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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

CAPITALISM WORKS ONLY WITH CREATIVE DESTRUCTION


CAPITALISM WORKS ONLY WITH CREATIVE DESTRUCTION
By Domenick J. Maglio Ph.D. Traditional Realist


On November 2016, the day after Donald Trump became president, Nobel prize recipient, Paul Krugman stated, “it really does look like President Trump and the markets are plunging…the question is when markets will recover a first-pass, I think the answer is never.” Although he was the preeminent anti-Trump economist, he was one of many doomsday prognosticators who unleashed their “insightful knowledge” by agreeing that Trump’s economic policy would be a disaster. Instead of the economy unraveling it has reached the heights that no one was able or willing to predict: so much for economics as a scientific field of study.

The deregulation of the economy, significant corporate tax reduction that brought back billions of offshore dollars and the realization that President Trump’s future economic policies will continue to strengthen the United States’ financial power has created positive momentum for all American businesses. The progressives whok were again predicting that private businesses would selfishly keep the money for their shareholders and their own self-interest were wrong. The surprise for them was that large numbers of businesses voluntarily started to institute raises and bonuses for their employees.

The difference is that progressives have a distorted view of capitalism. They view big business as the selfish enemies of the people and government.  They see themselves as the protector of the non-productive and even illegal immigrants. These elites fail to understand that without productive citizens there would be little tax money to collect and distribute to their primary voting base and lobbyists. Without these funds they cannot gain favor with the electorate and win elections.

The last administration’s attempt to control the private sector by picking winners and losers, pay to play, increasing regulation and selectively enforcing the law had crippled the US economy. It remained at a 2% level for 8 years.  This direct attempt to interfere with the invisible hand of the free market turned us further from a capitalist economy to an anti capitalistic one named “crony capitalism.” This translates into the administration’s use of tax revenue and power influence to “save” certain corporations and not bail out others. This symbiotic relationship between huge corporations and a centralized government that employs government regulations and does not administer the corporate laws justly is a breeding ground for corruption. These are ingredients for creating a fascist state.

Entrepreneurs are innovators who develop new technologies and production methods that replace the old with better ideas and products. Some of these include developing distributing systems like UPS and Amazon or advanced technology in fiber optics, microchips, satellites or a host of other business arenas.  Replacing the old with the new necessitates a world of incessant change. The government should not direct this change for political purposes but allow and encourage the indirect process of consumers freely selecting the best products at the right price is the most efficient means of economic development. Competition in the marketplace ultimately should determine who flourishes and who self-destructs.

New innovative devices or means of production lead to better products at a reasonable price. When the best product is surpassed by a better one the challenged company either innovates and improves or goes out of business. There should not be government interference in this process since the changes will be political rather than economically motivated. Millions of consumers should have the ultimate decision making power through studying the products and choosing what they consider the best of many. The results of many millions of purchases should be the factor that determines the viability of the item, not a government bureaucracy.

The products that are bypassed by the consumers either develop a better product to compete with the other companies or lose their market share and eventually go out of business. This creative destruction process allows a capitalist economy to be super efficient, which creates vast capital for any nation’s economy. The economic pie grows giving each of us a bigger slice of personal assets while the need for physical human labor decreases.

The creation of national wealth has been accomplished by capitalist societies and has been squandered by redistributing (robbing) individual assets through taxes. Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, Laos, Zimbabwe, Soviet Union and others ruled by centrally controlled governments and have been ruined by corrupt rulers at the top. These nations have experienced the total deterioration of their economy. The lack of allowing capitalist market forces such as creative destruction to operate unrestricted by political considerations has resulted in out-of-control disastrous economies. Political dictators cannot efficiently and effectively micromanage the complexities of a modern international economy.

Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. Dr. Maglio is an author of weekly newspaper articles, INVASION WITHIN  and a new just published book, entitled, IN CHARGE PARENTING In a PC World. You can visit Dr. Maglio at www.drmaglio.blogspot.com.




