J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 06-16-2018

Attempting the Impossible – Calculating Capitalism’s Death Toll – Guerrilla Ontology

When one sees one of those massive lists of the death toll of Communism on Tumblr, one inevitably see, if sources are included, the name RJ Rummel over and over and over again. In order to show you that Rummel’s figures are way off the wall, I will take a closer look at the dictator who’s death toll has the highest consensus – Hitler. While it is true that there is some debate about whether the Holocaust occurred or how many people perished under the Third Reich, the overall historical consensus is more stable than Stalin or Mao’s death toll which changes every year as a new book is published or new archives are explored. Not all were tried, but most of the 50,000 who were, were sent to normal prison which did not mean death. Given the lack of data on their part and their own numbers, assuming a 100% death rate, adding up to only 32,300, that is what I will go with. 

The first, and most obvious, deals with the death toll that the book posits. The book, written by professor Stéphane Courtois, tries to posit that there have been about 100 million deaths due to Communism. Two of the book’s main contributors, Nicolas Werth and Jean-Louis Margolin, publicly stated that Courtois either inflated numbers for the purpose of achieving his goal of 100 million or that he cut corners and ignored deaths in some places. Of the 100 million deaths, most are due to famine which, assuming the figures are actually correct, are the result of mismanagement and stupidity as opposed to government malevolence. Assuming that the figures are accurate, the death toll of capitalism is going to outweigh this anyway. 

Before I continue however, an important note must be made: unlike the death tolls associated with Communism, the deaths caused by capitalism are usually the result of capitalist constructions, be they systemic poverty, imperialism, Atlantic and post-Atlantic slavery, etc. In third world countries, the United States, on its quest for empire, has been responsible for 6,000,000 deaths. 

Keywords: [“death”,”Rummel”,”War”]
Source: http://guerrillaontologies.com/2014/05/attempting-the-impossible…

Capitalism has a Role in Fighting Poverty

Any time of year is a good time to discuss poverty, but the subject has obvious resonance at Christmas. The Pope’s letter also took capitalism in general to task, which is troubling because the relationship between wealth creation and the alleviation of poverty is often misunderstood. Pope Francis does not make this next distinction, but his critique applies better to crony capitalism than to competitive capitalism. Crony capitalism wherever it occurs, is not capitalism properly understood, where people are free to bargain and choose goods and services – trade, in other words, an activity human beings have engaged in for much of history. Far from enhancing those who already possess wealth, competitive capitalism – and within the rule of law, property rights, other civil rights and sound currencies – allows entrepreneurs to compete in existing markets or edge out old goods with new, innovative products. 

The late Angus Maddison, a British economist who famously surveyed the world economy, concluded that the growth of international trade and capital was one major reason for the reduction in absolute poverty over the centuries. The authors found that between 1970 and 2006, poverty rates around the world fell by 80 per cent. Capitalism does help reduce poverty, providing it is more the competitive type than the crony type. None of this means that some people will not attempt to combine money and power to abuse others, or that capitalism will solve every social ill. The claim is only that poverty rates would be vastly higher absent open markets and competitive entrepreneurs, as indeed such rates were when protectionism, mercantilism and socialism were more influential around the world. 

Argentina today has much poverty, and that reality has informed the real-world experience of the current Pope. Pope Francis’s capitalism critique is too general, but there is indeed a problem with crony capitalism. 

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”poverty”,”Pope”]
Source: https://freedomtalk.ca/v2/capitalism-has-a-role-in-fighting-poverty

The compassionate state

Students of history know that communism saved capitalism after the Second World War. The welfare state enjoyed a rebirth when countries, especially those in Europe lying prostrate after the conflagrations, kindled a romance with the idea Marx and Lenin wrought. The West, including the United States, strengthened the social buoy of the poor and vulnerable although the idea dated back to the years of German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck in the 19th century. They are the old who cannot earn any more money, the young and old who cannot get healing, the children too poor to afford books and food at schools, the disenfranchised business person who cannot get seed money to pursue the dreams of independence. I had an opportunity to sit as an observer at the state of Osun’s executive council recently and observed the essence of his style. 

As Laoye-Tomori showed in her power-point presentation, in the past year the inflow into schools had leaped from between 25 percent and 30 percent. The students would now have school uniforms, spinning an industry and a jobs spur that locals are taking advantage of to tailor and provide the uniforms all over the state. The thousands of children in Osun who are abandoning idleness at home and on the streets for school are witnessing the greatest liberation: of the human mind. The state has obviously a mobile medical system where communication between the deprived and the caregiver is streamlined. What is being done for the elderly in terms of free healthcare in some states, like Lagos, Delta, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Ekiti, will help improve life expectancy. 

After the U.S. won the war of independence, Jefferson accused President Washington of apostasy for creating an elite society with Alexander Hamilton when he set up institutions for a strong federal state. From the droves of children going to school in Osuns now, we know that is not true. 

