the health and safety of the employees. Look at all of the people that were conned into signing flexible mortgage rates. 

Get the people to sign the flexible mortgage, then hike the rates up so high the family can not pay, the bank gets the home, rinse, repeat,,,,. I think capitalism can work, but not while unbridled greed is involved. The US government established free trade with China, now we get to reap higher taxes to pay for more people on welfare. I feel there is a line in the sand that capitalism should not cross. Just because someone has the right to make money, does not give them the right to exploit others. 

Company ABC makes widgets; highest paid employee makes $30 million a year, the lowest paid sub-contractor of a sub-contractor should make $1 million a year, give or take a few bucks. Post your comments in this forum thread about Human Compassion VS Capitalism. 

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”people”,”company”]
Source: http://www.survivalboards.com/2012-03-10/capitalism-vs-human-compassion

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

Amway Founders Heritage & Values Compassionate Capitalism

‘These People’ refers to the people of God, the people of the Kingdom, the people of Messiah, and even Jesus’ own people because they “Were like sheep without a shepherd.” One of the prominent tasks of a shepherd is to feed the sheep. Jesus, on the contrary, did organize the multitude: “Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties.” As Jesus’ disciples we are tempted to give in to the merciless domination of the market and to play to the pitiless rules of greed and to conform to political and military power when we should align ourselves with the multitude of the poor and excluded people. What is the effect of jeong in the miracle of feeding the multitude? The liberal and rational interpretation of the miracle emphasizes a miraculous transformation of human hearts in which the people’s selfish hearts were transformed and then the people brought the loaves of bread and dried fish. We need to pay attention to the last part of his action: “To set before the people!” Why is it so significant? The whole Jesus liturgical/religious actions such as taking the food, looking up to heaven to give thanks, and breaking the breads are the prelude to the final consummation of setting the food before the people. Economy of Love “As I see it, the ruler is dependent on the nation, and the nation is dependent on the people. The king considers the people as heaven, but the people consider food as heaven. When the people lose their heaven, the nation loses the thing upon which it depends. This is an unchanging principle.” The first priority of the good government in the Confucian tradition is to secure the material welfare of the people. According to the Analects, “The Master was on his way to Wei, and Ran Qiu was driving. The Master said: ‘So many people!’ Ran Qiu sad: ‘Once the people are many, what next should be done?’ – ‘Enrich them.’ – ‘Once they are rich, what next should be done?’ – ‘Educate them'”. Yulgok writes: “The heart of the kingly way lies in playing the role of parent for people. Easing the burden of labor for nation and enriching people, food which people considers heaven is abundant and people can preserve their good hearts.” When the parent sees a child about to fall into a well, he or she cannot help a feeling of alarm and commiseration. The great king Wu in the ancient China said, “Be affectionate for people. Do not treat them contemptuously. They are the fundamental of the state. If the fundamental is firm, the state is peaceful.” One of the Confucian commentators interprets the lesson of Wu: “If the relationship of the king and the people is understood from the standpoint of power 9 (seh), the difference between the two is like the distance between heaven and earth. But if the relationship of the king and the people is understood from the standpoint of jeong, they comfort each other as the members of the body help one another to live. Power increases the distance while jeong affectionately unite”. “Collecting the riches, the people disperse. Spreading the riches, the people gather. The benevolent one raises the body by riches while the un-benevolent one raises riches by the body”. Since the 17th century even the common people in Korea began to participate in the communication with the king: for instance, during the rule of the king Jeongcho in the 18th century there were about 4,427 cases for which the common people directly appealed to the king. According to Yulgok, when the people become poor wanderers in their own land because the rulers lose the right way, the first responsibility of the king is to realize the sa jeong of the people who cannot help committing sin in the violation of the law. To know the sa jeong of the people and to have the in 15 jeong for the people is the starting point to cultivate the ethic of compassion and to practice the economy of love.

Keywords: [“people”,”Jesus”,”king”]
Source: https://oimts.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/2007-6-park.pdf

Gangster Capitalism, Nostalgic Authoritarianism in Trump’s America

A dystopian ideology, a kind of nostalgic yearning for older authoritarian relations of power, now shapes and legitimates a mode of governance that generates obscene levels of inequality, expands the ranks of corrupt legislators, places white supremacists and zealous ideologues in positions of power, threatens to jail its opponents, and sanctions an expanding network of state violence both at home and abroad. Trump has accelerated a culture of cruelty, a machinery of terminal exclusion and social abandonment that wages a war on undocumented immigrants, poor minorities of color and young people. Trump engages in a culture war that militarizes the social media and in doing so creates a politics of diversion while erasing memories of a fascist past that bears an uncanny and terrifying resemblance to his own worldview. Trump’s high regard for white supremacy and petty authoritarianism became clear on the domestic front when he pardoned former Arizona Sheriff Joseph Arpaio, a vicious racist who waged a war against undocumented immigrants, Latino residents and individuals who did not speak English. Trump’s authoritarianism cuts deeply into the fabric of both government and everyday politics in the United States. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, accused Trump of “Debasing the nation” and “Treating his office like a reality show.” Corker warned that Trump may be setting the U.S. “On the path to World War III.”. Egregious examples of political barbarism, state violence, the morally reprehensible and the utter corruption of politics and democracy have become all too familiar in the first year of Trump’s presidency, and the list just keeps growing. Trump’s hatred of Muslims and undocumented immigrants is visible in his call to build walls rather than bridges, to invoke shared fears rather than shared responsibilities, to destroy all the public institutions that make democracy possible, and to expand a culture in which self-interest, greed, militarism and repression expand the ideology, social relations and practices that breathe life into what might be called gangster capitalism, rather than the less odious notion of a Second Gilded Age. More than a half dozen women have now accused him of various forms of sexual misconduct when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. Trump and Conway’s defense rested on the morally vacuous claim and obscene rationale that it was necessary to elect Moore to the Senate so Trump would have another Republican Senate vote to pass a tax bill that functions as a wet kiss and wedding gift for the rich. Gangster capitalism under Trump has reached a new stage, in that it is unabashedly aggressive in mounting a war against every institution capable of providing a vision, a semblance of critical agency or a formative culture capable of creating agents who might be willing to hold power accountable. What is distinctive about Trump is that he defines himself through the tenets of a predatory and cruel form of gangster capitalism, while using its power to fill government positions with what appear to be the walking dead and at the same time produce death-dealing policies. Trump makes clear that democracy is tenuous and has to be viewed as a site of ongoing contestation, one that demands a new understanding of politics, language and collective struggle. In the face of Trump’s brand of authoritarianism, progressives need a vocabulary that allows us to recognize ourselves as agents, not victims, in the discourse of a radical democratic politics.

Keywords: [“Trump”,”politics”,”culture”]
Source: https://www.truthdig.com/articles/gangster-capitalism-nostalgic…