Wednesday, February 07, 2018

THE SUBJECT THAT SEPARATES THE DISCIPLINED FROM THE LESS MATURE STUDENT

THE SUBJECT THAT SEPARATES THE DISCIPLINED FROM THE LESS MATURE STUDENT
By Domenick J. Maglio Ph.D Traditional Realist

There is one subject in education that the further you advance knowledge, the more is demanded of the student. It is an area you are attracted to or you avoid like the plague. At the beginning of school some students gravitate to language arts and others to math activities. In the higher elementary grades more disciplined study is demanded in math to develop a strong foundation in this area. Mathematics builds on itself and requires more attention to detail to arrive at the exact answer. The precision in mathematics makes it more demanding of the student and creates a more mathematical mind.

Addition, subtraction and multiplication facts have to be memorized for immediate recall. This presents a student with the first significant challenge to memorize a block of facts. The student either learns it or does not. There are no excuses for not learning the material. The student’s determination to spend time and concentrate on memorizing the material demonstrates to the child it takes pure effort to gain certain types of knowledge. Some students apply themselves willingly and easily to memorize the facts.  Others could care less and have to be prompted and bribed to even start the process. These students regrettably fight each step of the way to their own detriment. Some will win the battle and lose the war where many schools allow the student to count on his fingers instead of putting the information into his mind’s memory bank.

This reluctance to get tasks done that are not attractive to the student is troubling for the student’s future learning. There are many subjects in our schools such as grammar, spelling, history or science that seem to an immature youngster to be boring and unimportant but are building blocks of knowledge and skills. Not everything can or should be sugar packaged to the interest of every student. They have learned to “take their medicine” and do the things they do not want to do to become educated strong student. This certainly will be the case in higher education.

Many modern students are addicted to doing only what they want instantly. It is the age of instant gratification. The Internet and social media often enhance their ability to self promote and express themselves to show what they want to be not what they really are. Social media consumes a large portion of time, thought process and has even become a lifestyle for much of our youth. This leaves little time to do things that have to be mastered to be a well-educated person.

Our school grade inflation has been the opium for students and their parents to feel their child is doing well academically. The reality is too many are well below the level of competent students in this country and foreign nations. The giving of high grades to students who have not earned them is stifling learning. Students need to compete with themselves and others to be challenged to produce quality work. The poor academic achievement of modern American students is being compared negatively with past generations and current foreign students.

When students take comprehensive achievement and college entrance exams their deficit is exposed to the parents often for the first time. In too many cases they have to take remedial courses without any college credit or are unable to remain in the college program they chose. Too many students are delusional about their ability and prospect of success in college.

The one subject that is usually the litmus test for student success in higher education is mathematics. It is nothing more than logic that builds on itself. It is almost impossible to be a consistently good student in math without a solid foundation.

The student has to be precise, checking his own work after showing every step of the process including the type of units to arrive at a correct answer. It is a learned skill that requires focus and discipline in solving the problem. This activity is learned by reading the lessons thoroughly several times to fully understand the concept that is being shown. This procedure is necessary to develop the mental set needed to become a proficient math student.

Math is the area of study that separates the conscientious student from a casual, passive or “just get by” student. The subject of math cannot be faked. It is right or wrong. There is no subjective middle ground no matter how the material is presented.

Mastering math to an adequate level of proficiency is essential for earning almost any higher degree. It is a difficult subject for many students as it takes self-discipline to overcome obstacles and appreciate the positive logical thinking patterns that math teaches. Learning to think logically is necessary in higher education. More importantly it is a fundamental thinking skill that should be used in any career and is necessary to cultivate wisdom in one’s life. Math is a challenge for most students that can and should be conquered for the future success of the student.


Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. Dr. Maglio is an author of weekly newspaper articles, INVASION WITHIN  and a new just published book, entitled, IN CHARGE PARENTING In a PC World. You can visit Dr. Maglio at www.drmaglio.blogspot.com.
















