J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 08-09-2018

What’s wrong with libertarianism

Apparently someone’s curse worked: we live in interesting times, and among other consequences, for no good reason we have a surplus of libertarians. There are libertarians and libertarians, and sometimes different camps despise each other- or don’t seem to be aware of each other. If I point out examples of nations partially following libertarian views- we’ll get to this below- I’m told that they don’t count: only Pure Real Libertarianism Of My Own Camp can be tested. The libertarian philosopher always starts with property rights. The libertarian voter is chiefly exercised over taxes, regulation, and social programs; the libertarian wing of the Republican party has, for forty years, gone along with the war on drugs, corporate welfare, establishment of dictatorships abroad, and an alliance with theocrats. 

Christian libertarians like Ron Paul want God in the public schools and are happy to have the government forbid abortion and gay marriage. Thanks to the libertarian business climate, companies are happily moving jobs abroad, lowering wages, worsening working conditions. Libertarian dogma can’t be buttressed by libertarian doctrine- that’s begging the question. Most libertarians theoretically accept government for defense and law enforcement. It’s no excuse to claim that libertarians didn’t want the government to increase spending, as Bush has done. 

The libertarians reminds me of G.K. Chesterton’s description of people who are so eager to attack a hated ideology that they will destroy their own furniture to make sticks to beat it with. Some people may be attracted by parts of the libertarian program without buying into its underlying morality. 

Keywords: [“libertarian”,”government”,”people”]
Source: http://www.zompist.com/libertos.html

Conscious Capitalism Drives Winning Businesses Today

Some are so focused on this principle that they forget that every business, even nonprofits, have to practice the basic principles of capitalism to cover their costs to do good things another day. You can find dozens more on the Conscious Capitalism web site. Conscious capitalism is the rational alternative approach, dedicated to advancing humanity, while using tried and proven business principles. Recognizing the interdependent nature of life and the human foundations and business, a business needs to create value with and for its various stakeholders. Like the life forms in an ecosystem, healthy stakeholders lead to a healthy business system. 

Conscious leaders understand and embrace the higher purpose of business and focus on creating value for and harmonizing the human interests of the business stakeholders. This is the ethos – the values, principles, practices – underlying the social fabric of a business, which permeates the atmosphere of a business and connects the stakeholders to each other and to the purpose, people and processes that comprise the company. They want their business potential to support the overall human potential as well. None of these positives obviate the need for a viable business model, in order to survive. I would expect that to seem intuitive to all entrepreneurs, but every investor I know has many stories about startup funding requests with no clear business model. 

Entrepreneurs and startups are all about innovation, in business principles as well as in products and services. I see conscious capitalism as a great innovation to the foundations of capitalism, bringing compassion and collaboration to the heart of value creation. 

Keywords: [“business”,”conscious”,”capitalism”]
Source: http://www.alleywatch.com/2018/07/conscious-capitalism-drives-winning…

People Are Less Selfish Under Capitalism Especially Compared to Socialism

My student described how exasperated she felt hearing the claim that capitalism leads to a survival of the fittest mentality. Among broad segments of society, the belief that capitalism teaches us to be so self-interested that we become uncaring about the welfare of others seems to be accepted as truth. Relative to any reasonable frame of reference, modern human societies are generous, peaceful, compassionate, and continually improving. We can only be considered selfish and violent in comparison to a utopian society in which no violence or cruelty takes place-a somewhat unfair comparison considering that there is no evidence of such a society as ever existed. Utopias may be imagined to be more altruistic than capitalist societies, but capitalist societies are more generous than real-world collectivist societies. 

Contrary to collectivism, capitalism widens our circle of compassion to include strangers. The evolution of capitalism has been in the direction of more trust and transparency, and less self-serving behavior; not coincidentally, this evolution has brought with it greater productivity and economic growth. Trust had been the product only of a personal relationship-I trust this guy because I know him-rather than a more general assumption upon which you could do business. The real triumph of capitalism in the 19th and 20th centuries was that trust was woven into the basic fabric of everyday business. The rise in altruism that Marsh observes has occurred concurrently with the rise of capitalism. 

To do business, we learn to trust strangers and to be trustworthy to strangers. The more capitalism, the more compassion and altruism towards strangers. 

