J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 09-11-2018

Define Compassionate at Dictionary.com

Having or showing compassion: a compassionate person; a compassionate letter. Granted in an emergency: compassionate military leave granted to attend a funeral. Release was cancelled and he was sent back to his cell. I know there are police officers who are kind, compassionate. People were attracted to early Christianity by its compassionate. 

Such is the Sierra Leonean way, the most tolerant, compassionate. Historical ExamplesOur Government must at the same time be both competent and compassionate…Were you to know how I have suffered, you would be compassionate…He was quite incapable of any compassionate. Not one to save her,-not one of all the compassionate. The others looked at him and smiled with an air of compassionate. British Dictionary definitions for compassionatecompassionateadjective. 

Showing or having compassion.compassionate leave. Leave granted, esp to a serviceman, on the grounds of bereavement, family illness, etc. 

Keywords: [“compassionate”,”leave”,”Granted”]
Source: https://www.dictionary.com/browse/compassionate

I Am….Consciousness

I AM the believer limited by my beliefs, the knower defined by the known. The world is my conditioned consciousness objectified. That which I feel and believe to be true of myself is now projected in space as my world. The world, my mirrored self, ever bears witness of the state of consciousness in which I live. There is no chance or accident responsible for the things that happen to me or the environment in which I find myself. 

Nor is predestined fate the author of my fortunes or misfortunes. Innocence and guilt are mere words with no meaning to the law of consciousness, except as they reflect the state of consciousness itself. The consciousness of guilt calls forth condemnation. Man everlastingly objectifies the state of consciousness in which he abides but he has somehow or other become confused in the interpretation of the law of cause and effect. He has forgotten that it is the inner state which is the cause of the outer manifestation! 

Keywords: [“consciousness”,”state”,”world”]
Source: http://www.ideals-in-motion.com/ideals/2018/07/i-amconsciousness.html

Post-Postmodernism: or, The Cultural Logic of Just-in-Time Capitalism

Post-Postmodernism surveys a wide variety of cultural texts in pursuing its analyses-everything from the classic rock of Black Sabbath to the post-Marxism of Antonio Negri, from considerations of the corporate university to the fare at the cineplex, from reading experimental literature to gambling in Las Vegas, from Badiou to the undergraduate classroom. Insofar as cultural realms of all kinds have increasingly been overcoded by the languages and practices of economics, Nealon aims to construct a genealogy of the American present, and to build a vocabulary for understanding the relations between economic production and cultural production today-when American-style capitalism, despite its recent battering, seems nowhere near the point of obsolescence. Post-postmodern capitalism is seldom late but always just in time. It requires an updated conceptual vocabulary for diagnosing and responding to our changed situation. 

Keywords: [“cultural”,”Nealon”,”capitalism”]
Source: https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=21791

Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution

Doomsday may be a century or two away, but the quality of life up to that point will have deteriorated at an increasing pace. Pursuing four central strategies of natural capitalism, these authors say, will enable commercial enterprises and communities to operate as if all forms of capital were important. The core strategy is that of radically increasing resource productivity by being more efficient, less wasteful in how natural resources are extracted and used. America doesn’t need the next industrial revolution. America needs a new and better capitalism that enfolds industry without its corpocracy. 

This article was posted on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 at 8:18pm and is filed under Book Review, Capitalism. 

Keywords: [“Natural”,”Capitalism”,”need”]
Source: https://dissidentvoice.org/2018/05/natural-capitalism-creating-the…

The Mythology of Work

The pamphlete The Mythology of Work is a small selection from the book work published by the CrimethInc. collective. It dispels eight myths which hold on to work as something good for you and the society. CrimethInc., also known by other names, such as CWC or Crimethinc, is considered more of a mindset than an organization by the active participants in the ongoing CrimethInc. experiment. 

They are profoundly anti-capitalist, with critical looks at culture, politics, life, work, and radical ways of living one’s life. It was initially associated with the North American anarcho-punk scene, but since has expanded into nearly all areas of the current global resistance to empire. 

