J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 09-27-2018

Can capitalism be compassionate?

For an individual a concept like Kurtosis would have no meaning. Private ownership allows for exchange between individuals. An objection may be that we are dealing only with numbers, but if those numbers were actually pointing to individuals, and referred to each individuals’ height, then the Quicksort process could still not be compassionate, kind, or just. If I, as an individual, were to choose my own method to sort those individuals’ heights, then I could choose a method that is compassionate or that is not. There is no method, or rules of conduct, that the sickly individual could observe which would at the same time allow him or her to secure food without making it more scarce for others. 

We can consider how individuals seek other individuals to partner with and marry. Most would not object to allowing individuals to choose their own partner, but we would be likely to object if one partner forced another partner to be with them. They were simply pursuing their own individual interests. Many thousands of years ago, the individuals of the human species in their technological infancy could only look at those outside of their immediate family, or perhaps tribe, as competitors for the scarce resources nature chanced to provide. It is only when one human conceives that he or she, or his or her immediate family or tribe, could be better off by exchanging with another individual from an altogether different family or tribe, that compassion can begin to develop between humans outside of immediate families or tribes, because they no longer need to view each other as competitors for scare resources, they’ve developed a new abstract relationship- a relationship of exchange for mutual benefit. 

Individuals who engage in a great deal of trade with one another tend to have strong relationships, and to share similar interests. Those individuals who do not engage in trade with one another have no such mutual interests. 

Keywords: [“Individual”,”partner”,”process”]
Source: https://www.quora.com/Can-capitalism-be-compassionate

The Pursuit of Equal Income Distribution

During the last decades, the great weaknesses of capitalism have flourished. Inequality of income distribution has worsened painfully, the gap between rich and poor widens more and more every day, and just a few lucky entrepreneurs in the world are able to enjoy the capital benefits of the global system. Hunger, poverty, demographic explosion, ageing, and unbridled mass migration, among other factors, have become critical social dilemmas directly related to capitalist deviations, all of which cause us to foresee a chaotic world scenario in the near future. The numbers shown in this article confirm that the world’s economic disparity, instead of diminishing, is increasing at an alarming rate. Since the world economy completely depends on capitalism, this system is still extremely powerful and influential in global decision-making, thus further aggravating economic disparity. 

As it is not possible to avoid the capitalist system, we will make proposals that are feasible for implementing within the current capitalist tendencies in order to alleviate global imbalance. Compassionate Capitalism is an alternative that promotes flexibilization of the system in order to make it more sustainable. It seeks to diminish corporate control over the economy and markets by regaining the State’s economic intervention so that profits are fairly redistributed for the common welfare. The information used for the study is based on the most recent international reports and global circumstances of the topics in question. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. 

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Keywords: [“system”,”global”,”world”]
Source: http://journal.julypress.com/index.php/ajsss/article/view/262

The Case For Compassionate Capitalism

The closer we looked at capitalism, the more we found it wanting. To save capitalism from itself, FDR introduced what turned out to be the crucial missing ingredient: compassion. The damage done to the country during the Depression convinced him that unregulated capitalism always favors the rich at the expense of everyone else. So to save capitalism from itself, FDR introduced what turned out to be the crucial missing ingredient: compassion. He knew instinctively that fairness – essential to any functioning democracy – was an alien concept to pure capitalism. 

Compassionate capitalism worked for everyone without busting the federal budget. Under Roosevelt’s compassionate capitalism – even with a Great Depression and a Second World War – the federal budget quickly came right back into balance. By the time Eisenhower was elected, compassionate capitalism was tightly woven into the fabric of American democracy. America’s social safety net was never viewed as the cause of eye-popping deficits until a radical group of political nihilists decided that the best way to kill the compassion in capitalism was to stubbornly refuse to pay for it. The reason compassionate capitalism is still hugely popular – Tea Party extremists notwithstanding – is because it works. 

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

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”deficit”,”budget”]
Source: http://www.wbur.org/cognoscenti/2013/03/21/nick-paleologos

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 09-05-2018

Europe’s Childless Leaders Sleepwalking Us to Disaster

There have never been so many childless politicians leading Europe as today. In the short term, being childless is a relief since it means no spending for families, no sacrifices and that no one complains about the future consequences. Being a mother or a father means that you have a very real stake in the future of the country you lead. Europe’s most important leaders leave no children behind. Europe’s most important leaders are all childless: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron. 

