J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 10-07-2018

Living Life As A Compassionate Capitalist | Americas Greatest Motivators Keynote

Investment >Innovation>Jobs = Compassionate Capitalism

I renamed my podcast radio show the Compassionate Capitalist Radio Show after the Great Recession in an attempt to plant the seed that all the money needed to grow our economy and create jobs was sitting on the sidelines. So when you take the passion of an entrepreneur and mash it up with the capitalist desires of an investor – you get Compassionate Capitalism. Unlike pure capitalism, compassionate capitalism isn’t just about making money, it is about making money with the purpose of bringing innovation to the market and creating jobs, leading to the wealth triggered when that business continues to a successful exit. Here’s the thing—In America, Compassionate Capitalism has been going on for a long time. Since Angel Investing was first coined as a description of those that invest in private endeavors, with the goal for the company to grow big, go public, and reap the returns on that investment, it has been the game the rich play to get richer. 

Even when there was the dot.com collapse of the market….the angel investors had already made their big return on their money before the stocks collapsed on the stock market. Even with bombs like SnapChat IPO – the Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists make big multiples on their money, as the stock collapsed and those investors that got in on it when it first went public, lost a bunch. Without getting into all the rules covering this new era, lets just say — Anyone can get richer by investing in the entrepreneurial dream…. You don’t have to be an entrepreneur if you can invest in one. Angel Investors that people hear about making a lot of money from investing in Google, Facebook, Uber, or whatever is hot today, didn’t do it alone, and rarely just got lucky on making that great investment as their only investment. 

The problem is that 90% of the people that could qualify to be an angel investor are either too busy with running their own company or in their executive position to commit the time the traditional angel groups require or they are geographically located not near an established angel group. A way to get the primer for angel investing and jump-start getting started identifying and vetting deals to find the ones that are right for your capacity to invest and your risk tolerance. It is my, the author’s, investment in YOU the future Compassionate Capitalist. 

Keywords: [“Compassionate”,”Angel”,”money”]
Source: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/investment-innovationjobs-compassionate-capitalism-karen-rands

Beyond Kinder, Gentler Capitalism

The vast majority of the population is responsible for the creation of that wealth through work. The problem is one of distribution: resources are concentrated in the hands of a few economic elites, instead of being shared among the workers whose labor created it. CEOs at major US firms make over three hundred times what the typical worker does. Meanwhile American workers’ pay stagnates, the cost of living skyrockets, and the dwindling social safety net functions less as the guaranteed foundation of a good life than as a public subsidy for capitalists who refuse to pay their workers a living wage. You’ve got one guy, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, his wealth is increasing every single day by $250 million, but he pays many of his workers wages that are so low than many of them are on food stamps or on Medicaid. 

It’s what capitalism trends toward, even when we try our best to contain it. To survive, workers are compelled to compete with other workers to sell their labor on the open market, prompting a race to the bottom. In order for their enterprises to stay afloat and to keep from becoming workers themselves, bosses are forced to compete with other bosses to maximize profit, which requires them to squeeze as much labor from workers for as little cost as possible, while also pressuring the state to deregulate industry, cut taxes, and so on. The wealth bosses were accruing during that period still made them much more powerful than workers. Saving capitalism is a heavy lift, and an end to inequality and class conflict under capitalism is structurally impossible. 

If we’re going to invest in an ambitious political project, we’re better off setting our sights on a horizon beyond capitalism and on a new economic order, one that’s oriented around public well-being instead of private profits. At its core, it involves recognizing that the resources for a beautiful and fair world already exist – thanks to the labor of workers – and that those resources should be spent enriching the lives of the many instead of the elite few. 

Keywords: [“work”,”capitalism”,”wealth”]
Source: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/08/capitalism-inequality-worker-control-elizabeth-warren

Infosys salary row: Narayana Murthy’s single-minded focus on compassionate capitalism is commendable

It’s easy to look at Narayana Murthy’s open letter on executive compensation as the first salvo of the second round between the Infosys veteran and current management led by Vishal Sikka. Murthy addressed the letter to select Alpha journalists who never miss an opportunity and made his instructions clear. It’s easier still to be deliberately mischievous and see Murthy’s sharp words singling out Chief Operating Officer Pravin Rao as an expression of discomfort of the changing internal dynamics at Infosys. Rao was Murthy’s protégé, and probably still is; a fact Murthy explicitly brings out. At the risk of paraphrasing Murthy’s core thoughts, the veteran’s letter is more about the specific nature and character of capitalism that India needs to nurture for future generations, rather than about boardroom wars. 

In the Indian corporate landscape, Murthy is a rare titan whose rootedness to values of equity and fairness is monkish. Yes Murthy still considers India a poor country, and quite rightly so considering that close to 60 percent of the country still lives on less than Rs 140 a day. Murthy’s parting shot in the letter is as telling about the current nature of capitalism in India, as it is about what the nature of capitalism in the country needs to be. In such a scenario, it might seem that Murthy is being too idealistic and possibly quite out of sync with the rest of the world. Murthy’s advocacy of compassionate capitalism has strong roots in the Nordic and Scandinavian models of corporate capitalism that not only engages intensively with a social welfare state, but also puts self-restraining caps on executive salaries. 