Keywords: [“stranger”,”capitalism”,”more”]
Source: https://fee.org/articles/people-are-less-selfish-under-capitalism

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the establishment like to celebrate MLK’s love of imperial America and centrist economic doctrine. There is a reason the FBI orchestrated a well-resourced campaign to destroy King that ultimately culminated in J. Edgar Hoover having a letter sent to King to push King to commit suicide. The reason is Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. 

opposed capitalism and the American empire. In the last campaign before his assassination, King campaigned for a democratic socialist agenda. Called the Poor People’s Campaign, demands included a guaranteed job, retribution of land and capital, and more inclusion of the poor in state decision-making. Yes, taking land and money from rich people and giving it to poor people was part of King’s dream. King’s anti-capitalist views cannot really be bifurcated from his struggle for racial justice as they come from the same spiritual conception of the world. 

King also backed a universal basic income, believing it was a better solution to fighting poverty than the programs put forward by President Lyndon Johnson’s War On Poverty. Another fact left out of mainstream narratives about MLK is his fundamental opposition to U.S. imperialism. Though he knew he would make many enemies-black and white-by doing so, King gave a scorching speech against the Vietnam War in 1967 at the Riverside Church in New York City. King condemned the war as robbing anti-poverty programs and victimizing the poor Americans who were having to fight and die in the war. 

His most salient critique was the war’s fundamental opposition to his goals of nonviolence. 

Keywords: [“King”,”War”,”poverty”]
Source: https://shadowproof.com/2017/01/16/revolutionary-socialism-martin…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 08-05-2018

“Helping and Hating the Homeless”

Helping and Hating the Homeless: The Struggle at the Margins of America. Almost none of what was said had anything to do with the homeless people I know-not the ones I once traveled with, not the ones in town. In many American cities, vets make up close to 50 percent of all homeless males. You can learn that the world of the homeless has its roots in various policies, events, and ways of life for which some of us are responsible and from which some of us actually prosper. We decide, as a people, to go to war, we ask our children to kill and to die, and the result, years later, is grown men homeless on the street. 

Here, for example, is the story of Alice, a homeless middle-aged woman in Los Angeles, where there are, perhaps, 50,000 homeless people. The homeless in our cities mark out for themselves particular neighborhoods, blocks, buildings, doorways. The point is this: our response to the homeless is fed by a complex set of cultural attitudes, habits of thought, and fantasies and fears so familiar to us, so common, that they have become second nature and might as well be instinctive, for all the control we have over them. What does seem clear is that the homeless embody all that bourgeois culture has for centuries tried to eradicate and destroy. Every government program, almost every private project, is geared as much to the needs of those giving help as it is to the needs of the homeless. 

Whatever the case, the fact remains that almost every one of our strategies for helping the homeless is simply an attempt to rearrange the world cosmetically, in terms of how it looks and smells to us. How we mediate by default or design between those contrary forces will determine not only the destinies of the homeless but also something crucial about the nation, and perhaps – let me say it – about our own souls. 

Keywords: [“Homeless”,”world”,”men”]
Source: https://msu.edu/~jdowell/135/PMarin.html

The language of humanitarianism has played a central role in recent political and media debates about undocumented migrants crossing into Europe and North America. There is already a host of humanitarian nongovernmental organizations – ranging from the big, famous ones such as the International Committee of the Red Cross and Doctors without Borders to many other local incarnations – working at various entry points into Europe, such as the Spanish islands of Ceuta and Melilla as well as Italian Lampedusa. The quintessential humanitarian victims bear no responsibility for their suffering. Their innocence is what qualifies them for humanitarian compassion. Yet the migrant children who were at the heart of the crisis in the United States were not afforded the status of victims, worthy of humanitarian aid. 

If humanitarianism is the primary language used to counter closed-border and anti-immigrant policies, the majority of migrants – children included – will be sent to detention centers or deported without due process. Talking about any situation as a humanitarian emergency makes it seem as if it is an exception to an otherwise peaceful order. At best, it is naïve to suggest that the crossings will be stopped by fences, or the drownings by humanitarians. Third, humanitarianism is about feelings rather than rights; it is about compassion, not entitlement. Humanitarian exceptions are precisely that – exceptions to regular laws. 

When migrants are spoken of as humanitarian victims, we take them out of the range of the law, where they have the right to be free from violence. To argue against humanitarian borders is not to argue against a place for emotion in the face of the many dead; it is to make way for feelings that fit with different projects for equality, with different political visions. 

