Capitalism as Political Philosophy

Interesting read — in this article (Can we save American capitalism?) – author notes

  • Allen Metzler says “capitalism’s secret is how well it disperses political and economic power”
  • Roger Martin, dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto – corporations performing for the expectations of the stock market ignore information from the real market – thus missing long term innovations and gains in value
  • Adam Smith “would readily acknowledge that a capitalist system forfeits not only its economic rationale but its moral justification if all its benefits are captured by a tiny slice at the top of society”

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A picture refutes a thousand ads

See the deep hole (job losses) prior to the beginning of this administration — and look where it is today.  This recovery can’t be compared to any other…  any questions?

From WP: Wait, the U.S. economy actually lost 1.2 million jobs in July?

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Army Learning going mobile

Pilot course uses mobile technology

“This is the Army Learning Model fully in action,” said Tom Clark, the LWN Transmission Section training manager. “ We can provide for Soldiers at their point of need. Every piece of the curriculum for this pilot course has been redone in the Army Learning Model format.

 

 

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Learning, Pancakes and Crispy Bacon

Now you know what I had for breakfast today.  My friend Kevin Howarth told me about his new job, how his liberal arts degree has relevance in the world of web content (Content Science) and shared his experience of learning to style content using the Yahoo Style Guide.

In addition to the great conversation — I may have found some inspiration for restructuring “lectures” to be delivered online…

 

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Corporations as PINOS

Got to place hold this piece from Bookman of the AJC — he excerpted a Montana Judge’s critique of several notions regarding corporations — this paragraph attacks the idea that “Corporations are people too!”

Corporations are not persons. Human beings are persons, and it is an affront to the inviolable dignity of our species that courts have created a legal fiction which forces people — human beings — to share fundamental, natural rights with soulless creations of government. Worse still, while corporations and human beings share many of the same rights under the law, they clearly are not bound equally to the same codes of good conduct, decency, and morality, and they are not held equally accountable for their sins. Indeed, it is truly ironic that the death penalty and hell are reserved only to natural persons.”

Corporations are just “Persons-In-Name-Only” — otherwise, the Right-to-Life groups would be protesting the murder of 75% of PINOs prior to their third birthday!   We would see test court cases challenging the execution of PINOs on the grounds they owe taxes and must by liquidated to pay their debts!  The satire is endless — but the rude consequence is that real Persons must compete with PINOs for privileges of liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Please, show me  where this is discussed as an “inalienable right”?  Does God have a special place for the Chamber of Commerce at the judgement seat?

 

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Internet Trends

Post article here – discussing the delivery of Kleiner Perkins “State of the Internet Report”

The slides are provocative – especially the “Re-imagination of…” series beginning at slide 28 and ending at 86

Slides 75 and 77 are learning and education

Did not see numbers for capital engaged in re-imagining education – but, given other reports – multiple billions being spent

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Online resources – journals

I recently find online access to journals fascinating.  For example, the debates of the Constitutional Convention, and, a journal of Henry David Thoreau, a favorite of mine.

Of course, I am merely procrastinating — averting the completion of my chapter describing the research model I will use to understand differences in cyber security policy among universities and colleges…

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“Character” the word for governing

Found 4 articles that are related by one word — character, and perhaps a second word – morals.

David Brooks penned an essay obit regarding Dr. James Q. Wilson — a social scientist extraordinaire:

When Wilson wrote about character and virtue, he didn’t mean anything high flown or theocratic. It was just the basics, befitting a man who grew up in the middle-class suburbs of Los Angeles in the 1940s: Behave in a balanced way. Think about the long-term consequences of your actions. Cooperate. Be decent.

He did not believe that virtue was inculcated by prayer in schools. It was habituated by practicing good manners, by being dependable, punctual and responsible day by day.

And, in Brook’s column, a link to a Wilson essay on Character promoting the importance of the “development of character in citizenry”.  In the 1985 essay, Wilson said “a variety of public problems can only be understood — and perhaps addressed — if they are seen as arising out of a defect in character formation.”   He refuted the notion that good behavior is best “incentivized”, (he says conservative and liberal policymakers cling to this idea).  “In the long run, the public interest depends on private virture.”

Character is demonstrated by this young man’s essay on how students must look to the “superman” within themselves and be accountable for their achievements.

  While PTAs and school boards can be great instruments in advocating for students, they often focus on the school administration, faculty, budgets, and long-winded policies. They overlook — or at least under-emphasize — the responsibilities of the student.

Lastly, this essay from WP notes 4 steps to demoralize an employee —

  1. Never allow pride of accomplishment
  2. Miss no opportunity to block progress on employees’ projects
  3. Give yourself some credit (for the contributions you make to bad morale)
  4. Kill the messengers

Citizens, legislators, board members — read this essay — teachers and other public employees shouldn’t have to work in demoralizing environs, should they?

If we are of sound moral character, then our government will be of sound moral character.

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Data, Knowledge, Transparency, Politics

Data contributes to knowledge.  Knowledge,when shared, contributes to transparency.  Politics dilutes transparency.  One can say politics abhors transparency.  How can one accumulate and wield power if your opponents know what you do?

IBM has a very interesting initiative, Smart Cities, that has applications across all levels of governing and across all sectors (private, public) of organizations.  Substitute your favorite vertical industry in place of city — and think of what can be had…

 

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To Reboot Hit Alt-Higher Ed, for legislators Ctrl-Alt-Higher Ed

Neat summary of the various “alt” discussions (Alt-text, Alt-HE, Alt-Career) taking place:

Many of the alt-career seekers are in the humanities, where traditional faculty jobs are the hardest to obtain. A grassroots movement has emerged to take a new and different approach—that is, an alternateapproach. Expect to see more of this in higher education, where opportunities for starting something new are riper than ever.

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