J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 08-03-2018

Africa University International Peace Marathon Unites the Community

MUTARE, Zimbabwe – About 1,500 runners braved 90-degree heat and a difficult course to compete Nov. 9 in the inaugural Africa University International Peace Marathon. The marathon, launched as part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the founding of Africa University, was aimed at promoting peace in Africa. Once over the Pass, runners still had six miles to go before reaching the finish line on the Africa University campus, outside Mutare. Tsopotsa, who graduated with a master of business administration degree from Africa University in 1998, said she was thrilled that her first big race involved the university and helping people to contemplate and discuss about peace. She ran with 14 other children from her rural school, located about 12 miles from the Africa University campus. 

A highlight of the awards ceremony after the race was the unveiling of a peace pole on the campus. In erecting the pole, Africa University joined a network that spans 70 countries and includes more than 62,000 peace poles worldwide. In his address, Dingiswayo Banda, the Zambian ambassador and acting dean of the African Diplomatic Corps in Zimbabwe, reminded race participants and the university community that peace is still an extremely scarce commodity in many African communities. The ambassador commended Africa University for the marathon and other initiatives that focus attention on the issue. More than 150 runners walked away with cash and other prizes, thanks to the support of the Zimbabwe business community and friends of Africa University. 

Professor Rukudzo Murapa, Africa University’s vice chancellor, thanked the participants and sponsors, and called on the athletes to be ambassadors for peace in their homes, schools and workplaces. The university plans to make the marathon an annual event that attracts runners and sponsors from throughout Africa and the world. 

Keywords: [“Africa”,”University”,”Peace”]
Source: https://www.christianpost.com/news/5-reasons-socialism-is-not…

The Hegemony of Psychopathy – punctum books

Any social and political arrangement depends on acceptance. Hegemony works through the dissemination of values and beliefs that create acceptance and that serve the interests of the state and/or the ruling elite. The hegemony of psychopathy is responsible for massive human suffering. It must be fought and replaced with a counter-hegemonic set of values and beliefs that promote compassion and care. The former is responsible for a continuous stream of hegemonic propaganda; the latter – among others – for providing a pseudo-scientific justification for the false belief that there is no alternative. 

The Hegemony of Psychopathy concludes with some considerations on tactics and strategy in the struggle against the hegemony of psychopathy, but does not – and cannot – offer any concrete advice. Lajos Brons is a Dutch philosopher and social scientist living in Japan. After receiving a PhD from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands for a dissertation on an aspect of the history and philosophy of the social sciences, he gradually moved further and further into philosophical territory. Currently, Brons is teaching logic, ethics, and philosophy at a university in Tokyo and his research interests are divided over two broad areas in philosophy: one is in the overlap ofethics and social/political philosophy; the other is in the intersection of philosophy of language, metaphysics, and epistemology. Research in the former focuses on the relations between death, suffering, and compassion. 

Research in the latter concerns the relations between language, thought, and reality, and is heavily influenced by the philosophies of Donald Davidson and W.V.O. Quine, but also by Buddhist philosophy. More information about publications, work in progress, research interests, and so forth can be found HERE.. 

Keywords: [“Hegemony”,”philosophy”,”psychopathy”]
Source: https://punctumbooks.com/titles/the-hegemony-of-psychopathy

What Does the Bible Say About Greed?

You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous, has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 

For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly;. As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; …. Matthew 6:21 Helpful Not Helpful. 

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. The world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. 

