Most economists believe capitalism is a compromise with selfish human nature. As Adam Smith put it, It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. Capitalism works better than socialism, according to this thinking, only because we are not kind and generous enough to make socialism work. If we were saints, we would be socialists.In Why Not Capitalism?, Jason Brennan attacks this widely held belief, arguing that capitalism would remain the best system even if we were morally perfect. Even in an ideal world, private property and free markets would be the best way to promote mutual cooperation, social justice, harmony, and prosperity. Socialists seek to capture the moral high ground by showing that ideal socialism is morally superior to realistic capitalism. But, Brennan responds, ideal capitalism is superior to ideal socialism, and so capitalism beats socialism at every level.Clearly, engagingly, and at times provocatively written, Why Not Capitalism? will cause readers of all political persuasions to re-evaluate where they stand vis-a-vis economic priorities and systems as they exist now and as they might be improved in the future.
جاء سبب تسمية الرواية بأوراق رابعة لان الفتاة (رابعة) بطلة الرواية كان لديها دفتر خاص تدون عليه مذكراتها الشخصية وتعبر فيه ايضاً عن ما يجول في خاطرها. بالاضافة إلى العديد المعاني وراء كلمة أوراق التي يستشف القارئ معناها اثناء قراءته للرواية .اوراق رابعة تناولت الحياة في اليمن بكل تفاصيلها الاجتماعية ما بين الفقر و الغنى و التواضع و الغرور و الكرم و البخل و التمرد و المحافظة. في سيرة فتاة يمنية تدعى(رابعة)وعلاقتها بأسرتها وابن عمها(عقبة)الذي يقاسمها ورث والدها الذي توفي وهي صغيرة والطامع بالزواج منها والذي يعلم صراحة بأن (رابعة) لا ترغب بالزواج منه لانها تحب خطيب صديقتها المقربة (مالك). وهذا ما أثار غضبه و سبب الكثير من المشاكل والتحدي ما بين (رابعة) وابن عمها (عقبة) في احداث الرواية. بالإضافة إلى الحب الذي تكتمه (رابعة) تجاه (مالك) وغيرتها من صديقتها و المعاناة التي تعيشها جراء ذلك. وجراءتها على تحدي الجميع والحصول على مبتغاها دائما لأنها تعودت أن تمتلك كل شيء وأن تصرف دون حرص، حيث أنها تعيش مع والدتها التي تتيح لها الحرية التي تسعى إليها فتتمرد كثيرا وهذا مما يسبب صدام كبير بينها وبين ابن عمها (عقبة) وأعمامها.
An irretrievable step is an espionage thriller; its plot relates the adventures of Doron Seri an Israeli junior IDF officer who is persuaded to join the Mossad, his countrys intelligence service against his will by sophisticated tactics that leaves him no other choice, but to volunteer to serve his country as a secret agent in an enemy state.He is signed on a contract of seven years, and after two preparative years in Israel he is sent to Italy under a new identity, where he meets Bianca Conti, marries her and takes her with him to Egypt; where they serve as a team.The plots background is the nationalization of the Suez Canal during the late fifties of the previous century, and the invasion of the Suez Canal zone by the British and French armed forces.
In this first of three volumes on the writings of John (two on the Gospel and one on the letters of John), Raymond E. Brown introduces the reader to the beauty and complexity of the fourth Gospel. His translation of the Greek into ordinary English makes good common sense of the text. Patiently sifting through and weighing all the ancient sources and modern theories, Brown addresses with clarity the major issues surrounding the writings of John-questions of authorship, composition, date, and Johns relation to the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke).Unlike other commentaries on the Gospel of John, this one analyzes and presents the scholarly debates in a form that the interested layperson can appreciate. Whether discussing Johns version of miracle stories found in the other Gospels, explaining the meaning of obscure Greek words, or pointing out the relevance of Jesus words and deeds, Father Brown speaks to scholars and laypeople alike.Raymond E. Brown, the foremost New Testament scholar in the U.S., is Auburn Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He holds over twenty honorary doctorates from Catholic and Protestant universities. He is author of over twenty-five books on the Bible, including the acclaimed volumes The Birth of the Messiah and The Death of the Messiah.
