J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 06-07-2018


Compassionate Capitalism With David Meltzer

Social welfare: Between capitalism & Islam – The Muslimah Diaries

Zakiah A. Welfare in Britain has had a long and tumultuous journey; from parishes and poorhouses to a pension for over 70s, the social care system has taken many forms. Over the years the service has grown to include housing, Jobseeker’s Allowance, disability allowance, child benefits and other various pockets of social welfare depending on local councils and their own allocation of funds. Britain’s social services have never enjoyed the spotlight as much as they do now, and with sensationalized articles telling us how badly our benefits system is being abused with alarming regularity, it’s no wonder. The single mother with more children than she can afford; the lay-about with no job; the drug-addict spending their monthly allowance on a single high; the immigrant using their benefits cheques to build a villa in their home country, are but a few well-recognised stereotypes of the people using and abusing the UK social welfare system – and the reason why cuts to this sector should be justified. 

In the 7thcentury there were so few people who needed benefits that the national treasury had no one to give money to. People paid 2.5% of their income towards taxation and were advised to make use of their assets or risk having them repossessed by the state. So though it was not private villas and paradise for everyone across the board, a system was in place to ensure people’s basic needs were being met. The Islam economic system bans hoarding of wealth and has policies, which prevent certain monopolies in order to actively encourage circulation and distribution of wealth. Caring for the less fortunate and donating wealth to charity is also lauded as a positive thing with immeasurable benefits in a future life and a sense of responsibility to help others insteadof fearing a loss of their own wealth by doing so. 

These few regulations barely scratch the surface of the depth of the economic system Islam advocates. It is already clear that unlike capitalism, Islam views people are not just workhorses or consumers who should be responsible for their own success or downfall but members of a society who should be looking out for their collective well-being. No matter which silver-tongued politician/too-tanned buffoon/down-to-earth rebel is head of the government, you cannot escape the truth of the system; the rules of the game are set. 

Keywords: [“system”,”people”,”wealth”]
Source: https://themuslimahdiaries.com/2018/05/02/social-welfare-between…

Larsen: The U.S. can’t fund compassion if it has no money

When the math itself comes into question, we are left to partisan interpretations – and that creates a polarizing situation. Such is the case in an exchange between a liberal Nobel Prize-winning economist and two respected conservative policy analysts. There is one mathematical projection earning consensus from the likes of PolitiFact, the Heritage Foundation, Business Insider, U.S. News and the Weekly Standard: Entitlement spending is out of control, and within the next 20 years, the three major entitlements – Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid – along with interest on the national debt, will consume 100 percent of all tax revenue. That fact demands that we move beyond politicized interpretation and get to real solutions, because if entitlements and debt consume all tax revenue, our stability and compassion as a nation are at risk. 

It’s been five decades since President Lyndon Johnson launched the War on Poverty. After $25 trillion spent on programs, the U.S. poverty rate has not changed much, and our nation is still home to about 43 million people living in poverty. Both parties already concede we might rethink how we assist the poor, and there are indications that welfare reforms have worked. Second would be a walk in the shoes of the other side: If liberals really care about ending poverty – and I believe they do – they should be the most steadfast of budget hawks, ensuring not one dime that could help the poor be lost to fraud and growing bureaucracy. 

They should acknowledge that poverty ends – really ends – only when people become self-sufficient. Unless we return to the notion of welfare as temporary, there will be nothing left for those who are truly in need of long-term assistance. Third, majority conservatives should demonstrate compassion by ending corporate welfare, balancing the budget, privatizing functions better left to the private sector and updating the tax code in a meaningful way. Brookings Institute research shows that poverty is complex, with at least five major contributing causes: work rates, wages, family composition, education and immigration. 

Keywords: [“poverty”,”welfare”,”left”]
Source: https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900013660/larsen-the-us-cant…

John Hawkins’ Right Wing News

Liberals view themselves as good people because they’re liberals. 1) Only liberals would be cruel enough to pick on kids running lemonade stands with a permit, children putting on Christmas plays at school and the Boy Scouts. 4) Liberals are actually bothered by people who do love America. 8) Liberals believe in taking money from people who earn it, handing it out as bribes in order to get more power and then using that power to hurt the people that are giving them money. 10) Liberals view hooking people on welfare and food stamps as a core part of their election strategy, which is terrible for the country, shows they have no character and requires more than a little hatred for poor people. 11) The dumbest, most close-minded and mean spirited people in all of politics are inevitably liberals who are convinced they’re brilliant, open-minded and compassionate because they call themselves liberals. 12) A policy that makes liberals feel superior and caring that doesn’t work and wastes billions is considered a smashing success because they genuinely DON’T CARE WHETHER THEIR POLICIES ACTUALLY HELP PEOPLE OR NOT. 13) The same liberal who pretends to be angry about Susan Smith or Casey Anthony will then turn around and give the thumbs up to women who do the same thing to their children via abortion. It’s because the kid’s parents are interested in educating him while his liberal teachers view public schools as just another way to indoctrinate children. Down the road, after liberals finally join everyone else, they try to claim that conservatives still support all the practices that we fought liberals on from the beginning. 19) Liberals think black Americans are inferior to whites, which is why the worst, most crime-ridden places to live in America are inevitably run by liberals. That’s acceptable to liberals because they don’t think black Americans deserve any better. 20) A liberal is more likely to support a man who murders a cop like Mumia Abu Jamal than cops who want to regularly patrol a bad neighborhood in force to keep the criminals from terrorizing the innocent people who live there. 

