Embrace Foundation is a non-profit, educational foundation set up to create better understanding between people of different religions, cultures, traditions and world philosophies.

Embrace Foundation works to bring leaders and scholars of world-wide religions, cultures and philosophies together by sponsoring forums, seminars, lectures and developing an international exchange program. Embrace Foundation is particularly concerned with reaching the world public through the media.
Purpose
Donations
Embrace Foundation is an all volunteer organization. All contributions go directly to programs.

Embrace Foundation does not and has never given permission to any outside organization to solicit or receive contributions on our behalf.

All donations should be made to Embrace Foundation only via Paypal or by mail. All donations are tax deductible. A receipt will be emailed to you. Please click on the Pay Pal link below to Donate.


Thank you for making a donation.
Travel As An Interfaith Act
Embrace encourages all who can do so, to learn about other traditions and cultures by traveling as “Grassroots Diplomats.” We hope that people every where become life long students of our world-wide humanity.

“ In every man there is something wherein I may learn of him, and in that I am his pupil.”                                         
                                  R.W.Emerson
Embrace Humanity



Embrace Foundation Retreat Center
Embrace
.Foundation (skype messaging)    -    011+1+212.675.4500 (New York)

Click to Email Us
GREAT VISIONS
To View This TV Show - Click Here
Embrace Foundation Archives.Org

Guests are: Swami Satchidananda &
the Rt. Reverend Dean Parks Morton
Embrace Archives
EmbraceFoundationArchives.Org
Limited Editions Gallery
EmbraceFoundationGallery.org
Umrah - Jordan
Sacred Places
EmbraceSacredPlaces.org
Monastery of Bahira - Syria
Universal
Monk Reading - Ethiopia
EmbraceFoundationUniversal.org
ETHICAL ECONOMICS

INTRODUCTION


Now that there are many nations who will be building new economic and political structures, we  
would like to offer some pragmatic and idealistic insights. Embrace feels that the world economy  
offers many new opportunities and that much that is breaking down in the world economic scene is  
corrupt and outdated.

We do not advocate any type of political system, except one that treats every individual equally by  
law, is not corrupt and one that represents the best interests of all the population within a nation  
regardless of religion, sect, philosophy, caste, gender, class, race, tribe or clan. The world  
economy, however, must change radically.

The world economy as it has existed for centuries has greatly exploited a majority of non-western  
nations which hold the greatest natural resources and labor markets. It has been extremely unjust in  
the support of brutal, corrupt leadership in many non-western countries and this injustice; we believe  
is at a pivotal point for rectification. We hope that many in the Western, Eastern, Central and  
Southern parts of Africa will also soon move forward towards a more equitable change. South  
America is on the verge of a renaissance, as are many countries in Asia.

Brief History

There has been much discussion with regard to government and successful economics. In reality,  
politics are not reflective of economic formats, procedure or success. For instance those in the  
United States that are strongly allied with the current Wall Street system, often insinuate that  
unfettered capitalism (Milton Friedman style) is a necessary component of democracy. This of  
course, is not true. For many decades, the Scandinavian countries have had a democratic  
“socialism.” (They vote for their political leaders, but their government pays for the greater needs of  
it’s’ citizens, including health care, geriatric care and college tuition. - They have around 50% taxes.)  
Most indigenous societies are democratic and they share communally many of their goods as well.  
The Republic of China has robust capitalism without democracy. Human rights are not dependent  
on democracy but are necessary for a secure economy. Economies do not thrive in war.

Despite the fact that Wall Street bankers would have the public believe that there is a difference  
between “home grown” pyramid schemes and their own business, the Stock Market itself has  
become a pyramid scheme due to insider trading as well as, the transition from analyzing, investing  
and holding stocks to churning and trading stocks via algorithms in milliseconds. Even the most  
staid companies now are pressured to constantly show growth. However, there always has to be a  
limit to growth. Stable sales and holding portfolios especially looking out for dividend returns need to  
be the renewed objectives if investors are not going to inflate the world economy out of existence.