Keywords: [“Crimethinc”,”Work”,”life”]
Source: https://www.rootsofcompassion.org/The-Mythology-of-Work-CrimethInc_1

Liberalism Synonyms, Liberalism Antonyms

I was ashamed of him, and sick of Liberalism, as I sat there. A Liberalism worthy of the word should lift its head and see new paths. Even the dreadful Hamidian tyranny could not kill Turkish liberalism. They call us Rationalists; take care you don’t fall into Liberalism. The spirit of liberalism was abroad in the sons of the Puritans. 

I have always been inclined to liberalism, but I have wished for gradual changes only. On the other hand, there was a confident Liberalism which inspired a whole party. It is not sufficient, I think, to say that Liberalism is demanded. 

Keywords: [“Liberalism”]
Source: https://www.thesaurus.com/browse/liberalism

Billionaire Home Depot Founder Says Pope Francis Is Alienating The Rich – Talking Points Memo

Billionaire Home Depot founder Ken Langone has a warning for Pope Francis. A major Republican donor, Langone told CNBC in a story published online Monday that wealthy people such as himself might stop giving to charity if the Pope continues to make statements criticizing capitalism and income inequality. Langone, who is leading an effort to raise money for the restoration of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan said he relayed these concerns to Cardinal Timothy Dolan in New York. 

Keywords: [“Langone”,”Pope”,”people”]
Source: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/ken-langone-pope-francis

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 03-11-2018

Board and Global Compassion Council

On February 28, 2008 acclaimed scholar and bestselling author Karen Armstrong received the TED Prize and made a wish-to help create, launch, and propagate a Charter for Compassion. Our organization, Charter for Compassion, was inspired and created by Karen Armstrong and the Council of Conscience in 2009, and inherits a confluence of contributions made by TED.com, the Compassionate Action Network, the Fetzer Institute, and many others. Through a vibrant Charter for Compassion Partner Network we welcome and communicate the sharing of information, stories and experiences that touch the work of compassion. The Charter for Compassion is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, EIN# 46-3554077. The Global Compassion Council is the advisory body for the Charter for Compassion. Karen Armstrong, 2008 TED Prize winner, creator of the Charter for Compassion, renowned author on religion, history, compassion. Amin Hashwani, Pakistani businessman and founder of the Compassionate Schools Network and Charter for Compassion Pakistan. Monica Neomagus, co-founder of the Dutch Charter for Compassion Foundation, trainer, organizer, social worker. Tori McClure, president of Spalding University in Louisville, the first university to sign the Charter for Compassion; first woman to row a boat, alone, and without assistance, across the Atlantic. Zeid Abdul-Hadi, Co-Founder, Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of an investment and development company in Amman – Jordan; founder of Charter for Compassion Jordan.

Keywords: [“Compassion”,”Charter”,”lead”]
Source: https://charterforcompassion.org/about1/global-compassion-council

on the need to grieve the loss of a shiny, optimistic future to climate change. to take care of ourselves and each other. to accept loss. and to build compassionate, resilient communities, with the ingenuity to face dark times ahead.

I’ve been thinking about this for a few months, and have had a few chats with people about it, but i’m still working things through. It seems almost blasphemous amongst activist circles, and probably mainstream, to talk about grief re climate change. I think we need to let ourselves grieve, support each other in doing that, and recognise that we do have a major loss – the loss of the future we thought we had. that is important to do because we are all human, all precious and special and deserving of care. We need to be functional for the months and years and decades ahead. not still attached to our non-existant shiney future, like someone never moving on from a relationship breakup or bereavement. We need to accept that loss, and carry it with us as we take care of ourselves, our communities, all humanity, all life on this planet. Somehow the other side of grief is a life you can start reconstructing – always changed by that profound loss, but not always defined and constrained by it. They grieved, and they held that loss, and are able to keep living. I do think we have to, probably all of us alive today, go through grief for the loss of a healthy planet, a bright future. I think refusing to allow ourselves to is negatively affecting our mental health and our ability to make progressive change. I think we need to be there for each other, to hold each other whilst we cry, to listen to each other’s pain and fear in a massage circle of emotional support.