Keywords: [“Humanitarian”,”humanitarianism”,”migrant”]
Source: http://www.publicseminar.org/2015/09/the-problem-with-humanitarian-borders

The Political Compass

It’s timely to stress that The Political Compass has been on the internet since 2001. The uniqueness of our take on politics is reflected in the gratifyingly enthusiastic reviews we’ve enjoyed in the national media of many countries from our earliest years – as well as from many teachers and academics who continue to use our work. The enduring appeal of The Political Compass lies in its universality, and the fact that it’s not a fly-by-night election-time survey, but a continually accessible profile of a political personality applicable to all democracies. Although we’d like the time to develop more updates than we can sometimes offer, we remain a tool for comparing the politics of countries and well-known political figures, past and present. Our essential point is that Left and Right, although far from obsolete, are essentially a measure of economics. 

As political establishments adopt either enthusiastically or reluctantly the prevailing economic orthodoxy – the neo-liberal strain of capitalism – the Left-Right division between mainstream parties becomes increasingly blurred. Instead, party differences tend to be more about identity issues. In the narrowing debate, our social scale is more crucial than ever. We’re indebted to people like Wilhelm Reich, Hans Eysenck and Theodor Adorno for their ground-breaking work in this field. We believe that, in an age of diminishing ideology, The Political Compass helps a new generation in particular to get a better idea of where they stand politically – and the sort of political company they keep. 

The Political Compass continues to offer something more substantial all year round, and we look forward to keeping our hundreds of thousands of visitors stimulated for years to come. Take the test – but be sure to check out our other pages as well! 

Keywords: [“Political”,”more”,”Compass”]
Source: https://www.politicalcompass.org

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 07-28-2018

The vegan movement split, and now the disruptor has the meat industry on high alert

The American vegan movement was always its own worst enemy. The vegan movement’s brain finally outgrew its heart, and in less than two decades the pragmatic vein of the movement has morphed into one of the biggest disruptors of the American food system. Friedrich leads The Good Food Institute, a lobbying shop in DC that represents the interests of meat-alternative food products; Shapiro helped mastermind a cage-free ballot initiative in Massachusetts that will reshape how food animals are produced across the country; Prescott has made inroads into major investment banks; Meier leads undercover investigation efforts to expose the poor living conditions of many farm animals; and Tetrick, who as a college student would travel from West Virginia to DC to hang out with the pragmatists, was a founder of Hampton Creek, the well-known eggless condiments company. By picking on farm animal production techniques that appeal to consumer emotions, the group forced companies with so-called factory farms into the difficult position of defending practices that can seem draconian. Voters who empathize with farm animals were much more likely to buy into Shapiro’s measure. 

If sales data show consumers care about animal welfare, Matthew Prescott can use-and has used-it to convince investment banks to pressure companies, such as McDonald’s, to change their practices. Companies such as Perfect Day, Beyond Meat, and Hampton Creek are developing meat and dairy products marketed as better for the environment and the animals. Despite the broad reach and proven efficacy of the vegan pragmatism, not everyone in the larger vegan movement is impressed. The 2001 split in the vegan movement was painful, leaving behind feelings of resentment that never healed. From the absolutist point-of-view, the pragmatists diminished the importance of fighting for animal lives by concentrating their energies on farm animal welfare. 

A commitment to reducing animal suffering, argues Gary Francione, a Rutgers University law professor, was an abdication of the bigger mission of freeing animals altogether. The absolutist tactics estrange the vegan movement from mainstream culture, the pragmatists argue. 

Keywords: [“animal”,”farm”,”movement”]
Source: https://qz.com/829956/how-the-vegan-movement-broke-out-of-its-echo…

MARXISM ALLIANCE

Its primary mission is to emphasise the similarity and compatibility of the Buddhist teachings with those of Classical Marxism, and to assert that both systems of thought are motivated by compassion for the suffering of humanity, and emphasises a radical method of escape from that suffering. Buddhism and Marxism share a common philosophical grounding that is dynamic, ingenious, and transformative. Buddhism and Marxism arrive at exactly the same conclusions, but through diverse and yet complimentary pathways. The ancient Indian spiritual seeker Sakyamuni Buddha, and the modern German academic Karl Marx, were not only outstanding intellectuals of their day, but the powerful influence of their respective systems of thought has continued to influence world thinking into the post-modern period of human development. The BMA exists to provide free education about Buddhist and Marxist thought, and encourages and supports any individual or group who is endeavouring to better their understanding through the development of the mind. 

