J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 08-14-2018

Wealth Redistribution

Legal oversight isn’t helping because the laws are totally ignorant and oblivious to the real problems with capitalism. Products that are either designed purposefully to become obsolete or useless in very short order, or products that have a limited life span and are extremely costly to repair. Precisely because manufactures are designing products that cannot be reused/repaired inexpensively. Human laborers are simply no longer required to make the products in numbers that used to be required. Most people make far less, and the reason is that there are many people who are making $100K+++ or more. 

So if you think these averages reflect what most people are making you’re not recognizing the reality of the situation. In order for that to average down to say $30k there needs to be a WHOLE LOT of people making FAR LESS than $30k. So if $30k is an average income, that’s actually pretty bad. Especially in the US economy. It’s not capitalism itself that is the problem. 

If it did, it would demand that companies make products that will last and be reusable and repairable at a reasonable cost. Companies do this because they want to sell NEW PRODUCTS. They don’t want you to be fixing up used stuff so you don’t need to buy new. So the poor people not only make less money, but they don’t have enough money to do anything with anyway. If we’re going to go back to the 1950’s we need to start manufacturing products that can be easily repaired and last a long time. 

Keywords: [“product”,”problem”,”people”]
Source: https://debatingchristianity.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=923684

Wealth Redistribution

Legal oversight isn’t helping because the laws are totally ignorant and oblivious to the real problems with capitalism. Products that are either designed purposefully to become obsolete or useless in very short order, or products that have a limited life span and are extremely costly to repair. Precisely because manufactures are designing products that cannot be reused/repaired inexpensively. Human laborers are simply no longer required to make the products in numbers that used to be required. Most people make far less, and the reason is that there are many people who are making $100K+++ or more. 

So if you think these averages reflect what most people are making you’re not recognizing the reality of the situation. In order for that to average down to say $30k there needs to be a WHOLE LOT of people making FAR LESS than $30k. So if $30k is an average income, that’s actually pretty bad. Especially in the US economy. It’s not capitalism itself that is the problem. 

If it did, it would demand that companies make products that will last and be reusable and repairable at a reasonable cost. Companies do this because they want to sell NEW PRODUCTS. They don’t want you to be fixing up used stuff so you don’t need to buy new. So the poor people not only make less money, but they don’t have enough money to do anything with anyway. If we’re going to go back to the 1950’s we need to start manufacturing products that can be easily repaired and last a long time. 

Keywords: [“product”,”problem”,”people”]
Source: https://debatingchristianity.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=34342

Selections from Camille Paglia at conservativeforum.org

Columnist for Salon Magazine and others, Professor of Humanities at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, author of Sexual Personae, Sex, Art and American Culture, and other works. Modern liberalism suffers unresolved contradictions. 1992’All things being equal… ‘ But things never are equal. Western culture has produced the best system yet for organizing and taming those king-seeking energies: representative democracy, part of our pagan heritage. 1992 – from Sex, Art, and American Culture, Random House Vintage BooksMale-bashing became the instant drug of choice for the revived women’s movement, a self-crippling addiction from which feminists are just waking up. Because I have studied the past, I know that, in America and under capitalism, I am the freest woman in history. Capitalism is an art form, an Apollonian fabrication to rival nature. 

It is hypocritical for feminists and intellectuals to enjoy the pleasures and conveniences of capitalism while sneering at it. Everyone born into capitalism has incurred a debt to it. I feel that capitalism has a very bad press with the pseudo-leftists who clog our best college campuses and that in point of fact capitalism has produced modern individualism and feminism. Modern capitalism has allowed the birth of the independent woman who is no longer economically dependent on her husband. I despise the sneering that our liberal humanists do about capitalism even while they enjoy all of its pleasures and conveniences. 

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”Art”,”Culture”]
Source: http://www.conservativeforum.org/authquot.asp?ID=17

Capitalism vs. Socialism: Reply to Bruenig – Econlib

They’d witness amazingly well-fed, healthy people enjoying a cornucopia of technology and art beyond their wildest dreams. In a world with eight billion people, you can find unbridled lust and ravenous want if you search hard enough. Even the crummiest job in the U.S. lets workers serve their own end of making money, and spending or saving it as they like. The vast majority of workers also get some satisfaction from being productive and socializing with their coworkers. 

Capitalists want disciplined, focused workers – and well-reward those who possess these traits. Impulsive people in capitalist societies have trouble even holding down a job, as sociologists of poverty are well-aware. Even if you focus on consumers, plenty of firms – such as insurance companies and lenders – want people to be strong-willed, because their products offer long-run gain for short-run pain. People have consented or agreed to things they obviously haven’t. Even in the poorest countries, it’s normally multinational corporations that provide the best wages and working conditions. 

Workers’ alienation from their labor, society, and themselves; 3) to. Socialist-style approaches will result in greater utility or efficiency,but the greatest recommendation of socialism is that it is its own. Yes, people who run businesses want to make money; but most are also glad to create economic and personal opportunities for their workers, and valuable products for their consumers. 