Tuesday, January 30, 2018

LOW STANDARDS AND EXPECTATIONS CHEAT CHILDREN

LOW STANDARDS AND EXPECTATIONS CHEAT CHILDREN
By Domenick J. Maglio PhD. Traditional Realist

Most Americans realize giving everyone a trophy or certificate of excellence for participating in an event is patently absurd. Everyone cannot be equal in a performance. Ranking in dancing, skating, most valuable player or other contests has a large dose of subjectivity but there are obvious differences between contestants. The best and worst performers can easily be discerned although the best of the participants can be more controversial.

Competition usually brings out the best in a contestant; they try harder, concentrate more and increase their effort. In academics the drive to be number one in a penmanship, geography or spelling bee, artistic contest or any other competition normally improves the performance. The negative or even positive criticism may not be easy to accept but it opens the person to flaws in their presentation. It raises the standards and expectations for individual students.

Failure is essential to becoming a winner. Losing a contest in any area forces a person to analyze what they need to do for a better performance. It drives the individual to breakdown their performance into specific segments in order to improve their overall effort. Understanding the need to put forth the effort to do one’s best to move up in ranking becomes self-evident. Being ranked behind the other contestants in an event they need to make changes in their methods and strategy to gain the positive results.

As in any organization instead of working hard to improve some students spend their energy and time to keep others from striving to do better because it will reflect on their poor effort. Currently in school some students are negatively called “a try hard.” This is supposed to shame a child into being more like the low functioning students to keep expectations and standards down. “A try hard” earns his grades by honestly putting more effort into his studies. These students raise the standards and expectations of everyone in the class.

On the other hand, when parents or teachers lower expectations for the performance of an individual to protect him from disappointment it is a death sentence for his motivation. It says whatever you do is good enough, which is a direct pathway to mediocrity or worse.

Having few or no standards and expectations for children taking on traditional simple responsibility is even more devastating. Without learning how to complete more responsibilities competently as they become of adult age, the individual will develop limited abilities, skills and poor habits for maturing into a full functioning adult. These youngsters will be disabled when doing the things adults will expect them to do. The fewer simple independence skills they possess, the harder it will be for them to complete more intricate ones that are essential for them to be considered a functional adult.

The longer the parents attempt to protect the child from emotional pain of not doing an adequate job which does not measure up to others, the more the youngster will shy away from challenges. The competencies will not develop normally and the confidence will shrink. No pain, no gain does not refer only to body builders but to all aspects of a person’s development. Any emotional or social pain stimulates self-awareness of the individual’s personal reaction to critical or nasty remarks by others. It might temporarily trigger anger or depression in the child. When the individual realizes the nasty remarks were a reflection of the inadequacy or even self-loathing of the person who made the statements rather than an accurate assessment of him, he is better able to ignore or joke about the negative comment. This inoculates the person from “put downs” making him more able to handle situations like this.

Empathy for others comes not from wallowing in problematic circumstances but by overcoming them. Resolving formidable obstacles to achieve success motivates these strivers to realize their dreams. These doers do not allow themselves to blame past events or others for their lack of achievement. Since these individuals fought through their problems, they know persistence is the key to resolving difficult issues.

Low expectations make for a weak and eventually an angry unfulfilled character.  It is hard for a person who has given little effort to better his circumstances to admit to himself that he is his own worst enemy for being stuck as a loser.

Only through persistent hard work can a youngster learn that they hold the key for their own success. Parents and other significant persons in the child’s life can encourage and even insist the youngster do the assignments again to reach a level of excellence. Keeping standards and expectations low or non-existent is a pathetic and mean act for the child’s future. Once the child adopts high standards and expectations for himself, he is on a path towards a successful life.


Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. Dr. Maglio is an author of weekly newspaper articles, INVASION WITHIN  and a new just published book, entitled, IN CHARGE PARENTING In a PC World. You can visit Dr. Maglio at www.drmaglio.blogspot.com.







