Understanding why reformed Jews and progressive Christians vote democrat

Over the last decade, the conservative movement has found its footing in a body of like-minded citizens seeking to defend the American Founding as documented, reinstate fiscal and regulatory sanity in our federal government and restore Christian tenets of morality to cultural default status.  There would have been a time in the not so distant past when most of America would have embraced this conservative vision but progressive thought, having marched through our institutions,  has changed all of that leaving traditional conservatives uncertain as to how rare of a breed they are.  As conservatives search for the politically like-minded, even in their own camp, they are befuddled by the majority of Jews and Christians who vote for Democrat candidates , and for democrat policy by extension, as the Democrat platform increasingly is not only in conflict with traditional Jewish and Christian doctrine, but actually snubs it.  There appear to be at least three clear explanations for their rejection of select Biblical principles. Reformed Christians and Jews no longer see the Bible as authoritative  Dr. Michael Brown maintains of the three branches of Judaism: orthodox, ultra-orthodox and reformed, liberal reformed is by far the largest.  Approximately two centuries ago, in an effort to meld more comfortably in the larger community,  Jews threw off their orthodox tradition becoming less devout and adopting a modernized secular “faith.”  Reformed Judaism no longer required regular worship at the synagogue, keeping of dietary laws or belief in strict interpretation of scripture.  Progressive Christians have promulgated a similar evolution away from strict interpretation of scripture and lax adherence to moral tradition.  Atheists and progressive Christians actually share similar critiques of the Bible, among them being the claim that Bible is a human inspired book and is, therefore, unreliable.  It should not enjoy historical validity or modern cultural weight and shall not instruct Progressive Christians on marriage, sexuality,  life of the unborn or the role of women in the church.  Desire to promote social justice over adhering to eternal principles  The Progressive Left and atheists have been ragingly successful at normalizing social justice throughout the western world drawing in those from every faith.  Adopting the cause of social justice enjoys a powerful allure as it taps into the purpose driven, warrior aspect of the human spirit.  The rush of the plight of social justice is in the here and now: protecting the oppressed, immigrants, the poor, defending the rights of women, the rights of homosexuals and so on.  Adherence to Biblical doctrine does not produce such immediate and overt attraction and is easily cast aside for alternative standards of morality in the name of progress. Social justice only requires standing in defense of those who are considered socially oppressed.  Biblical principles require responsibility to fellow man and internal self- regulation over convenience and passion.  Fear of Fundamentalism It follows that the large swaths of reformed believers who have now discredited the authoritativeness of the scripture and no longer adhere to the traditions and teachings proclaim their personal authoritativeness …
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“Stakeholder Capitalism” empowers unaccountable elites at the expense of free-market nationalism

These are difficult days for the elites caricatured as “Davos men.” But one might not know it reading the strident remarks coming out of the World Economic Forum last week. Perhaps the globe-trotters in Switzerland ought to ponder what has run amok with today’s version of “globalism,” and there are lessons from history that may help them. Salesforce chairman and co-CEO Marc Benioff said on Tuesday that “capitalism as we have known it is dead, and this obsession that we have with maximizing profits for shareholders alone has led to incredible inequality and a planetary emergency.” This is in keeping with the Business Roundtable’s recent advocacy for “stakeholder capitalism,” which aims to make customers, suppliers, vendors, and so on equal with shareholders. Stakeholder capitalism is supposed to be the natural successor to the model of maximizing shareholder value. The call for corporate advocacy comes as nationalism and populism are emerging across the West, with events such as Brexit and Donald Trump’s 2016 triumph. This dichotomy suggests that citizens of Western democracies face a choice between a globalist economic and political order—of which stakeholder advocacy is a part—and a retreat into mercantilism, nativism and cultural stasis. This is a false choice. The advent of stakeholder capitalism as a replacement for shareholder value is in many ways a microcosm of the current globalist project, and its flaws illustrate the tension between today’s globalism and nationalism. But it also shows how to resolve them. Globalism touts the supremacy of supranational bodies and accords—the United Nations, the Paris climate agreement and the like. The officials who enter into these pacts often aren’t accountable to those who are governed by such arrangements. This amounts to a technocratic and anti-democratic rule by elites who think they know better, such as the global political, commercial, NGO and investor class so richly pilloried as “Davos man.” This in turn fosters paternalistic tendencies among large commercial organizations, whose great size, cross-border reach and profile allow them to act as independent entities on the world stage. Traditionally, only governments play so large a role, and this new phenomenon further erodes …
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Mr. Schwab’s Good Idea: Stakeholder Capitalism (you need to know)

