Superpatriotism and Other Absurdities – Michael Parenti Interviewed
Michael Parenti is an internationally known, award-winning author and lecturer. He is one of the nation’s leading progressive political analysts. His highly informative and entertaining books and talks have reached a wide range of audiences in North America and abroad. One of the ideas he has investigated and written about is “superpatriotism,” which is also the title of his 2004 book on the subject. The book, full of wisdom, as well as, values and ethics, explores how hype, fear, and mindless flag-waving are supplanting informed debate, commitment to democracy, and real patriotism.
The “Triple Bottom Line” in Business
For decades and decades (centuries?), the “bottom line” in business has referred to the last line on the ledger that indicates how much profit a company made, instead of values and ethics. Indeed, industry has a history of oppressing the worker when it can, and mistreating the environment when it’s able. All in the name of profit. You know what they say about “the love of money!” With the advent of the corporation, it has reached a fever-pitch. It’s high time that thought leaders in the business world began to consider two other aspects of the bottom line – making it a triple bottom line. Jan Phillips is just such a thought leader, and recently published a book that indicates that we can do a lot better than we have been. She helps the listener understand how it’s possible in this cutting-edge show, thanks to her many words of wisdom.
The Ethical Business in the Era of Globalization
Ethical concerns for business pop up in the newspaper almost daily. Businesses have always been challenging and rich with opportunities to do the right (or wrong) thing, but with the advent of corporations and globalization, it has only gotten more intense. With sourcing, production, marketing, human relations, and so on, there are countless decisions that could be considered in the realm of ethics. So what does a business that has good values and ethics look like? What are some of the challenges? How are American companies stacking up? To answer these and related questions, with much wisdom and insight, Jason brings an internationally-known expert in business ethics, Dr. John Knapp aboard, and he does not disappoint.
The Ethical Issues of American Foreign Policy
America started a war for “independence” just decades after it got going, and has been engaged in conflict every decade since. World War II was relatively mandatory, but of the hundreds of other actions, conflicts, strikes, and wars, the vast majority have been elective and meant to secure our national interests, broadly defined. Some would say that it was meant to secure business’ interests, which leads us to question our values. Jason invited Jenni Prisk, founder of the peace-activist group Voices of Women to discuss. She is also from New Zealand, so she was an ideal guest to reflect on the ethical issues surrounding American foreign policy.
The Ethics and Function of the Media
The media plays an extremely important role in our society, and on today’s show I am looking forward to my two guests assisting me in determining what the function of the media is and what ethical standards the media ought to be upholding. As the critical “Fourth Estate,” it has been remiss in prior decades (centuries?) in its duty, due in no small part to political influences and the awesome power of money. Jason is pleased to interview a man full of wisdom, Dan Hallin, Ph.D., Professor of Communication at UC-San Diego. His book, Comparing Media Systems: Three Models of Media and Politics, co-authored with Paolo Mancini, has won the Outstanding Book awards of the International Communication and National Communication Associations, and the Goldsmith Book Award of the Shorenstein Center on Press and Politics. Fred Brown also joins Jason in this important discussion about values and ethics.
Values in Business
For the fifth show Jason has done on business values and ethics, we all have our personal values, but of course, values are inherent in the business world. Do we cheat or tell the truth? Do we compete fairly or in an unscrupulous manner? How do we treat the employees (or, do we steal time from the boss)? Is it more important to grow ceaselessly, or to successfully consolidate gains and be purposefully local? There are many shining examples in recent years of entrepreneurs and managers doing the right thing and making the workplace a good place. Today’s guest will offer much insight and wisdom on this topic. Please welcome, Robert Merz, author of the book A Declaration of American Business Values.
Voices of a People’s History: Anthony Arnove Interviewed
Anthony Arnove, Ph.D. has done work with Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky – two of the heavy hitters in the fields of history, progressive politics, and anti-war struggles. Aiming for truth, he and Zinn present essays about values and ethics that are really something else to read in this wonderful book full of wisdom! It’s basically a companion book to Zinn’s unsurpassed work, A People’s History of the United States. Jason and Dr. Arnove discuss the making of the book, and the impact that original writings had on he and Howard Zinn.
Volunteering is a great thing to do: it can make a difference for oneself and others when it comes to your values and ethics. Not everything needs to be about making money. But why? What does it mean? How is one fulfilled serving and giving to others? Jason discusses these and other intriguing questions with Bob Alden. Bob is the president of the Board of Directors for Volunteer San Diego, a significant volunteer matching organization. He himself has volunteered for nearly 2,500 hours! Tune in and get motivated from the wisdom Bob offers, toward service, altruism, kindness, and communitarianism.
What is “A Life of Value”?
What is the idea of “a life of value?” It has two parts: one is about fulfilling yourself and finding meaning by prioritizing, or “living” the values and ethics that you authentically possess. When your life is consistent with what you truly value, then your life just “feels right.” Beyond fulfilling yourself and valuing your life, when you live a life of value, you make positive differences to those around you – be it your family, your community, your country, or our world. It is as though, objectively, your life is “valuable” to someone or something beyond yourself – that the earth breathes easier with you, and the wisdom you offer here. Hence, you derive a subjective sense of value from your life because you are living your values, but further, your life has some objective value beyond how you feel. Let’s discuss!
What We Can Learn from Einstein
Albert Einstein is an almost-mythical figure; everyone knows what he looks like, the formula E=MC2, and how “smart” he was. He also was a very humane man chock full of values and ethics, a Socialist, a peace-maker, a truly original thinker, and a very unique individual. He wasn’t perfect, but his ideas, words, and intentions should be understood by all. We need to be led by society’s wisest individuals offering such wise words of wisdom, rather than self-serving politicians and alleged interpreters of God’s word. Clearly his magnanimity, wisdom, and insight should not be missed. Jason invited back author and scholar Nicholas Maxwell, PhD, of University College London, who wrote a book on the man, and a interesting conversation ensued.