Murthy is pointing to a model of capitalism that’s fundamentally different from the one that’s increasingly practiced in India. Instead of looking at Murthy’s letter only from the prism of Infosys and its changing dynamics, it would do all of us a world of good if we start looking at it as the first step to debating the contours of a new model of equitable capitalism for an emerging India. 

Keywords: [“Murthy”,”capitalism”,”India”]
Source: https://www.firstpost.com/business/infosys-salary-row-narayana-murthys-single-minded-focus-on-compassionate-capitalism-is-commendable-3365546.html

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

Conscious Capitalism and Compassion – Wolff Professional Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Individuals and Corporations Participate

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

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

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

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J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 06-01-2018

Compassionate Capitalism and the Odious Orphanage – Rev. Christopher Marlin-Warfield, CFRE

Lately, I’ve been playing with an idea I call ‘compassionate capitalism’. This is the idea that we can use capitalism – an economic system where private parties own the means of production and operate them to make a profit for themselves – to solve big social problems like poverty. Charity skeptics really like compassionate capitalism, and both Dan Pallotta and Steve Rothschild are advocates. While it’s probably true that capitalism can be used to mitigate big social problems, there no guarantee that it will be used to do that. If you want some absurd dystopianism, here it is: a smart investor – who only wants to make as much money as possible – could invest in the companies that cause social problems and the ones that work to solve them. 

It needed money, and it could get that money by charging wealthy westerners for the experience of coming to the orphanage and reading to the orphans. Mission trip volunteers who go to that orphanage to read to orphans aren’t doing anything wrong. It’s the mindset that makes the orphanage be willing to exploit those orphans in order to get money. Now, that’s not exactly capitalism, but it’s capitalism adjacent. The odious orphanage is willing to abandon – or, at least, to downplay – other values in the interest of acquiring money. 

It’s a perfect example of why we need to make sure that capitalism is bound by higher values: even ‘compassionate capitalism’ that is trying to solve big social problems can wander into a perverted place. We need to make sure that capitalism is bound by higher values: even ‘compassionate capitalism’ that is trying to solve big social problems can wander into a perverted place. 

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”money”,”social”]
Source: https://cmarlinwarfield.com/compassionate-capitalism-and-the…

5 Habits of Highly Compassionate Men by Kozo Hattori

Dr. Ted Zeff believes that only compassionate men can save the planet. I committed to a daily meditation practice, took the CCARE Cultivating Compassion class at Stanford University, and completed a 10-day silent meditation retreat. Most events I attend that discuss compassion are predominately attended by women. Although many men in society see compassion and sympathy as feminine-which translates to a weakness in our patriarchal society-all of the compassionate men I interviewed view compassion as a strength. 

Dr. Ted Zeff, author of the book Raise an Emotionally Healthy Boy, believes that only compassionate men can save the planet. All of the compassionate men seemed to have role models that supported their compassion instinct. Chade-Meng Tan, author of Search Inside Yourself, cites Ben Kingsley’s portrayal of Gandhi as a role model for compassion. Jesus and Buddha are obvious role models of compassion. 

Both Dr. Doty and Scott Kriens emphasize authenticity as a necessary pathway to compassion. Tears welled up in Doty’s eyes a number of times when he talked about compassion. Self-awareness through mindfulness practices like meditation, silent prayer, or being in nature allow compassionate men to embrace suffering without reacting, resisting, or repressing. So the path to making more compassionate men is clear: Understand compassion as a strength, get to know yourself, transcend gender roles, look for positive role models-and become one yourself. 

Keywords: [“compassion”,”men”,”compassionate”]
Source: http://www.yesmagazine.org/happiness/five-habits-of-highly-compassionate-men

Compassionate Capitalism

Capitalism is the economic system of our nation and has provided an environment in which many have amassed enormous wealth. The top 1% of the wealthy own more than one-third of the wealth in this country. The rich, once they are affluent, do not view their abundant financial resources as an opportunity to help those much less fortunate, much less as a responsibility. The homes are often much bigger than necessary for a comfortable living. More than 40 million people live below the stated poverty level. 

For them the American dream is more like a nightmare. Our lust to acquire is fueled by a daily bombardment of compelling commercials designed to persuade consumers to buy more and more products, most of which are for convenience and not out of necessity. One does not have to look far in any community to find people who struggle on a daily basis just to survive. Thankfully, there are commendable efforts made by various organizations in every community to address the plight of the poor. Socialism is not the answer to correcting poverty driven situations despite the growing chorus of people who naively think it is. 

To support a system in which the government controls much of the wealth and how it is distributed will not alleviate the problems related to inequality. People like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, two of America’s richest individuals, are leading the way in trying to motivate the wealthy to work together in addressing circumstances tied to inequality. 