Keywords: [“think”,”loss”,”need”]
Source: https://fleabite.wordpress.com/2017/12/11/on-the-need-to-grieve…

Compassionate Capitalism

Citizens of the world are less and less supportive of capitalism solely based on maximizing short-term profits. Unilever is one such company, realizing and owning their need to contribute to the societal welfare and environmental impact for the countries it operates in. They want to propose a new model of capitalism that focuses on the long term, in which companies try to solve social and environmental problems and give equal importance to the needs of communities, as well as their shareholders. Unilever has over 400 brands worldwide under its umbrella, ranging from foods to household cleaners, including Lipton, Knorr, Dove, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream; sold in almost every country, with two billion people using a Unilever product every day. Unilever developed the brand Lifebuoy with a marketing strategy based on campaigns to educate mothers and children to adopt this simple gesture. It has a triple advantage – the consumer is healthier, the company sees a decline in health care costs for its employees, and Unilever benefits from increased sales of soap. Unilever’s greatest impact is within the agricultural sector. Worldwide, the company purchases 12% of the world’s black tea, 3% of the tomatoes, and 3% of the palm oil. Unilever is connected with more than one million small farmers alone. Oxfam estimates the number of small-businesses that Unilever touches is more than half a billion, and improving their lives and businesses is an effective way to reduce poverty.

Keywords: [“Unilever”,”company”,”less”]
Source: https://borgenproject.org/tag/compassionate-capitalism

Book Review: The Economics of Neighborly Love: Investing in Your Community’s Compassion and Capacity, by Tom Nelson

I expected there to be some overlap of between Tom Nelson’s The Economics of Neighborly Love: Investing in Your Community’s Compassion and Capacity and the arguments and jargon used by the Institute for Faith, Works, and Economics. What I did not expect was to read a book full of claims, anecdotes, and quotes with very little support for the thesis. Nelson wrote this book to encourage people to use free-market capitalism to love their neighbors with Jesus; it is written in a manner that requires the reader to already understand what he’s talking about and to already agree with it. Rather than use evidence and hard data to support claims made in the book, Nelson uses quotes from others to say the same thing, but does not quote the data and reason for what other authors have written. I certainly do not mean to imply that there is nothing good in this book-there is; but I would not recommend anyone spend money on this. Instead of writing the book, a blog post of overarching claims and a short bibliography would have been more helpful so that people may actually discover for themselves what it is Nelson desires them to understand. To that end, I would simply suggest perusing the IFWE website and reading the oft quoted When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poorand Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert, which will certainly serve any reader well. I received a temporary digital copy for review from InterVarsity Press via NetGalley.

Keywords: [“read”,”book”,”Nelson”]
Source: https://durough.wordpress.com/2017/10/14/book-review-the-economics…

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

Compassionate capitalism is the most pragmatic one

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

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

What is Communism?

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

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


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

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

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

Compassionate Capitalism Rich Devos Pdf

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Keywords: [“capitalism”,”Rich”,”DeVos”]
Source: http://decaops.com/file/compassionate-capitalism-rich-devos-pdf

Compassion in Politics: Christian Social Entrepreneurship, Education Innovation, & Base of the Pyramid/BOP Solutions

Capitalism is productive and efficient beyond compare. It rightly rewards those who take risks or develop needed skills, services, and products. It is dynamic and diverse, forever coming up with new things and experiences. It is almost color blind, the only hue that it ultimately cares about being the tint of currencies and coins. It champions liberty and it knows that without enough money to share one’s views freedom of thought and speech are truncated rights. From a Christian perspective, capitalism is also ethically troubling. It not only recognizes greed, it baptizes and catechizes it, too. Gordon Gekko in Oliver Stone’s 1987 movie, Wall Street, said it best: “Greed is good!”Another big problem is that capitalism depends upon a constantly growing economy, which requires an accelerating and unsustainable consumption of the world’s natural resources: oil, minerals, water, plants and animals, water. Many say that this is capitalism’s greatest ethical challenge. Looking forward to see the next article in this free market capitalism discussion I’ve got a couple other thoughts on the subject of Christians and materialism here. Check out this insightful political cartoon entitled “The Party’s Over” from a 17 year old. All of this reminds me of the artistic critique of greed and consumer society I published a year ago of the feature on Current TV. During this holiday season one really does have to wonder about the consequences of buying everything.