Sancho III el Mayor, rey de Pamplona, es el monarca cristiano más destacado de la primera mitad del siglo xi. Partiendo de su reducido reino pirenaico, extendió su autoridad con diversos títulos a la mayor parte del territorio cristiano de España; en sus diplomas proclamaba con toda exactitud que reinaba desde Astorga al condado de Pallars inclusive. De él puede afirmase que fue un monarca de dimensiones nacionales hispanas, como reza el título de rex Ibericus que le asignó el abad catalán Oliba. Pero Sancho III el Mayor fue también, en cierto sentido, un rey europeísta, un hombre pionero, reformador y renovador que puso fin al tradicional aislamiento de los reinos cristianos hispanos respecto a Europa y que abrió los territorios sometidos a su autoridad a las nuevas orientaciones religiosas y culturales, integrándolos así en el mundo ideológico y religioso que imperaba al norte de los Pirineos. Sus hijos, reyes de Castilla y de León, de Pamplona y de Aragón, culminarán esta tarea de integración europea. Este es un libro, por tanto, que intenta combatir una imagen estereotipada y alejada de la realidad: la de un Sancho III retratado como un monarca de horizontes locales.
Sakata has just gotten a job teaching physics at a school staffed with more handsome faces than a host club. On his way to his first day of work, he mistakes the hunky vice-principal for a groper, and punches him in the face! However, because of a school policy pairing up each arts teacher with a science teacher, Sakata ends up sharing an office with that very same vice-principal, Ryuoh! One day, the straitlaced and ever-fault finding Ryuoh suddenly kisses Sakata...
The world as they know it is gone. Family, friends, and coworkers no longer exist. To survive and rebuild society they must join other strangers with dark secrets of their own. And thats just the beginning... Apocalypse Dawn: The Beginning of the End is the first in a three-book series that follows a group of people left to fend for themselves after an apocalyptic event changes the landscape of the world forever. Vincent Tisdale is an average man with an average life that is brutally ripped from him when he loses his wife and his daughter during the event. Marty Nasland sees the apocalypse as a second chance to redeem himself for his past sins; if only he could tell his son Adam just what those sins are and how they had hurt him. The three men band together to travel to a remote farm in Ohio, where other survivors are coming together and trying to form their own society. Standing in their way is the evil David Michael Engle, who, after discovering his true heritage, wants to make sure the earth stays as sinful as it ever was. His vision for the world is the antithesis of Vinces, and Vince knows it is just a matter of time before his group must rise against Engle and his dark forces. Little does Vince know, however, that there may be one hiding among his group whos ideas mirror Engles, and whos actions just may be Vinces downfall. Apocalypse Dawn: The Beginning of the End is a post-apocalyptic novel with many twists and turns. It shows how mans desires cannot be contained even when the world around him is crumbling, shown through the eyes and thoughts of the men who hope to remake this new world in their own visions.
Two Chinese folktales celebrating the double seventh festival, or the Chinese Valentines Day, which occurs on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. The first is a beautiful love story between Lady Weaver and the Cowherd, and the second is about the Clever girl who chaperones the lovers when they meet on the magpie bridge. In Traditional Chinese. Annotation copyright Tsai Fong Books, Inc. Distributed by Tsai Fong Books, Inc.
If you have observed the changing world through the wrong end of a telescope, then you will feel a level of resonance with the selections in this book. All those messages of hope-about seeking the holy grail of self-fulfillment-have made many, including the author, snap out of the assembly line in the grind factory and follow their own twisted paths. The observations in this collection are a summation of experiences (real and imaginary) of a sometimes cynical, mostly agnostic, and always iconoclastic bystander. A number of the pieces in the book feel like an out-of-body experience, where you are a bemused observer, watching the unfolding of both normal and warped human emotions. This is not totally esoteric poetry. Even where used, cryptic or obscure references are not embedded solely for the intent of making the flow intolerable or to leave the reader bewildered. Many of these works are influenced by the natural rhyming flow in deference to the masters, and yet others follow a freeflow style-yet not in an abstruse manner. The jumble of subjects is by accident, not intention. Thus a happy lilting piece, sandwiched between two darker pieces, just happened. The humor section, however, is mostly introspective. The author sees self-derision (and not deprecation) as a good starting point for dabbling in humor-certainly less offensive than applying it to others. Studying in a fiercely nationalistic school in India, the author grew up reading the poetry of the titans Tagore, Gupt, Dinkar, and Subhadra Chauhan. Later, listening to the melodies of Indian film music, he was influenced by the brilliant use of phrases by Ghalib and later by Azmi and Sahir. The nine years spent studying and working in America introduced the author to the sheer wizardry of W. B. Yeats, the darker verse of Edgar Allen Poe, the desperation of Maya Angelou, and sheer delight in the humor of Ogden Nash and James Thurber. Finally, a word about the embedded art: While each sketch or ink print may be seen for the sake of art only, the reality is that each is an embellishment to one of the included pieces of poetry. Just as in the poetry, the art is a combination of real and imaginary visualizations.