As a result of these changes in Asia, the Buddhist Sangha has led the way in making clear the fundamental compatibility of the Dharma with Marxist thought, and in so doing has made Communist education freely available to ordinary people. Through the Buddhist Sangha embracing Marxist-Leninism, Buddhism has become an important element in maintaining the stability of the Communist State. The BMA is of the opinion that many facets of Buddhism in the West have been corrupted and hijacked by the bourgeoisie, and used in its habit of continuously justifying predatory capitalism. The BMA firmly rejects this ‘pseudo-Buddhism’ and advises all the genuine seekers interested in the study of Buddhism, to find authentic teachers and reliable sources of information. Do not bring emotional or intellectual immaturity into this thought community. 

The bourgeois system claims to extol ‘freedom of thought’ – so exercise it. By all means, have your own thoughts and live your own life – but do not ‘infect’ this sacred psycho-physical space with bourgeois delusion, fetishism, and excess. 

Keywords: [“thought”,”Buddhist”,”BMA”]
Source: https://buddhistsocialism.weebly.com

The Real Reason for the Growing Gap Between Rich and Poor

The tasks most people used to do can now be done more cheaply by lower-paid workers abroad or by computer-driven machines. As a result, Americans pay more for broadband Internet, food, airline tickets and banking services than the citizens of any other advanced nation. Bankruptcy laws have been loosened for large corporations-airlines, automobile manufacturers, even casino magnates like Donald Trump-allowing them to leave workers and communities stranded. The largest banks and auto manufacturers were bailed out in 2008, shifting the risks of economic failure onto the backs of average working people and taxpayers. Today, nearly one out of every three working Americans is in a part-time job. 

The portion of workers with any pension connected to their job has fallen from just over half in 1979 to under 35 percent today. Fifty years ago, when General Motors was the largest employer in America, the typical GM worker, backed by a strong union, earned $35 an hour in today’s dollars. Now America’s largest employer is Wal-Mart, and the typical entry-level Wal-Mart worker, without a union, earns about $9 an hour. The underlying problem is not just globalization and technological changes that have made most American workers less competitive. The more basic problem is that the market itself has become tilted ever more in the direction of moneyed interests that have exerted disproportionate influence over it, while average workers have steadily lost bargaining power-both economic and political-to receive as large a portion of the economy’s gains as they commanded in the first three decades after World War II. 

Reversing the scourge of widening inequality requires reversing the upward pre-distributions within the rules of the market, and giving average people the bargaining power they need to get a larger share of the gains from growth. It will be between a majority of Americans who have been losing ground, and an economic elite that refuses to recognize or respond to its growing distress. He has written 13 books, including the best-sellers Aftershock and The Work of Nations. 

Keywords: [“Work”,”American”,”more”]
Source: http://www.newsweek.com/real-reason-growing-gap-between-rich-and-poor-377662

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 07-15-2018

RICH DE VOS | CAPITALISMO SOLIDARIO | PARTE 5 | LIBERTAD FINANCIERA | ÉXITO PERSONAL

Co-founder of Conscious Capitalism movement

Raj was born in India and spent parts of his childhood in Barbados, California and Canada. He was educated as an electrical engineer from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science. He pursued an MBA in Marketing from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai after which he earned a Ph.D. in Marketing and Business Policy from Columbia University. He also spent 15 years at Bentley University as Trustee Professor of Marketing, Department Chair and founder/director of the Center for Marketing Technology. 

Raj is a trustee of Conscious Capitalism Inc. and a member of the board of directors of The Container Store. Raj is an American citizen residing in Lexington, Massachusetts. 

Keywords: [“Marketing”,”Raj”,”Trustee”]
Source: http://rajsisodia.com

Leadership and Multi-Faith Program

This full-day event was organized in partnership with Georgia Tech Astrobiology and co-sponsored by Columbia Theological Seminary with support from Joel Cowan and from the Center of Theological Inquiry. The symposium aimed to generate a multifaith discussion among scholars, clergy, community leaders, and students about science, spirituality, and the future of life on earth and elsewhere. Speakers addressed this theme from diverse disciplinary perspectives, including cognitive science, religious studies, ecology, ecotheology, ethics, and astrobiology. Click on the lecture title in the Program Details to be directed to the corresponding video. 

