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Expert witness in nearly all areas of business: finance, marketing, management, compensation, ethics...Author of 11 books on money and commerce
Interests: Licensed Pilot Single Engine Sailor Skier Welder Chinese Martial Arts student Motorcycles
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In thinking about the past dozen years that I have been doing this blog, I think of all the individuals I have talked to on a daily basis: face to face. That would be thousands of people. I can only think of a trivial number whose minds I have changed. Those few were largely changed by showing them data about... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at Pro Commerce
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Not surprisingly, this attack has become more common in the 45 years since I was first called a racist. I was called a racist by the black Rev. Cecil Williams at the time I was the business manager of the Methodist church where he was the lead minister. The incident occurred after I reported the difficult negotiations with a potential... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Pro Commerce
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Yesterday was the longest day. In number of hours it was. Because I am at a Northern latitude, 38, that means the earliest sunrise and the latest sunset were not yesterday. I learned that long ago as a runner who ran at 6am with a small group of people. I was very aware of sunrise, because we could see where... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Pro Commerce
I tested random legislature in Berkeley. Turns out the average voter group, randomly chosen, is smarter and understands government and bureaucracy much better than the bureaucrats. Legislators also control the purse strings.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Seriously at Pro Commerce
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I saw a Youtube discussion between two academics; Jonathan Haidt and Gad Saad. It is long. Towards the end they talk about PC on campus. They concur that the root cause is racism. Or more accurately ‘racist guilt’. In many courses, but especially the ‘victim classes’ of women’s studies, gender studies, black studies and LGBT studies, students are told they... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Pro Commerce
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There are an increasing number of people writing about the wonders of pro commerce. All of them recognize the profound importance to society and the awesome power of commerce for good. Some recognize the individual benefits that I have singled out. Because my pro commerce stance does not come from intellectual meandering, it looks different. My pro commerce stance comes... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Pro Commerce
Thank you Matt. Brilliant.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Unfriending at Pro Commerce
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Unfriending is a term that comes from Facebook an Internet site that became national in 2006. A decade ago. It means the person who is unfriended remains a friend as listed on an individual’s list of friends and is allowed to continue reading the posts. But the unfriend one no longer reads the other person’s posts. An interesting and novel... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Pro Commerce
After Obama, we can't ever go back to boring glib traditional politicians. Trump is like Teddy Roosevelt. A sweeping change in the office.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Seriously at Pro Commerce
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Since we are a Puritan society, Lefty, determined to make everyone 'better' we would have to get the street people out of sight the way New York City does by letting them live in abandoned subway tunnels. There are plenty of such locations in every city. Even San Francisco has unused tunnels. What is needed in the locations are water and toilets. I found that chemical toilets are the least expensive, but unions stand in the way of that. Government could solve the problem. Tho government didn't create the problem, it could ameliorate it. The only thing to know is that nearly 100% of the street people don't want to join society.
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Since yesterday’s blog I’ve been asked to take Lefty ideology seriously and consider the reason the Left is a dead end. The Left argues that a commercial society is better off if government restraints are put on modern commerce to make it conform to traditional moral norms. Poor people must be helped and brought into the workplace. Inequality of income... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Pro Commerce
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While the Left was totally decimated among intelligent observers in the last century, the power and influence of the Left is described by me as a ‘tsunami’ today. This is a bizarre state of affairs for a social direction that I consider a dead-end. How do I reconcile this obvious contradiction? To me the key is that most people’s brains... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Pro Commerce
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In the Torah a number of people, Jacob, King David and Job, are described as tearing their garments when a loved one dies. This symbol of anguish is still found among Orthodox Jews. There is such a thing as the social fabric. It is a good metaphor and related to the Biblical garment rending. The social fabric is the informal... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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I’ve experienced most kinds of editing and had my writing supervised by many editors. I didn’t appreciate editing until about 1977. I wish I’d known about it in 1963. I couldn’t get my PhD in economics from UC Berkeley because of Lefty rejection of everything I wrote. So I spent six months writing a paper on my major thesis; that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Pro Commerce
In the tidal wave of hate for commerce that is the Left around the world and the vast new wellsprings of socialism-light, there are three pro commerce tiny surfers on the top of this wave, besides me. First you should know the greats of this pro commerce surfers club. Both have appeared in the Wall Street Journal Saturday Review section... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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Would we know what public discussion looked like if it occurred right in front of our faces? I don’t have the answer. But we have a great example in front of our eyes right now. We all concur that something unusual is occurring in America right now with the rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Many theories have been... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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America is a masterpiece of human creation. It brought human society the greatest flowering of human capacity since our emergence as homo sapiens. First the Constitution and the government that it created, then the distance from the old world class warfare, and finally the vast open West where meritocracy was given free rein. This all made modern commerce possible two... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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You don’t need to hear it from me. Everything to do with black issues is well known, but the media, the political world and the popular culture deny it. Our criminal system is not biased against blacks. It is the reverse, blacks commit 5 to 6 times more crime than anyone else, but they are incarcerated at lower rates. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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My son has pointed out to me that we can see the future in several areas but we are seeing no progress in adopting the obvious reality. Residential houses today are still made the same way they always have been. Factory houses are readily available and have been for a long time. They have every feature of size, cost and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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The Swiss just last weekend rejected a nationwide flat bottom income proposal. Bless the Swiss. A flat bottom income is an idea that has been around for several centuries. In a proposal by Charles Murray, he suggests a $10,000 paycheck for everyone over 21 with provisions for paying income tax after $30,000 in earnings. There are three arguments usually made... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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A writer I generally respect (George Gilder) wrote a Wall Street Journal article on getting the economy started again. He got the fundamentals right. You need an abundance of new business start-ups. New businesses become big businesses. A simple observation that many can not make. The writer goes wrong when he makes policy recommendation for getting new business started. He... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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A word from the future. I have lived in the ‘gig economy’ for the past forty years. I often had a supplementary salary. Nearly all my real income came from clients, speeches and royalties. For me, it has been a gig economy. It has given me vast freedom to do what I want with my time and my passions. Of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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I have two friends who are scientists by the traditional definition. One is a physicist who works at a prestigious nuclear weapons lab, the other is a biologist and head of a well funded lab at the University of California. Both are MIT graduates. What drives me nuts is that neither of these so called ‘scientists’ will look at any... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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In my regular morning visits to Peet’s coffee I occasionally see the man most single-handedly responsible for gay marriage legality in America: Vaughn Walker. Walker as the judge on the Northern Calif. U.S. District Court wrote the most important opinion finding that no legal distinction could be made between a civil union gay marriage and a traditional man-woman marriage based... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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This issue comes up for two reasons. One is a local TV ad for a casino not far from San Francisco. The ad emphasizes that the Chief Financial Officer is Randy Takamoto. Most local gamblers are Chinese. His name is Japanese. In fact Japanese are not much into gambling. Their gamble of choice is pachinko; a relative of pinball. It... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2016 at Pro Commerce