Keywords: [“state”,”school”,”world”]
Source: http://thenationonlineng.net/the-compassionate-state/#respond

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 06-13-2018

Debate Argument: Capitalism?

Response to Defense Point 3: Capitalism allows the rich to get richer while the poor get poorer. Response to Defense Point 5: In Socialism it helps the poor a lot more than Capitalism, to help their situation by working to their abilities and getting the money that they need. Response to Attack Point 3: No the businesses won’t, but the collective socialism workers’ and consumers’ councils will keep up with consumer demand. Response to Attack Point 4: Socialism has actually proven that it is very economically efficient. Attack Point One: In Capitalism, businesses and corporations must aspire profit before anything else. 

Attack Point Two: Capitalism is ruled by corporations, NOT individuals. Attack Point Three: Capitalism is not compassionate at all. Attack Point Four: Capitalism doesn’t always reward the hard working. Attack Point 1: Capitalism allows for the efficent exchange of goods and resources. Attack Point 8: Capitalism is not meant to be compassionate, and neither is socialism; It is not an economy’s duty, obligation, or job of any kind to be compassionate, or having compassion will ruin the economy. 

Attack Point 9: The Scandinavian countries can espouse the good in Socialism, and the European countries in the debt crisis can espouse the bad in Capitalism. Attack Point 10: Capitalism does not abuse human rights and Socialism does not protect them, but in fact endangers them. 

Keywords: [“Point”,”Capitalism”,”Socialism”]
Source: http://www.debate.org/debates/Capitalism/10

Who’s More Compassionate: The Left or the Right?

Liberals are compassionate and conservatives are mean. If liberalism is the politics of kindness, it follows that conservatism must be the opposite – heartless. On the other, liberals are bursting with ideas for all the humane things government can do by redistributing the wealth created by these so-called selfish people. Liberals champion government action as the best vehicle to alleviate suffering. At the same time, they are uninterested in the question of whether these government programs actually do alleviate suffering. 

To take just one example, the government’s own studies have demonstrated that the federal pre-school program Head Start does not achieve its goals. This program has lost none of its liberal luster. On the contrary, liberals constantly call for its expansion. Our federal, state, and local governments spend more than $3.2 trillion per year on programs designed to prevent or relieve poverty. The whole point of compassion is for empathizers to feel better when the awareness of another’s suffering distresses the observer. 

On top of all its other problems, our $3 trillion welfare state doesn’t work because its liberal architects and defenders don’t really care whether it works. If you really want to help people, it should be pretty obvious which is the more important question. 

Keywords: [“liberal”,”government”,”kindness”]
Source: https://www.prageru.com/videos/whos-more-compassionate-left-or-right

Atlanta real estate whiz is changing lives, one apartment complex at a time

Madison Hills apartment complex in Marietta presented Stagmeier challenges from the start. On behalf of investors, her company acquired this blighted apartment community in 2006. Brumby was one of two Cobb County schools on the Federal Watch List for Failing Schools at the time. Stagmeier had never before realized how much an apartment community could impact a school. Transiency often contributes to a school’s failure, Richie explained. 

The children were no longer going home to empty apartments after school because their parents were working two and three jobs to pay the bills. Knowing the children had a safe place to go after school, parents got better jobs. Having a stabilized apartment community meant residents could contribute more to the broader community and to the tax base, Stagmeier said, because they were staying put and getting better jobs. By 2012, all 90 children in the after-school program passed the school systems’ competency tests. The school went from one of the worst in the state to a Title 1 school of distinction. 

Finally, five years in, the county came around and granted the permits Stagmeier needed to remodel the moldy, burned out apartments. The rent went up, families moved out, Brumby Elementary went back on the watch list for failing schools. 

Keywords: [“school”,”apartment”,”Stagmeier”]
Source: http://specials.myajc.com/compassionate-capitalist

Mourning Modernity: Literary Modernism and the Injuries of American Capitalism

In Mourning Modernity, Seth Moglen argues that American literary modernism is, at its heart, an effort to mourn for the injuries inflicted by modern capitalism. He demonstrates that the most celebrated literary movement of the 20th century is structured by a deep conflict between political hope and despair-between the fear that alienation and exploitation were irresistible facts of life and the yearning for a more just and liberated society. He traces this conflict in the works of a dozen novelists and poets – ranging from Eliot, Hemingway, and Faulkner to Hurston, Hughes, and Tillie Olsen. Taking John Dos Passos’ neglected U.S.A. trilogy as a central case study, he demonstrates how the struggle between reparative social mourning and melancholic despair shaped the literary strategies of a major modernist writer and the political fate of the American Left. 