Keywords: [“work”,”people”,”even”]
Source: http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2018/03/capitalism_vs_s_1.html

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 08-13-2018

Is Ideology Genetic?

Websites pour forth heated arguments between liberals and conservative about almost everything-or, as is becoming clear due to brain research, what seem to be arguments but in fact are genetically determined reflexes. While saying so will enrage conservatives, it is clear that conservatism is a Darwinian relic, a selective adaptation to primitive times. Perhaps the sharpest difference between Left and Right is that conservatives lack empathy or, in English, compassion. Conservatives do not hate the children of Bangladesh. Harvard psychologists John Halpern and Alexandra Warmme-Coates performed PET scans on self-described liberals and conservatives. 

When shown a photograph of the mangled remains of a puppy run over by a bicycle, the brains of conservatives showed no response. When the photo was of the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, liberals showed no response, but in conservatives the prefrontal palpate lit up, an indicator of intense interest. Conservatives, without compassion, see the problems of blacks and say the hell with them. Conservatives, carrying the instinctual baggage of times when killing animals had a purpose, were utterly incapable of understanding why the bunny-huggers were upset. Liberals and conservatives were shown various photos and asked to say the first word that came to their minds. 

Republicans, conservative, are traditionally the party of war. The police, also conservative, demonstrate the same aggressiveness and are likely to have the same neural responses, though further research is needed. 

Keywords: [“conservative”,”liberals”,”shown”]
Source: https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/08/fred-reed/is-ideology-genetic

Why Eckhart Tolle’s Evolutionary Activism Won’t Save Us

Given the central role Tolle plays in modern spiritual thinking, his ideas have world-wide implications. Tolle identifies a shift in the inner world as the only significant factor in social change. As we have seen, Tolle believes that God is evolving through us to awaken his or her divine planetary will on earth. It’s important to understand that when Tolle is referring to shifting inner consciousness, he is specifically talking about stilling the mind, not shifting inner social or political consciousness. Tolle is suggesting that what communists needed and what environmental polluters need is internal spiritual transformation – not education, training, relationship building, diversity training, political understanding, environmental awareness or anything else. 

If we were to take Tolle seriously we should instruct environmental educators to stop teaching about pollution and start teaching about how to connect to Being. Increasing the amount of creativity in the world won’t support the political ideas of Mr. Tolle. Any sort of universalizing divine quality that Tolle believes will speak to a particular social or political agenda is pure fiction. At the end of A New Earth, Tolle describes his understanding of how acting in the world lines up with one’s inner purpose. 

According to Tolle what is most urgently needed to address the thought addicted insane world is the cultivation of presence. Like many others Tolle mistakenly conflates presence with justice. Certainly Tolle has transformed the lives of many people. 

Keywords: [“Tolle”,”transformation”,”inner”]
Source: http://www.decolonizingyoga.com/why-eckhart-tolles-evolutionary-activism…

The NGO-ization of resistance

In the murky waters of fake NGOs set up or to siphon off grant money or as tax dodges, of course, there are NGOs doing valuable work. It’s important to consider the NGO phenomenon in a broader political context. In India the funded NGO boom began in the late 1980s and 1990s. As the state abdicated its traditional role, NGOs moved in to work in these very areas. Most large-funded NGOs are financed and patronized by aid and development agencies, which are, in turn, funded by Western governments, the World Bank, the UN and some multinational corporations. 

NGOs give the impression that they are filling the vacuum created by a retreating state. NGOs form a sort of buffer between the sarkar and public. In the long run, NGOs are accountable to their funders, not to the people they work among. It’s almost as though the greater the devastation caused by neoliberalism, the greater the outbreak of NGOs. In order make sure their funding is not jeopardized and that the governments of the countries they work in will allow them to function, NGOs have to present their work in a shallow framework, more or less shorn of a political or historical context. 

Eventually-on a smaller scale, but more insidiously-the capital available to NGOs plays the same role in alternative politics as the speculative capital that flows in and out of the economies of poor countries. NGOs have funds that can employ local people who might otherwise be activists in resistance movements, but now can feel they are doing some immediate, creative good. 

Keywords: [“NGO”,”fund”,”political”]
Source: http://massalijn.nl/new/the-ngo-ization-of-resistance

In Engaged Buddhism, Peace Begins with You

Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1967, after playing a central role in the Vietnamese peace movement. So we were very eager to practice Buddhism in such a way that we could bring it into society. Buddhism has to do with your daily life, with your suffering and with the suffering of the people around you. Thich Nhat Hanh.: The last time Martin Luther King and I met was in Geneva during the peace conference called Paix sur Terre. 

