J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-23-2018

Are the Poor More Compassionate?

GREG GUTFELD, CO-HOST: So, according to a new study, the poor are more compassionate than the un-poor. I guess by this logic, we should re-elect President Obama because we now have more poor people than ever, and that could only be good because they’re good. The culture of compassion doesn’t explain why a lot of crime is poor on poor. Forty-four million people are on food stamps right now. A lot more great people under the Obama administration. 

MARSHALL: Well, you can, but obviously, you can’t – obviously according to the study from Berkeley, because the poor people don’t have the money. Rich people have money and I think we’re going to get -. The people who give money, I’m guessing a lot of them are rich. Every time that the left – sorry, Leslie – but the left gets the right to sit around and talk about who is better, rich people or poor people. Poor people identify with people who are poor, down and out because they are poor, they have been poor. 

The very liberal people, 1.2 percent of their income. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The people that can least afford these shoes are buying these shoes. 

Keywords: [“people”,”poor”,”more”]
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/transcript/2011/12/29/are-poor-more-compassionate.html

Jesse Norman

Free Download. Reflections on the Revolution in France and other writings. Free Download. Mistress of all she surveyed. 2 of the authorised biography of Margaret Thatcher, by Charles Moore. By Jesse Norman with introduction, translation and notes by Paul Ortúzar Madrid. 

Free Download. Not work, but always love. Essay/review for New Statesman on the life and thought of Michael Oakeshott. Why Conservatives should support, not oppose, the Human Rights Act-and what the real problem is about human rights inflation. A full analysis of the crony capitalism of the past decade-and how and why we must address it. 

In this short paper, Jesse Norman MP argues that Britain needs to return to real capitalism after more than a decade of crony capitalism. Michael Oakeshott was, it has been said, ‘the greatest political philosopher in the Anglo-Saxon tradition since Mill – or even Burke’. He is best-known for his distinction between ‘civil’ and ‘enterprise’ association, for his attack on rationalism in politics, his philosophy of history and his characterisation of the rule of law. 

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”Free”,”Download.”]
Source: http://www.jessenorman.com/books.html

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Keywords: [“Win”,”SUMMIT”,”page”]
Source: https://www.facebook.com/CompassionateCapitalism

Compassionate Capitalism Archives

Pay attention to the soul of your business or you might miss incredible opportunities. Business is the most pervasive and influential force on the planet today. Its activities transcend national and international borders. Its activities are not unduly constrained by financial, political, cultural, ethnic, or religious concerns. The net of this is that business, as a prevalent and important force, has a moral responsibility to guide, enhance, value, and nourish the existence of all that it encounters. 

In the world today, the absolute opposite of this occurs. Business today seldom assesses the efficacy of its activities through the lens of anything but profit. Traditional capitalism forgets an important variable, that of happiness. The true purpose of business is to uplift the experience of existing. It is not to produce ever-cheaper goods and services. 

Compassionate capitalism is an economic system meant to make a lot of money, help a lot of people, and have a lot of fun. It is not to keep an avaricious and toxic economic model afloat and it is certainly not to make a profit. 

Keywords: [“Business”,”lot”,”activities”]
Source: http://ivanmisner.com/tag/compassionate-capitalism

Socialism is NOT Compassionate & Why This Should Matter to Christians

Christians should care about politics because, ultimately, we care about people. Government has an increasingly large influence on the lives of people, thus we cannot ignore politics. What we encounter in discussing societal issues today with Christians is that many think socialism is good. Socialism is government mandated activities or government control of assets. When the government redistributes wealth it even hurts the people it is trying to help! 

Every time the government gets involved in something, in the long run it hurts the economy. Socialism reduces the incentive to innovate and produce. Rights are God-given to personhood rather than something conferred by government. America’s Declaration of Independence explains that liberty-that is, freedom from government interference-is also a right. So liberals who say that something like government health care is a right in fact have it backwards. 

Government interference into health care tramples on liberty and thus tramples on our rights! We are not arguing that government has no role to play in society. 

Keywords: [“Government”,”right”,”people”]
Source: http://www.faithfacts.org/blog/socialism-is-not-compassionate

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-22-2018

Why students are attracted to Socialism and give capitalism an F?

As students most get attracted to the ideals of socialism and breathe by it. Post college and getting into a job/business, we move towards capitalism and breathe by it. Though few friends say they have moved from Capitalism to Socialism seeing the ruthless corporate world. BK Marcus reflects on this phenomenon of students giving capitalism an F:. Not only are young voters more likely to support Democrats than Republicans, they are also more likely to support the most left-wing Democrats. 

Capitalism was big business: McDonald’s, IBM, the military-industrial complex. There is little doubt that capitalism is associated with all evils of the world as socialism once was. In latter, we saw the politicians amassing huge wealth in the name of socialism and in former, it is the big corporates and finance guys who have done the same. In socialism the idea was govt would redistribute which failed. In capitalism it was market forces which were supposed to do the same but have been found equally wanting. 

According to Pastin, the highest-performing students were both more likely to be self-declared socialists and more likely to meet his proposal with outrage: grading, they argued, should be a matter of merit. Let’s say the class follows capitalism which selects on merit. This is what has been happening in world of capitalism for centuries now. 

