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Review: Business Model Generation

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Knowing the recent developments at Chiefist, a friend recommended I read Business Model Generation, a book sitting idly on my Amazon Wish List for about eight months. With his prompting, I purchased it and read it across the past week.

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February 2, 2012 at 9:37 pm

“A Republic, Madam…If You Can Keep It”

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As it usually does, David Brooks’ column caught my attention this week.  Examining the nature of democracy, Brooks concludes that the most recent battles over the debt and deficit in Washington will not yield fruitful outcomes absent a reversion to republican (small-r) politics. Brooks expounds upon this by labeling our current democracy the “politics of solipsism.” “The [current] political culture encourages politicians and activists to imagine that the country’s problems would be solved if other people’s interests and values magically disappeared.” Instead, he says, we need a true leadership class, of the kind that existed “as late as the Truman and Eisenhower Administrations,” to balance interests and passions. Read the rest of this entry »

“Exorbitant Privilege:” The Future of the US Dollar

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Michael Crittenden and Barry Eichengreen had a fascinating debate over the future of the US dollar in last week’s edition of the Wall Street JournalCrittenden avers that the dollar, despite talk to the contrary, will remain the global reserve currency because nothing presents itself as a legitimate alternative to the dollar at this point.  However, the US will experience diminishing returns for the status of the dollar.  On the contrary, Eichengreen posits that the US dollar will lose its global reserve status due to long-term deficits and competition from China’s renminbi and the Euro. Read the rest of this entry »

The Importance of Institutions: Analyzing the Egyptian Case

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The Middle East, from the Persian Gulf to the Maghreb, is currently in the throes of revolution.  Western journalists, in my opinion, suffering from myopia, are celebrating these revolutions as “the next 1989,” a series of revolutions that overthrew the political order in an entire region—the Eastern Bloc—and created a new world order in its place.  Let us examine this claim, with an eye toward institutions. Read the rest of this entry »

2010 in Review

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The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how Capitolism did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,100 times in 2010. That’s about 7 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 78 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 128 posts.

The busiest day of the year was November 15th with 103 views. The most popular post that day was Review: The Back of the Napkin.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for capitolism, investment biker, toyota public imagecourage in business, and lack of courage in leadership.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Review: The Back of the Napkin November 2010


Review: Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Production of Henry V March 2010


Review: Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant March 2010


About Capitolism October 2009
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Written by Russell S.

January 2, 2011 at 7:31 pm

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Sources of Bureaucratic Legitimacy, Part I

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One of the oft-repeated arguments between Democrats and Republicans in Washington is the size and scope of government. Obscure bureaucracies often find themselves in the crosshairs of such debates about relevance and scarcity of funds. However, even the view of limited government still accepts the existence of bureaucratic control and occasional regulation. In a sense, the world consists of interacting regimes of bureaucracies, both global and domestic. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: The Back of the Napkin

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Over my past several visits to bookstores and Amazon, I’d found two books of especial interest: The Back of the Napkin, by Dan Roam, and Visual Meetings, by David Sibbet. After reading a few reviews and taking a closer look at them, I decided to read The Back of the Napkin first, and hold off reading Visual Meetings.

Despite spending a good part of my career in consulting and executive education, I struggle with creating compelling visuals to convey key messages. Read the rest of this entry »