Thich Nhat Hanh.: People were very compassionate and willing to support us in ending the war in Vietnam during the sixties. People became angry very quickly because what they were doing wasn’t bringing about what they wanted. If you don’t have enough peace and understanding and loving-kindness within yourself, your actions will not truly be for peace. People often feel that they need to choose between being engaged in social change or working on personal and spiritual growth. If you don’t know how to listen to your own suffering, it will be difficult to listen to the suffering of another person or another group of people. 

Then we will ask the people who suffer to come forward and tell us what they have in their hearts. The fact is that people know America has the capacity to hit. John Malkin: Many people have the view that happiness and enlightenment are things that happen only in the future, and that maybe only a few people are capable of experiencing them. 

Keywords: [“people”,”practice”,”enlightenment”]
Source: https://www.lionsroar.com/in-engaged-buddhism-peace-begins-with-you

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 08-06-2018

Good corporate citizenship is a theme of the Davos celebrations. Admittedly, even fewer, just 5%, named CSR in its own right as the single most important criterion; but one might add to this the additional 24% who said that the reputation and integrity of the brand, to which good corporate citizenship presumably contributes, matter most. From an ethical point of view, the problem with conscientious CSR is obvious: it is philanthropy at other people’s expense. Advocates of CSR typically respond that this misses the point: corporate virtue is good for profits. The trouble is, CSR that pays dividends, so to speak, is unlikely to impress the people whose complaints first put CSR on the board’s agenda. 

Profit-maximising CSR does not silence the critics, which was the initial aim; CSR that is not profit-maximising might silence the critics but is unethical. In a new book, co-written with Karen Southwick, Mr Benioff argues that corporate philanthropy, done right, transforms the culture of the firm concerned*. Unlike some advocates of CSR, Mr Benioff says he opposes government mandates to undertake such activities. In any case, if Mr Benioff is right, and CSR done wisely helps businesses succeed, compulsion should not be needed. Lack of compulsion is exactly what is wrong with current approaches to CSR, say many of the NGOs that first put firms on the spot for their supposedly unethical practices. 

CSR was conjured up in the first place because government action was deemed inadequate: orthodox politics was a sham, so pressure had to be put directly on firms by organised protest. Ten years on, instead of declaring victory, as well they might, disenchanted NGOs like Christian Aid are coming to regard CSR as the greater sham, and are calling on governments to resume their duties. 

Keywords: [“CSR”,”corporate”,”firm”]
Source: https://www.economist.com/business/2004/01/22/two-faced-capitalism

Early Retirement Extreme: — a combination of simple living, anticonsumerism, DIY ethics, self-reliance, and applied capitalism

Outgoing people have a psychological need to interact with other people most of the time. This can pose a big problem for extraverted early retirees as most people at the same age or even 10 or 20 years older will away at their jobs for over 10 hours a day for 5 or 6 days of the week, effectively most of their waking time. This leaves very little time or very few opportunities to soak up the required amount of interaction for those who no longer work for a living. At least you get to talk to other dog owners every time you run into one. I like hobbies, reading, learning, playing music, practicing instruments, spending hours on wikipedia, Hanging out with people other than DW for a couple of hours a day, 4 days a week is enough for me. 

Now, many working people spend their time on the job, watching TV and maybe one activity, which for introverts would be a hobby and for extraverts would be going out. I already mentioned getting a dog I would also encourage people to join committee work, fund-raising, and maybe non-profit volunteering. Building trails, teaching people how to sail, rescuing pets, politics, being the treasurer of the HOA, etc. Depending on your interests, this can be very rewarding if you can find the right kind people to work with/for. I used to live next to the municipal golf course and every Monday morning there were people playing golf. 

This would all happen when other people are working and in the function of these activities you would probably be interacting with some of them or the few other retirees you could find if you are flexible. In conclusion, I think even if you can not get along without other people to get your , it is still possible to find something rewarding to do if retiring extremely early, while everybody else stay at their jobs. 

Keywords: [“people”,”time”,”day”]
Source: http://earlyretirementextreme.com

Why ObamaCare is Not Socialism

The main problem with boiling down American healthcare reform under the PPACA to buzzwords is that terms like socialism only broadly define a philosophical economic/political theory. With that said, the trillions made off the healthcare system for private companies doesn’t exactly scream socialism the philosophy or socialism as presented by the media. Socialism is a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole. In truth, socialism and communism are distinctly different. Socialism on the other had is a range of economic and social systems characterized by social ownership and democratic control of the means of production. 

If we apply socialism to healthcare we get single payer, if we apply communism we would likely get state controlled fund and healthcare delivery system. Suffice to say, communism is sort of like a radical socialism, and is pretty much the opposite of capitalism. If America is about a balance of powers then neither total free-market or communism should be on the table, but democratic socialism could be. Right wing-ers in America like to bunch communism and socialism into the same group to attack different political views, but the truth is our brand of governing really just borrows ideas from all over the place to create something uniquely American. Socialism is a philosophy, a regulated free-market is a completely different idea. 