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”socialism”,”more”]
Source: https://mostlyeconomics.wordpress.com/2016/03/15/why-students-are…

To Be Genuinely Compassionate, Politicians Should Focus on Job Creation, not Unemployment Benefits

The current debate about extending unemployment benefits is remarkable because certain politicians want to give people money on the condition that they don’t get a job. There is a problem with joblessness, to be sure, but it’s misguided to think that extending unemployment benefits is the compassionate response. The black unemployment rate is more than twice that of whites. We explain that more unemployment benefits is a misguided approach. The unemployed need a strong job market, not endless handouts that create dependency. 

If we are serious about keeping workers out of the long-term unemployment trap, we must have a debate about which policies cause unemployment and which policies create jobs. The column cites many of the academic studies showing that unemployment benefits lead to more joblessness. It doesn’t focus specifically on unemployment benefits, but it makes a great point about labor supply incentives. Big government is responsible for today’s unemployment situation. Since President Obama was elected, we have spent $560 billion on unemployment benefits. 

The United States enjoyed strong levels of job creation during both the Reagan and Clinton years. Well, as illustrated by this chart, they both presided over periods with impressive job creation. 

Keywords: [“unemployment”,”government”,”job”]
Source: https://danieljmitchell.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/to-be-genuinely…

Canadian Conservative Forum

I don’t think there is any question that globalization is of great benefit not only for Canada, but also for the entire world. The process of globalization creates an enviable playing field for economic growth by limiting the amount of trade barriers and opening up the free market. Many have written negative articles and books about globalization. William Greider of Rolling Stone threw everything and the kitchen sink against globalization. As a self-described libertarian conservative, I can think of no better option to follow other than globalization for three reasons. 

First, globalization will provide an equal opportunity, on a level playing field, for potential success. Second, globalization will open up the lines of international trade. Third, globalization will enhance the technological market. While not perfect, the technological boom has enhanced the future prospects of globalization. A typical attack on globalization by the left is that it looks out for the individual rather than the interests of the community. 

Globalization produces winners and losers, not a socialist communal fantasy of free money and protecting a country’s economy. Globalization opens up a whole new range of trading possibilities and free market activity. 

Keywords: [“globalization”,”free”,”market”]
Source: http://www.conservativeforum.org/EssaysForm.asp?ID=6074

Compassion International

Compassion International is a nonprofit organization founded in 1952 by Reverend Everett Swanson. Swanson felt driven to help South Korean children who were left orphaned due to the war. Today this organization aims to provide over 1.2 million children in twenty-six countries with food, shelter, education and health care, and Christian training. Although Compassion International began in South Korea, the idea caught the attention of other people and it began to spread throughout the world. Compassion International is funded by charitable donations that are tax deductible in the United States. 

Last year about 520 million dollars was donated to this charity, and of that 520 million, 80 % went towards program activities for the children. There are a few characteristics of Compassion International that makes them different from other nonprofit organizations. One characteristic is their commitment to the children. Their ministry is focused on each individual child and their needs. They work holistically with every child to focus on their spiritual, economic, social and physical needs. 

Another characteristic is their commitment to Christ. Compassion International believes that Jesus Christ is the heart of their ministry. 

Keywords: [“Compassion”,”International”,”organization”]
Source: http://www.antiessays.com/free-essays/Compassion-International-183039.html

What is Marxism

Marxism is an economic and social system based upon the political and economic theories of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. According to Marx a class is defined by the relations of its members to the means of production. He proclaimed that history is the chronology of class struggles, wars, and uprisings. Under capitalism, Marx continues, the workers, in order to support their families are paid a bare minimum wage or salary. The worker is alienated because he has no control over the labor or product which he produces. 

The capitalists sell the products produced by the workers at a proportional value as related to the labor involved. Surplus value is the difference between what the worker is paid and the price for which the product is sold. An increasing immiseration of the proletariat occurs as the result of economic recessions; these recessions result because the working class is unable to buy the full product of their labors and the ruling capitalists do not consume all of the surplus value. A proletariat or socialist revolution must occur, according to Marx, where the state is a dictatorship of the proletariat. Religion, according to Marx was the response to the pain of being alive, the response to earthly suffering. 

Keywords: [“work”,”class”,”Marx”]
Source: https://www.allaboutphilosophy.org/what-is-marxism-faq.htm

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-18-2018

Revolution from Within

A New Take on FCC!As we transmute the 3-letter organizations who no longer serve us, we the people, globally, let’s turn FCC into this simple affirmation: FREEDOM * CREATIVITY * COMPASSION. InterviewsListen to the author, Catherine Baird, explore the background behind Revolution from Within and how these ideas of freedom, creativity and compassion are just as relevant for Western society today as they were for a Russia terrorized by Bolshevik tyranny. Learn more about why Lenin ruthlessly exiled 160 intellectuals in 1922. The plots, controversial ideas, the untold history of the first dissidents to Bolshevism. How Revolution from Within started from the very beginning of the USSR until, finally, in the 1980s it burst through the concrete walls of communism’s faceless collective. 