Mourning Modernity offers a bold new map of the modernist tradition, as well as an important contribution to the cultural history of American radicalism and to contemporary theoretical debates about mourning and trauma. He has recently published a new edition of T. Thomas Fortune’s Black and White: Land, Labor, and Politics in the South. 

Keywords: [“mourn”,”Modernity”,”literary”]
Source: http://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=9618

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 03-28-2018

Capitalism vs. Socialism: The Bruenig-Caplan Debate, Bryan Caplan

Next, weigh the probable effects of the main policy reforms necessary to bring those countries into harmony with the capitalist ideal. All of these countries still have relatively poor people, but there’s very little absolute poverty. The poor in these countries have such a nice life that people around the world eagerly immigrate there to work in hard, low-skilled jobs. To repeat, none of the world’s most capitalist countries actually live up to the capitalist ideal. Even the most capitalist countries heavily restrict immigration. People around the world would move from countries where their labor produces little to countries where their labor produces much. Even the most capitalist countries tightly regulate construction, especially in high-wage areas. If these laws were repealed, there would be a massive increase in the supply of housing in the most prosperous areas of the country, soon followed by massive intranational migration. Even the most capitalist countries engage in massive involuntary redistribution. Even the most capitalist countries heavily subsidize education. Next, weigh the probable effects of the main policy reforms necessary to bring those countries into harmony with the socialist ideal. There are many praiseworthy ways to bring relatively socialist countries into harmony with the socialist ideal, starting with: stop murdering and jailing people to keep the ruling plutocrats in power.

Keywords: [“country”,”ideal”,”socialist”]
Source: http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2018/03/capitalism_vs_s.html

Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Bill

We as a society teach children that successful adulthood means being the richest, the prettiest, the most powerful, the most confident – or being a lifelong outcast. The U.S. idea that your income level gives you access to better health care and education does not apply in Europe. We increasingly define people as consumers or investors – how they relate to money – instead of citizens and community members – how they relate to people. We live in a culture that gives little support to those who meet hard times. Emotional struggles can get in the way of both academic performance growing up and productivity at work as adults. Even if you do well, cliques and bullying from the cutthroat culture make the best performers risk failing. We grow up having hope for our futures after high school only to face an unnecessarily harsh environment. Six hour work days and four to six week paid time off mean healthier people. The forty-hour week their parents and grandparents fought for turned into 50+ hour work weeks. Productivity doesn’t mean longer hours – it means shorter ones. We as a society are afraid to trade in the hypermasculine – competitive, aggressive, and powerful – for a more feminine – cooperative, compassionate, and nurturing – culture. As a result, we’ll trade in loneliness and isolation for connectedness, community, and well-being.

Keywords: [“work”,”School”,”Klein”]
Source: https://mahealthyworkplace.wordpress.com/tag/compassion

Welcome to The Compassionate Capitalist

Compassionate Capitalism is the exercise of this economic system modulated by the emotional human capacity of compassion to bring improved standards of living, such as better availability of food, education, housing, clothing and healthcare, to all peoples of the World through the balanced pursuit of profit/income with a commitment to behave ethically and contribute to the economic and social development of our Global society as a whole. This blog is intended to provide a forum for people to share information, to discuss and debate how the elements of capitalism can be used or altered to improve the lives of all peoples, and to address social inequality and alienation, unfair distribution of wealth and power, cultural exploitation, repression of workers, exploitation of women and children, economic inequality, unemployment, and economic instability. I intend to provide visitors to this blog with information that may challenge long held beliefs and may not be generally held views by all – that is the nature of this subject matter. I look forward to sharing relevant opinions and ideas from business and political leaders, from academic professionals, along with social and economic commentators designed to foster debate and discussion that one hopes will result in consequent action. Action that improves the human experience for us all.

Keywords: [“economic”,”improve”,”people”]
Source: https://compassionatecapitalism.wordpress.com/2012/02/03/welcome…

Blog #1 “Crisis of Capitalism” Marx

Watching the video clip of capitalism taught me the basic concepts of how this world really works. It explained why we should look beyond capitalism towards a new social order that would allow us to live within a system that could be responsible, just and humane. Capitalism never solves its crisis problem, it just moves around geographically. The excess power of power was the root of the problem. This relates to Marx explaining the class consciousness, forces of production and relations of production. Reading Marx’s views help me realize why the division of labor in capitalism is inevitable resulted in alienation because this can be very stressful to an individual or groups opposing another. I say this because of the power of money in a Bourgeois society where the money is the universal medium. The government is action out for bourgeoisie not acting out for everybody. The government is not concerned for the people they just want to be the cash crop. Society is shaped based on upper class and the people are the ones who work for wages to produce objects that are valued more than how much their actual income is shown. Knowing that what you make or produce can resort to issues where people feel worthless because of the actual work they put in they are not compensated for it. That leads to alienation where people may feel nonexistent.

