Inclusive Capitalism Excludes American Values

In late May, NPR reported on an “Inclusive capitalism” conference being held in London.  Contrary to the name of the conference, this gathering was extremely exclusive and limited to 250 of the world’s very wealthiest people. This crowd was truly the one percent of the one percent – and was matched in stature by the political guests, who included Prince Charles and Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).  And what was the aim of the meeting? It seems that in an act of self-preservation during a very populist era around the world, Big Business is joining the Western world’s political elite in an effort to define what, exactly, inclusive capitalism is.

Lynn Forester de Rothschild, of the famous Rothschild investment family,  organized the “who’s who” conference of billionaires, and explained,  “If this bulk of capital decides that they are going to invest in companies that aren’t only thinking about the short term profit, then we will see corporate behavior change.”

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Rape, Self-Defense, and a Culture of Feminist Lies

Nia_Sanchez.jpgThis past Sunday, Miss Nevada competed in, and won, the Miss USA competition. During the question and answer time of the competition, she was asked what she thought about sexual assault on college campuses. Competition judge Rumor Willis posed this question, “Recently, Time Magazine said 19% of U.S. undergraduate women are victims of sexual assault in college. Why has such a horrific epidemic been swept under the rug for so long, and what can colleges do to combat this?

Miss Nevada, Nia Sanchez, responded by saying,

I believe that some colleges may potentially be afraid of having a bad reputation and that would be a reason it could be swept under the rug, because they don’t want that to come out into the public. But I think more awareness is very important, so women can learn how to protect themselves. Myself, as a fourth-degree black belt, I learned from a young age that you need to be confident and be able to defend yourself. And I think that’s something that we should start to really implement for a lot of women.” 

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Harris v. Quinn: Fate of Big Labor Looming

The ruling on the Supreme Court case of Harris v. Quinn is due to be announced any day. And it has Big Labor unions across the country sitting on pins and needles.

Pam Harris, a home health caregiver for her disabled son, who receives a Medicaid waiver under Illinois’ Home-Based Support Services Program, along with other home caregivers, is suing the state against forced unionization. It all started when 2 union members showed up at Pam’s door, explaining the benefits of joining a union and asking for her signature.

Pam did not oblige them. 

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The Real ‘War on Women’ (and children, and men)

Time_to_Act.pngThis week, the UK kicked off the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, which is co-chaired by UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and actress/Special Envoy to the UN Angelina Jolie.  The Summit aims to raise awareness and provide practical solutions to the issue of sexual violence as a tool of terror in armed conflicts by bringing together representatives and citizens from hundreds of countries around the world.  In addition to the Summit conference and panel discussions, the UK’s Embassies and Consulate offices around the world are undertaking a “Global Rally” consisting of 84 continuous hours of events to draw attention to this issue and the connections it draws to human trafficking. 

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Discarding the Seeds of Bitterness

Much has been written, discussed, and debated regarding the promise of our current administration of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” But while most discussion centers on the increasing size of government and the dependency on it, there is another segment of this transformation that I believe is just as dangerous.

We’re bombarded daily with news designed to divide us. Ideological debate and differences of opinion are increasingly personalized and demonized, and there are times when I am convinced that the “transformation of America” is nothing more than a deliberate means to sow seeds of bitterness.

I recently heard a teaching sermon about handling bitterness in our lives. The point was made that sowing seeds of bitterness is a poison to our souls. Roots of bitterness can be so deeply buried in one’s heart and can tragically destroy individuals and their family. In the same manner, how is it not a poison to our nation, and a serious threat to destroy it? 

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