Keywords: [“Capitalism”,”greed”,”ethical”]
Source: https://compassioninpolitics.wordpress.com/2008/12/17/a-christian…

Tim’s Talk: Bill Gates’ Call for Compassionate Capitalism

This posting is a response to the following from the Wall Street Journal:Gates to Call for Kinder Capitalism and Bill Gates Issues Call for Kinder Capitalism. I am a capitalist; as an American I live in a capitalist system and approach my business within this system. I am a Christian; as a Christian I hold certain values and approach my business within this set of values. The economic system conflicts with my Christian value system and my values win if they are truly my values. It seems to me that capitalism can co-exist with Christian values of putting your neighbor’s needs ahead of your own, of treating others with respect and kindness, and of caring for “The least of these”. It seems to coexist well when it is individuals or small groups of individuals who are the legal entities, who are the capitalists with rights. The rise of corporations that exist outside of values beyond making money for the shareholders combined with a government that has abdicated its role of tempering corporate power have created a form of RADICAL CAPITALISM. It is this radical capitalism that has contributed to the economic problems for so many individuals and families in other countries and our own. I applaud Mr. Gates’ desire to return to a more compassionate capitalism but I fear that the success of helping poorer nations will only happen when individuals and small groups of individuals rather than corporations have the rights and power.

Keywords: [“value”,”Capitalism”,”individuals”]
Source: http://timgraves.blogspot.com/2008/01/bill-gates-call-for-compassionate.html

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

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 01-31-2018

Working for a free and prosperous world

For the classical liberal, the most fundamental property right possessed by an individual is his own person. It remains a core conception derived from John Locke that if a man settles down on land previously unoccupied or not owned by any others, that individual makes a legitimate claim to it as his rightful possession by in some way working and changing the land, such as clearing the field, planting the crop, tending it to maturity, and bringing in the harvest. If the band of thieves return and find nothing to plunder, may they physically take control of our luckless individual and, again under the threat of force, make him work the land to plant, grow, and harvest a crop for the thieves to claim as their own? If they do so, has not our individual been transformed into a slave, a person who does not own his mind and body but is forced to use them by the threatening command of others? These produced means of production – the plow and all other tools and implements – are the individual’s rightfully owned physical “Capital” that assists his productive efforts. Having the personal liberty and the rightful property ownership in both the settled land and the physical “Capital” to produce a desired product, he has increased his own capacity to survive and better his own life. Capitalism is an economic system based on the principle of every individual’s right to his own life, his own liberty, and his own honestly acquired property. The capitalist system also is based on the principle that the recognition of every individual’s right to his own life and liberty requires that all human relationships and associations be established through voluntary consent and mutual agreement. Division of Labor and the Other’s Labor Placed Before Us. It may be reasonably asked, but what about a world, like ours, in which unclaimed and unsettled, and unowned land and resources to produce the necessities and amenities of everyday life, are not available for every individual or family to appropriate for themselves? We enter the world, and others already own almost everything in that world. The individual who owns nothing but the labor of his own mind and body is able to sell his talents and abilities for what others may consider them to be worth, either by directly satisfying some others’ consumer demands or by assisting an employer in producing a product to be sold to consumers in the marketplace. With the wages earned for services rendered, this individual who owns nothing but himself now has the outputs of the world placed before him by all the other private owners of various means of production who can only earn revenues by finding interested and willing buyers for the goods and services they offer. In their own self-interests, so they also may demand the outputs of others in the arena of market exchange, the owners of the physical means of production must apply themselves in their producer roles to successfully fulfill the consumer wants of everyone else in the society. The capitalist system generates the institutional framework and incentive structure that leaves everyone free as an individual to live his own life, enjoy his personal liberty, and use his private property as his peacefully.

Keywords: [“own”,”individual”,”Capitalism”]
Source: https://fee.org/articles/what-is-capitalism-anyway