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”people”,”work”]
Source: https://soc331.wordpress.com/…/19/blog-1-crisis-of-capitalism-marx

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 03-14-2018

Practicing Compassionate Capitalism

This is old news, but I thought I would put it up on my Blog anyway. When the Dalai Lama spoke in Hailey, ID, in 2005, I took over a truck and trailer load of Buddhas from our warehouse in Boise and set up on the side of the highway to sell them. Below are links to the AP and Tibetan News articles. Dalai Lama attracts a diverse crowd to mountain resort – www. Here is a link to an Associated Press article at NWKansas.com saying telling the same story. Hotels were full in Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Twin Falls and some people came every day from Boise to see the Dalai Lama. Here’s another link to the Canada Tibet committee. Last but not least, this was the shortened version of the AP article most newspapers printed. I ran into an aquiantance in Indonesia 3 years after this event who read the AP article in his newspaper in Honolulu. This entry was posted on January 26, 2011 at 2:26 pm and is filed under Uncategorized. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

Keywords: [“link”,”Lama”,”article”]
Source: https://drewmcdaniel.wordpress.com/2011/01/26/practicing…

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

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

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

Compassionate Capitalism

Honoring our interconnectedness is the key to a new world that works for everyone. Bridging our deeper, inner awareness with our outer profit games is possible. That involves commitment to mutually beneficial partnership with the whole community. Aligning with the Dalai Lama and Pope Francis on consciousness for the new age, care for our common interest in our world, our sacred bond, health, welfare, environment, and dignity of every individual is the goal we must give our intention and attention to. Partnership on a planetary level and contribution to our common interests is the secret to our future. Join Dr. Ray Blanchard with special guest, best selling author, transformational leader, and corporate culture master, Blaine Bartlett. You will receive his new book, the #1 international bestseller Compassionate Capitalism: A Journey to the Soul of Business, for FREE for attending this important webinar.

Keywords: [“world”,”new”,”capitalism”]
Source: https://one-n-all.com/compassionate-capitalism-heroes-circle

Compassionate Systems

To bridge that disconnect I’m trying to champion systems thinking in schools as a new curriculum. One of the school systems that’s been interested in this is IB, the International Baccalaureate High Schools, which have very high academic standards. They want to bring this into their curriculum because they understand its importance for their students’ lives and the future. They’ve added a missing ingredient: compassion and empathy. You can have a systems understanding that is first rate, but if you don’t care about the impacts those insights allow you, then you’ve got to deal, for example, with the consequences of rampant greed. You’ve got companies using science and systems in their self-interest, without caring about the side effects: untested industrial chemicals, say, or emissions into air water and soil.

Keywords: [“systems”,”school”,”you've”]
Source: https://gfbertini.wordpress.com/2017/07/01/compassionate-systems

Halcyonic by HTML5 UP

This is Halcyonic, a free site template by AJ for HTML5 UP. It’s responsive, built on HTML5 + CSS3, and includes 5 unique page layouts. Yes! Halcyonic is built on the Skel framework, so it has full responsive support for desktop, tablet, and mobile device displays. Halcyonic is licensed under the CCA 3.0 license, so use it for personal or commercial use as much as you like. Duis neque nisi, dapibus sed mattis quis, rutrum accumsan sed. Suspendisse vitae magna eget odio amet mollis justo facilisis quis. Sed sagittis mauris amet tellus gravida lorem ipsum. What We Do A subheading about what we do Sed mattis quis rutrum accum. What People Are Saying And a final subheading about our clients.

Keywords: [“sed”,”quis”,”Halcyonic”]
Source: http://www.gabejaya.com/compassionate_capitalism_people_helping_people…

Voluntarism and Capitalism

I’ve always been a scatterbrained little boy, for a multitude of reasons. 2017/02/25: Jordan Peterson: Postmodernism: How and why it must be fought. It’s also Jordan Peterson, so that’s no surprise. Yugioh was a cartoon that came on at 4:30pm Monday-Friday and at 11am on Saturday when I was a kid. I never got home from school in time to watch Pokemon. I’m not sure if the cards came before the show in my personal history, []. Corrupt Justification. For us this is the end of the stories, and we can most truly say. What is produced is never anything but forms, shapes of material, combinations of material; therefore things, goods. The first time I recall being assigned to read this was in 11th grade.