As it is, many people in recent years have invested in non-realities, total fictions with no substance.  
It is much like the story of the Emperors New Clothes. In the late 1980’s and more drastically in the  
‘90‘s, (coincidentally following the break up of the Soviet Union) there was a massive layoff of many,  
many employees in America. The layoffs started with executives in the six-figure range and worked  
rapidly down to layoffs of many managers in the middle and lower range. With these layoffs came a  
boom of independent investors and amateur traders, flush with their cashed-out 401-k’s.  
(Employer/employee retirement schemes)

Miraculously inflated lines of credit attached to credit cards kept laid off employees across the USA  
afloat for a considerable amount of time since those laid off could rarely find jobs, or if they did, the  
jobs were usually substantially below the income they had been making prior to their redundancy.  
These managers had four choices; they could (if they had enough money or lines of credit) buy a  
franchise, or they could open a consulting business or become entrepreneurs (once again if they  
had enough money or lines of credit with their credit cards). The last option was day trading . . .  
trading stocks from home in an attempt to increase their investments enough, that they could live on  
them.

The two primary problems of day trading was that; 1.) While the “day traders” might have  
understood the concept of “buy low, sell high”, they really could not compete with the programmed  
trading systems of the large and midsize investment firms and 2.) There was such a demand for  
investment products due to the vast numbers of people suddenly wanting to be involved in the stock  
market that many laws that protected investment consumers (such as the Glass-Steagall Act) in the  
midst of the frenzy were struck-down. The eradication of consumer protection laws was lobbied for  
by both the commercial and investment banks. This enabled two things: a blurring of the divisions  
between commercial banks (where individual consumers keep checking/ draft accounts) and  
investment/ merchant banks serving the business community who are legislated to take “risks.” The  
result was that consumer banks holding consumer mortgages, checking/ draft accounts and  
federally insured savings/ deposit accounts were now legislated to take risks with Wall Street  
financial instruments.

One note needs to be made. At the time banks began lobbying to end the Glass-Steagall Act (in the  
USA) few people were keeping savings accounts in commercial banks. The commercial banks could  
not offer the interest rates that were possible in the stock market or even the interest rates that the  
mainstream bond market could offer. Prior to all this, the growth potential for commercial banks was  
secure but fairly stagnant until they started heavy risk marketing in credit card debt and  
subsequently enjoined this risk with the additional risk of Wall Street financial instruments.

Start-up companies that should have been reserved as only venture capital preserves were being  
offered on NASDAQ as legitimate businesses to the inexperienced public when in fact they were  
little more than “ideas”. These companies often had almost no assets or equity and often the  
“product” or “service” was only in the prototype stage.

These were the early signs of an economic breakdown. The out of control banks with phony  
derivative packages, junk bonds, insurance hedges etc… have been documented ad infinitum. Few  
of the executives or managers who lost their jobs beginning in the late ‘80s through to the end of the  
‘90s ever regained the same corporate foothold they had before being made redundant. Many  
families took a major downward shift in lifestyle from this time forward.

Our Conclusion

Free market banks are a problem sooner or later. For strengthening a local economy and your own  
community the strongest, most enduring and generally the most ethical mode of depositing capital is  
with a member/owner, non-profit credit union. Credit Unions have open meetings and must answer  
the questions of any of it’s’ owner/ members. These banks also need to be backed up by depositor  
insurance.

The New Investment Market

With a worldwide depression created by Wall Street (which is now in decline in “real” trades versus  
geographically diversified millisecond micro traders) to once again serve the interests of the global  
economy must change substantially.

We expect that the new stock market will very likely develop into a direct seller to buyer market,  
via the internet, without the investment/ merchant banks underwriting or making new share offerings.  
Major corporations around the world are easily capable of making this change. Venture Capital firms  
in the future will most likely have to assist new clients in bringing out their Initial Public Offerings.

Whatever needs to be done with regard to issuing corporate bonds, overseeing proxy issues,  
issuing new convertible stocks, money market instruments or preferred stocks, etc., can be done by  
the “in-house” MBA’s at major corporations. In fact, Wall Street is already outdated. We suspect it is  
only a matter of time before pension funds and mutual funds will find it easier, more cost effective  
and definitely more confidential to deal directly with corporate trading rooms than with investment  
bank intermediaries, given the opportunity.

There is nothing at present to stop the “New Market” except the momentum of people doing what  
they have always done. However, the truth is that all major corporations, especially the largest multi-
nationals are capable of holding positions and selling directly to pension funds, mutual funds and  
individuals who wish to buy stocks from their in-house traders without going through investment  
bank intermediaries. Let’s face it; most of the questionable business that goes on in the investment  
market comes from the intermediaries. Insider trading requires an intermediary. Issuing bogus stocks  
requires an intermediary. Using retail accounts to cover institutional losses, (think Bear Stearns)  
requires a middleman.