Chapter 14 Human Capitalism

Download the entire chapter Parachuting cats into Borneo – Stopping the waste of people – Curitiba’s web of solutions – Faster travel without freeways – Subways on the surface – Simple, fast, fun, and cheap – When garbage isn’t garbage – No hunger pangs – A place for living – A symbol of the possible What destination does our society want to reach, and how will it get there? Lessons in what not to do can often be found in cities, where most officials, overwhelmed by a flood of problems, try to cope by naming and solving them one at a time. Too often, cities similarly find that the cause of their problems is prior solutions that have either missed their mark or boomeranged, like the bigger road that invites more traffic, the river channelization that worsens floods, the homeless shelter that spreads tuberculosis, and the prison that trains criminals in more sophisticated techniques. WEAVING THE WEB OF SOLUTIONS: THE CURITIBA EXAMPLECuritiba is a southeastern Brazilian city with the population of Houston or Philadelphia. Though starting with the dismal economic profile typical of its region, in nearly three decades the city has achieved measurably better levels of education, health, human welfare, public safety, democratic participation, political integrity, environmental protection, and community spirit than its neighbors, and some would say than most cities in the United States. The lessons of Curitiba’s transformation hold promise and hope for all cities and all peoples throughout the world. Some people started picking the flowers to take home, but city workers promptly replanted them, day after day, until the pillage stopped. Cheery, informal, energetic, intensely practical, with the brain of a technocrat and the soul of a poet, Lerner was selected not only for his knowledge of the city’s needs but also for his supposed lack of political talent: The governor wanted someone politically nonthreatening. Five of the six were architects, engineers, or planners who treated the city and its political leadership as a design problem, continuously unfolding as the city’s 1965 master plan shed its rigidities and evolved to meet changing needs. Curitiba is not a top-down, mayor-dominated city; everyone respects the fact that, while it is served by leaders, many of the best ideas and most of their implementation come from its citizens. Lerner believed, as the late ecologist Rene Dubos put it, that “Trend is not destiny.” Rejecting the destruction of people-centered cities to rebuild them around cars, Lerner aimed to regain the vibrancy and diversity of the street life he’d enjoyed as a child, playing outside his Polish immigrant father’s dry-goods store on the street of the main railway station. Having served previously as the president of the Curitiba Research and Urban Planning Institute, the nucleus of the city’s innovative design ideas since the mid-1960s, he and his design colleagues saw Curitiba as a living laboratory to test their novel concept; but there was no time to lose. With its human population doubling each decade but with no new vision of urbanism, the city was rapidly developing clogged streets, bad air, and a dwindling sense of community.

Keywords: [“city”,”people”,”need”]
Source: http://www.natcap.org/sitepages/pid67.php

JR Test Site News for 01-23-2018

The Capitalism Site

“The neoconservative vision of a good America is one in which ordinary people work hard, read the Bible, go to church on Sunday, recite the Pledge of Allegiance, practice homespun virtues, sacrifice themselves to the”common good,” obey the commands of the government, fight wars, and die for the State…. In summary, the neoconservatives are the advocates of a new managerial State-a State controlled and regulated by a new mandarin class of conservative virtucrats who think the American people are incapable of governing themselves without the help of the neocons’ special, a priori wisdom. Neocons] see nihilism as the inevitable outcome of Enlightenment liberalism and America’s founding principles. The real problem with liberal-capitalist society for Strauss, Kristol, and Brooks is that individuals do not sacrifice themselves to anything higher than themselves and their petty self-interest. What America needs is a two-step antidote for its cultural malaise: the inculcation of public virtue and the promotion of nationalism. The neocons seek to restore a public philosophy that promotes sacrifice as the great moral ideal and patriotism as the great political ideal.

Keywords: [“themselves”,”neocons”,”America”]
Source: http://capitalism.org/category/neoconservatism

BE Good, DO Good, DO Well

Enlightened Capitalist, a division of World Incentive Network Inc, promotes business reinvention to create tomorrow’s business today – a business which is good, does good and does well. Our global community of enlightened individuals intends to make a large positive impact on our planet, society, communities, and individuals by leveraging the power of a healthy, wealthy and sustainable business. Enlightened Capitalist is a movement, an association, a community and it’s a tribe of dedicated members who are making positive ripples of impact by focusing on people, planet, purpose, performance, and profit. Enlightened Capitalist fulfills the roles of the connector, marketer, educator, advocate, community organizer and additional voice for our members. The Enlightened Capitalist team actively promotes our members’ work. We provide tools to expand influence, effectiveness, reach and sales. Through our Marquee sister brands, we provide professional services such as consulting, facilitation and advisory services, marketing, event planning, and life changing experiential Enlightened Journeys and Enlightened Retreats. Jump to more information about us by clicking on the links below.

