Civilizing the Economy A New Economics of Provision

The Civil War continues . . . in Washington DC

Posted Jul 27, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, 1 Comment

Although there are different interpretations of the conflict that finally caused the American Civil War, I think a compelling case can be made that it was about property and property rights.  The confederacy succeeded to protect their right to own slaves.  Although the slave states lost the war, many people continued to believe that the purpose of government is to protect the ownership of property, and not to take it away.  The fight over the control of property continues . . . in Washington, DC.

10 things we have in common

Posted Jul 23, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

For some time now, I have been asking my students to write a list of 10 things we have in common.  Try it and see what you write.  As you can imagine, there is a lot of diversity; from we all strive to improve ourselves to we all want love.   Here is my list, or current list:

Human Nature: Mothers with baby girls

Posted Jul 18, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

Today in my Ethics class, I presented college students with the following:  There are 10 young women with 2 ½ year old girls and they belong to two groups.  These two groups are quite different and one day they encounter each other for the first time.  I then asked the class to write a description of what they think would happen. 

Marvin T. Brown, Ph.D teaches business and organizational ethics at the University of San Francisco and Saybrook University in San Francisco.

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