Keywords: [“science”,”Theological”,”Astrobiology”]
Source: https://lamp.iac.gatech.edu/symposium2018

Rishik Commodeals

Doing business and dealing with employees in India is very different from most other countries. India is a socialist state with a large dose of compassionate capitalism mixed in. Some of the most important differences are in the labour. Navigating this environment requires a lot of local knowledge and experience. Rishik Commodeal Services has the knowledge and experience that your organization needs to be successful in India. 

Some of the more critical aspects of employment law in India include:Understanding the complex model that exists in IndiaJurisdiction and choice-of-law in employment relationships. 

Keywords: [“India”,”employment”,”knowledge”]
Source: http://rishikcommodeal.com

Valley Morning Star

Congo says 3 new Ebola cases confirmed in large city. In this photo taken Monday, May 14, 2018, members of a Red Cross team don protective clothing before heading out to look for suspected victims of Ebola, in Mbandaka, Congo. Congo’s Ebola outbreak has spread to Mbandaka, a crossroads city of more than 1 million people, in a troubling turn that marks one of the few times the vast, impoverished country has encountered the lethal virus in an urban area. 

Keywords: [“Ebola”,”Congo”,”Mbandaka”]
Source: http://www.valleymorningstar.com/online_features/business_and_careers/can…

Pilates

You may think that only you are a prisoner, but other people are also prisoners. You are in a small prison, but others are in the big prison outside. If you change your understanding, you will be free in a minute. Dpuf ullam id dolor id nibh ultricies vehicula ut id elit. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient monte nascetur ultricies vehicula. 

Ou may think that only you are a prisoner, but other people are also prisoners. 

Keywords: [“prisoner”,”think”,”vehicula”]
Source: http://www.bulasik-makinesi-karsilastir.com/compassionate-capitalism-how…

What is capitalism???

The government takes one from me and give to it you. I breed them and the government kills me and take all three. Capitalism isn’t the best government possible but it is the best in the world. The more money you make the more taxes the government takes. The more money they take, the more they can squander……………….and so it goes. 

Keywords: [“more”,”take”,”government”]
Source: https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070514145645AAOEQnC

This site lists free online books

This site lists free online books Latest Added Manuals. PDF. Leicester: sanitation versus vaccination : its vital statistics compared with those of other towns, the army, navy, Japan, and England and Wales PDF. Droysen and the Prussian School of History PDF. Charles E. 

Ives: Memos PDF. Financial Peace Revisited PDF. Latest Read Manuals. 

Keywords: [“PDF.”,”Manuals”,”Latest”]
Source: http://www.ilanilet.com/compassionate-capitalism-how-corporations-can…

TED: Ideas worth spreading

About TED TED is a nonpartisan nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics – from science to business to global issues – in more than 110 languages. Independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. 

Keywords: [“TED”,”ideas”]
Source: https://www.ted.com

Conscious Capitalism

Oct 21, 2016 In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor, The Container Store continues to share our belief in the power of conscious business practices. Last month, our Co-Founder and Chairman Kip Tindell joined a group of 75 business, thought and academic leaders at the White House to discuss the benefit of a more long-term approach to business. 

Keywords: [“business”]
Source: http://standfor.containerstore.com/category/conscious-capitalism

What is PURE CAPITALISM? definition of PURE CAPITALISM

A economic system that shows little interference from a government body. The system is run by big business and revolves around money and capital assets. TLD Example: The election of a president who is opposed to any form of government regulation of business could mean the voters are ready to embrace pure capitalism. 

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”pure”,”business”]
Source: https://thelawdictionary.org/pure-capitalism

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Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/authors/?author=Steve-Kastenbaum

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J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 07-11-2018

Dr. Gabor Maté – Compassionate Inquiry

Homelessness and Capitalism: Some Untold Truths

According to the survey in the 2018 Point-in-Time Count of homeless people in San Diego County, the four main reasons for becoming homeless are: Loss of Job; Money Issues; Cost of Housing, and Other. While not necessarily deliberate, the debasing of homeless people benefits a system that is threatened by people who, voluntarily or not, opt out of it. People who end up homeless whether or not it is their fault, are used as examples of the dreadfulness of the condition. People who would never think of getting involved in politics or activism, suddenly become NIMBY zealots when it comes to keeping homeless people out of their community. That’s how repulsive homeless people have become. 