A regulated free market is different than socialism because the primary goal is a free market and government only regulates when deemed necessary. Socialism suggests that all things are regulated and controlled by the government and little to nothing is left to the free-market. 

Keywords: [“socialism”,”healthcare”,”regulate”]
Source: https://obamacarefacts.com/2015/03/30/why-obamacare-is-not-socialism

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 08-01-2018

Transition Town Tooting

We learned how it is a big proportion of our carbon footprint and how it tends to increase in line with our total household income. There is a relationship between what we buy, why we buy it and our identity. Our first exercise was to relate a purchase we were pleased with: Kew membership, solar PV, a battery to go with PV, second hand clothing, bikes, evening courses. Then we discussed why we buy using the exercise on p29. Our next exercise was to design a poster exploring the differences between personal needs and wants. 

One group drew three concentric circles with basic needs in the centre, then a middle ring for things like special food, entertainment, enrichment, studying etc and an outer area for purchases that we felt were extravagant and not needed like weekend breaks by air, art collections, extravagant jewelry, watches etc, private heated swimming pools and so on. The other group’s poster was a collection of drawings: community giving companionship and friendship which didn’t require expenditure, a mastercard advert for a festival, choices and thoughts when making purchases, children’s expectations. Our penultimate exercise was to think about five ‘ways to well-being’ published by the New Economics Foundation which explored the ideas of give, connect, keep learning, be active and take notice. We all thought about whether we do these in our lives and could we make more time in our lives to do them. Generally we thought these were good principles but sometimes it can be hard to keep a balance. 

Another is how education can give us a double bonus of spending time with others of different age groups and life experiences. Finally we thought about the things we didn’t get a chance to say during the evening – being too busy in our lives, remembering to be compassionate to ourselves, working towards the NEF Five ways, paying attention, new ideas for home improvements, the carbon significance of un-deleted emails, unsubscribing to unread emails. 

Keywords: [“purchase”,”thought”,”how”]
Source: http://transitiontowntooting.blogspot.com

A TERRIFIC LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! AT ZEITGEIST STAGE

There’s no getting around the fact that Love! Valour! Compassion! Terrence McNally’s 1994 Tony-winning dramedy, is beginning to show its age. Had already made waves, it was still a relatively taboo thing for such an overtly gay play to become both a critical smash and a hit at the box office. 

Even if the play no longer feels like it crackles with modern urgency and that it doesn’t totally speak to-forgive me-the zeitgeist of this very moment the way that it did 24 years ago, Love! Valour! Compassion! remains a treasured contemporary work that is being given a worthy and totally absorbing revival at Zeitgeist Stage. Set in 1994 at a semi-upstate New York country home, each act of the play takes place over three consecutive holiday weekends: Memorial Day, July Fourth, and Labor Day. 

His boyfriend of four years, Bobby, played with great gentility by Cody Sloan, is blind and is significantly younger than Gregory. A notorious Broadway flop that marked Lucille Ball’s only Broadway appearance. Seeming to not quite gel with the rest of the group is John, a pompous Brit still bitter from his failed musical, and his new lover, Ramon, whose lasciviousness becomes a problem over the course of the summer. John’s brother, James, arrives later in the summer and quickly forms a bond with Buzz. Brooks Reeves, giving one of the best performances of the year, plays both John and James. 

The play unfolds with the nonchalance of a long summer weekend and is a rich study not only of friendship and love but of the cruelty of time and how-sickness or not-time rarely leaves any fruit on the tree. Love! Valour! Compassion! suffers a bit from too much sentimentality-sentimentality that Miller’s production does not completely mitigate, though it can hardly be faulted for it. 

There is a great deal of heart that radiates from Miller’s affectionate revival and from the terrific ensemble of actors that make Love! Valour! Compassion! one of my favorite productions of the year. 

Keywords: [“Love”,”play”,”year”]
Source: https://digboston.com/a-terrific-love-valour-compassion-at…

Socialist Appeal

Most hospitals were founded for specific purposes such as leper hospitals, or as refuges for the poor and it was not until later did hospitals become multi-functional. Not all hospitals cared for the sick and there were establishments to house the dying or infirm but the purpose was not cure or even care but to keep the ill poor off the streets. Almshouses were religious institutions in existence from the 10th century – in the middle ages the majority of hospitals functioned as almshouses. Nine hospitals were established throughout the country but the word ‘hospital’ was also used for institutions concerned with people and their families who were poor or destitute, as part of the Poor Law provisions. In London, for example, the only medical hospitals in the 1700s were the Royal Hospitals of St Bartholomew and St Thomas. 