Keywords: [“more”,”people”,”live”]
Source: http://tharelshirah.com/blog/compassionate-capitalism

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J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-29-2018

The clamour for compassionate capitalism

Those calling for compassionate capitalism need to be aware that such statements can come off as nugatory, or worse yet, can rebound. The media is rife with news of Yahoo’s shareholders’ vote on Thursday, 8 June. Electing to approve Yahoo’s sale to Verizon will make them richer by billions of dollars, while also enriching Marissa Mayer, the current chief executive officer of Yahoo, by almost $264 million. One could argue that Mayer’s windfall has very little to do with her work at Yahoo, since the firm failed on many fronts when compared to its arch-rival Google, and is instead due to the investment performance of two bets placed years ago by Jerry Yang, one of Yahoo’s founders, in two Asian internet giants-the Alibaba group in China and Yahoo Japan. Yahoo’s stock has more than trebled in value during Mayer’s tenure, going up from around $16 to about $50 a share on 7 June. 

Since most of Mayer’s pay was in stock and stock options, she now stands to benefit handsomely. It is they who provided their capital by buying ownership stakes in Yahoo. Mayer is just one of the many lucky managers who have made fortunes simply by sticking around due to the stock option based compensation structures that are de rigueur in today’s corporations, made possible in part by the seminal work linking stock options and executive compensation done at my alma mater, the University of Rochester, by its professors Michael Jensen, William Meckling and Kevin Murphy. True compassionate capitalism would mean that the shareholders of Yahoo are willing to forgo some of the profits they stand to make from the deal to benefit the axed employees. If they want to be paragons of compassionate capitalism, the natural next step would be for these investors to share their current dividends and future profits from their stock holdings with the lower level workers at these firms, who are now presumably cannon fodder in a relentless world which encourages survival of the fittest. 

Capitalism, like loyalty, is a reciprocal arrangement. I would advise caution before we use terms like compassionate capitalism. 

Keywords: [“Yahoo”,”stock”,”capitalism”]
Source: https://www.livemint.com/Opinion/Lk2PxTI9b1ItkiQpQHdVrI/The-clamour-for-compassionate-capitalism.html

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw: compassionate capitalist

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw argues that philanthropy too often tries to apply temporary fixes to intractable problems. Kiran graduated from Federation University Australia in 1976, becoming India’s first female brewmaster. She worked as a technical consultant at breweries in India and Australia and was later offered the position of head master brewer at a brewery in Scotland. In 1978, in a makeshift office in a garage in Bangalore, Kiran founded Biocon India, a joint venture in which she had 70 percent ownership. Within a year, Biocon India was manufacturing and exporting enzymes to the United States and Europe, the first Indian company to do so. 

It soon grew into India’s largest enzymes company. Under Kiran’s leadership, it has since become India’s largest biopharmaceutical company and Asia’s largest producer of insulins. The second Indian to sign the Giving Pledge, Kiran is motivated by personal experience: the illnesses of her husband, mother, and best friend led to a focus on cancer research and treatment. The state-of-the-art, Mazumdar-Shaw Cancer Center in Bangalore, one of the largest hospitals of its kind in India, was founded on an affordable healthcare model that allows low-income patients to access treatment that is subsidized by those who can pay the full cost of their therapy. Kiran is particularly concerned about the financial burden that debilitating diseases like cancer impose on patients in poor countries. 

Through the Biocon Foundation, Kiran has adopted a large number of Primary Health Centres in rural India and worked to transform them into telemedicine- and technology-enabled centres with links to doctors who are based in major cities. Kiran has also used her philanthropy to create the 1,400-bed Mazumdar-Shaw Cancer Centre in partnership with Dr. Devi Shetty, whose commitment to compassionate capitalism is legendary. 

Keywords: [“Kiran”,”India”,”Biocon”]
Source: https://www.bridgespan.org/insights/library/remarkable-givers/profiles/kiran-mazumdar-shaw-compassionate-capitalist

Compassionate Capitalism and the Odious Orphanage – Rev. Christopher Marlin-Warfield, CFRE

Lately, I’ve been playing with an idea I call ‘compassionate capitalism’. This is the idea that we can use capitalism – an economic system where private parties own the means of production and operate them to make a profit for themselves – to solve big social problems like poverty. Charity skeptics really like compassionate capitalism, and both Dan Pallotta and Steve Rothschild are advocates. While it’s probably true that capitalism can be used to mitigate big social problems, there no guarantee that it will be used to do that. If you want some absurd dystopianism, here it is: a smart investor – who only wants to make as much money as possible – could invest in the companies that cause social problems and the ones that work to solve them. 

It needed money, and it could get that money by charging wealthy westerners for the experience of coming to the orphanage and reading to the orphans. Mission trip volunteers who go to that orphanage to read to orphans aren’t doing anything wrong. It’s the mindset that makes the orphanage be willing to exploit those orphans in order to get money. Now, that’s not exactly capitalism, but it’s capitalism adjacent. The odious orphanage is willing to abandon – or, at least, to downplay – other values in the interest of acquiring money. 

It’s a perfect example of why we need to make sure that capitalism is bound by higher values: even ‘compassionate capitalism’ that is trying to solve big social problems can wander into a perverted place. We need to make sure that capitalism is bound by higher values: even ‘compassionate capitalism’ that is trying to solve big social problems can wander into a perverted place. 