Keywords: [“great”,”Jordan”,”Peterson”]
Source: https://codyalanreelseconomicsandpolitics.wordpress.com/tag/compassion

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

Capitalism Research Papers Help College Students

Order PaperOur Prices Who We Are What We Do Capitalism is inherently competitive and guarantees nothing to those who, for one reason or another, are incapable of competing successfully. Capitalism is inherently competitive and guarantees nothing to those who, for one reason or another, are incapable of competing successfully. One way to approach capitalism in a research paper is to illustrate that capitalism is exploitative in that it forces people to be “Competitive” rather than “Cooperative”. Capitalism, because it is inherently competitive, creates a situation in which businesses either grow or die. The world of work in a modern corporation is frequently a kind of pressure cooker for capitalism and the worker. In your research paper, you should use Marxist concepts even though you may not be a believer in the Marxist system taken as a whole. One longs for a kind of economic “Peaceable kingdom”; such cannot exist under an economic system in which competition plays such a large role as it does in capitalism. A research paper on capitalism from the political science standpoint shows that there would be a lot less of it if the competitive pressures that are an inevitable part of capitalist systems were not at work. Capitalism is known as a system where private owners control every aspect of an industry in order to make profits for their own interests. For the most part, capitalism can be viewed as complex system based on inequality and monopoly. In the economy that exists today, capitalism would not be beneficial since it would allow a free market to gain the power of monopoly. Although there are blends of capitalism that exist all over the world, it may not be the best system for the United States.

Keywords: [“Capitalism”,”system”,”competitive”]
Source: https://www.papermasters.com/capitalism.html

Is Capitalism the Problem? –

His concern is that the book misdiagnoses our modern problem by not going straight to the root of the problem – capitalism. To get results, he claims, one must have the courage to reject capitalism in all its forms. Capitalism is a spiritual problem that embodies materialism, scientific utopianism, and libertarianism. He affirms that a careful reading of Saint Thomas and papal encyclicals over the last century warns us about the materialism of our days that has its origins in capitalism. I would disagree that we should call the cause of these errors “Capitalism” for three reasons. Many simply equate capitalism with a market economy which has always been defended by the Church. Because of the term’s misuses, it is wiser to follow the advice of Jesuit economist Fr. Bernard Dempsey, who claims that capitalism is a word incapable of scientific definition, and one that should only be used with great reluctance and care, commenting: “Only a very foolish general accepts battle on the terrain of his adversary’s choice.”1. The Church has often spoken out against the abuses of “Capitalism” such as materialism, individualism and scientific utopianism. It has never roundly condemned “Capitalism” as such, lest it condemn inadvertently the market economy and other legitimate ways of conducting business. There is another reason why I do not use the ambiguous term “Capitalism.” It is the term of choice of the Church’s enemies. The Church cannot make common cause with those who hate and actively work to destroy Her. Finally, the last reason why I do not use the word “Capitalism” as the cause for the present ills is because it cannot be the root cause of any moral decay.

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”cause”,”term”]
Source: http://www.returntoorder.org/2013/09/capitalism-problem

‘Rosenwald’ doc will reaffirm your faith in the American dream

The superbly wrought documentary “Rosenwald” should be mandatory viewing for all Illinois residents, especially Chicagoans. A big chunk of “Rosenwald” reports the story of how the son of a Jewish peddler became the owner of the vast Sears and Roebuck empire in Chicago, and how he invested his vast fortunes not in stocks, bonds or foreign companies, but in his own nation’s future. The last part of “Rosenwald” steps away from a straight biography and delves into the social, economic, political, educational and cultural ripple effects of this man’s expansive, committed philanthropy. If this didn’t really happen, you might think the story was some fabricated Santa Claus fantasy. Filmmaker Aviva Kempner profiles high school dropout Julius Rosenwald, who, influenced by writer Booker T. Washington, used his vast resources as president of Sears to fulfill his Jewish beliefs of tzedakah and tikkun olam to improve life. He set out to equalize the playing fields of everyday life. During the Jim Crow South, he built more than 5,300 schools. He awarded grants to hundreds and hundreds of African American intellectuals and artists. The German-born Kempner – most known for her doc “The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg” – constructs a remarkably engaging report filled with archival footage, strong images, comic relief but without shying away from the darker moments in which the KKK burned down many of Rosenwald’s schools. “Rosenwald” will reaffirm your faith in capitalism, compassion, community, diversity, social justice and the American dream. “Rosenwald” opens at the Century Centre in Chicago and the Highland Park Renaissance Place. Dann Gire’s Reel Life column runs Friday in Time out!

Keywords: [“Rosenwald”,”life”,”school”]
Source: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20150903/entlife/150909727

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 01-30-2018

Transformational Leadership Council

Blaine Bartlett is CEO and President of Avatar Resources, a global consulting firm he founded in 1987. He has coached and consulted worldwide with executives, companies, and governments and has personally delivered training programs to more than a quarter of a million individuals and has directly impacted more than one million people. Blaine is an Adjunct Professor at Beijing University, is on the teaching faculty of the American Association for Physician Leadership, and is the Founder of the Institute for Compassionate Capitalism. He sits on the Board of Directors of the World Business Academy and the Unstoppable Foundation and is a member of the Advisory Boards of the All Japan Management Coaching Association and the Asia Coaching and Mentoring Association. In 2012, Blaine was formally invested as a Knight of the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem Knights of Malta, the world’s oldest humanitarian organization. Blaine is the author of the #1 international best-seller Compassionate Capitalism: A Journey to the Soul of Business, co-author of Discover Your Inner Strength written in collaboration with Stephen Covey, Ken Blanchard and Brian Tracy, and is the author of Three Dimensional Coaching which was published in 2013 and translated into Chinese and Japanese in 2015..