There were other hospitals for special categories, such as Greenwich for injured sailors and refugees, the Magdalen Hospital founded to rescue ‘penitent prostitutes’ and the Marine Society for Educating Poor Destitute Boys. Between 1719 and 1750 five new general hospitals were founded in London and one of these was Guy’s Hospital, founded in 1724, from a bequest by a wealthy merchant Thomas Guy. Local authorities of large towns provided municipal hospitals, maternity hospitals, hospitals for infectious diseases like smallpox and tuberculosis, as well as hospitals for the elderly. By 1844 his premises, now called the Royal Free Hospital, was treating 30,000 patients a year. The Bethlem Royal Hospital was the world’s oldest psychiatric hospital, established in 1330. 

The Act introduced a compulsory apprenticeship and a formal qualification and required individuals to have instruction in a range of subjects including anatomy, botany, chemistry and physics – in addition to six months’ practical hospital experience. Hospitals charged for services, though sometimes poorer people would be reimbursed. 

Keywords: [“hospital”,”poor”,”people”]
Source: https://www.socialist.net/health-services-before-nhs.htm

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 07-31-2018

Video: Robert Reich on ‘Inequality for All’

With which you can emotionally connect with people and open people’s minds and eyes and hearts. On this issue of widening inequality there’s so much confusion, many people if they’re, you know, if they’re rightwing, they want to blame the poor, if they’re leftwing they want to blame the rich. One way of looking at and measuring inequality is to look at the earnings of people at the top versus the earnings of the typical worker in the middle. ROBERT REICH: Both about what looked like a fundamentally unfair subsidy going from everybody, taxpayers, to mostly the top one percent, that is the people on Wall Street who had blown it. Because you see very wealthy people, not everyone, but many very wealthy people and many big corporations use their money to buy rules that favor their positioning. 

I think again, it’s important to bear in mind that some inequality is necessary if we’re going to have a capitalist system that creates incentives for people to work hard and to invent and to try very hard. I would say people who self-identify as middle class extend from people who are earning around $25,000 a year to people who are earning well, in major cities, expensive cities like New York or San Francisco, a lot of people call themselves middle class who are earning $200,000 a year because the cost of living is so high. BILL MOYERS: Speaking of real people, we began this series last year with three broadcasts on inequality. ROBERT REICH: We’ve got to a point where money is so powerful a force in politics and in the media, that attention is paid mostly to people who are wealthy or upper middle class. ROBERT REICH: It’s a petition to the CEOs of Walmart and McDonald’s as the exemplars in these two big, big sectors of the economy, employing huge numbers of people to raise their wages to $15 an hour. 

ROBERT REICH: As an engine of prosperity for most people. JACOB KORNBLUTH: There’s a lot of people who made a lot of money who think this widening economic inequality is bad for them and it’s bad for the economy. 

Keywords: [“People”,”work”,”BILL”]
Source: https://billmoyers.com/episode/full-show-inequality-for-all

A Different View of the Homeless

In a rather depressing cartoon, a rotund, wealthy man walking up a New York avenue comes across three homeless people, each staking out a different street corner. The wealthy man continues past him up the avenue and meets the third homeless man. After walking a few more blocks, he turns another corner and runs directly into the three homeless men standing together. The younger of the monks looked long at the homeless man, who was obviously in distress and need. In addition to affirmation and acceptance, the homeless poor desperately need a sense of home, that is, to actually have a home, even a room, which they can enter, close the door to, and live in peace. 

Just as all of us thrive in the sanctuary of our own homes, the homeless need not just a shelter, a room in anothers house, but their own space. In Evanston, Illinois, north of Chicago, a forward-looking faith community called Lake Street Church is trying to address the needs of the homeless. When we are separated from all the goods of this world, we are no different from our homeless brothers and sisters. The homeless poor are everywhere on the subcontinent, and I noticed in the vast majority of them that, though destitute and possessing nothing, they were happy and serene beyond comprehension, a serenity connected with their faith, not their poverty! They taught me that one needs very little to be happy, that happiness is a spiritual quality that has absolutely nothing to do with wealth and possessions. 

As long as we ignore the homeless or apply a Band-Aid solution to the symptoms of a much larger disorder in our world, the problem will grow and finally get out of control. Our leadership, particularly with respect to the homeless problem, needs a special kind of guidance, that of our spiritual communities themselves. As a monk, a mystic in the world, pursuing my spiritual practice each day, I have awakened to the horrible inequity in the sufferings of the homeless persons I have known for so long. 

Keywords: [“homeless”,”people”,”street”]
Source: http://www.grandtimes.com/A_Different_View.html

IN FULFILLMENT OF END TIMES PROPHECIES!1- Christian Updates

GOD IS CALLING HIS PEOPLE BACK HOME – TO ISRAEL – IN FULFILLMENT OF END TIMES PROPHECIES!1 God is beginning to call the Jewish people back to Israel, from all corners of the globe. Lately, Jews have been returning to Israel by the hundreds of thousands from the old U.S.S.R., again spurred by intense persecution. The lifestyle offered Jews here not only keeps American Jews here, it attracts Jews to migrate from Israel to America. Basically, Jews are returning to Israel from most points on the globe. For the purposes of our study, Kahane was an interesting person because he was urging American Jews to consider migrating to Israel, before the persecution he thought he saw on the American horizon came to fruition! 