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”money”,”social”]
Source: https://cmarlinwarfield.com/compassionate-capitalism-and-the-odious-orphanage/

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-26-2018

The New Nonprofit Paradigm: Fusing Compassion with Capitalism – Ventureneer

His for-profit company, Pallotta Team Works, invented two high-profile events: the AIDSRides and Breast Cancer 3-Days, raising over a half billion dollars and netting $305 million in eight years. Pallotta doesn’t come close to suggesting ways to improve performance within the existing nonprofit paradigm. Rather, he argues that the paradigm itself is the problem, and calls into question our fundamental canons about charity. His thesis: society’s nonprofit ethic undermines our ability to eradicate great problems and puts charities at a severe disadvantage to the for-profit sector at every level. Compensation: We allow the for-profit sector to pay people millions, but don’t want anyone paid a high salary in charity. 

That means charities can’t set aside funds to develop long-term solutions. Learning: We aren’t upset when Paramount makes a $200 million movie that fails, but if a charity experiments with a bold new fundraising initiative that disappoints, we want heads to roll. So charities are petrified – too scared to try any new endeavors and unable to benefit from the valuable learning curve that comes with exploration and innovation. Capital: We let for-profit companies raise massive capital in the stock market by offering investment returns, but we forbid the payment of a financial return to charity. The for-profit sector monopolizes the capital markets while charities are left to beg for donations. 

Another critical area where charities must compete is in the acquisition and retention of dynamic, dedicated leadership. As long as Americans see charity as a field in which people must suffer in the name of doing good, says Pallotta, we are preventing much good from being done. 

Keywords: [“charity”,”for-profit”,”nonprofit”]
Source: http://ventureneer.com/the-new-nonprofit-paradigm-fusing-compassion-with…

How to end crony capitalism

The quicker Republicans get this done, and without hearings, the less likely will the rest of the country discover how much it will cost in foregone Medicaid and Medicare or ballooning budget deficits. Donald Trump has been trashing democratic institutions – the independence of the press, judges who disagree with him, uncooperative legislators – while raking in money off his presidency. Don’t lose sight of the larger attack on our democracy that was underway even before Trump was elected: A flood of big money into politics. Lest you conclude it’s only Republicans who have been pocketing big bucks in exchange for political favors, consider what Big Tech – the industry that’s mostly bankrolled Democrats – is up to. Never underestimate the power of big money, whichever side of the aisle it’s aimed at. 

Big money is buying giant tax cuts, allowing Russia to interfere in future elections, and killing Americans. Republicans may be taking more big money, but both parties have been raking it in. A number of Trump voters told me they voted for him because they wanted someone who’d shake up Washington, drain the swamp, and get rid of crony capitalism. They’re decent folks who just want a government that’s not of, by, and for the moneyed interests. The big money that’s taken over American politics in recent years has created the biggest political backlash in postwar American history – inside both parties. 

It’s splitting the Republican Party between its large corporate patrons and a base that detests big corporations and Wall Street. When it comes to getting big money out of politics and ending crony capitalism, there’s no right or left, and certainly no middle. 

Keywords: [“big”,”money”,”Republican”]
Source: https://www.nationofchange.org/2017/10/23/end-crony-capitalism

The American Conservative

Despite his myriad failings as a president, Bush had a human decency, and an inspiring vision of America, that is painfully lacking in our politics today. Maybe it’s just that I grew up with Bush-he was president from the time I was 8 to the time I was 16-but there’s something comforting and almost endearing about our 43rd president’s political style. There is a hardness in our discourse today, in politics and in culture, that did not exist 16 years ago, or even eight. Perhaps Hillary Clinton retained some of this folksy style, but style it was; her policies were bland technocracy mixed with social liberalism, a mix that gratified elites but did not particularly resonate with the American people. To speak on its convention stage can no longer claim to be the party of the average American. 

Despite all of this, there is a window for healing and uniting the country-in Trumpism’s core ideas. Stripped of Trump’s brand of aggressive demagoguery, these ideas might even be largely uncontroversial. Far from somehow being at odds, the aspirational, folksy style of George W. Bush and the core ideas of Trumpism go hand in hand: while America should not be encased in amber, its longstanding, praiseworthy traditions and ways of life should not be sledgehammered merely to make way for globalized creative destruction. The core challenge for conservatives now is to implement the best of Trump’s ideas while disavowing the worst of his political style. 

Bush doesn’t hold a copyright on that turn of phrase. What American politics needs is compassionate Trumpism. Addison Del Mastro is an editorial assistant at The American Conservative. 

Keywords: [“Bush”,”America”,”style”]
Source: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/compassionate-trumpism

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 03-05-2018

Le Capitalisme Avec La Compassion et L’Integrite Inconditionnelle, Toujours!