Tuesday, January 23, 2018

BULLYING DEFINITION HAS EXPANDED INTO MEANINGLESSNESS

BULLYING DEFINITION HAS EXPANDED INTO MEANINGLESSNESS
By Domenick J. Maglio PhD. Traditional Realist

Cambridge Dictionary: bullying- to threaten to hurt someone, often frightening that person into doing something they do not want to do.
Often the use of one’s size, brute force or an offensive object was used to physically intimidate. The common solution was to stand up to the aggressor or inform an authority figure to punish the person. Any show of strength or gumption more than likely would result in the bully finding a weaker character to be his victim. The idea was to show strength of character and you would not be a victim.

Currently the definition of bullying has expanded to all sorts of feeling nuisance.
When a person gets a message online saying they are stupid or fat from a person they know or do not know, the receiver of the message feels offended. It could be as meaningless as a negative description. You are short, ugly, tall, skinny, stupid and as silly as a pink elephant, whatever the person feels is “bullying.” The old saying “sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never harm me” has practically disappeared from children’s culture.

Now it is if anything “hurts your sensitive feelings” it is a form of bullying. Using this subjective self-feeling means the definition has weakened our youth. A child calling another child “worthless” becomes a federal case to many. The parent of the offended believes they have the right and obligation to step into the middle of the incident and force the other child to apologize for harming their child’s feelings.  In today’s world the so-called “victimized” child does not learn how to appropriately fight back with words to stop the annoying situation or strength of character to just ignore it.

The parent’s, usually the mother’s, attempt at micromanaging are creating a disabled, pathetic wimp, Instead of encouraging their child to stand up to foul mouthed youngsters, they teach their child to run home, moaning to get their parents to handle the affairs with their peers.

This wimpifying of our children has resulted in some parents directly bullying other parent’s young children without consulting them first. The protective parents have become bullies in their own right to someone else’s child and miss an opportunity to teach their child the benefits of standing up for oneself.

The morphing of the bullying definition from physical intimidation to subjective feelings has broadened the definition to be meaningless. Many children now expect their parents to solve any emotional difficulties. Children are not expected to choose their friends carefully. They are no longer expected to stop playing and associating with people causing them problems.  Shrugging off stupid, nasty statements from others does not usually happen as the child’s feelings are too precious to suffer pain from name-calling. In other words, being tough and growing up to make better decisions about the people you pick as friends is no longer the child’s responsibility. Only by learning from one’s mistakes can an individual inoculate himself from repeating the same negative experience with their associates. When so called “friends” continually hurt a child, they are not friends. The person who says horrible things about you should simply be “unfriended.” They cannot be bullying you if the person cannot contact you because you blocked them on your social media.

Many of these uncomfortable interactions are voluntary. A person has to decide if the people and places they frequent are a negative or positive influence for them. When the negatives outweigh the positives it would be in the person’s best interest to choose someone else or somewhere else to go. Everyone is free and able to cut off a relationship when it is offensive.

Calling someone a bully should be reserved for serious acts of intimidation. If a person is stalking someone in school or the neighborhood and there is no way to avoid it, this should be reported to the proper authorities. These people, teachers, ministers or police have the responsibility to prevent this type of behavior and protect the youngster from harm.

A parent directly confronting another’s child is unacceptable. It could lead to charges of child abuse. Moreover, it is a terrible thing to deny their own child the opportunity to handle his own affairs. In fact, the parent should train their child in order to survive when they are no longer there. A child should not be considered to be fragile. When parents teach and encourage the child to stand up rather than be victims they will not use the bullying excuse to have others fight their battles for them.

Expanding the definition of bullying to include almost anything is destructive to the child, the parent, family and society.  We are developing fragile personalities who do not have the strength to deal with the common challenges life hands us.




Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. Dr. Maglio is an author of weekly newspaper articles, INVASION WITHIN  and a new just published book, entitled, IN CHARGE PARENTING In a PC World. You can visit Dr. Maglio at www.drmaglio.blogspot.com.