Capitalism, the mutually beneficial, voluntary exchange of products, goods and services powered by private decisions in a free market system, is being shunned by American youth, corporate leaders and global elites under the pretenses that shareholder driven capitalism is outdated, unsustainable and incapable of addressing the present challenges particularly highlighting income inequality, climate change and social justice.   Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum, conceptualized and has advocated a third-way capitalism among the global elite since the 1970s.  His vision is a fundamental replacement of “shareholder capitalism” with “stakeholder capitalism” in decades to come. As per Mr. Schwab three economic models exist for consideration: -shareholder capitalism, the current dominant model embraced by most western corporations, holds that a corporation’s primary goal is to maximize profits -state capitalism entrusts the government with oversight and direction of the economy, such as China -stakeholder capitalism (a model proposed by himself, Mr. Schwab, a half century ago) positions private corporations as trustees of society positioning them to better address current economic and societal challenges Mr. Schwab expounds that advocates of shareholder capitalism had neglected to consider the fact that a publicly listed corporation is not just a profit seeking entity but a social organism  as well.  Financial industry pressures to boost short term results coupled with single minded focus on profit have caused corporations to become increasingly disconnected from the real economy.  According to Mr. Schwab, traditional capitalism is deemed no longer a sustainable option and here are some reasons why: -due to its failure to address environmental concerns, the current economic system undermines the well-being of future generations  -millennials and Gen Z generations are no longer willing to support in any measure (to include working for, investing in and buying from) corporations which do not advocate values beyond maximizing profit -executives and investors are coming to the realization that their success is intimately related to that of their customers, employees and suppliers In order to fully implement this new form of socially, environmentally conscious capitalism, companies will need to adopt new metrics to measure shared value creation among the stakeholders and should include measures of achieving ESG (environmental, social and governance).  Another metric to be adjusted is executive remuneration by aligning salaries with long term shared value creation.  Mr. Schwab concedes that corporations should maintain their core competencies and continue promoting an entrepreneurial mindset yet their primary cause should be commitment to improving the state of the world in which they are operating. Corporations desiring to leave a mark on the world should advance globally shared goals such as are outlined in the Paris Climate accord and the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda.   The complete presentation may be seen in the Davos Manifesto. The intention of this essay is to enhance understanding of this new progressive version of capitalism actively penetrating American corporations, workplaces and markets.  It is unclear as to whether corporate leaders, financial markets and average citizens understand the type of tyranny that will ensue from implementation of …
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Craving Intellectual Content: are we smarter than we think?

We have come to believe our high-tech, fast pace, overbooked lifestyles have caused an erosion of our ability to concentrate.  Deducing from responses of his impressively sizable audience, Dr. Jordan Peterson suggests this might not be true.  At his February 2019 presentation in Australia, he asserts the following and, if valid, there is ground for optimism.  A Market for the Dark Web The Intellectual Dark Web is a term coined by Eric Weinstein making reference to a group of highly diverse thinkers who fiercely and frankly discuss or debate deeply intellectual topics in the realm of philosophy, society, psychology, ethics, environment and religion.  Contributors include names such as Joe Rogan, Ben Shapiro, Dave Ruben, Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson, to cite only a few. What they share in common is possession of their own independent media platforms.  The media revolution has allowed for video and audio content to be easily produced, essentially free for consumers, widely distributed and permanent in nature.  Therefore, these intellectuals produce and distribute thoughtful, journalistic content free from corporate oversight (in other words, they say what they want) and due to the intellectual profundity, it is not unusual that discussions span from 1 to 3 hours.  As it turns out, there is a mass market for this level of commentary.  Statistical reporting from Podcast Insights, in its January 2020 update, indicates that over 60 million homes listen weekly to podcasts and 80% of listeners, averaging 7 podcasts per week, listen to most or all of each episode.  An announcement on Science Friday reads as follows: For a couple of years now, the Science Friday podcast has been broken up into a series of segments—short interviews on just one topic. But it turns out that most of our podcast listeners want to hear us the way we’re played on the radio, with longer files that include a number of different segments. We listened, and starting with this week’s show, we’re going back to hour-long podcasts. (link) Other Than Reading For a variety of reasons, reading a book to extract valuable information and content isn’t always an effective or appealing option for everyone.  In fact, highly literate reading is a comparatively rare skill but listening to content tends to be quite easy for almost anyone.  Crediting the media revolution, YouTube, podcasts, live-streaming and audio books make it possible for many more people to access complicated, intellectual material than would have previously been reached.  Peterson contends that access to this level of content could possibly shape educational trends.  Has Traditional Media Dumbed Down the Audience? A close analysis of classical television format depicts the following.  An interviewer acting essentially as a speaking device for the corporate owner adheres to a scripted narrative while corralling guest responses into hyper-abbreviated soundbites. This formatting is necessary because every minute, even every second, is extraordinarily expensive and risk prevention from commentary gone horribly awry can be avoided with limited exposure.  The problem is, all subject matter simply cannot be addressed properly in 30 …
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Misuse of Our Tools: the FISA Court

Americans permit the federal government to create “tools” to assist in navigating the ever-changing, challenging modern world.  The FISA Court …
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Pricing Transparency in Healthcare arrives!

Given the importance of healthcare due of its profound impact on our lives and given  the healthcare industry is a …
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