Embark upon a voyage with The 160 to explore the psyche of a nation at one of the greatest turning points in history! Follow the unexpected twists and turns of these dauntless personalities … founding fathers of Perestroika, Glasnost’ and a world after Communism … to gain a glimpse of the formidable ideas that have helped shape a culture both inside and outside of Russia today promoting human rights, federalism, unity consciousness, free markets and local sovereignty. Freedom, Creativity and Compassion sit at the heart of this book as the author ties the events from over a century ago back to parallels occurring today. 

This is a story of how 160 completely unique activists, philosophers, and politicians kept alive the key tenets of a natively Russian worldview and, with the help of a most unlikely sponsor – the American YMCA – preserved their culture and beliefs for more than three generations until finally they could at last find acceptance once more. 

Keywords: [“Russian”,”more”,”today”]
Source: http://www.catherinebairdbooks.com

Capitalism: The Inner Battle

We live our lives through stories that reinforce certain values and beliefs. When a critical mass of individuals lets go of these stories, a tipping point is reached, and the scaffold collapses. A cascade of individuals like Newton let go of the story that slavery was acceptable, and change rapidly accelerated. Capitalism is a similarly constructed story, a collection of social perceptions that create a dominant world view. It’s easy to see capitalism as a system external to ourselves, but it’s much harder to acknowledge the stories we carry inside of ourselves that create and reinforce the values that sustain it. 

These beliefs produce a pervasive sense of powerlessness, and the story that’s erected around them-the story of capitalism-inevitably becomes a narrative of fear and domination. Trying to change these institutions without altering the stories that underpin them won’t create the paradigm shift that’s required to alter our self-destructive course. That reinforces the problem, especially when stories are founded on fear since people hold on tighter whenever they feel threatened. I found my own ‘hand of grace’ in books by Cordova, Charles Eisenstein and others who are writing new stories to replace the old. I believe that a tipping point to a new paradigm beyond capitalism will only be reached when enough individuals and communities rewrite their stories in this way. 

Local food economies create greater self-reliance in communities, and help people to develop an internal locus of control that can free them from fear and the urge for domination, thus creating the new values and beliefs that can sustain a different economic system. We can help by encouraging each other with new stories that describe a different sense of what it means to be human in the world. 

Keywords: [“story”,”system”,”people”]
Source: http://occupywallstreet.net/story/capitalism-inner-battle

Ma’ikwe Ludwig – Cooperative Culture Pioneer

Ma’ikwe Ludwig’s work integrates ecological, economic, social, political and personal approaches and technologies for a holistic view of what real cooperation and sustainability take. Ma’ikwe is a dynamic, compassionate and thoughtful speaker and teacher, and a minister committed to creating a world that supports the well-being and vibrancy of all beings. Her 2013 TEDx talk set the ball in motion for a major speaking tour in 2015, and she regularly does interviews, speaking gigs, facilitation work and trainings. She lives in Laramie, WY where a group of fellow economic radicals are working on starting an income-sharing ecovillage in the belly of the fossil fuel beast. Ma’ikwe’s latest book is Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption. 

Ma’ikwe Ludwig is a long-time cooperative culture theorist, practitioner and advocate. She started her consulting firm, Sol Space Consulting in 2002. She is a consensus facilitator and regularly works with intentional communities and nonprofits who are wanting to have more inclusive, relationship-deepening and efficient group process. Ma’ikwe is currently working on The Cooperative Culture Handbook with fellow practitioners Jamaica Stevens and Adam Wolpert. Ma’ikwe is one of a handful of national experts on intentional community who actively teach and consult. 

She has lived in community for 20 years, is a regular contributor to Communities magazine and a member of the Board of Directors of the Fellowship for Intentional Community, and started doing anti-classism work in 2015. She promotes income sharing, public finance, alternative currencies and a host of other economic solutions to ending capitalism and privatization, and creating a cooperative, locally self-determined economy in their place. 

Keywords: [“Ma'ikwe”,”work”,”Community”]
Source: http://maikwe.org

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-10-2018

Socialism, Once in Power, Outlaws It

Socialism on the other hand has no checks and balances against greed. Socialism therefore cannot produce a people who are free to be compassionate. Although socialism is viewed as compassion, it doesn’t allow room for compassionate giving because by definition, under a socialist system, there shouldn’t be any need for anyone to have to give compassionately. Socialism has to keep people poor in order to justify its own existence. Socialism strips the individual of their right to own private property. 

To give freely is treasonous because, in theory, under socialism there is no need for people to be compassionate. Unlike compassionate capitalism, compassionate socialism cannot exist. It’s an oxymoron because socialism as absolute economic law only has what it’s taken from the people; it has no capital outside what socialism has taken without compassion; creating no real margin of abundance for individuals to give compassionately from. The Bible does not preach or foster socialism as an absolute economic law or morality. Socialism has no room and sees no need for compassion once it holds power. 

The socialist only sees the capitalist as his or her enemy, upholding socialism religiously, without opposition. Socialism is seen as true compassion and therefore the only compassion anyone truly needs. 

Keywords: [“Socialism”,”give”,”compassionate”]
Source: https://www.xyz.net.au/capitalism-needs-compassion-socialism-power…

Blue Print for How to Build A Culture of Empathy?