It’s impossible to cook a meal on the street and healthy prepared food is expensive, so most homeless people rely on the high carb and fat meals distributed by good Samaritans and faith-based services. Because faith-based organizations often fill the void left by the lack of political will to help homeless people, it is not uncommon for homeless people to submit to religious proselytization for access to food and shelter. NIMBY people, still safely housed with their granite kitchen counter-tops, wall-size TVs and three-car garages packed with junk, will use that same religiosity to expound that their success is the result of their own hard work. NIMBY people smugly report the unwanted presence of poor folks in fast food joints, public restrooms, parks and parked cars. People must enthusiastically participate in a system rigged against them, or face the ultimate degradation of having absolutely nowhere to be. 

Housed people think that homeless people are suffering the consequences of poor choices. The truth is that wealthy people make poor choices too. 

Keywords: [“people”,”homeless”,”housed”]
Source: https://obrag.org/2018/05/homelessness-and-capitalism-some-untold…

Brownsville Herald

Homeowners insurance is a practical investment to help protect you, your family and your property in the event of unforeseen and unexpected losses. Traditionally, it’s associated with fire damage, burst or leaking pipes, or stolen property, but occasionally it covers unusual events that make for sensational news stories and viral videos. Here are four claims homeowners never thought would happen to them. Bear B&B. Bears are notoriously curious and intelligent creatures that also have an acute sense of smell. 

A bear can easily get through the screen of an open window or manipulate a lever-like door handle to enter your home and cause significant damage. If it had hit your home homeowners insurance would’ve covered it. Your homeowners insurance will cover the entire house, not just the contents inside, if it is stolen. Golf is a leisurely pastime enjoyed by millions in the U.S. It involves strolling across greens and riding in golf carts, so its slow pace may seem low-risk, but it can actually be quite dangerous. 

According to an article in Golf Digest magazine, nearly 40,000 golfers are admitted to emergency rooms annually after being injured while playing, most by errant golf balls and flying club heads. Recreational golfers can also cause a lot of damage to personal property. If you live on a golf course, your house has probably been hit many times by errant shots – breaking windows, damaging roofs and leaving divots in exterior walls. Mercury recommends reviewing your homeowners insurance policy annually with your local insurance agent to ensure that you’re adequately covered for any unforeseen losses, both unusual and ordinary. 

Keywords: [“Golf”,”Homeowners”,”insurance”]
Source: https://www.brownsvilleherald.com/online_features/business_and…

Winston Churchill BRILLIANTLY Compares Capitalism & Socialism

43% of today’s millennials have a favorable view of socialism – making it more favored than capitalism. Millennials Don’t Know What Socialism Is. The definition of socialism is government ownership of the means of production-in other words, true socialism requires that government run the businesses. A CBS/New York Times survey found that only 16 percent of millennials could accurately define socialism, while 30 percent of Americans over 30 could. Those most concerned about socialism are those best able to explain it. 

The margin of support for capitalism over socialism is only +10 points, but the margin for a government-managed economy over a free-market system is +32 points. It was clear that Soviet socialism was at odds with the American-style free enterprise system. Thus, free-market economists probably had an easier time convincing Americans that American capitalism was far preferable to Soviet socialism. Perhaps the most important reason millennials are less concerned about socialism is that they associate socialism with Scandinavia, not the Soviet Union. Countries like Denmark, Sweden, and Norway offer a far more generous social safety net with much higher taxes. 

Unlike the USSR, this modern version of this quasi-socialism has also learned to defer its costs, effectively consuming the future to make things materially more comfortable for those in the present. Previous generations debated and history ultimately revealed that free market capitalism does more good for people than Soviet socialism. The generational divide is real, and while millennials are correct about many things, this is one area in which they should listen to their elders. 

Keywords: [“socialism”,”millennials”,”more”]
Source: https://thefederalistpapers.org/us/winston-churchill-brilliantly…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Martin Luther King Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Christian Science Monitor Daily for March 28, 2018

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

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

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

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

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 06-18-2018

Homelessness and Capitalism: Some Untold Truths

According to the survey in the 2018 Point-in-Time Count of homeless people in San Diego County, the four main reasons for becoming homeless are: Loss of Job; Money Issues; Cost of Housing, and Other. While not necessarily deliberate, the debasing of homeless people benefits a system that is threatened by people who, voluntarily or not, opt out of it. People who end up homeless whether or not it is their fault, are used as examples of the dreadfulness of the condition. People who would never think of getting involved in politics or activism, suddenly become NIMBY zealots when it comes to keeping homeless people out of their community. That’s how repulsive homeless people have become. 

