Saturday, April 25, 2015

Part 28: (Coupling; Narcissus, the Other, and Compassion): Dialogues on a Philosophy for the Individual

(Pix (c) Larry Catá Backer 2015)

With this post Flora Sapio and I (and friends from time to time) continue an experiment in collaborative dialogue. The object is to approach the issue of philosophical inquiry from another, and perhaps more fundamentally ancient, manner. We begin, with this post, to develop a philosophy for the individual that itself is grounded on the negation of the isolated self as a basis for thought, and for elaboration. This conversation, like many of its kind, will develop naturally, in fits and starts. Your participation is encouraged. For ease of reading Flora Sapio is identified as (FS), and Larry Catá Backer as (LCB).


The friends continue their discussion, in which Flora Sapio responds to the conundrum of the self-loving self, and with the addition of a new guest, Ulisses Schwarz Viana (USV) who starts the discussion with a response to the conversation in Part 27.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Call for Papers--10th Annual Conference of the European China Law Studies Association (欧洲中国法研究协会)






It is with great pleasure that I note that the 10th Annual Conference of the European China Law Studies Association, with its theme, “New Perspectives on the Development of Law in China” is taking place 25-27 September 2015 in Cologne, Germany and is sponsored this year by the Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Cologne.

The call for papers can be accessed HERE and below.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

From the European Federation of Employee Share Ownership: 2014 Annual Economic Survey of Employee Ownership in Europe


(Pix (c) Larry Catá Backer 2015)




The European Federation of Employee Share Ownership (EFES), based in Brussels, Belgium,  serves as an umbrella organization for employee owners, and others who seek to promote employee ownership.  EFES has been recognized as a European Business Representative Organization by the European Commission Directorate General of Enterprise and Industry

EFES has recently released its "2014 Annual Economic Survey of Employee Ownership in European Countries" authored by Marc Mathieu, the EFES Secretary General  It includes much useful data and is worth a read, especially its graphs and tables.  A portion of the Introduction follows


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Michael Komesaroff on Chinese Sovereign Investing, Drawing Lessons from the Example of the Aluminium Sector

Michael Komesaroff, principal of Urandaline Investments, a consultancy specializing in China’s capital intensive industries, and a former executive in residence at the School of International Affairs, Pennsylvania State University, whose insights on Chinese economic activity has been featured here in prior posts.  See Here, here, here, here, and here.




Mr. Komesaroff has developed one of the finest eyes for analyzing the operation and strategies of Chinese sovereign investing. He has recently produced an excellent analysis of China's sovereign investing strategies within the aluminum sector. His essay, "Aluminum: Coping With Excess Capacity," Dragonomics, March 9, 2015) provides and insightful analysis both of China's sovereign investment strategies in the natural resources sector, and also of the West's continuing inability to understand it (in large part because of the insistence on wearing increasing antiquated ideological blinders).  The analysis is critically important for providing an application within a specific investment sector of Chinese sovereign investing--coordinating private market transactions through SOEs with national regulatory authority applied extraterritorially.  That model continues to increase its impact outside of China and in shaping global markets and markets behaviors.
 
This post considers some of the more interesting points made in that essay.
 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Part 27: (Coupling; does the individual exist only in relation to something else?): Dialogues on a Philosophy for the Individual

(Pix (c) Larry Catá Backer 2015)

With this post Flora Sapio and I (and friends from time to time) continue an experiment in collaborative dialogue. The object is to approach the issue of philosophical inquiry from another, and perhaps more fundamentally ancient, manner. We begin, with this post, to develop a philosophy for the individual that itself is grounded on the negation of the isolated self as a basis for thought, and for elaboration. This conversation, like many of its kind, will develop naturally, in fits and starts. Your participation is encouraged. For ease of reading Flora Sapio is identified as (FS), and Larry Catá Backer as (LCB).

The friends continue their discussion, in which Larry Catá Backer considers what follows from the problem of the natural slave in the project of the individual, her self-love and the monstrosity of her liberation--what he calls coupling; does the individual exist only in relation to something else?; and Flora Sapio responds to a number of points raised by the friends. 

Contents: HERE

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Disciplining Chinese SOEs and their Global Operations Through the OECD National Contact Points--A Tentative Effort From Canada in "Final Statement on the Request for Review regarding the Operations of China Gold International Resources Corp. Ltd., at the Copper Polymetallic Mine at the Gyama Valley, Tibet Autonomous Region (2015)"


(Pix (c) Larry Catá Backer 2015)

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has, for a long time now, put forward its Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (2011) as a societal framework for the management of the behaviors of enterprises the operations of which cross borders. I have been considering the role of National Contact Points as a vehicle for the emergence of a societal jurisprudence for a normative system of business conduct related to human rights (See here and here). 

One of the great issues of the OECD system is its reliance on states; the Guidelines are recommendation addressed by governments to multinational enterprises.  And as such governments serve as both stakeholder and barrier to the development of the framework as an autonomous source fo governance coherent  within its own terms. Another is the relationship between states and state owned enterprises where, as a result of their ownership relationship, the public character of SOE ownership might change the character of a commercial enterprise from purely private in character (as those terms are conventionally understood) to substantially public (with a profit objective aligned to state sovereign market power based goals) (discussed here and here). 

It is the later problem that comes front and center in a recent action from the Canadian National Contact Point: Final Statement on the Request for Review regarding the Operations of China Gold International Resources Corp. Ltd., at the Copper Polymetallic Mine at the Gyama Valley, Tibet Autonomous Region (April 8, 2015).The proceedings are notable for a number fo reasons--it suggests the potentially shrinking space within which states operating through commercial enterprises might be able to avoid the disciplinary effects of emerging global standards; it suggests as well the consequences for China of its now generation old "Go Out" (走出去战略) policy; it also suggests the deepening of the importance of global ownership chains for substantially extending the jurisdiction of the network of NCPs over the conduct of globally dispersed multinational enterprises, however organized; and most important, the development of sanctions for enterprise failures to participate in NCP proceedings now have some sharper teeth. 

The post includes some preliminary analysis and the text of the Final Statement in Operations of China Gold International Resources Corp. Ltd.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Part 26: (Self Love, Compassion and the Self): Dialogues on a Philosophy for the Individual

(Pix (c) Larry Catá Backer 2015)

With this post Flora Sapio and I (and friends from time to time) continue an experiment in collaborative dialogue. The object is to approach the issue of philosophical inquiry from another, and perhaps more fundamentally ancient, manner. We begin, with this post, to develop a philosophy for the individual that itself is grounded on the negation of the isolated self as a basis for thought, and for elaboration. This conversation, like many of its kind, will develop naturally, in fits and starts. Your participation is encouraged. For ease of reading Flora Sapio is identified as (FS), and Larry Catá Backer as (LCB).

The friends continue their discussion, in which Betita Horn Pepulim (BHP) responds to Flora Sapio.

Contents: HERE