Keywords: [“liberal”,”people”,”think”]
Source: http://rightwingnews.com/john-hawkins/25-reasons-to-dislike-liberals

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-20-2018

Walking the Talk – 100+ Ways To Make A Difference

Over the years I have been deeply involved in fund raising, community development and what I call compassionate capitalism. Over the years I have witnessed a darker side of capitalism. As long as it doesn’t effect the bottom line it is blind to the environmental or community consequences due to their business. The time has come to call for action, to call for “Compassionate capitalism.” Already on the horizon are ground breaking books like, The Divine Right of Capital that promotes the dethroning of corporate aristocracy for what Marjorie Kelly calls Economic Democracy; or Bill Jensen’s book, Work 2.0, which calls for new labor contracts and the realignment of corporate assets. Perhaps we are better off calling for “Compassionate capitalists.” Patricia Panchak, Editor-n-Chief, of Industry Week pointed out in her March 2002 editorial, Capitalism At A Crossroad?, that according to a 2000 Business Week/Harris poll, when people were give a choice between the two phrases that they supported more strongly: “Corporations should have only one purpose – to make the most profit for their shareholders – and pursuit of that goal will be best for America in the long run.” -or- “Corporations should have more than one purpose. They also owe something to their workers and the communities in which they operate, and they should sometimes sacrifice some profit for the sake of making things better for their workers and communities.” – 95% percent of those surveyed choose the latter statement. Today there are great disparities among communities. The communities are broken down; they are without hope and have great need. In the Old Testament when Jerusalem was in ruins, Nehemiah heard the call of God to do something about it.

Keywords: [“community”,”call”,”capitalism”]
Source: https://walkingthetalk.wordpress.com/2007/03/10/can-capitialism-be…

Why Compassion Is Hard – The Next Step

Compassion underlies all world religions, most boldly embodied in the provocation “Love your enemies as you do yourself.” Yet in a world of violence and hatred, where people sleep in the streets of our wealthiest cities, it seems compassion is in short supply. At a time of year when we tend to dream of world peace, and to that end, guilt ourselves and others into being nicer, it’s rare that we spend time truly understanding compassion. Is compassion an innate behavior, or one that you learn?Why is it hard to show strangers compassion?How can we be more compassionate in our daily lives? Robert Wright, a journalist and philosopher and author of several books on the biology of compassion, sees compassion as a natural process of evolution. “It happened through a principle known as kin selection. And the basic idea of kin selection is that, if an animal feels compassion for a close relative, and this compassion leads the animal to help the relative,then, in the end, the compassion actually winds up helping the genes. underlying the compassion itself.” Expanding compassion is the life’s work of Karen Armstrong, religious thinker and author of “12 Steps to a More Compassion Life”. Kristen Armstrong compiled a life’s work in compassion into a simple, 12-step book aimed at promoting compassion around the globe. Our failure to show compassion to others with whom we disagree causes political logjams, abuse of power, and otherwise childish behaviors that often cause in harm to each other and our environment. Finding compassion in times of disagreement may be more challenging, but the rewards are far greater. As compassion grows among us, and the barriers between human communities are torn down, the result will be more peace.

Keywords: [“Compassion”,”more”,”world”]
Source: https://thenextstep0.wordpress.com/2015/12/14/why-compassion-is-hard

War = Capitalism, Capitalism = War by William Bowles – Dandelion Salad

Crisis is capitalism’s middle name and, as in the past, crisis leads to war, major wars and indeed lotsa ‘little’ ones too. I don’t think you need a crystal ball to figure out that capitalism is headed down the major war path, it’s displaying all the same pathological signs as it has done in past decades; economic crisis, economic collapse, repression abroad and repression at home. War, better still, general war solves all of these problems, for the capitalist class that is. Pax Americana! Rule Britannia! It’s the ultimate end-product of industrialising war, just as capitalism has industrialised everything else and trashed the planet in the process. So what is stopping us from stopping them? Is it because we’re as suicidal and as shortsighted as the ruling class is? Like all honest socialists, I’m an optimist, I like to think that we are different from our rulers, that people are being misled, lied to, hooked on addiction to things by the all-devouring monster that is capitalism. Of course it’s extremely dangerous to draw direct analogies with the past but the common thread is capitalism, so you have to draw the obvious conclusion don’t you? Well don’t you? How can you escape the obvious when a man called Donald Trump heads up the most powerful, the most destructive society in all of history. The choice is yours and in a really bizarre, nay abhorrent way, perhaps we do have to thank Donald Trump, for he has surely and finally revealed to us the true nature of capitalism in all its horrific barbarism. For Trump is no aberration, he is capitalism personified, just as Hitler’s Germany was brute force capitalism. A shot across the bows of capitalism but no more than that. First we need a viable programme upon which to base our alternative to capitalism.