Keywords: [“Enlightened”,”business”,”community”]
Source: http://enlightenedcapitalist.org

Robert Amen ’73 Lectures Students on “Enlightened Capitalism”

Robert Amen ’73, president of International Paper, recently spoke to operations management students about some of the ethical issues facing the company around the world. Amen encouraged students to consider the impact of social responsibility beyond the bounds of corporate life, and he put forth numerous examples of IP’s efforts in the area. In a Russian town where the company has a presence, it financed the rebuilding of a community hospital and instituted a maintenance program for the future. IP also purchased forest acreage along the Amazon in Brazil and designated half as a natural rain-forest preserve. Speaking to the dilemma posed by rising labor costs, he explained that IP would remain loyal to its American employees despite the allure of moving operations overseas. On the subject of toxic emissions, he noted, “The big enterprises should set a standard-we don’t wait for society to set a standard.” Amen ended by invoking the “Amen Doctrine”: “Build a sustainable competitive business model that maximizes the returns in total to constituents without violating key societal needs. This is really enlightened capitalism.”

Keywords: [“Amen”,”operations”,”students”]
Source: https://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/leadership/newsn/558/robert-amen-73…

Capitalism, Short-termism, Population and

The Club of Rome’s warnings published in the book Limits to Growth are still valid. Remedies that are acceptable for the great majority tend to make things worse. Pope Francis says it clearly: our common home is in deadly danger. Analyzing the philosophical crisis, the book comes to the conclusion that the world may need a “New enlightenment”; one that is not based solely on doctrine, but instead addresses a balance between humans and nature, as well as a balance between markets and the state, and the short versus long term. To do this we need to leave behind working in “Silos” in favor of a more systemic approach that will require us to rethink the organization of science and education. We have to act now; the world cannot wait until 7.6 billion people have struggled to reach a new enlightenment. This book is full of optimistic case studies and policy proposals that will lead us back to a trajectory of sustainability. It is also necessary to address the taboo topic of population increase. Countries with a stable population fare immensely better than those with continued increase. Finally, we are presenting an optimistic book from the Club of Rome.

Keywords: [“book”,”need”,”world”]
Source: http://www.springer.com/de/book/9781493974184

Capitalism and the Tax System: A Search for Social Justice by Beverly Moran :: SSRN

The Enlightenment was one set of ideas that attended our birth and one Enlightenment belief as strong today as during the revolution is our faith in capitalism and the protection of private property. The United States tax system manages to violate fundamental capitalist principles as outlined in the extensive writings of Adam Smith – the father of capitalism. Comparing Smith’s vision to the current United States tax system reveals many important inconsistencies, particularly the current penchant for simultaneously taxing wages while exempting taxes on wealth and wealth appreciation. The article proposes more closely aligning the U.S. tax system with Smith’s capitalist vision by introducing a combined wealth and consumption tax each with significant exemption amounts. The expected result of a combined wealth and consumption tax system is the release of a considerable portion of the population from tax liability. Less expected rewards of a tax system that more closely resembles Smith’s capitalist ideal include: support for a living wage; class based affirmative action; and, reparations for slavery.

Keywords: [“tax”,”system”,”Smith”]
Source: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1162267

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Edmund Burke’s Conservatism.

In the late eighteenth century there arose an Irishman named Edmund Burke. Seriously contending with Age of Enlightenment thinkers of the time, Burke raised many astute arguments that are worth noting. Burke viewed colonialism as bad, radicalism as dangerous, and democracy as a threat to social stability. The electoral college remains as one of the early safeguards against democracy, designed to protect people from their own folly. Think tanks have to be more concerned about truth, with all its nuances, rather than shaping people’s thoughts. If democracy is considered dangerous because of the faults and frailties of the masses, who should lead the nation? Burke, like many in his time, believed that the upper class should lead, those who are cultured, well educated, and wealthy enough to resist corruption. Is it possible to raise a “Virtuous democracy?” Why not? If a given culture so cherishes intelligence, virtue and personal responsibility that it makes them endemic, would that not belay the fears of Plato, Edmund Burke and the American founders? Once again, the answers that we seek come down to people and the choices that they make. Burkes’ references to God, and that government is shaped by Providence, do not necessarily provide a stumbling block for those who believe in the separation of church and state. Does history support the unfolding of heavenly design that Burke suggests? Maybe so. The conservatism of Edmund Burke raised good questions that not only challenged Enlightenment philosophers, but challenge us today, so that truth is better revealed. Burke once said, “…it is not permitted that we should trifle with our existence. What lesson can we take from this? Burke lived in a parliamentary monarchy not long wrested from the Middle Ages. Burke’s observations ended up closer to fact. The conservative ideas of Edmund Burke confront dreamy eyed idealism with a healthy dose of reality. One party feels that government “Of, by and for the people” has a positive role to play in assuring equality and public health.