It should be very clear by now that I am some form of Laissez Faire capitalist. It only takes one unethical Madoff, to ruin hundreds of ethical human beings lives. The system will do that but it’s people, not theory, that I care about now. If I have just proved myself to be as intellectually incongruous as most of the people I can’t stand, well. David Kelley and Nathaniel Branden both have come up with powerful teachings about the importance of benevolence and integrity in a rational society. Both of them will tell me that I’m inconsistent in my belief and that I’m not much help to the rationalist / capitalist cause. I can dig them even if it’s not going to be reciprocated. To me, they have the most important teachings about both capitalism and about living in a capitalist society. Capitalism works best when capitalist leaders have a very high level of integrity and when it’s philosophically acceptable to help others even in an individualistic system. It means that capitalists need to have unconditional integrity and need take responsibility for their actions.

Keywords: [“people”,”capitalist”,”even”]
Source: https://almostrational.wordpress.com/2011/10/23/le-capitalisme…

Mindfulness is not enough: Why equanimity holds the key to compassion

Para valorar el mindfulness, es necesario centrarse en las ideas del no juicio y de la aceptación ya que esto conceptualmente sustenta la práctica. El no juicio es una palabra importante en una variedad de profesiones de ayuda y un valour fundamental de muchas prácticas. En el contexto de las intervenciones basadas en el mindfulness, la aceptación de los pensamientos de manera no prejuiciosa es un ingrediente esencial. Sin embargo, el autor está en contra de la capacidad de las personas de ser imparciales, dada la profundidad de su significado. El autor presenta un modelo conceptual de juicio e «ignorancia presente de forma natural» para explorar conceptualmente las barreras potenciales a la práctica. El autor plantea la hipótesis de que la ecuanimidad es el factor mediador clave para facilitar la compasión. Se creó y se abordó un modelo conceptual de juicio. Además, se creó un modelo teórico de «ignorancia presente de forma natural» para subrayar las barreras a la ecuanimidad, con la motivación de cultivar la compasión.

Keywords: [“la”,”Para”,”juicio”]
Source: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2445407917300277

The Reluctant Capitalist

I come to this point in my journey as someone who cannot be criticised as lacking in compassion, as lacking in concern for the poor. I have spent most of my working life in social care, working with vulnerable and needy families, with disadvantaged young people and with the poorest people in our community. I have seen poverty, squalor, social exclusion and desperate need. I have worked in the public sector for many years, within statutory agencies and I have seen health, social care and criminal justice processes close up. I have been immersed in every aspect of the welfare state, at close hand – observing it in action and viewing the effect on people’s lives. I have come to one unmistakable conclusion – as someone who hates economic and spiritual poverty – that the welfare state, socialism, social democratism, call it what you will, has done little to improve the lot of the poor. It is increasingly my view that it has worsened their situation and has sucked any vestiges of spirit and self-reliance from their lives.

Keywords: [“social”,”people”,”worked”]
Source: https://thereluctantcapitalist.wordpress.com/tag/compassion

Musings on Compassion, Suffering and Free Markets

The Dharma is the teachings of the Buddha and is part of the foundation of Buddhism. Libertarianism is a political and economic theory based on free markets and limited government. In its teachings, I find great meaning and satisfaction and in meditation great relief from stress. Learning to see the world as it is, not as it appears is called enlightenment and is the goal of Buddhism. It does a great job of helping us negotiate the physical world we live in. Incredibly it does a wonderful job of describing the hidden world of subatomic physics as well. This goes a long way toward validating much of what the Buddha taught. I am also a Libertarian and believe greatly in the power of free markets, capitalism and personal freedom. As a result I have decided to create this blog where I will attempt to show the value of free markets and how free market capitalism couples well with Buddhism. Hopefully I will learn, teach and have interesting and enlightening conversations via this blog.

Keywords: [“Buddhism”,”free”,”market”]
Source: https://dharmatarian.wordpress.com/tag/capitalism

The Pope Should Know Capitalism Fights Poverty

Now, let me give you a couple of pull quotes from this piece. The theme of this is that redistribution’s great, taking from those who have more and giving to those who have less, on paper. That’s how you make people think that you’re good guy. You know, a guest host of this program, the great Walter Williams believes in giving something back, but only if you’re a criminal. He’s raising money from other people he gives back, or she, or whoever. If you’re Obama and having people write your books for you and earning lot, that’s really, really good. Poverty is by far the economic circumstance most people are born into and live in, in the world. The government gives you health care with $500 Band-Aids. BREAK TRANSCRIPT. RUSH: Let me give you some numbers here. Without capitalism, there wouldn’t be enough people with enough money to give it to the Catholic Church in the form of donations itself.