As Europe’s leaders have no children, they seem have no reason to worry about the future of their continent. Living for today: Europe’s most important leaders are all childless, among them German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands. Angela Merkel made the fatal decision to open the doors of Germany to one million and half migrants to stop the demographic winter of her country. Merkel evidently did not care if the massive influx of these migrants would change German society, probably forever. According to a new study published by the Institut national d’études démographiques, a quarter of European women born in the 1970s may remain childless. 

One in nine women born in England and Wales in 1940 were childless at the age of 45, compared to one in five of those born in 1967. Islamic supremacists are busily building a clash of civilizations in Europe’s midst, and they depict their Western host countries collapsing: without population, without values, and abandoning their own culture. No part of the Gatestone website or any of its contents may be reproduced, copied or modified, without the prior written consent of Gatestone Institute. 

Keywords: [“Europe”,”leader”,”childless”]
Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/10306/childless-europe

In today’s corporate world you are more likely to hear about mindfulness than self-restraint. The search giant has also built a labyrinth for walking meditation. Twitter and Facebook are doing all they can to stay ahead in the mindfulness race. The fashion is not confined to Silicon Valley: the mindfulness movement can be found in every corner of the corporate world. What got the mindfulness wagon rolling was the 1960s counter-culture, which injected a shot of bohemianism into the bloodstream of capitalism: witness the rise of companies such as Virgin, Ben & Jerry’s and Apple, whose co-founder, Steve Jobs, had visited India on a meditation break as a young man, and who often talked about how Zen had influenced the design of his products. 

Mindfulness emphasises that there is more to success than material prosperity. The third is that selling mindfulness has become a business in its own right. A yoga and meditation instructor, and an enthusiastic tweeter, founded Wisdom 2.0, a popular series of mindfulness conferences. Many other business schools are embracing mindfulness. Jeremy Hunter of the Drucker management school at Claremont university teaches it to his students, as does Ben Bryant at Switzerland’s IMD. 

Donde Plowman of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s business school has even tried to quantify the mindfulness of management schools themselves. They might also worry that Aetna, an insurer which wants to sell yoga and other mindfulness techniques as part of its health plans, is sponsoring some of the research that supports them. The biggest problem with mindfulness is that it is becoming part of the self-help movement-and hence part of the disease that it is supposed to cure. 

Keywords: [“mindfulness”,”meditation”,”business”]
Source: https://www.economist.com/business/2013/11/16/the-mindfulness-business

Polyamory as a Rejection of Capitalism – Morgan Lev Edward Holleb

The only choice I make for my partners is whether or not they get to be with me-if I don’t like other choices that they make, I can leave, but I trust them to make the best choices for themselves and to be compassionate, decent people. Within a poly relationship, you have bodily autonomy but so do your partners: you are required to articulate and understand and respect the emotional and physical boundaries within each partnership. Being poly doesn’t mean I need to know about the details about my partners’ other relationships. Further to that-your n.eeds are met primarily by the self, with the support of partners. There is no pressure to be your partners’ Everything. 

The burden of emotional labor falls on multiple partners, if you have them. Being poly means allowing for fluidity not only between partners but within individual relationships which will undoubtedly change over time. Managing the time scarcity means being honest with partners about my availability and the amount of time I can realistically commit to them-it also means scheduling in time for myself. Confront the reality that partners could lose interest, or fall in love with someone else, or leave you for no reason at all whether you’re monogamous or not. Polyamory gives them the freedom to explore themselves and other relationships while they’re with you, and makes it easier to leave if that’s the best course because you all have less invested in the idea of having One Partner Forever. 

I’m poly whether I’m with one partner, ten partners, or no partners. You can practice polyamory while only having one partner by agreeing that neither of you is bound by rules over what you can and can’t do with other consenting adults. 

Keywords: [“partner”,”relationship”,”time”]
Source: http://morganpotts.com/2016/polyamory-as-a-rejection-of-capitalism

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-30-2018

Can capitalism be compassionate?

For an individual a concept like Kurtosis would have no meaning. Private ownership allows for exchange between individuals. An objection may be that we are dealing only with numbers, but if those numbers were actually pointing to individuals, and referred to each individuals’ height, then the Quicksort process could still not be compassionate, kind, or just. If I, as an individual, were to choose my own method to sort those individuals’ heights, then I could choose a method that is compassionate or that is not. There is no method, or rules of conduct, that the sickly individual could observe which would at the same time allow him or her to secure food without making it more scarce for others. 