We’d like to come up with a blueprint for building a culture of empathy and compassion. The more empathy you receive, the more space you have to give it. Develop training that deepens the individual components of empathy. Change all social institutions to actively support empathy. Go to the pain, suffering, fear, alienation with awareness, presence and empathy. 

Have TV moderators using empathy to bring people together. I take heart that there are many people bringing forward empathy. Local level with skilled moderators, who want to get people heard. Want to talk with peoples who’s letters confused me. I don’t understand this lack of empathy around the world. 

This group used reflective listening to deepen empathy for each person. Edwin told story of visiting Tea Party and Republican State convention to talk with participants about the role of empathy in their lives. 

Keywords: [“Empathy”,”people”,”Culture”]
Source: http://cultureofempathy.com/Projects/How-To-Build-Empathy/index.htm

Halcyonic by HTML5 UP

This is Halcyonic, a free site template by AJ for HTML5 UP. It’s responsive, built on HTML5 + CSS3, and includes 5 unique page layouts. Yes! Halcyonic is built on the Skel framework, so it has full responsive support for desktop, tablet, and mobile device displays. Halcyonic is licensed under the CCA 3.0 license, so use it for personal or commercial use as much as you like. 

Duis neque nisi, dapibus sed mattis quis, rutrum accumsan sed. Suspendisse vitae magna eget odio amet mollis justo facilisis quis. Sed sagittis mauris amet tellus gravida lorem ipsum. What We Do A subheading about what we do Sed mattis quis rutrum accum. What People Are Saying And a final subheading about our clients. 

Keywords: [“sed”,”quis”,”Halcyonic”]
Source: http://www.copyblogwriter.com/compassionate_capitalism_how_corporations…

Culture of the New Capitalism

The distinguished sociologist Richard Sennett surveys major differences between earlier forms of industrial capitalism and the more global, more febrile, ever more mutable version of capitalism that is taking its place. Only a certain kind of human being can prosper in unstable, fragmentary institutions: the culture of the new capitalism demands an ideal self oriented to the short term, focused on potential ability rather than accomplishment, willing to discount or abandon past experience. Richard Sennett teaches sociology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the London School of Economics. His recent publications include The Corrosion of Character and Respect in a World of Inequality. 

Keywords: [“Sennett”,”more”,”how”]
Source: https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300119923/culture-new-capitalism

The Compassionate Librano

On the prowl sort of whereas an Alligator is any woman out there ready to devour or destroy the reputation, livelihood and well being of any male she has her sights on – without due course, due diligence, due evidence, or due process. We’re due they, the radical feminists, were due to say. No more holding the door open, paying for dinner, compliments, drinks or whatever. I would belch, fart, grunt, swear, and scratch my ass – wiggle me nuts – tell dirty jokes, well perhaps not, and – y’know all of those things that define a male – in front of you. I would think twice about working with a woman because you just never know. 

No defence, no evidence, just hearsay and buddy you are screwed. 

Keywords: [“due”,”well”,”woman”]
Source: http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2018/01/the-compassiona-2.html

UPC’s Seventh Annual Conscious Eating Conference: What are the Most Compassionate Choices?

You are cordially invited to attendUnited Poultry Concerns’ Seventh Annual Conference. Conference Synopsis: United Poultry Concerns’ 7th Annual Conscious Eating Conference brings expert speakers to Berkeley, California to share their ideas about the best food choices we can make for the planet, ourselves, and other animals. We will explore the ethics of eating and the effect of agriculture on animals and the planet, and why it matters. 20 pre-registration for all others, $30 at the door the day of the event. Food: Registration includes a continental breakfast of vegan pastries & fruit, delicious vegan lunch, and all-day coffee & tea. 

Keywords: [“Conference”,”vegan”,”animals”]
Source: http://upc-online.org/forums/2018

The C word

Bill Gates recently gave a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The idea is this: the increase in standards of living brought by capitalism mainly benefit the rich, so companies should put more effort into developing products and services for the poor. Both these bargains are bound up with capitalism, which is centred not on the free market or the accumulation of wealth, but instead on the idea of false choice. Yes, you may buy from or work for a number of companies, but they are all motivated by the same desires and thus, really, you only have one choice. 

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”companies”,”Creative”]
Source: https://maryrosecook.com/blog/post/the-c-word-2

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-21-2018

Is Capitalism Undemocratic?

If we as a society agree that every American has a right to free healthcare, free education, free water, or free things of any kind, that means we are agreeing to a situation in which value is unilaterally shifted from one position within our economy to another without a reciprocal exchange of value in return. Thus, rights cost something; and whenever there is a cost for a thing, there is a negotiation over the allocation of finite resources and who should bear the cost of that thing. His claim implies that the allocation of finite resources within a private company is subject to the rights of the proletariat, but as we’ve discussed already, such a right cannot exist unless it comes from a divine creator or some social contract. Workers cannot depend on an inviolable reservoir of rights. The only logically and philosophically consistent response to Marx’s central claim about the undemocratic nature of Capitalism is to say that nobody deserves anything at any time until and unless they prove that they can deliver enough value to somebody who has some other kind of value they wish to obtain. 

