Al LeBlanc's Blog – August 2013 Archive (3)

Values in Business - More Than Just $$$$$$$- Need "Conscience"

Recommend Reading: "Values in a Business Society; Issues & Analysis; James Kuhn & Ivar Berg/Columbia University.

Excerpts from Preface: "The large size of today's business corporations, the wide range of their activities at home and abroad, and the nation's dependence upon them for an amazing array of goods and services means that the businessman is a highly influential American.

"His influence is increased even more by the fact that he is not only an adminstrator…

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Added by Al LeBlanc on August 31, 2013 at 7:49am — No Comments

Super Collaborative Social Media System for World Peace !

NEED: Super Collaborative Social Media System for World Peace Uprising Initiative. Elements are out there e.g.,CarnegieCouncil-USInstituteforPeace-UnitedNations/UNODA-AllianceforPeacebuilding-GlobalZero-Mushroomcloud-Greenpeace-SieraClub-WorldCitizenFoundation-WorldCitizenDiplomat-U&MeUsAll ! Need synchronized compatible interconnectivity to achieve critical mass. Suggest that Silicon Valley Social Media Volunteer Entrepreneurial Collaborative Brainpower could Make it Happen ! Need to…

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Added by Al LeBlanc on August 24, 2013 at 7:42am — No Comments

WashingtonPost"AlQaeda's Iraq affiliate expands presence in Syria":

Seems to me, USNationalInterest-LongerTermMoralInterest TrumpsDeposingDictators-Tyrants e.g., SadamHussein, Mubarak,Assad etal. Is Iraq & Egypt better off now without its Dictators ? Is the enemy of my enemy my friend ? In such cases US support for "freedom and democracy" needs tradeoff relative "freedom and democracy" vs radical IslamicStateTyranny and support of Terrorism. In the case of Iraq, Sadam offset Iran (supporter of IslamicTerrorism against the West). Mubarak supported…

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Added by Al LeBlanc on August 13, 2013 at 9:09am — No Comments

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The Ethics of Trade with China and Authoritarian Upgrading

Increased foreign investment and engagement is producing, not democratization, but "authoritarian upgrading," where selected reforms are designed to legitimize a softer authoritarianism. This presents an ethical dilemma for international trade. What direction will China, Uzbekistan, Russia, and other "upgraded authoritarian" states evolve towards in the coming decade?

The 2020 Election & the View from Overseas, with Nikolas Gvosdev

As the 2020 election begins to come into focus, Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev details the foreign policy cleavages in the Democratic Party. Plus, referencing Nahal Toosi's recent article in "Politico," he discusses the worries that many in Europe have about a Trump reelection or a progressive candidate who also questions the status quo. What's the view from abroad on this turbulent time in American politics?

Ethics & the U.S.-China Trade War, with Nikolas Gvosdev

What role should ethics play in the U.S.-China trade war? Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev looks at these economic tensions in the context of the Uyghur detention and the Hong Kong protests, different theories on integrating China into the world economy, and what it could mean to "lose" in this conflict. Is there a breaking point in terms of China's human rights policies? What's the view in Africa and Europe?

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