Let us return now to this article, speaking of Shifra Hoffman. We want to focus on the assertion by Rabbi Kahane’s organization, that God has promised to the Jews all the land of Israel. God promised the land of Israel to Abraham and his descendents, but many people believe that His promise has been revoked, because of the Jew’s sins against Him, and especially, because of their sin in killing Jesus Christ. Second, the Bible also declares that God will restore Israel to her ancient land, after she has been out of it for many, many years. God will do all this for Israel, for the glory of His mighty name, which has been profaned for so many years. 

Again, we see that all the Jews are going to come back to Israel. In these verses, God is promising full reinstatement of the nation, to whom Jews from all over the world will flock to live! No longer will there be more Jews outside Israel than inside; no longer will there be any hint of a Diaspora. These borders include Lebanon, most of Jordan, a lot of Syria, and even some of Iraq! This coming war in the Middle East will probably accomplish this border enlargement, thus preparing the way for the fulfillment of the prophecies to bring all the Jews back to Israel. 

Keywords: [“ISRAEL”,”Jew”,”GOD”]
Source: http://www.cuttingedge.org/news/n1064.html

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 07-29-2018

What is a ‘system of privilege’? – Allan G. Johnson

White people are generally assumed to be law-abiding until they show some sign that they are not, while people of color are routinely assumed to be criminals or potential criminals until they show they’re not. A white person, for example, can work hard and have little to show for it, can be mistreated by the police without cause, be denied a job they’re qualified for. What privilege does is load the odds one way or the other so that the chance of bad things happening to white people as a category of people is much lower than for everyone else, and the chance of good things happening is much higher. A system of white privilege, for example, is white-dominated, which means the default is for white people to occupy positions of power. White-dominance doesn’t mean that all white people are powerful, only that the powerful tend almost always to be white, and when a person of color occupies a position of power, that will be noted as an exception to the rule. 

White-identification also encourages whites to be unaware of themselves as white, as if they didn’t have a race at all. It also encourages whites to be unaware of white privilege. White-centeredness is the tendency to put white people and what they do at the center of attention-the front page of the newspaper or magazine, the main character in the movie. When you organize a society in this way, the result will be patterns of unearned advantage that are available to whites simply because they are socially identified as ‘white. Abundant research, for example, shows that whites and blacks are equally likely to use illegal drugs, which would lead us to expect them to be equally likely to wind up in prison for that offense. 

On top of that, young white males are the demographic most likely to sell illegal drugs. The white privilege in this example, is the practice of the criminal justice system to overlook or respond less harshly to drug crimes committed by whites, while the corresponding oppressive consequence for people of color is the systematic selection of people of color for arrest, prosecution, and punishment. 

Keywords: [“White”,”people”,”privilege”]
Source: http://www.agjohnson.us/glad/what-is-a-system-of-privilege

Jon Chopan

Despite the notion that we are voiceless, it seems to me that the challenge of a good creative writing instructor is to teach students that they do indeed have a voice and that their voice, that all our voices in concert, have meaning. We should be struggling with our students as writers, and students of writing, to leave behind something worth protecting, worth defending, something that contributes to the growth of this culture. One of my greatest struggles, as a writer, as a human being, is to find purpose in the things I do. This, it seems, is the job of a good creative writing teacher, to help their students in their quest to find purpose. In a culture that has grown weak on faith in the arts, in the power of words, it would seem now, when things are most bleak, that our job is to bring new hope to an army of writers who will go forward and make their mark on this nation. 

Having been the student of two fine writing programs, and having had the privilege to be around so many skilled and compassionate instructors, I truly believe in this purpose as a creative writing teacher. I mean, in my classes, to help my students find their stories, to find the unique thing it is that they were meant to say. I also believe in the power of students to return that favor, be it through a direct act or through simply watching them grow as writers and learning from them. Nothing thrills me more than the energy of young writers, how the world of words seems new and boundless to them, and that energy keeps me going as a writer, as a teacher, because it has the power to breathe life into the things we all come to take for granted, the debates and books and tools we feel we already know so well. In my own writing I hope to give voice to the people and places I come from. 

I did not become a writer or a teacher of writing because it seemed easy, or because it was something I happened upon. I believe that by fostering the creativity born of writing, born in well told stories and in boldly written poems, that we are contributing to a kind of creative power that is much needed. 

Keywords: [“writes”,”student”,”teach”]
Source: http://www.glimmertrain.com/bulletins/essays/b137chopan.php

9 FDR’s New Deal

They got it in the form of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal, but there was more continuity between Hoover and the early New Deal than most people realize, and more mixed messages coming from Franklin Roosevelt’s campaign than most historians remember. Having a capitalist like Joe Kennedy on board helped FDR insulate the New Deal from right-wing criticism. Race & the New Deal.The New Deal excluded sharecroppers and tenant farmers from farming relief in order to discriminate against minorities. These New Deal flaws have led modern civil rights commentator Ta-Nehisi Coates to argue that modern liberalism is intrinsically racist, but many civil rights leaders have been leftists or liberals and even the New Deal helped minorities in important ways. Second New Deal: Labor ReformThe Second New Deal improved workers’ leverage as strikers and their pay. 

