Social Science


The Meditation Ethic and the Spirit of Inclusive Capitalism

Authors: James Richard Marra

This article provides a Marxian explanation of the functionality of employer-sponsored employee meditation programs (EMP) within the capitalist modes and social relations of production within the finance, technology, and electronics sector (FTE) of finance-monopoly capitalism (FMC). While employing “hard-core” concepts within the Marxian critique, it also relies upon Paul A. Baran’s, Paul M. Sweezy’s, and John Bellamy Foster’s explication of FMC to motivate its macroeconomic orientation. It also relies on the work of Thorstein Veblen to demonstrate how EMPs manifest an interpenetration of production and marketing that typifies FMC. The work of Max Weber influences its account of the social relations of production, as it relies heavily upon demographic data regarding worker socialization. The fields of social anthropology, human physiology and psychology, accounting science, and business analysis, engineering, and ergonomics provide relevant evidence for claims made in this study. Its methodology applies Peter Corning’s concept of “synergy” within the functional explanatory schema of Robert Cummins, both of which having significant implications within the social sciences. It also seeks to satisfy Peter Achinstein’s requirement for “positive evidentiary relevance,” as evidence is employed in the formulation and testing of scientific hypotheses; and to gain explanatory value by realizing characteristics of “good” scientific theories developed by Thomas S. Kuhn. Its broad scope provides a fruitfulness that encourages further research. Areas for further study include the implications of EMPs regarding David Harvey’s analysis of capitalist accumulation by dispossession, and emerging operational aspects of FMC. It encourages further research centering on the "wellness" and "self-care" industries, and the ethical values the FTE sector exploits to market products and to transform the social consciousness within the capitalist superstructure. EMPs represent a functional thread that connects worker socialization to production and marketing, and more broadly to the advance of FMC. Synergies between the productive base and the social superstructure serve the systemic tendency of capitalism to expand into new resource and market externalities. EMPs assist capitalist productive, organizational, and marketing requirements by exploiting one such externality: the cognitive abilities and dispositions of workers.

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[v1] 2019-08-24 15:09:16 (removed)
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