Keywords: [“give”,”people”,”money”]
Source: https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2013/12/09/the_pope_should_know…

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

Compassionate capitalism is the most pragmatic one

Global efforts to make medical technology and healthcare services sustainable, affordable and accessible to all, particularly to the poorer two-thirds of humanity are desperately needed. David Green developed an economic paradigm that he calls humanized capitalism, which would make these healthcare products and services available and affordable to the poor. This paradigm uses production capacity and surplus revenue to serve all economic strata, rich and poor, in a way that is both financially self-sustaining for the company, and affordable to all members of society. In 1992 Green directed the establishment of Aurolab, a not-for-profit manufacturing facility in India. Aurolab is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of intraocular lenses, which are surgically implanted in the eye to replace the cloudy lens during cataract surgery. Green helped develop high-volume, quality eye-care programs that are affordable to the poor and self-sustainable, independent from user fees. Collaborating with several institutions, he helped create an ‘Eye Fund’ that provides fifteen million US dollars in affordable loan financing for sustainable eye care programs and a related 1.5 million US dollar capacity-building grant. At the same time, he works with the Pacific Vision Foundation to develop an eye hospital serving northern California where revenues from insured patients would cover costs for the uninsured, and collaborates with Grameen Health in Bangladesh to develop eye hospitals. Finally, he developed the social enterprise company, Quantum Catch, to develop affordable retinal imaging for eye disease detection and monitoring, and a non-invasive method for monitoring glucose levels for diabetics. Recently, he has focused on making good hearing affordable and accessible as a co-founder of Conversion Sound, which developed an affordable high-quality digital hearing device.

Keywords: [“affordable”,”Green”,”eye”]
Source: https://olbios.org/compassionate-capitalism-is-the-most-pragmatic-one

What is Communism?

As the world is now, communism will never work, and the beginning of world wide communism would have to be fitted to every area, but in time they all would work for a common goal and the science will move a lot faster than it does today. The closest thing a Communism would have to a government would be councils elected by the people, councils which would be kept under control by the people; they would have no real power or authority. Some people hate the rich and some cops hate rich people and they want communism. Communism can’t work because people have different talents and skills, thus people can’t all be equal, or classless. What about the 25,000 that were starved daily in the Ukraine under Stalin? A forced starvation where people were going insane and eating their own children! What is the matter with people in the world today? If you like communism so much don’t live in the US!”. Did you not read the article? It clearly stated that communism in practice is unfortunately not true to the pure definition of communism. What about the 25,000 that were starved daily in the Ukraine under Stalin? A forced starvation where people were going insane and eating their own children! What is the matter with people in the world today? If you like communism so much don’t live in the US! anon73339Post 39. What people need to understand is that there is idealistic communism, and then there is the reality: corrupt dictatorships posing as communism, which is in fact the opposite of the idealistic people’s rule. According the definition of communism by the man who coined the phrase, communism *is* stateless and classless. Most of people outside really scared of communism will go into the people mind and try to get rid of it. So the manifestation of communism in the Soviet Union is not “Communism” in the pure or political science sense of the term, right?

Keywords: [“communism”,”people”,”work”]
Source: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-communism.htm


We need people in all categories to develop RBE. A main aim is to get this information out to people so the whole world can start to imagine and picture what a life in abundance without money can be like. “A resource-based economy is a society without money, barter or trade, with the awareness that Humanity is One family and where technology, science and spirituality is used to it’s fullest to develop and manage the planet’s resources to provide abundance for everyone in the most sustainable way.” Where did the money come from in the first place? In the beginning it was based on rare metals, like gold and silver, and because of it’s scarcity it could be used as means of trading, instead of cows, hens, corn and other rather-impractical-to-carry-around stuff. Since the world economy is based on scarcity, if there is too much money, they won’t be worth enough to pay for what we need, the resources. If there is an abundance of money for everyone there would be no value in the money. Growing the economy and “Printing” more money to pour into the system, so that banks can lend out more money, and companies can pay their debt, with more debt, with more money. Why would people want to do anything, if it wasn’t anything “In it for them”, like money? Well, I sit here now and write this, not because I earn any money on it, but because it gives me something else. A resource like oil is continually being pumped up because of the money it makes, instead of researching and developing new environmentally friendly energy, thus continuing to pollute the world. In a resource-based economy with no money, barter, exchange, borders or passports, there would be no reason to produce weapons to defend borders and kill people for property and profit. We could actually have a resource based gift economy today, if everyone simply stopped using money.

Keywords: [“money”,”need”,”world”]
Source: http://www.theresourcebasedeconomy.com/about

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

The Business Ethics of Capitalism with Compassion

“It’s not personal, it’s just business”: A mantra that rattles in every corporate hallway. At times, we forget who we are and what we have become. Corporate profitability, growth and career development without strong values give way to destructive behaviors and damaging work environments. In today’s corporate world, success is often equated with sacrificing our values and well-being for capital gain such as wealth, power and possessions. Shawn Vij, a successful business leader and consultant for major Fortune 100 companies, became inspired to write this book after a “UNIVERSAL CROSSING” with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In Moral Fiber, Vij shares his “Awakening” through hard-won insights on ethical business practices and how they can be leveraged for personal and professional growth. Filled with tips, tales, and tools to identify and eliminate toxic behaviors and motivators, as well as priceless lessons from top industry leaders and powerful research from academics, Moral Fiber is the ultimate guidebook on how to create a thriving business and career while staying true to who you are and what you believe. Taking an innovative and secular approach to business ethics, Moral Fiber threads a strand of “Corporate consciousness” that roars among the millennial workforce: Capitalism with Compassion.