Unless somebody else is willing to enter into an exchange of value, the only means of obtaining value from some person or organization is through cooperation or brute force. If we take the path of brute force, the value creation process within society rapidly breaks down and everybody loses. There is only voluntary cooperation or brute force; rights do not exist except in the desires and dreams of the human mind. Crony Capitalism is the Culprit, Not a Deficiency of Rights. This chain of transactions amounts to an integrated value creation and distribution system that is neither democratic nor plutocratic. 

It can be depressing to analyze the origins of our personal values, societal norms, and human nature because an honest analysis usually takes us to conclusions that are uncomfortable. Thus, every businessperson, politician, and citizen has rational reasons to develop their ability to empathize and feel compassion for others if they want to contribute meaningful value to society and build successful organizations. 

Keywords: [“value”,”Right”,”economy”]
Source: https://eanfar.org/is-capitalism-undemocratic

Bleeding Heart Libertarians

Thanks to the folks at Bleeding Heart Libertarians for inviting me to blog here about my new e-book Human Capitalism: How Economic Growth Has Made Us Smarter – and More Unequal. With any luck I’ll motivate one or more BHL regulars to weigh in. The richer and more advanced a country’s economy grows, the more complex that economy becomes: more and more knowledge and know-how are distributed throughout the system, and the division of labor grows ever more specialized and intricate. Back in 1900 almost 80 percent of working Americans were farmers, manual laborers, or domestic servants; today, some 60 percent work in white-collar office jobs. When I say we’re getting smarter, what I really mean is we are becoming more fluent in highly abstract ways of thinking. 

So good – but alas there’s more to the story. The elite occupations that require analytical sophistication, strong people skills, high motivation, and meticulous planning will generally be filled by the people most flush with those skills, which they will hone even further over the course of their working lives. These elite workers will naturally tend to pass those skills along to their children – through their own parenting in the home, and through the influence of the communities in which they congregate. Once upon a time, when the world was much simpler, there were more people with the requisite skills to handle elite occupations than the number of elite slots. This period -the middle decades of the twentieth century – was one of declining class differences, as the descendants of the Great Migration from the turn of the century now found the paths of upward mobility more open than ever before. 

My policy proposals are an eclectic mix, and while I think they all push in the right direction, one stands out in my mind as a potential game changer: structural reform of K-12 education to allow more competition among schools for students. Elite kids start school with big advantages in cognitive skills, and those advantages continue to widen during the primary and secondary school years. 

Keywords: [“More”,”skills”,”percent”]
Source: http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2012/10/human-capitalism

Faux compassion is only worsening homeless crisis – Orange County Register

For years California voters have been nothing but compassionate towards the state’s homeless population, repeatedly voting to tax ourselves to provide more resources for affordable housing, mental health services, public transportation and addiction treatment facilities. In return, we’ve lost control of park space, rivers, public transit systems, downtown commercial hubs, and even residential neighborhoods. Politicians, advocates for the homeless and the courts have to understand that compassion is a two-way street. They want you to shut up, keep paying your rising tax bill and check your privilege. I for one have had it with their faux compassion and moral superiority. 

It’s time that they take responsibility for the trainwreck that they and their disastrous policies created. It’s not compassionate to allow addicts and the mentally ill to live life on the streets, and it’s not compassionate to expect the public to deal with the dangerous situations this creates. Over the last six years the number of those living in the streets and shelters of the city of Los Angeles and most of the county surged 75 percent. If you take out Los Angeles, national homelessness would have dropped last year for the first time since the recession, proving that the homeless crisis is either just a California problem – or that we’re attracting them from other parts of the nation. After it was determined that December’s Skirball Fire, which destroyed six homes and damaged a dozen others in the process, was started by a fire at a homeless encampment in nearby brush, the Los Angeles Fire Department conducted a study which found nearly 200 similar encampments pose a high fire risk to their surrounding communities. 

In the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles, a 41-year-old transient was arrested Tuesday afternoon for sucker punching an 85-year-old grandma for no reason, leaving her with horrific injuries to her head and face. In Van Nuys, a transient was arrested after he was caught breaking into a home, watching pornography and masturbating. 

Keywords: [“transient”,”year”,”want”]
Source: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/14/faux-compassion-is-only…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-17-2018

Compassionate Capitalist – When should an entrepreneur get a patent

American Capitalism Is More Compassionate Than European Socialism

In Investor’s Business Daily, I empirically show that the American model of greater economic freedom and a leaner public welfare state create more opportunity and more wealth than the European social market economy. Capitalism takes care of the less fortunate too, but relies on individual choice and human compassion instead of paternalism and forced wealth redistribution. U.S. workers are, on average, more satisfied with their jobs than their European counterparts. Only 25% of those surveyed in Europe reported the same. 