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”war”,”left”]
Source: https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2018/01/22/war-capitalism…

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

Canadian Capitalism

Again, in the Alliance for Progress, an organization formed by the U. S., through which $20 billion was to be dumped into the Latin republics to the south, so as to prop up their economies, and siphon the juice of “Democracy” into their reactionary political institutions, Canadian and American attitudes were wide apart. Economic relapse During the year 1962, the Canadian economy, often before in the exigency of support, suffered a severe relapse. In April of 1962, the Communist Party presented a submission to the Royal Commission on Banking and Finance, in which they advised the Canadian ruling class as to just how the disease could be remedied in the interest of those who own. About the turn of the century U. S. companies bought up millions of acres of Canadian oil, mineral, and timber land. Came the day when exhaustion of native resources caused the U. S. mergers and combines to turn their attention to the Canadian reserves. In the last few years, due to the factors noted, large quantities of U. S. goods were dumped on the Canadian market. These were met to an extent by Canadian goods, but there was a marked disparity between the two amounts. The Canadian economy could maintain its surface appearance of health and vigor so long as U. S. capital was riveted on the scene. American capital had realized its possibilities in Canadian investment. The 92-cent dollar offers some hope for the Canadian exporters of commodities. Whose austerity? To ease the pangs of the present financial dilemma, Canadian capitalists have inaugurated a new “Austerity” program. Interest rates must be raised, imports curbed, exports increased, and Canadian workers must acquire the habit of working harder so as to produce wealth cheaper and enable their employers to sell more effectively on the world market.

Keywords: [“Canadian”,”Canada”,”U.”]
Source: https://www.worldsocialism.org/canada/canadian.capitalism.htm

Collectivist Capitalism vs. Compassionate Capitalism

Capitalism that grows from an individual or family’s personal work building assets without exploiting other people is compassionate capitalism, while the impersonal stock investment, M.B.A. networking trans-national globalism business approach is collectivist. The collectivists are cold-blooded while the small time capitalist is compassionate and cares about his own work and building up of resources. Adam Smith, the modern spiritual founder of capitalism, wrote largely in support of compassionate capitalism inclusive of trade. There weren’t the sort of large-scale networked corporations in existence in his day that built up huge global capital advantages and leveraging monetary sophistication. It is quite a stretch to transmogrify The Wealth of Nations into a support for absolute abstract modern business practices and monetary policy. One must be disingenuous to extend Smith’s Wealth of Nations so far as that. Adam Smith was a pragmatic economist and held the welfare of the people of England of his day-of the ordinary people, as being of first concern. One of the fundamental challenges of his day was to liberalize trade and business from the corrupting control of concentrated wealth in the form of royal power or taxation that was not spent to advance the interests of the people of England. Thus in the United States today compassionate capitalists may rightly oppose foreign military spending in badly thought out ventures in Afghanistan and Iraq. Compassionate capitalist support a general increase of wealth in the United States for all citizens and of a healthy ecosystem. Compassionate capitalist support practical limits on the opportunity for individual citizens to control other through the acquisition of monetary wealth and leveraged investments. Social capital may be perceived as differing from compassionate capital and should be limited.

Keywords: [“compassionate”,”Wealth”,”capitalist”]
Source: http://disinfo.com/…/10/collectivist-capitalism-vs-compassionate-capitalism

Why Leftists Hate Capitalism

Capitalism has been, perhaps, the most misconstrued and misused term I’ve ever come across. For an average person, capitalism is evocative of extraordinary images of colonialism, suffering and slavery, or the sight of a billionaire whose convoy passes through the streets, whose sidewalks have been an unfortunate residence to many. Those willing to ponder about capitalism often come across those who carry the same misconceptions and misinformation. The misinformation about capitalism proliferates among people and only worsens when people use emotionally appealing arguments that often treats reason as a secondary. If you’re like me, then to you the absolute of capitalism would be a utopia where you have the freedom as an individual to mind your own business, both figuratively and literally, without the fear of being unfairly squashed by a government gavel. To those who have been liberally indoctrinated, the right’s desire for capitalism would mean an authoritarian state where the poor are exploited for the benefit of the rich, where they’re destined to remain poor forever. The disconnect is this: when the left hears capitalism, what they think about is corporatism. Which is what capitalism is all about, it’s freedom. Because of these differences in the perception of capitalism, when the left and right debate each other, it’s not a discussion, it’s a confrontation. While the leftist intelligentsia makes vitriolic attacks on capitalism for its dark history, they conveniently push under the rug the evils of socialism, claiming that it was actually this divine concept that went terribly wrong – every single time. I hold adulterated history, self-destructive philosophy, and the tribal instincts of human beings as the primary reasons why the left hates capitalism. These are only 3 of the top reasons why the left hates capitalism, i.e., freedom.

Keywords: [“Capitalism”,”left”,”where”]
Source: https://beinglibertarian.com/leftists-hate-capitalism