Keywords: [“business”,”corporate”,”Fiber”]
Source: http://moralfiber.world

John Mackey, Milton Friedman, and the purpose of a great company

To me the most interesting thing is the question that you and Milton Friedman raise-is this debate over shareholder primacy vs. stakeholder model just a matter of rhetoric? I think it is mostly rhetoric, but also a question of short-term versus long-term thinking. I think Mackey, the Container Store, Starbucks, UPS and perhaps most famously Southwest Airlines all figured out that by looking at business as a series of win-win partnerships with employees, customers, suppliers, communities, they can generate shareholder value most effectively. This is a departure from the Henry Ford/industrial era model where companies want to pay their employees and suppliers as little as possible, charge their customers as much as possible, externalize costs and maximize profits to shareholders. Both models, in the end, are about serving shareholders. Mackey’s “New” model is more long-term and says in effect that the value of a company is in that set of enduring relationships that it has built. Wal-Mart is moving in this direction as well, quite clearly, and influenced by people like Whole Foods. Another way to think about this is to say that profits are essential to company but the purpose of any great company is not to generate profits but to solve problems, to accomplish something bigger.

Keywords: [“company”,”think”,”model”]
Source: http://business.time.com/2008/06/30/john_mackey_milton_friedman_an

Integral Options Cafe: Compassionate Capitalism

Do you want to make the world a better place, one person at a time? Make a loan to a person who needs a little help and change that life forever. 99.7% of the loans made so far have been paid back in full. Kiva lets you connect with and loan money to unique small businesses in the developing world. By choosing a business on Kiva.org, you can “Sponsor a business” and help the world’s working poor make great strides towards economic independence. Throughout the course of the loan, you can receive email journal updates from the business you’ve sponsored. Kiva partners with existing microfinance institutions. Kiva provides a data-rich, transparent lending platform for the poor. We are constantly working to make the system more transparent to show how money flows throughout the entire cycle. The below diagram shows briefly how money gets from you to a third-world borrower, and back! Kiva is using the power of the internet to facilitate one-to-one connections that were previously prohibitively expensive. Kiva creates a similar interpersonal connection at much lower costs due to the instant, inexpensive nature of internet delivery. The individuals featured on our website are real people who need a loan and are waiting for socially-minded individuals like you to lend them money.

Keywords: [“loan”,”Kiva”,”money”]
Source: http://integral-options.blogspot.com/2007/09/compassionate-capitalism.html

Compassionate Capitalism by Rich DeVos

Una guía para seguir los sueños, respetarlos y mantenerse fiel a ellos , un mensaje enfocado en poner los dones y talentos al servicio de los demás , un libro predicador de la filosofía del ganar-ganar , la generosidad y la satisfacción obtenida de la recompensa por el esfuerzo empleado. Resumiendo así esta gran obra en un término acuñado como Capitalismo solidario. El libro se pasea por biografías e historias de emprendedores, empresarios y visionarios cuyos. El libro se pasea por biografías e historias de emprendedores, empresarios y visionarios cuyos esfuerzos en pos de la superación personal los han llevado a la cumbre. Y que bajo la guía y reflexión de Rich Devos todos ellos comparten sus frustraciones, experiencias y enseñanzas con el lector para acercarlo a la realización del éxito. Comparto con todos ustedes este fragmento obtenido del libro Capitalismo solidario. “En alguna parte de usted su espíritu emprendedor esta luchando por ser libre”. “Y algún día usted sabrá que la verdadera satisfacción que proporciona el capitalismo solidario no es el encontrar su propia realización y seguridad financiera personal. La verdadera satisfacción es ayudar a otras personas a encontrar para si mismas su realización y seguridad financiera”.

Keywords: [“libro”,”por”,”los”]
Source: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1026663.Compassionate_Capitalism

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

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Keywords: [“Read”,”book”,”Capitalism”]
Source: http://kaelin.solutions/compassionate/capitalism/compassionate_capitalism.pdf

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Keywords: [“Read”,”book”,”Capitalism”]
Source: http://dapter.de/compassionate/capitalism/compassionate_capitalism.pdf

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Compassionate capitalism? How could that be? Doesn’t “Capitalism” mean “Dog-eat-dog, law of the jungle, 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. Format: PDFSize: 20.50 Mb Download Dear visitor, you went to the site as unregistered user. We recommend that you create or enter the site your name.

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”DeVos”,”Compassionate”]
Source: http://self-help-ebook.net/25069-compassionate-capitalism-rich-devos.html

The Compassionate World

Money is the major problem that the human race is facing. Though some of it is positive, the dominant energy of money is negative. Money is on its last legs from three scenarios that could very well act in unison to create positive money. Once money becomes positive, it’s a simple equation that follows: positive money can evolve into a complete dismantlement which the negative version of money cannot. Money will show its nature as the ultimate danger to human survival if left unchanged. The future of automating human labor will dismantle every economic principle, including the positive money that saved Earth from human destruction. The logical deduction: positive money is a temporary state as technology takes over. May every human recognize some final truths: The continuation of negative money will lead to the failure of the human species. A positive state of money will eventually dismantle all monetary principles by building the best possible world. The main problem preventing intelligence from expanding into the general of human consciousness, is that societies participate with harmful concepts like money and religion. It’s a world where money, politics, and war no longer exist, because humans have united their nationalisms through technology and automation. Technology takes care of the human species – not money.