We can consider how individuals seek other individuals to partner with and marry. Most would not object to allowing individuals to choose their own partner, but we would be likely to object if one partner forced another partner to be with them. They were simply pursuing their own individual interests. Many thousands of years ago, the individuals of the human species in their technological infancy could only look at those outside of their immediate family, or perhaps tribe, as competitors for the scarce resources nature chanced to provide. It is only when one human conceives that he or she, or his or her immediate family or tribe, could be better off by exchanging with another individual from an altogether different family or tribe, that compassion can begin to develop between humans outside of immediate families or tribes, because they no longer need to view each other as competitors for scare resources, they’ve developed a new abstract relationship- a relationship of exchange for mutual benefit. 

Individuals who engage in a great deal of trade with one another tend to have strong relationships, and to share similar interests. Those individuals who do not engage in trade with one another have no such mutual interests. 

Keywords: [“Individual”,”partner”,”process”]
Source: https://www.quora.com/Can-capitalism-be-compassionate

Love And Compassion Will Save Us When AI Takes Our Jobs

As artificial intelligence swiftly creeps into the mainstream, it will take over jobs. The first to go will be things like data analysis and retail operations, followed by more complex endeavors like driving. The advent of AI is often discussed as something of a selective guillotine falling on our employment ecosystem: Either your job is knocked out, or its spared. A former Google, Apple, and Microsoft employee turned venture capitalist with a speciality in artificial intelligence, sees a more humanistic way to integrate AI into our economies. Lee, during the height of his career, put work above all else, he tells the audience at TED 2018 in Vancouver. 

As he worked on artificial intelligence systems, he thought of them as ways to streamline routine work to create more room for innovation, and his job, as one of the early developers of these technologies, was to innovate faster and better to support this future. That changed when Lee was diagnosed with stage-four lymphoma several years ago. He was given just several months to live, and as he underwent chemotherapy, he read books on how people approached the end of life. He’s now in remission, but his experience with life-threatening illness caused him to think about work in new ways. It’s a nice idea, and certainly true-we’re facing a shortage of teachers, whose jobs will be crucial in bolstering young peoples’ abilities to participate in modern economies, and caretakers for the elderly will become ever more important as lifespans extend. 

The jobs that Lee cited during his talk as replacements for those made redundant by AI are notoriously underpaid, and often lack critical benefits like health care. If we’re going to follow Lee’s recommendation, we should be sure to do so alongside implementing stronger financial securities for people working these jobs-ideally, in the form of a universal basic income and universal benefits. 

Keywords: [“job”,”work”,”Lee”]
Source: https://www.fastcompany.com/40558634/love-and-compassion-will-save…

Exclusive: Illinois Khilafah Conference “Capitalism is to Blame”

The 2012 Khilafah Islamic Conference got off to a rocky start. The conference was originally scheduled to be held at The Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, however after the Chicago Daily Herald reported the agenda and location of the event, all hell broke loose with the owner of the Meadows Club, who was inundated with countless calls and emails from the public opposed to this conference. Angry residents warned that there would be large protests if he allowed the conference to be held at that location. The owner conceded and cancelled the event, which then moved to a new location, The Lexington House, Hickory Hills, IL. According to the American Muslim Forum for Democracy, Hizb-ut-Tahrir, the group that hosts the meeting, is a radical origination that promotes world-wide jihad, and targets young children to join their movement. 

The following excerpt comes from AMFD’s 2009 call for Muslim organizations to denounce and condemn the Hizb-ut-Tahrir. American Capitalism has caused all that is wrong with the Muslim world today. The Capitalist System was created to restrict Muslims. Jews and Christians will not be happy with Muslims until they adopt their way of life. Obama failed on two issues, Palestine and dealing with the entire Muslim world. 

That they are a peaceful non-violent movement while viewing the diagram on the overhead projector showing the structure of the Sharia governing cabinet, it listed a private secretary in charge of Jihad. To my surprise, I found myself being the only American reporter at the conference along with two other foreign reporters. We were not allowed to use any video or audio equipment while the conference was being held. Afterwards Dr. Mohammed Malkawi aka Abu Talha took questions from us and consented to audio recording of the interview. 

Keywords: [“Muslim”,”Conference”,”held”]
Source: http://rebelpundit.com/exclusive-illinois-khilafah-conference-capitalism…