J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-07-2018

The Rise of Compassionate Management

Don’t look now, but all of a sudden the topic of compassionate management is becoming trendy. A growing number of business conferences are focusing in on the topic of compassion at work. At TED, Karen Armstrong’s talk about reviving the Golden Rule won the TED prize in 2009 and has given rise to a Charter for Compassion signed by nearly 100,000 people. While the importance of compassion at work has long been touted by scholars like Peter Senge, Fred Kofman, Jane Dutton and others as a foundational precept of good management, managers of the traditional, critical, efficiency-at-all-costs stripe have scoffed. Findings like this may be one reason for compassion’s rise in the workplace: perhaps years of research are finally making a dent. 

Over and over, it’s been shown that compassion concretely benefits the corporate bottom line. Plenty of others have shown that practicing compassion is good for your business. Consider what happened when a call-center company called Appletree consciously set about increasing compassion among employees. The Dream On program allowed employees to express compassion to each other on an everyday basis. The evidence also shows that compassion boosts employee well-being and health – another important contributor to the bottom line. 

The good news is that it’s possible to strengthen one’s compassion muscle – and so become a better manager. Researchers from the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconson-Madison’s Waisman Center found that engaging in compassion meditation – where you practice feeling compassion for different groups of people, including yourself – seemed to increase a sense of altruism. 

Keywords: [“compassion”,”company”,”work”]
Source: https://hbr.org/2013/09/the-rise-of-compassionate-management-finally

The Rise Of Disaster Capitalism

Whereas Cameron believed electroshocks could restore natural health, Friedman favored economic shock as extreme and destructive to nations as Cameron and CIA’s methods are to human minds. After one year of hardened shock therapy, Chile’s economy contracted 15%, unemployment rocketed to 20%, and contrary to Friedman’s rosy scenario it lasted for years with no social safety net help for desperate Chileans. Margaret Thatcher thought Chilean shock therapy wasn’t possible in a democracy like the UK because voters wouldn’t buy it. Four days into his term, he charged his emergency economic team to radically restructure the economy using shock therapy with a twist. President Paz had no mandate for shock therapy, and many workers were predictably furious at his betrayal. 

The siege lasted three months during the decisive shock therapy period with more repression and Chicago School medicine later. Indebted developing countries learned shock doctrine 101 the hard way. Enter Jeffrey Sach, the shock doc, with an even harsher plan than imposed on Bolivia. It’s pure myth, angry Poles know it, but reports in the West ignore them as they do shocked victims everywhere. Shock therapy rolled in China as in Chile – through the barrel of a gun and raw state terror. 

Later, the IMF, World Bank and other international lending agencies reinforced it – Soviet-era debts must be honored and aid depended on adopting strict shock therapy rules. Yeltsin now had unchecked dictatorial power, the West had its man in Moscow, and shock therapy had an open field to inflict wreckage on Russia’s people who didn’t know what him them as it unfolded. 

Keywords: [“Shock”,”economic”,”market”]
Source: http://rense.com/general78/lendd.htm

And Compassion for All

Jeremy jamrozy December 29, 2017.No I just smoke weed. Jeremy jamrozy December 29, 2017.I will go. Jeremy jamrozy December 29, 2017.Im so psyched you’ll go. Jeremy jamrozy January 2, 2018.I love all the support the love. Jeremy jamrozy January 3, 2018.Thank you to all the support financially, emotionally, and donations. 

Jeremy jamrozy January 7, 2018.God I feel so overwhelmed with joy tears in my eyes because I’m finally getting the help I need. Jeremy jamrozy December 29, 2017.It anymore people are going to write shit bout wut nice things happend wit auntie Sarah please note im not a trump supporter or a Democrat supporter I choose no sides. Jeremy jamrozy December 31, 2017.I know that a pay if foward campaign sounds a lil cheesy but Goddamn even the bloods and crips had a truce and peace and love for each other at some point. One of the people Silverman met along her journey was Father Greg Boyle, the executive director of Homeboy Industries, a gang prevention and rehabilitation program in Los Angeles. Thirty years later Boyle, known as Father G, is still helping gang members, and Homeboy Industries has grown into a multimillion-dollar nonprofit organization in Los Angeles that provides jobs, training and support for at-risk youth, former gang members and previously incarcerated men and women. 

Me wanting a gang member to have a different life would never be the same as that gang member wanting to have one. Compassion is a sign of strength and takes work, but the freedom from suffering compassion brings is worth the effort. 

Keywords: [“Jeremy”,”gang”,”Boyle”]
Source: https://www.truthdig.com/articles/and-compassion-for-all

John Mackey’s Message of Entrepreneurial EmpowermentThe American Spectator

Whole Foods Founder & CEO John Mackey is a man on many missions. He wants to champion capitalism in the public square. Mackey discussed the ideas behind his new book Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business in a conversational interview with Tucker Carlson Monday evening at the Cato Institute. Although the book itself was hardly referenced, Mackey’s libertarian message of confident capitalism grounded in compassionate values was clear. According to Mr. 

Mackey, businesspeople exhibit great ignorance about the capitalistic system. His view is shared by Cato President John Allison and organizations such as the Bastiat Society, which was founded to educate businesspeople about the market process. Entrepreneurs’ reluctance to embrace market principles and espouse capitalism’s virtues places them in a disadvantageously defensive position in dealing with its many critics. Mackey’s vision is that businesspeople espouse the system by which they benefit society. We need to have two major conversations in the 21st century, Mackey said. 