Europeans, enduring drastically higher long term unemployment and underemployment than Americans, are far more likely to have a difficult time finding work. During 2002-2011, 15% of unemployed Americans had been jobless for more than 12 months, compared to 44% in Europe, according to Eurostat. Europe has nearly three times the number of underemployed – defined as those working part-time because of the unavailability of full-time positions – than the U.S., according to the OECD. Not only is finding a job in Europe more difficult, but the work is only about half as likely to be truly satisfying. Despite having a smaller public welfare state, the U.S. 

spends roughly the same amount of resources as European countries in caring for the less fortunate. After accounting for the cost of voluntary private social spending and the benefits of charity in both the U.S. and Europe, I found that Americans are still wealthier than their European counterparts. U.S. post-tax household income less voluntary private social expenditure discounted for charitable giving is $28,182, according to my data calculations from the OECD, International Monetary Fund and others. 

That’s more than $3,000 greater than the population-weighted Nordic average of $25,071 and nearly $4,000 greater than the Western European figure of $24,422. Not only do Americans enjoy greater opportunity than Europeans, but also greater wealth. 

Keywords: [“European”,”U.S.”,”more”]
Source: https://cei.org/blog/american-capitalism-more-compassionate-european-socialism

Nick Paleologos: The Case for Compassionate Capitalism « The Recovering Politician

The closer we looked at capitalism, the more we found it wanting. The damage done to the country during the Depression convinced him that unregulated capitalism always favors the rich at the expense of everyone else. So to save capitalism from itself, FDR introduced what turned out to be the crucial missing ingredient: compassion. He knew instinctively that fairness – essential to any functioning democracy – was an alien concept to pure capitalism. Compassionate capitalism worked for everyone without busting the federal budget. 

Under Roosevelt’s compassionate capitalism – even with a Great Depression and a Second World War – the federal budget quickly came right back into balance. By the time Eisenhower was elected, compassionate capitalism was tightly woven into the fabric of American democracy. America’s social safety net was never viewed as the cause of eye-popping deficits until a radical group of political nihilists decided that the best way to kill the compassion in capitalism was to stubbornly refuse to pay for it. Deficit hawks didn’t know it at the time, but the answer to their prayers arrived with the presidency of Bill Clinton who inherited a quarter trillion dollar deficit and left his successor with a quarter trillion dollar surplus. The reason compassionate capitalism is still hugely popular – Tea Party extremists notwithstanding – is because it works. 

America’s social safety net was never viewed as the cause of eye-popping deficits until a radical group of political nihilists, led by people like Grover Norquist, decided that the best way to kill the compassion in capitalism was to stubbornly refuse to pay for it – and then blame the resulting deficits on the lie that compassion itself is just too damn expensive. History has repeatedly demonstrated that compassionate capitalism leads to balanced budgets, a robust economy, and a piece of the opportunity pie for every citizen seated at America’s table. 

Keywords: [“deficit”,”capitalism”,”budget”]
Source: http://therecoveringpolitician.com/contributors/nickp/nick-paleologos-the-case-for-compassionate-capitalism

Capitalism With a Heart

They justify corporate philanthropy, like donating to the United Way, not because it’s virtuous but because it buys public good will and thus contributes to the company’s bottom line. To hard-core free-marketeers, the corporation’s only mission is to generate profits for shareholders. Mackey defines his company’s mission as improving the health and well-being of everyone on the planet. Before taking the company public, he told investors that he was going to devote 5 percent of the profits to philanthropy, so they can’t complain now that he’s robbing them. Nor can Google’s shareholders, because its founders also warned investors of their philanthropic plans. 

As Katie Hafner reported in The Times, they’ve given $1 billion in seed money to Google.org, and set up the philanthropy as a for-profit organization so it can work with venture capitalists, start companies and use any profits to finance further endeavors. It’s smart of Google’s founders to try using capitalist tools to save the planet; the market’s discipline should keep their philanthropy from backing too many lost causes. Still, whatever Google.org accomplishes, I’d bet that it will pale next to the social good accomplished by Google.com. The company’s founders may not have set out to help humanity with their search engine, but they have enriched countless lives by spreading ideas and connecting people. If you read Adam Smith’s famous passage about the invisible hand causing capitalists to unwittingly serve the public interest, you might conclude that Google’s founders are better off investing their time and money in improving their core business. 

I don’t think Smith would have any problem with Google.org. If compassionate capitalism is a more appealing brand, if Google and Whole Foods are using philanthropy to strengthen the invisible hand, even Smith would say they’re doing good. 

Keywords: [“company”,”founders”,”philanthropy”]
Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/16/opinion/16tierney.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Compassionate Capitalism

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

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

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

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

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

Bookstore – Conscious Capitalism

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

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

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-13-2018

On Weinstein: We’re All Accountable for Our Cultural Issues

Then many more stories emerged about the abuse of women, mainly by powerful men. After a while of digesting all this, I realized that women are stronger than men. Today, the world continues to favour men, because they’re men. The problem is not only that some power-hungry, egoistic men are sick. Rather, the problem is that when such men are sick, it has severe consequences for all of us, because men still, to a large extent, rule the world. I remember Rebecca Solnit saying something about men being the problem-not all men, but men. Because men, as philosopher Simone de Beauvoir said about women, aren’t born men; they become men. Gender can too easily turn into a lucrative identity of being this or that. It’s naïve and wrong to reduce men to being intrinsically morally bad. What Weinstein and his ilk have done is a violation of many women, but not only women. Due to capitalism, we’re told that freedom is related to property rights, as if anyone could own another human being. Narcissism, egoism, nationalism they’re all related to capitalism and the right to own a territory, the illusion of being in control and the belief that some people can treat others as they see fit, because of ownership, money and such. It shows people who feel superior because of money, gender, race or religion that the most powerful human being is a person who cares for what brings life.