Keywords: [“God”,”gain”,”nor”]
Source: https://www.openbible.info/topics/greed

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

ROAR Magazine

Behind such cases is a new normal of zero-hour contracts, working without payment and in states of stress and anxiety, as an increasing dependence on management thrives on sucking the remaining residues of performance from precarious workers. Whilst digitised technologies have abstracted and placed many cultural forms on a single homogeneous platform, personal technologies have the worker connected and potentially labouring at all hours in ways that operate, at minute level, the exchanges and processes that neoliberal capitalism requires to function. The disorder isn’t simply a reflection of an individual struggling against unusual duress, but extends to an anxiety about even the most mundane of things, like completing household chores, being late for appointments, or of one’s inadequate performance as a worker or friend. Depressed BritainI wonder if the DSM-VI will propose it on a collective scale? These symptoms describe those of the precarious worker, exhausted, fed up, yet compelled to stay awake just to finish a little more work from home, screens stained by old microwave meals, spilt coffee and reminder notes about looming dates, gym reminders and so on. Finally, one-fifth of all working days in Britain are estimated as lost due to anxiety and depression forcing workers to take time off, a very shaky estimate given the stigma and perceived weakness of openly telling managers of mental health problems; but given the current prospect of increasing working hours in Britain as labour regulations are further ‘liberalised’, this anxiety will only continue. Concerned only for economic growth, even the world’s “Smartest men” – the neoliberal economists – are starting to doubt the credibility of the UK’s recovery, with more workers reporting mental health disability than any other developed country. To continue insisting that the mass breakdown of workers into malfunctioning anxiety machines is down to some failure of the individual is either callous or blind. Transforming the way we work, live together, understand ourselves, and communicate with each other will require brave new ideas that adapt the benefits of these technologies to the prior wellbeing and welfare of each of us collectively. Rising anxiety disorders are connected to the growing pressure on workers to increase their productivity. To fight for things like a fixed working day, a living wage, and to fight for massive increases in the resources given to support mental health problems. Then to politicise these experiences, and begin to dream together and work together to produce the kind of society where mass depression and collective anxiety are banished. Many of us feel paralysed, buckling under the pressure to keep it all together but knowing that the way we work – and live – is damaging us and our relationships.

Keywords: [“work”,”anxiety”,”more”]
Source: https://roarmag.org/essays/neoliberal-capitalism-anxiety…

The Peace Corps Capitalism and US Empire

Far from alleviating poverty in the Global South, the American Peace Corps locks marginalized communities into a global web of capitalist exploitation. “The Peace Corps was never intended to be blindly altruistic. Rather, it was designed to be an interpersonal demonstration of the fruits of democracy and free enterprise.” Since its inception, the American Peace Corps has sent over 210.000 Americans abroad to 139 different countries with the intent of “Promoting world peace and friendship.” Like many Americans, I knew very little about the workings of this organization. As Justin Phalichanh puts it, “The Peace Corps initially was formulated as an instrument of U.S. foreign policy in combating communism. It was not designed as an overseas anti-poverty program; it was to be a weapon in the Cold War arsenal.” Sandy Smith arrived at a similar conclusion: “Most volunteers are placed in innocuous positions and urged to cooperate with authorities. They are instructed to stay out of political struggles and to clear out when things get hot There is the rub – Peace Corps volunteers must try to do good without challenging the status quo, even though most of the countries served by the US Peace Corps are ruled by military dictatorships. Since these governments are inevitably allied with the United States, it is clear that what a volunteer program like the Peace Corps is most good for is public relations.” In other words, the US government created the Peace Corps as a propaganda organization to help spread the myth of the American dream. With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of most communist and anti-imperialist movements, the Peace Corps has renovated its own organization in a desperate attempt to remain relevant. These young graduates were no longer the starry eyed poster-children that the American Peace Corps was once looking to recruit. Through the creation of new social welfare programs such as “Youth and Community Development”, “HIV and AIDS” and “Earth Day”, the Peace Corps continues to paint authoritarian regimes as being concerned with the well-being of the poor. The greatest thing the Peace Corps could do for this country is to fight totalitarian and authoritarian governments and work for democracy and grass-roots change in the countries it serves. During the Cold War, groups critical of the American Peace Corps, such as the Committee of Returned Volunteers, actively supported anti-imperialist movements. Through the realization that others’ struggles for survival are intimately bound up with our own, we can start to recognize why organizations such as the American Peace Corps constitute a threat to our collective future.

Keywords: [“Peace”,”Corps”,”American”]
Source: https://popularresistance.org/the-peace-corps-capitalism-and-us-empire