Capitalism Needs a New Set of Values

Sustainable Capitalism 2.0 is on the march…

CEOs Need a New Set of Beliefs – Raymond V. Gilmartin – HBS Faculty – Harvard Business Review

Raymond V. Gilmartin

In the past 25 years, CEOs of many major corporations have relied on a flawed set of beliefs to lead their organizations. This set has influenced them to place way too much emphasis on maximizing shareholder value and not enough on generating value for society. Today we are mired in the Great Recession, which was brought about by the near collapse of the financial system. This environment and the behavior produced by the prevailing set of beliefs to which CEOs subscribe have deepened a widespread public distrust of corporations and capitalism.

In this blog post, I will offer a new set of beliefs, which can renew and restore faith in corporations and capitalism.

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Book Review: Nazis in Newark 1933-41; a Parallel Universe with Today

From: “Norman Berdichevsky”


Nazis in Newark 1933-41; a Parallel Universe with Today

by Norman Berdichevsky

Book Review of Nazis in Newark
by Warren Glover
Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, NJ. 2003
ISBN 978-0-7658-0516-4

The crisis we face today that has resulted in an ever more aggressive and truculent, militant Islam threatening the foundations of Western civilization from without and within, bears an uncanny parallel, almost a parallel universe, with the dreadful anxiety-filled 1930s, when a virulent Nazism intimidated and cowed much of public opinion throughout the United States.

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Billy Rojas: 10 Radical Centrist Values

From Billy Rojas —
Centroids :
The following annotated list of 10 core Radical Centrist values was initially inspired by Mark Satin’s August 2007  article from his Radical Middle Newsletter, under the title– Post-Partisan Politics: First American Political Ideology?

 In that essay Mark detailed his ideas for 10 Radical Centrist “principles.”  However, reading the material it struck me that better terminology for what he had written was “values.” Principles, at least as I understand them,  have a more operational sense rather than an inspirational sense. To be sure, this is partly a subjective call. Depending on context one can be the other. Yet there already is a set of 10 Principles which are essentially operational in nature which was written for our group in December of 2010. And we could now use a set of  values.


By  no  means did I agree with all of Mark’s ideas;  in a couple of cases, especially, I disagreed strongly. And some of what he said has already been expressed at RadicalCentrism.orgin other ways. Regardless, by and large his work is thoughtful and has considerable merit on its own terms. Yet there are other ways to say some of the things he put into words,  and none of what follows is a simple duplication of the Radical Middle statements of “principle.” There also was an agenda in this set of 10 RC Values which is uniquely our own. I wanted to integrate into the overall new essay a number of important ideas that have been expressed in our group over the years, or very recently. Hence you will find ideas that Ernie has emphasized in the past, or myself, or David, or others at one time or another. This also includes Doug Johnson, although the subject he is most closely identified with, a Radical Centrist philosophy of education, is only discussed along the way and deserves special treatment. His 2008 essay, “Change from the Radical Center of Education”  will need to suffice for now, but is so good as it is that the best I might be able to do by way of picking up on the topic would be to add some considerations. It is very difficult to try and find anything “wrong” with his article.

None, or almost none, of the 10 Values corresponds with the categories in Mark’s essay. The new article only starts from Mark’s work ;  everything has been re-thought, with ideas from our group woven into the overall text in different ways in different places.

Doubtless not everyone will agree that these are “the” 10 values of Radical Centrism. Or, more likely, some may agree with half, even with most, but have reservations about the rest or simply think that some items would benefit from revision.  Some may wish to add other Values to the set.

This is an attempt to put it all together, the best I could for now. Suggestions are welcome, as are criticisms.


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Radical Centrism is alive and well in Sri Lanka

The best exposition I’ve ever heard of what the true Radical Center represents; Ghandi-an but committed to enforcing the rule of law. Powerful stuff. 

Fourteenth Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Lecture

Fourteenth Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Lecture

Forging a Radical Centre : A Response to Extremism and Intolerance”

14th Lal Bahadur  Shastri Memorial Lecture

Delivered by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka

18th January 2007, New Delhi

The Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign affairs of Sri Lanka, delivered the fourteenth Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Lecture on ‘Forging a Radical Center: A Response to Extremism and Intolerance’   on 18th January 2007 at the National Museum Auditorium, New Delhi.  Mr. Anil K Shastri, Trustee, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Memorial Trust chaired the event.  Hon. A.H.M. Fowzie was also present at the lecture.  The text of the lecture is as follows:

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The Left is Seldom Right: New book challenges old Right-Left terminology in politics

From our newest Centroid, Norman Berdichevsky:

Canadian Free Press – This is indeed a book that suits the times with the approaching American presidential election of 2012 in which a large segment of the public may be expected to follow the same trajectory of political thinking by rejecting the ‘glamour appeals’ of the Left with its penchant for identifying itself with so called ‘progressive’ policies.


The Left is Seldom Right, Norman Berdichevsky

To all Conservative and Independent friends tired of the constant Right-Left invective in politics…..If you would like to stage an exciting event with a dynamic speaker….I believe your members will find my new book ‘The Left is Seldom Right’ challenging conventional wisdom and both novel and insightful. I would be pleased to speak about the book before your group.

Listen to two recent radio interviews; Go to  Tea Party Tribune radio show   and/or

Both interviews begin about ten minutes into the program.

I  argue that  the political terms Left and Right,  have often become stale clichés but that the Left has a vested interest in maintaining use of this terminology due to the pronounced left/liberal slant of the media, Hollywood, and many “celebrities”, artists and writers. My book also alerts the public to the imminent dangers of militant Islam and how Jihad has been tactically endorsed by both the Far Right and Far Left in the past

With best wishes,

Dr. Norman Berdichevsky

p.s. You can find my website at More details about my book below…

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Steve Denning on Radical Management & Consumer Capitalism

I’ve been enjoying a series of blog posts by Steve Denning about the reinvention of modern management, not least because they mirror my own thinking about Sustainable Capitalism (2.0).  Although he focuses on corporations, I believe the same kind of outside-in, human-centric thinking is essential for revitalizing both politics and government.

While much of the information from his blog is presumably collected in his book Radical management | Reinventing the workplace for the 21st Century, there isn’t a good index of what I consider his key themes.  To that end, I’ve collected them in outline form here.

The Death—and Reinvention—of Management

Measuring Business’s New Bottom Line: Customer Delight

  1. Measuring customer delight at the organizational level
  2. Measuring customer delight at the working level
  3. Client delight: Sizing and prioritizing
  4. Measuring a key aspect of customer delight: time
  5. Tracking client delight in real time: social media