Keywords: [“men”,”being”,”gender”]
Source: https://www.themindfulword.org/2018/survival-compassionate…

Socialism Is Not the Answer

Pope Francis is right to call attention to poverty, but socialism is not the solution. The pope’s emphasis on the needs of the poor is important, especially in today’s politics, where poverty is often a public-policy sideline. In calling attention to the problem, he fails to understand that free-market capitalism is not a cause of poverty, but a solution. In 1980, less than 1 percent of Argentinians lived in extreme poverty, while in neighboring Chile, the extreme-poverty rate exceeded 15 percent. Today, while the proportion of Argentinians living in extreme poverty has risen slightly, to nearly 3 percent, Chile has seen the most dramatic reduction in poverty in Latin America. Fewer than 2 percent of Chileans now live in extreme poverty. Poverty, which briefly declined at the beginning of Chávez’s reign, has begun rising rapidly. Although accurate figures are hard to come by, it is estimated that between one-third and one-half of the population now lives in poverty. In China alone, even the partial adoption of a market-oriented economy has saved more than 650 million people from poverty. Almost 84 percent of Chinese lived in extreme poverty in 1987. As Bono, hardly a right-wing icon, explains, ‘Capitalism takes more people out of poverty than aid. Throughout most of human history, most of mankind lived in truly abject poverty.

Keywords: [“poverty”,”more”,”capitalism”]
Source: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/424464/pope-and-poverty

Christian Heritage

These give us license to dismiss some ideas quickly, or to answer objections swiftly so that we might be free to mull over other ideas. A free market, we should remember, is not fueled by greed, but by service. First, taxing one group of people to give the money to another group of people is bad for the people who receive the money. When we tax one group to give the money to another we create disincentive for everyone to work, which leads to greater poverty for everyone. Second, taking from one group to give to another fails the compassion test because it is not compassionate to those who are having their wealth taken. We surely aren’t showing grace when we come to take what we will later give. If having more than someone else is a sure sign of greed, we are all guilty, including even those to whom we give money. Finally, and most importantly, asking the state to take from one group to give to others isn’t compassionate because we are not the ones making the sacrifice. I am not demonstrating a giving heart if I steal my neighbor’s car, and give it to a struggling single parent. Christians are called to be compassionate, which means we give what is ours, not what is our neighbors’. We give in the name of Jesus, not in the name of Uncle Sam. It says we are called to give of our own wealth, not the wealth of others.

Keywords: [“give”,”greed”,”more”]
Source: https://www.christianheritageonline.org/compassion-on-the-cheap

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: https://thebestyoumagazine.co/compassion-and-capitalism

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-11-2018

Zombie Apocalypse / Analysis

Common to virtually all Zombie Apocalypse tales is that, regardless of the reason zombies attack living/non-infected people, they never attack other zombies. Any truly large-scale zombie apocalypse is likely to demand a heavy degree of Hollywood Tactics or handling of the Idiot Ball by the military. Overwhelmingly, zombie apocalypse stories tend to fall into one of two categories of political allegory. The zombie horror can be used to make a political statement against consumer capitalism, with zombies representing the bulk of humanity as unthinking sheep. The bite of a zombie is infectious, and is always a fatal injury, even if it seems a trivial scratch. This results in the victim returning as a zombie, much to the horror of the Zombie Infectee, though this is essentially coincidental, as zombification would equally result had the infectee died of, say, rabies. It is generally the case that a single zombie is not a tremendous threat, owning largely to the previous two rules. Zombiism results only from being bitten by another zombie, though event zero created the first zombie that starts off the chain reaction. Most non-Romero zombie films prefer this convention to Romero’s, including the recent remake of Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. A zombie bite results in zombification, though the transition is slow, with the victim becoming progressively more zombie-like. Often, zombie apocalypse stories are tied with a Science Is Bad message, or an allegory about human nature. The Zombie Apocalypse is so iconic that perfectly sane people will formulate emergency survival plans in case of shambling corpses. Zombie films have an ace in the hole for directors, too.

Keywords: [“Zombie”,”human”,”brain”]
Source: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Analysis/ZombieApocalypse

compassionate conservativism

In is his view that the Pope seems to fear Capitalism, with the apparent ‘worship of wealth’ more than Socialism, with the inevitable worship of government. Let me start with Our Lady’s promise of a conversion of Russia. Russia has been ruled for centuries by the czars, a royalist form of government that the Western world had started to reject in the 18th century. From 1917 to 1991 Russia and its surrounding countries emerged as the imperialistic Soviet Empire with nuclear teeth. If Russia’s conversion were to eventually take place, it would have to be a complete social, economic and most importantly religious transformation. Since Mary is an important figure in Catholicism I would think that a conversion would entail that Russia rejoin the Catholic Church it left in the 11th century. At Notre Dame President Barack Obama opined in 2009 that practical atheism was the working religion of governments and by inference, economies. The pope need only to look to his own country of Argentina to see what big government interference does to a population. In the United States capitalism flourishes and all boats rise when there are logical and humane rules that limit the excesses of capitalism and promote more of the general welfare. One might even borrow George W. Bush’s phrase of a compassionate conservative into a compassionate capitalism. Government acts merely as a referee that sets fair and equitable laws that will not favor big business, big labor or big government. Maybe too many opposite currents of thought have come down the pike since then but this is the way things ought to be and that’s what we can all hope and pray for, but not just in Russia.