Keywords: [“Burke”,”people”,”equality”]
Source: http://www.chivalrynow.net/articles2/burke.htm

Overselling capitalism

THE CRISIS IN subprime mortgages betrays a deeper predicament facing consumer capitalism triumphant: The “Protestant ethos” of hard work and deferred gratification has been replaced by an infantilist ethos of easy credit and impulsive consumption that puts democracy and the market system at risk. Capitalism’s core virtue is that it marries altruism and self-interest. In producing goods and services that answer real consumer needs, it secures a profit for producers. Capitalism’s success has meant that core wants in the developed world are now mostly met and that too many goods are now chasing too few needs. Capitalism requires us to “Need” all that it produces in order to survive. So it busies itself manufacturing needs for the wealthy while ignoring the wants of the truly needy. Global inequality means that while the wealthy have too few needs, the needy have too little wealth. In order to turn reluctant consumers with few unsatisfied core needs into permanent shoppers, producers must dumb down consumers, shape their wants, take over their life worlds, encourage impulse buying, cultivate shopoholism and invent new needs. Consumerism needs this infantilist ethos because it favors laxity and leisure over discipline and denial, values childish impetuosity and juvenile narcissism over adult order and enlightened self-interest, and prefers consumption-directed play to spontaneous recreation. This is capitalism’s all-too-logical way of solving the problem of too many goods chasing too few needs. Can we redirect capitalism to its proper end: the satisfaction of real human needs? Well, why not? They do not need iPods, but they do need potable water, not colas but inexpensive medicines, not MTV but their ABCs. They need mortgages they can afford, not funny-money easy credit. To serve such needs capitalism must once again learn to defer profits and empower the needy as customers. To sustain itself, capitalism will once again have to respond to real needs instead of trying to fabricate synthetic ones – or risk consuming itself.

Keywords: [“Need”,”capitalism”,”consume”]
Source: http://articles.latimes.com/2007/apr/04/opinion/oe-barber04


Turgot blamed much of the economic decline of Limoges on high taxation of the peasants there. In 1766 Turgot drew up a list of questions on economics for two Chinese students whom the Jesuits had sent to study in Paris. To a great extent, as Finance Minister, Turgot tried to institute on a larger scale the reforms he introduced at Limoges. Turgot opposed strongly government intervention in the corn trade. Turgot viewed work as a creative act and as a key instrument of freedom. In another important edict Turgot abolished the corve thus furthering the freedom of work. During his two years as Minister of Finance, Turgot proposed a gradual progress of deregulation that put trust in the operation of the open market. In his writings on progress, Turgot had analyzed the relationship between agrarian and industrial organizations. According to Turgot, each person compares various economic goods, values them, forms ordinal preference scales, and then chooses among them. Concerned with the classical political economy of scarcity, Turgot saw economics as the allocation of scarce resources to a number of alternative ends. Turgot views the capitalist-entrepreneur as desiring to earn his imputed salary plus the opportunity cost that he gave up by not investing his money somewhere else. While products are being worked on, there must be advance payments to laborers, who, Turgot explains, are agreeable to paying the capitalists a discount out of production in order to be paid money in advance of the uncertain future revenues. Although the surplus accumulated via savings could be held in commodities or in money, Turgot explained that economic society languished before the arrival of metallic money because of the extreme difficulty of aggregating and transforming surplus production into capital. Because there exist no exploitation in charging interest, Turgot says that usury laws have been refuted. According to Turgot, all these activities either directly or indirectly return money to the circular flow there are no leakages.