The critics dominate the narrative, and the people who defend capitalism make a big mistake: they concede the moral high ground. People don’t support capitalism to the same extent they did because they equate capitalism with crony capitalism. Whether he will succeed is, of course, unknowable at this juncture, but as an autodidact possessed of great idealism and an entrepreneurial impulse for action, John Mackey offers a unique approach to an intractable problem: Helping the individual understand his or her precious liberty, that it may be held dear. 

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”Mackey”,”businesspeople”]
Source: https://spectator.org/31439_john-mackeys-message-entrepreneurial…

JR Test Site News for 01-18-2018

The first of the trademark demands of those in power is the elimination of the public sphere, the privatization of the government – handing over formerly government functions to the private sector, which performs these functions in ways that transfer wealth from the majority to the few. Examples: lowering corporate taxes, weakening OSHA, fostering globalization, NAFTA, the Bush Administration’s refusal to enforce environmental laws, eliminating government protection of labor unions, no effort by government to protect local industries or local ownership, corporate freedom to sell their products anywhere in the world, with all prices, including labor, determined by the market, no minimum wage, flooding of Third World with cheaply produced US agricultural products, driving local farmers out of business. Today’s multinationals see government programs, public assets and everything else that is not for sale as terrain to be conquered and seized – the post office, national parks, schools, social security, disaster relief and anything else that is publicly administered. A more accurate term for a system that erases the boundaries between Big Government and Big Business is not liberal, conservative or capitalist, but corporatist. After arriving as Iraq’s governor, Paul Bremer, who, in effect, was the government and answered to no one, received trade and investment decrees from the Department of Defense and imposed them by fiat: The immediate privatization of the 200 state-owned firms that produced the staples of the Iraqi diet and the raw materials of its industry. Every government function was handed over to private contractors. The Bush Administration immediately pushed ahead by helping to draft a radical new oil law for Iraq, which would allow companies like Shell and BP to sign thirty- year contracts in which they could keep a large share of Iraq’s oil profits – hundreds of billions of dollars – and a sentence to perpetuate poverty in a country where 95% of government revenues come from oil. The ultimate goal for the corporations at the center of the complex is to bring the model of for-profit government, which advances so rapidly in extraordinary circumstances, into the ordinary day-to-day functioning of the state – in effect, to privatize the government. To kick-start the disaster-capitalism complex, the Bush Administration outsourced, with no public debate, many of the most sensitive and core functions of government – from providing health care to soldiers, to interrogating prisoners, to gathering and data-mining information on all of us. As in Iraq, the government once again played the role of a cash machine equipped for both withdrawals and deposits. Earlier, the Clinton Administration, as well as state and local governments, had successfully sold off or outsourced large, publicly-owned companies in several sectors, from water and electricity to highway management and garbage collection. Now, the US government set out to break the taboos protecting the ‘core’ from privatization. The US government is barreling toward an economic crisis, at which point the contracts are going to dip significantly. At another time, the Fund ‘invented, literally out of the blue’ huge unpaid government debts. Latin America’s most significant protection from future shocks flows from the continent’s emerging independence from Washington’s financial institutions, the result of greater integration among regional governments.

Keywords: [“government”,”Iraq”,”shock”]
Source: http://www.secondenlightenment.org/riseofdisastercapitalism.pdf

The rise of capitalism

I tried to take up some of these narrow issues in an article I wrote some dozen years ago.6 One of the things I stressed was that concentrating, as much of the debate did, on why Britain moved towards capitalism before France, or western Europe before eastern Europe, can obscure the most obvious thing-that right across much of Europe there was the rise of a new form of production and exploitation standing in partial contradiction to the old form from at least the 14th century onwards. Capitalism did not arise because of some unique European occurrence, but as a product of the development of the forces and relations of production on a global scale. One precondition for the emergence of true capitalism, as Marx showed, was the separation of the immediate producers from the means of production, which passed into the hands of the new exploiting class. Without such a separation of the workforce from the means of production the spread of production for the market could lead, not to capitalism, but to a new variant of serfdom, the so called ‘second serfdom’ of eastern and southern Europe, or to the encomienda system in Latin America. The output of production in these regions was directed towards world markets, but the internal dynamic was very different to that of capitalism, with its drive to competitive accumulation. Slavery, serfdom, free labour and exploitation Separating the producers from the means of production was not by itself sufficient to bring about the development of capitalism. Changes in the forces of production encouraged changes in the relations of production. In the social production of their existence, men inevitably enter into definite relations, which are independent of their will, namely relations of production appropriate to a given stage in the development of their material forces of production. In acquiring new productive forces men change their mode of production; and in changing their mode of production, in changing the way of earning their living, they change all their social relations. For capitalism to arise, there had not only to be separation of the immediate producers from control over the means of production, but also new ways of producing that would give the exploiters a bigger surplus when operated by ‘free’ waged labour rather than by slave or serf labour. The development of productive capitalism depended on such developments in the forces of production. Production in the countryside was still dominated by old landed classes and in the cities by petty artisans, leaving little possibility for productive capitalism to emerge. The weakness of the European superstructure itself had a cause-the relatively backward character of north western Europe in the first millennium AD. The lower level of development of the forces of production meant that the superstructure was much less developed in the 10th century than in China or the Middle East. The sheer costs of the sustaining the luxury consumption of the ruling class and an increasingly elaborate superstructure prevented further advances in food production, giving rise to famines, plagues and discontent among all the lower layers of society. The controversy over the ‘Asiatic mode of production’ Marx argued at certain points that what existed in India was an example of an ‘Asiatic mode of production’ different to the feudalism of western Europe.

Keywords: [“production”,”Europe”,”century”]
Source: http://pubs.socialistreviewindex.org.uk/isj102/harman.htm