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Pigou and Other Wordly Philosophers

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The Wall Street Journal carried an article by John Cassidy on the economist Arthur Cecil Pigou this weekend. I enjoyed it, since I had not heard of Pigou, and I appreciate reading ideas I do not agree with, or initially agree with. Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by Russell S.

November 30, 2009 at 11:07 pm

BW Interviews Jim Rogers: On Gold and Geithner

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Maria Bartiromo interviews Jim Rogers in BusinessWeek. Topics discussed include gold and Tim Geithner.

Written by Russell S.

November 30, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Safety Net

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The New York Times reports on the dramatic increase in food stamp usage throughout the country. For now, let me simply note that this article signals bad things for the state of the economy, regardless of any stock market rises.

Written by Russell S.

November 29, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Posted in Economics, Ethics

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Where Have All the Wise Men Gone?

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Peggy Noonan, in her op-ed this week, raises the question: “Who are the wise men and women now? Who are the Robert Lovetts, Chip Bohlens and Robert Strausses who can came [sic] in to help a president in trouble right his ship?” And she observes, “America seems short of wise men, or short on those who are universally agreed to be wise.” Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Russell S.

November 28, 2009 at 12:15 am

Posted in Leadership

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Will on Christmas Giving

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George Will’s review of Scroogenomics.  This is why I send his wish list to Santa each year, and it usually includes some gift card requests.

Written by Russell S.

November 27, 2009 at 12:15 am

Posted in Economics

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Four for Thursday: Articles I’ve Read and You Should Too

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If you get too stuffed this weekend to watch football, below are four great reads. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving, everyone.

A Defense of Wall Street, by John Tamny.

Four Basic Elements of Stock Value, by Andrew Beattie. Nice summary with simple, easy-to-understand explanations.

Mayflower’s Pilgrim Capitalists, by Steven Malanga. First time I seen anything about William Bradford’s decision to align farms and work with families.

Old School Social Network, by Katherine Rosman.  In an age dedicated to building and ‘leveraging’ ever-expanding personal networks, we should remember that sometimes the best networks are, and remain, small. A person in a network is only useful, in a business sense, if he or she will act on your behalf. Will contact #456 on LinkedIn or #1016 on Facebook act on your behalf?

Abe Pollin Revitalized Chinatown

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Abe Pollin, owner of the Washington Wizards and Verizon Center and former owner of the Washington Capitals, died yesterday. Listening to local talk radio today, many people in the community are mourning his loss. (And, Michael Wilbon has an excellent remembrance of Pollin in today’s Washington Post.) Surprising, to me, their reflections did not focus on him as a person; the average fan did not know Abe Pollin as some ‘know’ Jerry Jones, for example. Rather, almost all the commentators I heard reflected on his contributions to the health of the city. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Russell S.

November 25, 2009 at 4:07 pm