Keywords: [“Turgot”,”money”,”interest”]
Source: http://www.quebecoislibre.org/06/060730-3.htm

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Karl Marx to John Maynard Keynes: Ten of the greatest economists by Vince Cable

From the father of Economic History who developed theories to explain why capitalist economies have fluctuations and crises – to the greatest economic thinker of the 20th century. His 1776 landmark book on economics, published at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution – and was even consulted on economic matters by Pitt The Elder, the Whig politician and Prime Minister. DAVID RICARDO. British political economist – the third of 17 children from a Sephardic Jewish family of Portuguese origin – Ricardo was a huge influence on 19th-century economics. FUKUZAWA YUKICHI. An author, entrepreneur and political theorist, Yukichi’s ideas made a lasting impact on Japan following the 1868 Meiji Revolution, which saw the restoration of imperial rule in Japan and set in train its economic modernisation. Widely regarded as one of Japan’s founding fathers, Yukichi tried to understand how modern systems and organisations worked and how ‘civilisation’, including business enterprise and new technology, could be transplanted to Japan to create economic development. In many ways he is the father of Economic History, having developed explanations for the evolution of the economic structure from feudalism to capitalism. Despite his belief in capitalism’s self-destructive tendencies, much of his economic thinking stands up to scrutiny. AMARTYA SEN. Among the most important events of my lifetime has been the economic emergence through rapid growth of major developing countries – most notably China and India, but also Korea, Brazil and Mexico among others. JOHN MAYNARD KEYNES. The greatest economic thinker of the 20th century, Keynes challenged fundamentally the idea that market economies will automatically adjust to create full employment. His insistence on the central role that uncertainty plays in economic decisions foreshadows much of the current interest in behavioural economics. While his basic economic framework – in which short-term economic growth depends on ‘aggregate demand’ is built into many of our forecasting models today. DANIEL KAHNEMAN. Perhaps the most radical change in direction in economics in recent decades has been the emergence of ‘behavioural economics’. Traditional economics, from Smith and Ricardo to Marx, Keynes and Friedman, has been based on general theories which treat it as a branch of natural science. People also hang on to irrational habits and seemingly perverse ways of evaluating choices, confounding those economists who premise their models on ‘rational economic man’. Some economists have retaliated by applying economic rationality to explain non-economic problems such as crime and punishment, prostitution and marriage patterns.

Keywords: [“Economic”,”economist”,”think”]
Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-2014647/Karl-Marx-John…

Religious views on capitalism

Some defend the natural right to property, while others draw attention to the negative social effects of materialism and greed. You begrudge your fellow human beings what you yourself enjoy; taking wicked counsel in your soul, you consider not how you might distribute to others according to their needs, but rather how, after having received so many good things, you might rob others. ‘But whom do I treat unjustly,’ you say, ‘by keeping what is my own?’ Tell me, what is your own? What did you bring into this life? From where did you receive it? It is as if someone were to take the first seat in the theater, then bar everyone else from attending, so that one person alone enjoys what is offered for the benefit of all in common – this is what the rich do. They seize common goods before others have the opportunity, then claim them as their own by right of preemption. For if we all took only what was necessary to satisfy our own needs, giving the rest to those who lack, no one would be rich, no one would be poor, and no one would be in need. Who are the greedy? Those who are not satisfied with what suffices for their own needs. By allying itself with the rising economic system it made men dependent upon the world of things even to a higher degree than before. Where formerly they worked for the sake of salvation, they were now induced to work for work’s sake, profit for profit’s sake, power for power’s sake. To countless generations of religious thinkers, the fundamental maxim of Christian social ethics had seemed to be expressed in the words of St. Paul to Timothy: “Having food and raiment, let us be therewith content. For the love of money is the root of all evil.” Now, while, as always, the world battered at the gate, a new standard was raised within the citadel by its own defenders. The garrison had discovered that the invading host of economic appetites was, not an enemy, but an ally. Not sufficiency to the needs of daily life, but limit less increase and expansion, became the goal of the Christian’s efforts. The shrewd, calculating commercialism which tries all human relations by pecuniary standards, the acquisitiveness which cannot rest while there are competitors to be conquered or profits to be won, the love of social power and hunger for economic gain-these irrepressible appetites had evoked from time immemorial the warnings and denunciations of saints and sages. Plunged in the cleansing waters of later Puritanism, the qualities which less enlightened ages had denounced as social vices emerged as economic virtues. For the world exists not to be enjoyed, but to be conquered. In winning the world, he wins the salvation of his own soul as well.

Keywords: [“own”,”need”,”economic”]
Source: https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Religious_views_on_capitalism