Keywords: [“Blaine”,”coached”,”Association”]
Source: https://transformationalleadershipcouncil.com/Sys/PublicProfile/41845736

Compassionate Capitalism by Rich DeVos

Una guía para seguir los sueños, respetarlos y mantenerse fiel a ellos , un mensaje enfocado en poner los dones y talentos al servicio de los demás , un libro predicador de la filosofía del ganar-ganar , la generosidad y la satisfacción obtenida de la recompensa por el esfuerzo empleado. Resumiendo así esta gran obra en un término acuñado como Capitalismo solidario. El libro se pasea por biografías e historias de emprendedores, empresarios y visionarios cuyos. El libro se pasea por biografías e historias de emprendedores, empresarios y visionarios cuyos esfuerzos en pos de la superación personal los han llevado a la cumbre. Y que bajo la guía y reflexión de Rich Devos todos ellos comparten sus frustraciones, experiencias y enseñanzas con el lector para acercarlo a la realización del éxito. Comparto con todos ustedes este fragmento obtenido del libro Capitalismo solidario. “En alguna parte de usted su espíritu emprendedor esta luchando por ser libre”. “Y algún día usted sabrá que la verdadera satisfacción que proporciona el capitalismo solidario no es el encontrar su propia realización y seguridad financiera personal. La verdadera satisfacción es ayudar a otras personas a encontrar para si mismas su realización y seguridad financiera”.

Keywords: [“libro”,”por”,”los”]
Source: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1026663.Compassionate_Capitalism

Atlanta real estate whiz is changing lives, one apartment complex at a time

Madison Hills apartment complex in Marietta presented Stagmeier challenges from the start. Brumby was one of two Cobb County schools on the Federal Watch List for Failing Schools at the time. “The commissioners wanted to condemn the property, because the school was failing,” Stagmeier said. “They thought if they closed it down, the school would stabilize since they would no longer have to deal with students from this blighted apartment community.” Stagmeier had never before realized how much an apartment community could impact a school. Transiency often contributes to a school’s failure, Richie explained. “Before I left that office, I told her I would help her turn that school around,” Stagmeier said. The children were no longer going home to empty apartments after school because their parents were working two and three jobs to pay the bills. Knowing the children had a safe place to go after school, parents got better jobs. By 2012, all 90 children in the after-school program passed the school systems’ competency tests. The school went from one of the worst in the state to a Title 1 school of distinction. The rent went up, families moved out, Brumby Elementary went back on the watch list for failing schools.

Keywords: [“school”,”apartment”,”Stagmeier”]
Source: http://specials.myajc.com/compassionate-capitalist/

Readers’ Favorite: Book Reviews and Award Contest

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Keywords: [“author”,”Book”,”Review”]
Source: https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/compassionate-capitalism

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Key to change: An enlightened elite

Elites will always be the source of widespread change in society, good or bad. The masses instinctively take their cues from the Elite or members of the Elite. A significant majority of the Elites of a given society must be enlightened and capable of critical reasoning for that Elite to espouse effective positive change in society. These are all members of the Elite, yet they are not enlightened. Western Europe of the 1700’s was becoming “Considerably enlightened,” despite the numerous members of the masses who were ignorant, because “Enlightenment” merely suggested that at least a majority of the Elite be enlightened. Until the vast majority of the Philippine Elite are capable of discussing issues rationally in a calm, cold, detached, critically objective, and scientific manner, as opposed to discussions based on fervently-held fanatical beliefs and religio-ideological convictions, the Elite will be considered far from being enlightened. If the majority of the Elite is far from being enlightened, then the future of the society it heads cannot be said to be headed in a positive direction. Enlighten the Elites first, then once a majority of the Elites are enlightened, the policies these enlightened Elites will pursue within society will likewise be enlightened. These new entrants to the enlightened Elite will further swell the ranks of the enlightened Elite and will work more towards the further upliftment of the rest of society, especially the masses. This is a corollary to point number 4, since as mentioned, the worst enemies of the enlightened Elite are not the unenlightened Elite nor even the unenlightened masses, but rather, the pseudo-enlightened sector of the Elite. To reiterate what was mentioned in point number 3, having a divided Elite where the enlightened Elites form a small minority and the rest of the unenlightened and pseudo-enlightened Elite is factionalized into so many splinter-groups that are antagonistic to one another presents more problems than having a “Rich-poor” or “Elite-masses” divide. Whereas in point number 6, it is possible for members of the masses to become new entrants into the intellectual Elite, in the Philippines, a number of them were not truly enlightened. The development of society, particularly the history of the First World, is founded on allowing the Elite group to grow and expand by creating opportunities for members of the masses to improve themselves and become new members of the Elite.