Second New Deal: Housing ReformThe Government also reformed housing during this second phase of the New Deal. FDR won four elections, and won by a historic landslide in 1936, just after the more radical Second New Deal kicked in. In response, FDR threatened to pack the Court with more judges, all favorable to the New Deal. He didn’t play up the pro-New Deal angle but merely suggested adding one judge for each existing judge over 70 that refused to retire and claimed the bigger court would lighten their workload. The Court-Packing Scheme was ridiculous – with that precedent, any president could simply add judges favorable to his policies – but FDR was cleverly focusing the public’s attention on the Court threatening to undo the New Deal. 

FDR was reminding the Court that they were out of step with the times, regardless of the legal technicalities of the New Deal – technicalities known to legal scholars as the Constitution. Since his court-packing bill died, FDR claimed he lost the battle but won the war, saving the New Deal. The New Deal led to bigger government with the establishment of Social Security and its offshoot programs like unemployment insurance and Medicare. 

Keywords: [“new”,”Deal”,”government”]
Source: http://sites.austincc.edu/caddis/fdrs-new-deal

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 07-19-2018

The Divine Mercy Chaplet

Through Saint Faustina, Jesus also revealed special ways to live out the response to His mercy-one of which is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, as both a novena and a prayer for the three o’clock hour-the hour of His death. The Chaplet of Mercy is recited using ordinary rosary beads of five decades. At the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts the Chaplet is preceded by two opening prayers from the Diary of Saint Faustina and followed by a closing prayer. Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself. Our Lord said to Saint Faustina: Encourage souls to say the Chaplet which I have given you … 

Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death … When they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between my Father and the dying person, not as the Just Judge but as the Merciful Savior … Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from my infinite mercy. We, too, can make a novena of prayer for these intentions and others, especially by praying the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy. 

Second DayToday bring to Me THE SOULS OF PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS. Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your grace in men and women consecrated to Your service, that they may perform worthy works of mercy; and that all who see them may glorify the Father of Mercy who is in heaven. Father of mercy and of all goodness, I beg You by the love You bear these souls and by the delight You take in them: Bless the whole world, that all souls together may sing out the praises of Your mercy for endless ages. Seventh DayToday bring to Me THE SOULS WHO ESPECIALLY VENERATE AND GLORIFY MY MERCY. Most Merciful Jesus, whose Heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol and venerate the greatness of Your mercy. 

These souls are a living Gospel; their hands are full of deeds of mercy, and their hearts, overflowing with joy, sing a canticle of mercy to You, O Most High! I beg You O God: Show them Your mercy according to the hope and trust they have placed in You. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross: Let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your mercy. 

Keywords: [“Mercy”,”Soul”,”Jesus”]
Source: https://www.catholicity.com/prayer/divinemercy.html

Disabled people and the inclusive society: or the times they really are changing

The United Nations itself estimates that the above quote applies to some 500 million disabled people across the World and given that the UN Declaration has been in existence for 50 years, it is clear that large numbers of disabled people have suffered human rights abuses for a long time. To return to the theme of the exclusion of disabled people rather than our creation, while a comprehensive history and anthropology of disability has yet to be written, it is clear from what evidence we do have that disabled people are not excluded from all societies. In our own society disabled people have and continue to face all these forms of exclusion. Society had to do something about disabled people and it did; not being shy about using all the forms of exclusion mentioned above. A noble aim which has been somewhat tarnished in its implementation: while the Government intends to lop £750 millions off benefits for disabled people immediately, so far only 50 disabled people have found jobs under the new deal. 

The problem is that the Government’s plans to get disabled people into work are focused around 2 initiatives: a small number of special schemes and job coaches for individual disabled people. At a conservative estimate, there are a least one million disabled people of working age who are employable and such trifles are unlikely to have any significant impact on the unemployment rate amongst disabled people. Disabled people in Britain will recognise an earlier version of this policy when in the late 1960s and early 1970s the Disablement Income Group and the Disability Alliance proposed a national disability income available as of right to all disabled people. This proposal was not simply attacked on the grounds of cost but disabled people themselves argued that such a proposal would serve as a basis for the further exclusion of disabled people from other parts of society; if disabled people didn’t need jobs, why bother to educate them or given them the means to travel – so the argument went. Many disabled people fear that our disappearance from the future will not be a matter of progress but one of bitter regret, for society as well as for ourselves. 