It is easier for the SEC and other international regulatory bodies to regulate individual corporations  
and keep track of their relatively straight forward trades than it is to regulate highly suspect  
investment banks holding hundreds of investment instruments, some with retail accounts insinuating  
perhaps tens of thousands of clients and positions in hundreds of companies. Mutual funds, of  
course, hold a wide variety of funds on behalf of investors, but again, they are much easier to  
investigate and regulate.

Government Instruments

Governments, federal and regional can offer securities directly to consumers without investment  
institutions. They are capable of operating their own trading of bonds, bills and notes.

Many Job Opportunities In The New System

Hundreds of thousands of people in the USA and Europe have lost their jobs on every level in the  
banking and investment community. A direct buyer to seller market would create more jobs in the  
financial sector than there are unemployed bankers and traders to fill them. Every public company,  
as well as every county/ province, state and federal government wishing to offer debt instruments  
would require in-house traders, computer trading programs, etc, etc… The change would also  
require a considerable amount of advertising to inform the public of what is on offer. New financial  
newsletters for analysis would be developed to assist both pension fund managers, mutual fund  
managers and individuals to existing opportunities and pitfalls. People would need to go to school to  
learn trading, economics and finance to secure careers working for corporate trading departments  
and for government in-house trading. Classes would be required to update current financial  
managers serving individuals. Stockbrokers would require completely new training, as they would be  
compelled to work without institutional backing.

Regional International Trade

Small, mid-size to large manufacturers primarily private, as well as, independent consultants,  
artisans, crafts people and farmers may if they choose, begin organizing cooperatives that enable  
them to dialogue directly with regional communities across the world that need or desire their  
goods.


It is possible that small and midsize companies will raise capital independently, such as Ben Cohen  
and Jerry Greenfield did for the initial public offering of Ben & Jerry‘s Ice Cream (in the USA.) These  
entrepreneurs sold their company stock at community meetings directly to the public.

Profit Sharing

Over the years whenever there has been a deadlock between labor and management of airlines in  
the USA a profit sharing scheme is introduced. It works for a while and eventually it returns to  
business as usual. Profit sharing means all employees hold an interest (stocks) in the company as  
partial owners in lieu of additional pay.

In the past, profit sharing has not endured because there was no incentive to keep it working.  
However, profit sharing can be highly successful and offers an opportunity to start up new ventures  
and keep current ones solvent.

Conclusion

We believe the coming “New Markets” will be direct and very transparent. We believe that regional  
co-operatives worldwide will operate efficiently and successfully. We believe profit sharing will be a  
means to launch new small businesses and keep current ones solvent and profitable. We believe  
the “New Direct Market” offers many, many new job opportunities within corporations and within  
auxiliary services. Finally, we believe all the above will offer a more ethical and profitable means of  
doing business around the world.

UPDATE Failed U.S. Banks 2007 - 2014

Please Note: Since 2007 the total number of banks that have failed in the USA is now 509 -  
November 2014

Articles on Ethical Economics from around the world

Global Currency
Virginia (Embrace), Dr.Anwar Barkat (World Council of Churches, UN) & Imam I.H. Kauser
Embrace Foundation Archives. Org
Embrace Archives
Important !  Embrace Palestinian Human Rights - See: BULLETIN & Embrace Rabbis & Rebs - See:  FOCUS   -   NEW! Palestinian Christians Urge World Council of Churches to Recognize the Holy Land Government as Apartheid - See: Human Rights   -   See: Traveling in Singapore 2017 in CELEBRATE HUMANITY  -  See: Traveling in Viet Nam and Traveling in Hong Kong 2017 in CELEBRATE HUMANITY   -   NEW! Traveling in Bali & Traveling in Java  in CELEBRATE HUMANITY   -   NEW!  Embrace Founders Trip to Indonesia (Bali & Java), Viet Nam, Hong Kong in CURRENT   -   Pentagon's Long Range Plans for Targeting Non-Western Civilians - Possibilities: Pentagon & Non-Western Nations     SEE - the New “State-Of-The-Art” Embrace Sacred Places.Org   Website more than 5,000 photos  -  Newly Updated! EmbraceFoundationArchives. Org   -   The Nature of “Reality” 3 Articles on Quantum Discoveries: - POSSIBILITES  - Surviving Propaganda - MEDIA - Articles    NEW!  Who is Creating Terrorists? - See Diplomacy Articles    -  Syria before the Bombing  and Destruction of many of the Sights Embrace Foundation has Documented - Christian, Islamic and other antiquities -  See "Traveling Grassroot Diplomacy” in CELBRATE HUMANITY
Embrace Foundation International