Keywords: [“Elite”,”enlightened”,”society”]
Source: http://getrealphilippines.com/legacy/3-00_Makati/enlighten1.html

Coffee and the Enlightenment – Stephen Hicks, Ph.D.

“The impact of the introduction of coffee into Europe during the seventeenth century was particularly noticeable since the most common beverages of the time, even at breakfast, were weak ‘small beer’ and wine. Those who drank coffee instead of alcohol began the day alert and stimulated, rather than relaxed and mildly inebriated, and the quality and quantity of their work improved. Western Europe began to emerge from an alcoholic haze that had lasted for centuries.” As a contributing factor, coffee certainly gets credit on physiological grounds. Also contributing was the development of European coffee house culture, the coffee houses bringing businessmen, artists, and scientists together for drinking and socializing. The great Lloyd’s of London company had its beginning in Edward Lloyd’s Coffee House in London, which dates from 1685 or 1688, the year of England’s Glorious Revolution and John Locke’s return from exile in Holland. As the Turks had both coffee and coffee houses at least a century earlier, coffee is at most a contributing factor. It is thanks to the Turks’ militaristic and imperial ambitions that Europe got its first coffee house. As the inscription on a coffee cup at my office says: Given enough coffee, I could rule the world. Led by Suleiman the Magnificent, the Ottoman empire was expanding westward into Europe until halted at Vienna in 1529. “Vienna was invaded by the Turkish army, who left many bags of coffee behind when they fled the city. Franz Georg Kolschitzky claimed the coffee as the spoils of war, and opened a coffee house. Apparently, he had lived in Turkey and was the only person who recognized the value in the beans. He introduced the idea of filtering coffee, as well as the softening the brew with milk and sugar. The beverage was quite a hit.” Coffee and coffee houses then spread rapidly across Europe. So let us give thanks to Suleiman of the Magnificent Headwear for the coffee and to Herr Kolschitzky for spotting the entrepreneurial opportunity. I quote from The Women’s Petition Against Coffee of 1674: “Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water.”

Keywords: [“coffee”,”house”,”Europe”]
Source: http://www.stephenhicks.org/2010/01/18/coffee-and-the-enlightenment

Karma Capitalism

The swami’s whirlwind East Coast tour was just one small manifestation of a significant but sometimes quirky new trend: Big Business is embracing Indian philosophy. Top business schools have introduced “Self-mastery” classes that use Indian methods to help managers boost their leadership skills and find inner peace in lives dominated by work. About 10% of the professors at places such as Harvard Business School, Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business, and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business are of Indian descent-a far higher percentage than other ethnic groups. The seemingly ethereal world view that’s reflected in Indian philosophy is surprisingly well attuned to the down-to-earth needs of companies trying to survive in an increasingly global, interconnected business ecosystem. Harvard Business School associate professor Rakesh Khurana, who achieved acclaim with a treatise on how corporations have gone wrong chasing charismatic CEOs, is writing a book on how U.S. business schools have gotten away from their original social charters. Vijay Govindarajan, a professor at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business whose books and consulting for the likes of Chevron and Deere & Co. have made him a sought-after innovation guru, links his theories directly to Hindu philosophy. Kellogg’s Jain, who is working on a book about the customer-centric business models of Indian companies, believes that many Indian thinkers are drawn to fields stressing interconnectedness for good reason. While companies such as Tata Group or Wipro Technologies have generous initiatives for India’s poor, the country has its share of unethical business practices and social injustices. Some Indian academics bristle at the suggestion that their background makes their approach to business any different. At the time he died, the prolific London Business School professor was working on a book to be called A Good Theory of Management. As Ghoshal saw it, the corporate debacles of a few years ago were the inevitable outgrowth of theories developed by economists and absorbed at business schools. Khurana’s forthcoming book, From Higher Aims to Hired Hands, looks at the professional responsibility to society that managers and the business schools who train them were initially designed to have.