Keywords: [“Money”,”human”,”positive”]
Source: http://thecompassionateworld.com

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

Corbyn’s Labour Party Will Deliver A Fairer, More Compassionate Britain

Britain’s Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn has now emphatically signalled that they will do just that. Actually, free-market is a misnomer; a more accurate name would be crony capitalism, where corporate profits are privatised and losses are socialised. On the one side we have free-market economics espoused by the Tories where the market is king and can do no wrong. On the other we have Labour saying we don’t agree, the market is not working fairly for the majority of our citizens and we will take action to correct that. The mantra of the Labour Party “For the many, not the few” is resonating with an increasing number of our citizens in spite of most mainstream media going into overdrive to smear Jeremy Corbyn and frighten the people. I am a member of the Green Party; I find the direction of travel of Corbyn’s Labour party and its policies music to my ears. I would have liked to see more emphasis on environmental protection; we need to protect our environment as well as our workers. Greater commitment to renewable energy to combat climate change would also enhance Labour’s progressive policies. Jeremy Corbyn has made the Labour party more democratic – now he needs to take the next step to make the country’s electoral system more representative of the nation’s views. I hope Labour who are considering the issue will endorse some form of PR with the caveat “Of maintaining the constituency link” as Jeremy Corbyn puts it. Until that happens why not embrace a progressive alliance to ensure that a dogma driven Tory party will not govern Britain in the future. The country has had enough of the Tories’ free-market economics and it is looking forward to a fairer, more caring Britain led by Corbyn’s Labour Party, supported by the country’s progressives.

Keywords: [“Labour”,”Party”,”Corbyn”]
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/adnan-aldaini/jeremy-corbyn_b_18153710.html

Why Capitalism Is Just Shitbag Science

Pure capitalism is beginning to look really similar to pure feudalism. Capitalism as an economic system is essentially defined as the process of private expropriation of public wealth. Ironically, defining capitalism for what it is has you thinking me perfectly barbaric. Surely, capitalism is the most just and fair distribution system of all time! No one could dream of a better, more equitable, more efficient, more beautiful social machinery than that which is spontaneously engineered by the invisible hand of the free market! Hardly capitalist in the traditional, value-producing sense, but nevertheless masterful in the new capitalist art of shitbag science. Between stints “Recuperating” from doing absolutely fuck all with their lives, these shitbirds outsource their financial obligations to wealth management firms and hedge funds who take their money and make hundreds of little gambles in an effort to make them more money. Capitalist shitbag science means the rationalizations for injustice never end. Now Capitalism has my neighbors spending most of their days driving to a job that I know pays them less than they need to feed their kids. This is the argument that because we have never quite achieved perfect capitalism, none of the consequences of contemporary capitalism are problems we should solve. Instead, we should think of society as on the mend, improving as we approach greater, purer capitalism. The endgame of capitalism would be the massive expropriation of the world’s resources into the hands of a few obscenely wealthy people, leaving the vast, vast majority of Earth’s denizens propertyless and without access to the necessities for life. Of course none of that is happening now because we have yet to reach “Pure capitalism.”

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”live”,”money”]
Source: https://renegadeinc.com/why-capitalism-is-just-shitbag-science

Ruinous ‘Compassion’

A recent story in a San Francisco newspaper says that some restaurants and grocery stores in Oakland’s Chinatown have closed after the city’s minimum wage was raised. At an angry meeting between local small business owners and city officials, the local organization that had campaigned for the higher minimum wage was absent. It is not just the young who are affected when minimum wage rates are set according to the fashionable notions of third parties, with little or no regard for whether everyone is productive enough to be worth paying the minimum wage they set. Just look down the unemployment column for countries with unemployment rates around 25 percent. While you are there, you can look up the unemployment rate for Switzerland, which has no minimum wage law at all. Over the years, I have never seen the unemployment rate in Switzerland reach as high as 4 percent. In the United States, back in what liberals think of as the bad old days before there was a federal minimum wage law, the annual unemployment rate during Calvin Coolidge’s last four years as president ranged from a high of 4.2 percent to a low of 1.8 percent. Low-income minorities are often hardest hit by the unemployment that follows in the wake of minimum wage laws. The last year when the black unemployment rate was lower than the white unemployment rate was 1930, the last year before there was a federal minimum wage law. The following year, the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931 was passed, requiring minimum wages in the construction industry. Inflation had made the minimum wage law, passed ten years earlier, irrelevant. The annual unemployment rate for black teenagers has never been less than 20 percent in the past 50 years, and has ranged as high as over 50 percent.

Keywords: [“wage”,”minimum”,”unemployment”]
Source: http://capitalismmagazine.com/2015/03/ruinous-compassion