It’s impossible to cook a meal on the street and healthy prepared food is expensive, so most homeless people rely on the high carb and fat meals distributed by good Samaritans and faith-based services. Because faith-based organizations often fill the void left by the lack of political will to help homeless people, it is not uncommon for homeless people to submit to religious proselytization for access to food and shelter. NIMBY people, still safely housed with their granite kitchen counter-tops, wall-size TVs and three-car garages packed with junk, will use that same religiosity to expound that their success is the result of their own hard work. NIMBY people smugly report the unwanted presence of poor folks in fast food joints, public restrooms, parks and parked cars. People must enthusiastically participate in a system rigged against them, or face the ultimate degradation of having absolutely nowhere to be. 

Housed people think that homeless people are suffering the consequences of poor choices. The truth is that wealthy people make poor choices too. 

Keywords: [“people”,”homeless”,”housed”]
Source: https://sandiegofreepress.org/2018/05/homelessness-and-capitalism…

How Capitalism and Racism Support Each Other

Capitalism’s supporters use and benefit from a racism whose practice and consequences should be blamed on capitalism itself. Racism’s persistence where the capitalist economic system prevails raises the question of the connection between capitalism and racism. Racism persists in no small part because its benefits to capitalism outweigh its costs. Capitalism’s history nonetheless keeps exhibiting both the idea of race and racism. The evidence marshaled by, among others, Manning Marable in How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America certainly documents capitalism’s subordination of many African Americans. 

Had the heavy burdens of recurring business cycles been distributed roughly equally or randomly across societies where capitalism prevailed – threatening and frightening everyone – those oppositional movements might well have gathered the broad support needed to consign capitalism to an early demise. In their struggles to displace slavery and feudalism as societies’ prevalent pre-capitalist economic systems, supporters of capitalism had often promised that it would differ from those systems by guaranteeing everyone liberty, equality and brotherhood or solidarity. Capitalism thus always faced a basic legitimation problem. Some conservatives and right-wingers further legitimate capitalism by reframing their racism. Of course, capitalism is not the only cause or source of racism, but ignoring or minimizing its role only perpetuates racism. 

Racism persists in no small part because its benefits to capitalism outweigh its costs, or at least those costs capitalists have to bear. Its supporters use and benefit from a racism whose practice and consequences they blame exclusively on others but never on capitalism itself. 

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”racism”,”Race”]
Source: https://truthout.org/articles/how-capitalism-and-racism-support…

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People Are Less Selfish Under Capitalism

My student described how exasperated she felt hearing the claim that capitalism leads to a survival of the fittest mentality. Among broad segments of society, the belief that capitalism teaches us to be so self-interested that we become uncaring about the welfare of others seems to be accepted as truth. We can only be considered selfish and violent in comparison to a utopian society in which no violence or cruelty takes place – a somewhat unfair comparison considering that there is no evidence of such a society as ever existed. Utopias may be imagined to be more altruistic than capitalist societies, but capitalist societies are more generous than real-world collectivist societies. Contrary to collectivism, capitalism widens our circle of compassion to include strangers. 

The evolution of capitalism has been in the direction of more trust and transparency, and less self-serving behavior; not coincidentally, this evolution has brought with it greater productivity and economic growth. Instead, it’s taken place because the benefits of trust – that is, of being trusting and of being trustworthy-are potentially immense and because a successful market system teaches people to recognize those benefits. The real triumph of capitalism in the 19th and 20th centuries was that trust was woven into the basic fabric of everyday business. The rise in altruism that Marsh observes has occurred concurrently with the rise of capitalism. To do business, we learn to trust strangers and to be trustworthy to strangers. 

The more capitalism, the more compassion and altruism towards strangers. There is a brotherhood of humanity; and capitalism – not collectivism – shows the way. 

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”stranger”,”more”]
Source: https://stream.org/people-less-selfish-capitalism