Keywords: [“government”,”Russia”,”more”]
Source: https://bbprof.wordpress.com/tag/compassionate-conservativism

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J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 03-26-2018

Compassionate capitalism in the Middle Ages

Compassionate capitalism in the Middle Ages: Profit and philanthropy in medieval Cambridge. Using recently discovered documents on medieval Cambridge, we have investigated how money was made through property speculation and how the profits of successful speculation were spent. Property markets developed in medieval England as burgage plots were laid out in new or expanding towns by local landowners, with the king’s permission. While the operation of commodity markets and local trade during the commercial expansion of the 13th century has been explored by economic historians, the operation of the property market has been under-researched in comparison. Our research combines statistical analysis of medieval records with detailed analysis of the backgrounds of the individuals and institutions that developed property portfolios. We identify patterns in rents, highlight strategies used to assemble property portfolios and examine how the profits of property speculation were spent. Medieval speculators invested in a variety of properties. Property hotspots with high-rents can be identified in three parts of medieval Cambridge: at the road junction by the hospital; west of the market; and near the river just south of the hospital. Figure 2 Map of medieval Cambridge showing property hotspots. Profits from the property market were recycled back into the community through donations to religious houses, hospitals and churches. Properties were cleared and streets obliterated to create a new site for King’s College Chapel during the 1440s. Profits from property speculation benefitted individuals, family dynasties and the urban community as a whole.

Keywords: [“property”,”medieval”,”Cambridge”]
Source: https://european.economicblogs.org/voxeu/2017/casson-lee-phillips…

Compassionate Jordan Peterson, David Henderson

I’ve watched the whole 30-minute interview of Canadian psychologist Jordan B. Peterson by the BBC’s Cathy Newman twice. When I showed it to a friend in Miami last week who knew nothing about him, we stopped after the 3-minute point because we found it so profound. Particularly moving were his words at the 1:57 point, when he says that many young men have heard almost no words of encouragement. My friend and I, who both went to the same therapist in the mid-1970s in Los Angeles, and who both went to a few of Nathaniel Branden’s weekend-long intensives in the late 1970s and early 1980s, appreciated that thought. Although it’s not true that I never heard words of encouragement, they were few and far between. Listening to this part the third time led me to think that Jordan Peterson is an incredibly compassionate man, especially toward younger men. I came to the same conclusion about Nathaniel Branden after going, at great expense and despite much skepticism, to my first Nathaniel Branden intensive in New York City in February 1978. In this audio, where I introduced Branden for a speech he gave at the Libertarian Party National Convention in Los Angeles in 1979, I talk about the moment during the weekend when I came to that conclusion. Postscript:I’m particularly interested in hearing from men about any memories you have of encouragement. Every few years at my cottage in Canada, we would overlap for a few days with my uncle from Texas and his family. In the summer of 1962, when I was 11, my uncle Elmer heard my brother Paul’s pet name for me: Henry. Uncle Elmer heard that and started calling me Patrick Henry.

Keywords: [“Branden”,”few”,”heard”]
Source: http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2018/03/compassionate_j.html

Capitalism and Socialism, their strengths and weaknesses – patriotmongoose

Strengths – supports private property rights, focuses more on the individual, less government control, etc. Eugene Krabbs, the owner of the Krusty Krab, sees this and panics that the Chum Bucket with its new hours will be getting more business than him. The same goes for the lie that H1B visas and the phony shortage of STEM workers. Of course, to keep the people in line, the business elites will bribe the government with company donations, lobbying, etc, to help them pass laws to beat out the competition, look the other way while they try their best to get rich at everyone else’s expense, etc. At any rate, the vice of capitalism is GREED. Socialism -. The virtues of Socialism are COMPASSION and COMMUNITY. Weaknesses – Unfortunately, the very means of achieving socialism are its greatest weaknesses. This system will claim that you didn’t earn your wealth, that you either inherited it or got it by jipping someone else and thus the government should take some of it and give it to more deserving people. The virtue of capitalism, diligence, is seen as a vice under socialism. In time, more and more people end up on the dole, others get angry and fights break out more as they feel they are working just to pay off loafers. Eventually, the society will devolve into something called communism where the government and its few connected companies that pay homage to it. Eventually the people that are working will get tired of paying for all those that are not. To keep the society from collapsing, the government, of course, steps in and tells everyone what they get paid, what job they do, etc.

Keywords: [“Company”,”more”,”work”]
Source: https://patriotmongoose.wordpress.com/2015/11/11/capitalism-and…