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The Real Adam Smith

"The liberal reward of labor encourages marraige.  The children, during the tender years of infancy, are well fed and properly taken care of; and when they are grown up, the value of their labor greatly over pays the maintenance." -Adam Smith


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Eli Levine's curator insight, April 28, 3:23 PM

The high price of labor, coupled with the low cost of production yields economic growth.  Profits have to be shunted to workers and dividends have to be paid out.  Wealth cannot and should not for its own sake be accumulated into the hands of private "elites" within a given society if growth and progress are to be encouraged economically and technologically.  It is up to society, acting through the institution of government, to clear the blockage of the market function by the private elites.  It is only a question of will, desire and action.

 

And, not for nothing, this would also benefit the people who are currently making exhorbitant profits on the backs of cheap labor and low costs of production.  What good are those profits if the people who are producing them aren't being compensated according to their production?

 

Think about it.

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Not From Government, Here to Help (3): All Hands Volunteers Cleans Up ... - Forbes

Not From Government, Here to Help (3): All Hands Volunteers Cleans Up ... - Forbes | Cura Personalis | Scoop.it

Not From Government, Here to Help (3): All Hands Volunteers Cleans Up ...


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Perhaps one of the most interesting models for disaster response that I have found.

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De Klerk calls for more European involvement in Africa - European Public Affairs

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European Public Affairs
De Klerk calls for more European involvement in Africa
European Public Affairs
Africa presents Europe with economic opportunities and the EU needs to focus more attention on Africa.

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A very interesting article. I agree with the thesis that "proactive and constructive trade engagements with strategic partners" will be necessary for growth. I wonder what the relationship in this vision would be with foreign aid... Will EUs foreign aid policy unintentionally undermine the ability for African business to be viewed as competitive?

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, November 4, 2013 10:51 AM

De Klerk argues that Africa needs Europe and Europe needs Africa.

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Momentum on Fossil Fuel Divestment Grows as Harvard Professors, Desmond Tutu Call for Action

Momentum on Fossil Fuel Divestment Grows as Harvard Professors, Desmond Tutu Call for Action | Cura Personalis | Scoop.it

Momentum is growing in the movement to divest from fossil fuel companies. On Thursday, South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu called for an anti-apartheid-style boycott and disinvestment campaign against the industry for its role in driving climate change. Meanwhile, nearly 100 members of the faculty at Harvard University released an open letter calling on the Ivy League school to sell off its interests in oil, gas and coal companies. 


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Economist Dambisa Moyo: China can transform Africa

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Zambian economist Dambisa Moyo says the future is bright for Africa, and that China can play a key role in its development.

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How Is Technology Affecting Kids?

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Technology brings so many awesome things into our lives. A world of information is at our fingertips, not much is out of reach, and there is seemingly a new, awesome, must-have device released every week.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, April 28, 4:51 PM

And what about the parent who is so absorbed into their own device they almost completely ignore the child? I'm not a fan of electronic babysitting but I am also no fan of modern day parenting where kids don't know how to have a conversation, how to respect adults, how to read social cues, and how to behave in public all because Mom and Dad have their noses buried in a mobile device and don't notice the difference.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 28, 8:18 PM

What do these statistics mean? The statistics are irrelevant unless educators and parents put meaning to them and explore that with children in real ways.

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IFAD: The Gender Advantage -Women on the front line of climate change

IFAD: The Gender Advantage -Women on the front line of climate change | Cura Personalis | Scoop.it

This publication illustrates IFAD’s experience in closing the gender gap and mobilizing the ‘gender advantage’ in climate change adaptation through ten case studies from across the world. The case studies show that gender-sensitive adaptation results in better livelihood options and incomes, improved yields, more food security
and reduced workloads for women and their families. They also show that women and men are better able to make informed decisions about their lives, thus balancing their human development priorities when giving attention to sustainable natural resource management. http://bit.ly/1kXd5nD


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DevelopmentBISiness's curator insight, March 24, 7:15 AM

add your insight...

 

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PUBLIC AFFAIRS - Production or poverty? - Jamaica Gleaner

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PUBLIC AFFAIRS - Production or poverty?

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Roy D Palmer's curator insight, June 16, 2013 10:26 PM

Interesting comment?

Its a question for all Governments

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Global food crisis will worsen as heatwaves damage crops

Nature Climate Change


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CGIAR Climate's curator insight, January 14, 2013 6:44 AM
A global assessment of the effects of climate policy on the impacts of climate changeNature Climate Change(2013)doi:10.1038/nclimate1793
Eli Levine's curator insight, April 14, 3:46 PM

Let the mayhem begin!

 

Have fun people.

 

Espeically you rich people out there, who think that you've got everything under complete control.

 

Think about it.

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Epistemic Noise | Malaspina | Systema: connecting matter, life, culture and technology

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Epistemic Noise

Abstract 

In La Methode Edgar Morin reveals entropy and its analogous concept, noise, to play a more fundamental role than merely that of a factor of thermal degradation or obstacle to communication. Morin continuously weaves together the empirical concern for entropy, as an aspect of both thermal degradation and organization in systems far from equilibrium, and the epistemological concern for noise, as an aspect both of perturbation of communication and of an uncertainty constitutive of new structures of the understanding. In the light of his theory of eco-complexity, entropy and noise become almost synonymous when considered as constitutive factors of self-organization. What Morin is after in his epic journey from cosmogenesis to the evolution of the biosphere and of human culture is not, as he says, an ‘adventure novel’ of cosmic and planetarian evolution, but an understanding of the transformation of concepts and theories, invigorated by the novel understanding of the constitutive role of entropy and noise in the emergence and organization of systems with increased complexity. This article argues that the gear-shift from the empirical narrative of ontogenetic aspects of entropy to the metasystemic analysis of the organisational factor of noise raises fundamental philosophical and specifically epistemological stakes: namely that the conditions and structures of our understanding may be, like every other system, subject to transformation on the basis of noise.Keywords
Morin; complexity; noise; information; entropy; epistemology; metastability 


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Eli Levine's curator insight, April 14, 10:44 AM

Think of the dialetic between a given society and the government that exists within it.  The government checks and reigns in the disorder and chaos of society while the society checks and makes clear in the light of common reality the limits of government's ability to bring a set order to society.  The two, ideally, should be conscientiously supporting each other by supporting their own self interests.  The members of society do not want to be checked by the government, either in terms of jail time or execution and the government's members do not want to be removed from their places of consequence, influence and authority.  The only way the relationship works is if both the society and the government are working together to form the best possible outcomes for each other in the large-self sense of self, which calculates in the needs and wishes of the other in the relationship.

 

You can also look at a relationship between two people, one more orderly, the other more chaotic (as per the Theory of Order and Chaos Muppets).  They each work together to form something more than the two of them separate, such that there is a dynamic and a dialogue between the two that both never really settles into equilibrium, yet is also always in a state of balance between the two.  Excesses or deficits on the part of one will negatively effect the other, and will lead to changes in behavior in both parties, such that there is a correction on the part of one or a disintegration into something else as a result of the system coming out of equilibrium.  If the relationship is stable and boths ides are committed to the other, they will reform and come to a different yet similar equilibrium point again.

 

It's interesting to see that this could be hypothetically applicable to the entirety of the universe on the micro and macro levels, and to our own human societies and interpersonal relationships.  I suppose that this is evidence to suggest that there really isn't so much that differentiates us as living beings from the matter and space which composes us.

 

Think about it.