We can be confident about this because disability studies, in Britain at least, is developing as a genuine partnership between disabled people and the academy and as a consequence of this, the voice of disabled people will be heard far louder than it otherwise might. If nothing else it will allow the voice of disabled people to be heard in fora where otherwise it would not and I am confident that the Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research will play a role in giving the disabled people of Strathclyde a voice. 

Keywords: [“people”,”Disabled”,”work”]
Source: https://www.independentliving.org/docs4/oliver.html

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 07-10-2018

Compassionate Capitalism a historical and biblical perspective

This conglomerate is compromised of 25 booming companies fully registered in the United Kingdom. These are social Enterprise companies that aim at making available basic services to the most disadvantaged communities in and around the globe begining with Uganda with head offiçe at Kitintale, Kampala. The compassionate Capitalism philosophy used by development channel is relatively new to Africa and Uganda in particular. Simply put, it’s where you get paid for making a purchase. Starting with Uganda as the base in Africa, Charles Lambert, the founder of this organisation and chairman of foreign investors in Uganda, has stimulated the local population by opening up the opportunity to become a shareholder in this conglomerate through a one time risk free investment. 

How this works:Through the one time purchase of the amazingly unique NoDropout iPad,at only 1,008,000Ugx, you get two after-sale benefits freely from the company. This opportunity is opened up to a limited number of individuals. Besides being a shareholder, members will be opened up to various services offered by each individual company within the conglomerate. Students will have the opportunity to earn an income after accomplishing tasks which will be sent to them on the app being designed and unique to Development Channel. There are also teacher programs, single parent services, travel services and opportunities, startup capital financing with no collateral, house construction services just to mention but a few. 

Development channel is also going to be among the largest employers in Uganda by making available 5000 jobs in the call center being established in Bukoto, Uganda. Hurry to take up this risk free investment opportunity and earn a consistent monthly income while the opportunity lasts. 

Keywords: [“Uganda”,”opportunity”,”services”]
Source: https://mspsteem.com/uganda/@menorah/compassionate-capitalism

Education and Capitalism

Schooling in the twenty-first century United States is not the product mainly of educational philosophies and resources-together with whatever imagination and initiative that teachers, students, parents, and communities can bring to bear. Instead, it is dominated by the changing demands of capitalist society for an increasingly stratified and regimented workforce. In the first article in this section, John Bellamy Foster analyzes the political economy of education in capitalist society; the relation of this to the evolution of U.S. schools from the early twentieth century on; and the current corporate reform movement aimed at the restructuring and privatization of education-symbolized by the Bush No Child Left Behind and the Obama Race to the Top programs. Today’s conservative movement for the reform of public education in the United States, and in much of the world, is based on the prevailing view that public education is in a state of emergency and in need of restructuring due to its own internal failures. 

In contrast, I shall argue that the decay of public education is mainly a product of externally imposed contradictions that are inherent to schooling in capitalist society, heightened in our time by conditions of economic stagnation in the mature capitalist economies, and by the effects of the conservative reform movement itself. The corporate-driven onslaught on students, teachers, and public schools-symbolized in the United States by George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind legislation-is to be explained not so much by the failure of the schools themselves, but by the growing failures of the capitalist system, which now sees the privatization of public education as central to addressing its larger malaise. 

Keywords: [“public”,”capitalist”,”education”]
Source: https://monthlyreview.org/features/education-and-capitalism

Fierce Compassion: The Role of Spiritual Intelligence in Conscious Capitalism – Conscious Capitalism

Her stomach wrenched with anxiety, Wigglesworth asked the supervisor if she could put him on hold to get rid of another call-a fiction designed to allow her a pause for a few deep breaths. The Conscious Capitalist leaders describe spiritual intelligence as a moral intelligence that gives people the ability to distinguish right from wrong. One of the key benefits of SQ is that it brings about a perspective shift because people who develop it reduce their dependence on ego. Wigglesworth said she came up with the term spiritual intelligence after reading Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence and then finding that there had yet to be any comparable work in the spiritual intelligence field. She set out to demonstrate it was a legitimate trait, developing an assessment and writing a book called SQ21: The Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual Intelligence. 

She is now the president and founder of Deep Change Inc., a company that helps individuals and organizations develop and access their multiple intelligences. Spiritual intelligence is not about converting anyone to any system of belief-it’s about recognizing the innate human need to be connected with the people and world around us. Someone with a blend of IQ, EQ and SQ will be better positioned to lead consciously, as Wigglesworth learned the hard way. At one staff meeting called to address college recruiting, Wigglesworth wasted no time offering her ideas. Her first performance reviews noted her intelligence, but suggested she work on her interpersonal skills. 

As a result, not only was she receiving promotions she’d earlier believed she’d deserved, she realized she was leading and people were choosing to follow. You can find her book SQ21: The 21 Skills of Spiritual Intelligence on Amazon. 

Keywords: [“intelligence”,”spiritual”,”people”]
Source: https://www.consciouscapitalism.org/blog/fierce-compassion-the…