Keywords: [“business”,”Indian”,”school”]
Source: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2006-10-29/karma-capitalism

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Brave New Schools, Chapter 2: The International Agenda

Brave New Schools, Chapter 2: The International Agenda “[A] major goal…should be… to organize a worldwide education program… In the process, we should actively search for ways to promote a new way of thinking about the current relationship between human civilization and the earth. While Gary Nash and his panel of historians were rewriting American history, others were gathering worldwide support for an international education system. “[I]ncreasing numbers of educators, particularly those in leadership roles, have moved toward cross-national educational concerns,” wrote Professor John I. Goodlad in Schooling for a Global Age, funded by powerful globalist foundations such as the Danforth and Rockefeller Foundations as well as the U.S. Department of Education. Education Week explained: “Cawelti’s world-core curriculum would be based… on proposals put forth by Robert Muller, assistant secretary-general of the United Nations, in his recent book New Genesis: Shaping a Global Spirituality.” I silently thanked God for His spiritual protection as I flipped through the pages of the first one, Education in the New Age. The first announced that The Robert Muller School “Is a participating institution in the UNESCO Associated Schools Project in Education for International Co-operation and Peace.” The other confirmed its accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. “The ecumenical teachings of the Christ – peace, justice, love, compassion, kindness, human brotherhood… must also find their way in world-wide global education. We must give the newcomers into the ceaseless renewed stream of human life the right education about their planetary home, about their human family, about their past, present and future, about their place in the universe and in time, so that they can flower to their utmost beauty – physically, mentally and spiritually – and become joyful and grateful members of the universe or kingdom of God.”. Muller’s vision can be seen at a glance in two diagrams for “Defining World Class Education” designed by the Iowa Department of Education. “We need a new world education. Global education, namely the education of the children into our global home and into the human family, is making good progress. But we have to go beyond. We need the cosmic education foreseen by the religions and by people like Maria Montessori. We need a holistic education, teaching the holism of the universe and of the planet….”. Their founder, Rudolf Steiner, shared Alice Bailey’s occult roots in Theosophy, but broke away to start his own cult, Anthroposophy, which he described as “Knowledge produced by the higher self in man.” Like the Robert Muller schools, Waldorf schools offer holistic education and have long used the strategies now implemented in all states through Mastery Learning: whole language instead of phonics, stories and “Literature” instead of factual history, and a strong emphasis on myth, imagination, guided imagery, art, creativity, movement, and spiritual oneness with nature. In his acceptance speech, Muller shared his vision of the new world education program. To bridge the gap between domestic and international education, educators and politicians formed a U.S. branch of the WCEFA. Called the United States Coalition for Education for All (USCEFA), it first met in Virginia in 1991 with Barbara Bush as its Honorary Chairwoman.

Keywords: [“education”,”school”,”global”]
Source: http://www.crossroad.to/Books/BraveNewSchools/2-International.htm


Many educational reform donors seem intrigued by the nomination of Betsy DeVos as education secretary, as it seems likely she will try to create new growth opportunities for the charter schools so popular with philanthrocapitalists. In so far as the new administration wants to make government perform better, rather than just shrink it, pay for success bonds have won bipartisan support in Congress, and perhaps could be expanded fast. The good news is that lately a few more enlightened business leaders have joined Paul Polman, the CEO of Unilever, in making a public stand for building a more inclusive and sustainable society. The birth of the resistance movement Surprised and depressed by the success of Trump and fearful that he will tear down much of what they hold dear, many American philanthrocapitalists are likely to throw money at efforts to fight ignorant populism and combat the worst instincts of the new administration and a Republican Congress out of touch enough to try to undermine its own ethics watchdog on the first day of its new term. It’s the climate, stupid The top priority for the new resistance movement is likely to be stopping the Trump administration destroying what had been an increasingly concerted global effort to combat climate change. Fighting fake news There will be a vigorous philanthrocapitalistic effort to fight the plague of “Fake news” that has been credited in part for Trump’s win. One leader of this campaign will be one of the fake news movement’s most prominent targets: as well as launching the Barack and Michelle Obama Foundation, Trump’s predecessor in the White House is said to be mulling creating some sort of media-focused entity committed to restoring integrity to news. Uncharitable deductions Now he is getting out of the charity business, and given what he will regard as an obvious bias of philanthropic organisations against him, what could be more tempting for the new President than to demonstrate his egalitarian tax-cutting credentials by getting Congress to abolish the tax deduction for charitable donations? The appointment of former Gates Foundation executive and head of USAID, Raj Shah, as its new head encourages the hope that Rockefeller Foundation will continue to build on its historic commitment to doing good globally. Machine learning for good As the hype grows around the disruptive potential of Artificial Intelligence, the doom-mongers predicting robots taking all the jobs and complaining about the pernicious role of unethical algorithms in everything from news consumption to law enforcement will be joined by philanthrocapitalists who see the possibilities of using AI to do good. How could it continue once Hillary Clinton was elected President? As a result, a lively contest has kicked off to fill the vacuum for a private-sector-led philanthrocapitalist shindig in New York during UN General Assembly week in September. Now they will not be returning to the White House, why shouldn’t Bill, Hillary and Chelsea put the band back together? Meanwhile, though he remains unpopular at home, Tony Blair still sees an opportunity for himself to lead the global fightback against nasty, nationalistic populism: watch out for efforts to launch a new “Blair Initiative” to revive the evidence-based political centre.

Keywords: [“New”,”Trump”,”much”]
Source: http://philanthrocapitalism.net