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 06-09-2018

Lyrics containing the term: Capitalism

He was against capitalism and had lost faith in the Tolstoyan idea of moral self-development. Don’t come back no more Distasteful ugly and cheap This is how you make me feel Capitalism stole my virginity Robbed of our bleeding hearts Smashed tra-la-la-la, tra-la-la-la We’re making the world safe for capitalism Here we come with our candy and our guns And our corporate muscle marches in behind us Capitalism’s, invisible, army And it’s fortress of deceit These men will burn alive But no-one will weep And the day that we bomb langley, how much fucking longer can this go on How many more lives ruined and completely fucking wasted To ensure there is no fate to capitalism or those Capitalism, racism, sexism The foundations of cock-rocking idealism Exploiting, sucking, manipulating The wisdom of a starry-eyed nation have been multiplying faster then anticipated. World domnination is a true reality we must face, it is…upon us. Capitalism, Materialism, on self-fulfilled circles Personality hanged on a rope called capitalism Organism breathing a life of false ecstasy You shall die so many times before you perish of capitalism and fears of environmental degeneration. A farce concocted by geniuses to cover up the tracks of wheels long set in s dear Like capitalism Like communism Like lots of things You’ve heard about And redneckers They get us pissed And stupid stuff It makes us It’s capitalism at its best People living neck to neck Their glass buildings won’t fall on their own So we should be throwing stones! 

In the city while 3/4 of the human race are living in extreme poverty while 3/4 of the human race are dying in extreme poverty in the strangehold of capitalism some the added illusion of audience participation. Our act tonight, on the left, capitalism that’s right, on the right, capitalism is it, in the middle, probably There is a spectre haunting capitalism In its last and dying phase It’s a nightmare on wall st. We’re happy little proles And we’re on our way to work. 

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Source: https://www.lyrics.com/lyrics/Capitalism

Compassionate Release for Peter Collins, Diagnosed with Terminal Cancer

Peter Collins is a long-time prisoner-activist, incarcerated for the 1983 murder of a police officer in a failed robbery. Last year, Peter was diagnosed with an aggressive form of bladder cancer. In January of this year, Peter learned that the cancer had spread throughout his body, and that he probably does not have much time left to live. Peter is not contesting his deportation to the UK. He has a strong circle of support in the UK, family members who can provide him with a home, and has been in contact with UK police officials who have conducted community assessments at his family home and do not oppose his return to the UK. 

There have been two Public Protection officers assigned to Peter’s case, and who are ready for his return. As the prison bureaucrats have Peter’s life in their hands, it is best to be polite and not provocative, as it is Peter who will pay the price if they react badly. Peter has demonstrated his ability to function outside of prison during multiple medical and compassionate escorted temporary absences. Peter has been in prison for over 32 years, and has remained conviction free for the past 18 years. I am writing regarding compassionate release for Peter Collins. 

One of the reasons provided in the past for denying Peter’s parole has been that the only form of release deemed appropriate to him is a very gradual and structured release, and yet because of his deportable status any steps that might be considered consistent with a gradual and structured release have been rejected as being of no benefit. Last summer Peter was diagnosed with an aggressive form of bladder cancer and began to undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatment. On January 12th of this year, Peter was informed by his doctor that the cancer had spread to his stomach walls, lungs, and now his bones, and that any treatment moving forward will be palliative. I am asking that you support Peter’s request for compassionate release. 

Keywords: [“Peter”,”parole”,”prison”]
Source: http://kersplebedeb.com/posts/compassionate-release-peter-collins

The End of Privacy and Capitalism

Those on the right will scream that capitalism is the best thing that ever happened to us, while agreeing that cops should perhaps bust down more doors and invade our privacy to keep us safe. Those on the left will shout that our privacy is a sacred right, but they will perhaps agree that capitalism causes harm that could be mitigated by a more centrally planned economy. I’m going to argue that privacy and capitalism have both arisen through the increased size and complexity of our tribes, and that while capitalism served a purpose, and privacy can be appealing, both are going to come to a much-needed end. If you think privacy should be allowed, period, you might want to look at the bans on burqas spreading to more and more countries. We may be fifty or a hundred years away, but we will eventually arrive at a place where a network of computers can run our economy more efficiently than the bumbling of billions of people. 

A neural network will be able to set prices, plan production, allocate resources, effect transportation, and so much more. Retailers like Amazon are relying more and more on algorithms to make major business decisions. The more we put Big Data in charge, and remove the emotion of human agents, the more efficiently our businesses and economies run. The capitalist approach is to let the owners of the French restaurants to go out of business, as failure leads to more efficient markets. An enterprising individual eventually sees the demand on the street for more Italian food, and eventually, slowly, finally, the people get what they want. 

The owners of the French restaurants might be notified of the demand for more Italian food. Which ignores the tribal societies we came from, where families slept in the same rooms, walls had rips, tears, and cracks, and common spaces were much more common. 

Keywords: [“more”,”privacy”,”economy”]
Source: http://www.hughhowey.com/the-end-of-privacy-and-capitalism

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 05-27-2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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