The Economy & Ethics: Or, What Does a Person Deserve?
The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known [international periodical]
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|1. The Failure of Profit-driven Economics|
|2. What Does a Person Deserve by Being Alive? Health Care, Housing, & More|
|3. What Purpose Does Profit Economics Come From?|
|4. What Is the Importance of Unions in America?|
|5. Further Resources|
"The thing that makes the profit system immoral ... is that in it, care for self is apart from what is just to other people. The profit motive is essentially contempt, which Mr. Siegel defined as "the addition to self through the lessening of something else": you see a human being as someone to get as much as you can from while giving him as little as possible. You hope he is desperate for that job, because the more desperate he is, the less he'll work for and the more profit you can make from him." —Ellen Reiss, The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known (issue no. 1299, 25 February 1998)
2. Aesthetic Realism asks, What Does a Person Deserve by Being Alive?This fundamental ethical question of Aesthetic Realism, What does a person deserve by being alive? was asked by Eli Siegel as the beginning point for seeing what is just to any person whether affluent or impoverished. In articles like the following, writers explore the meaning of this question for the most critical fields in present day economics. Aesthetic Realism sees ethics as inseparable from the success or failure of our economy and ourselves as individuals.
• Do People Deserve Health Care?
• Do People Deserve Good Housing to Live In?Northport Journal (Huntington, NY) 12/19/99
NORTHPORT JOURNAL. What Does a Person Deserve? is the question posed by a film by the same name playing at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington. Emmy award-winning filmmaker Ken Kimmelman tackles the issue of homelessness and hunger with a stirring montage...."What Does a Person Deserve? is awesome." > more
3. What Purpose Does Profit Economics Come From?
The writers of these articles ask what is the ethical--or unethical--meaning of some few persons using the hard work of many other people to make big profits for themselves?
• The Economy As a WholeThe Philippine Post Magazine, 2/02
"Purposes in America...Once and Now" by Ellen Reiss, Class Chairman of Aesthetic Realism
4. What Is the Importance of Unions in America?
• The Meaning of a StrikeHerald News (Northern New Jersey) 5/8/04
"Unions Remain Strong, Vital" by Timothy Lynch, President, Teamsters Local 1205
• Unions and WealthMetro, New York 3/1/11
"Economics Lack Ethical Touch" by Matthew D'Amico, Political Coordinator Civil Service Employees UnionFinancial Times (London, UK) 10/4/00
"We Actors Deserve Our Share of the Wealth We Help Produce" by Carol McCluer of the Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company
• Unions, Human Rights, and Study
"Union Leader Outlines Most Important Study for America" by Alice Bernstein
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