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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
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Many readers don’t understand how our society could divide into an overclass and an underclass. With the Trumpers as the overclass and the PC People as the underclass. Don't let the very rich PC People like Bezos and Zuckerberg confuse you. There have always been rich who were not in the overclass. Two reasons for this problem. Most readers don’t... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2019 at Pro Commerce
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Our society is dividing into two distinct groups. An underclass and an overclass. For the time being I call them the PC Class and the Trumpers. A look at the PC Class shows they are the following: A group of people who don't tolerate ideas that challenge their ideology. They are people who believe in an immanent apocalypse. The world... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2019 at Pro Commerce
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I recently read a photo book on the geologic history of San Francisco. I have lived next to a chert outcropping on the side of Twin Peaks that has a beautiful view of San Francisco looking East. Lived here for more than a half century. The photo book gave credit for the creation of the open space on the hill... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2019 at Pro Commerce
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Jeff Bezos has proposed that his company, Blue Origin, begin building an O’Neill space colony. I played a role in the history of space colonies. In late 1971 I flew around the world stopping in Kyoto, Seoul, Bangkok, Kabul and Tehran. When I got home I founded the Committee for a New Planet, made up of my friends from around... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2019 at Pro Commerce
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I take it for granted that most people will understand that meritocracy is a paramount good for a commercial society. I know that because I have worked with many Arabs and Arab groups where a cousin is hired because he is a cousin and not for any special needed skills. The same with Filipinos. For Chinese it is a member... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2019 at Pro Commerce
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Today we are witnessing a world historic competition. After the failure of communism in the USSR, China adopted a combination of modern market commerce, state run large businesses with a single party political governance. China’s recent economic model is openly in competition with the 200 year old model of market commerce that has thrived in multi-party democracy in the United... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2019 at Pro Commerce
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I’ve been thinking about how to bridge the great American divide that confronts us. I propose that we win the core argument. We create a Library for the Trump Revolution; subtitled The Thinking and thinkers behind the Revolution. The Left has neither thinkers nor meaningful ideas on their side much like the Democrat South in the last civil war. By... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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It is my thesis that the nouveau ultra riche in America are a source of ongoing innovation. They reinvest in the technology that made them rich. Since I didn’t know the origins of many men who made their fortunes during the Civil War, I was happy to read a recent book by Jeffry Wert on the subject. Special thanks to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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If you want to read in detail about Alan’s life, there are many references on the Internet. He wrote five books on his practice. I knew Alan for several decades and loved him. He practiced Zen at the San Francisco Zen Center, where I knew him. He later became a rabbi and served at a San Francisco conservative congregation where... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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I was eight years old at the end of World War II. I have lived in the happiest era in human history. My life has been bountiful. I’ve travelled the world for seven decades in the modern world of global airlines and lived many years abroad. The whole planetary adventure was at a cost of one or two earlier transAtlantic... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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Interesting that most of the great new wealth of the past three decades is concentrated in the San Francisco and peninsula area. Since nearly all of these nuevo riche made their money in tech they are doing something not surprising. The new techie wealth is investing in new technology. Investing in start-ups and start-up funds. Billions of this new money... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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This is the beginning of November and a horde of more than 10,000 people are travelling from Central America to the U.S. Some people have suggested that these people should turn around, overthrow their own governments and create their own decent economic society like ours. This is where my analysis in The Most Important Book in Human History comes into... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at Pro Commerce
David, David, I love your comment. I don't think it is a contradiction. Europe is a similar example. The neo-communist revolutionaries were a large but not dominant force in Europe from the French Revolution. The hereditary elite were weakened by both World Wars and temporarily defeated in England and Germany. But they returned to near total power today while supporting the neo-communism that had become successful and popular. That is where they are today. Europe never had the vast open lands for citizens to escape to. Europe only had America, where the first true pro-commerce society emerged away from the coasts. That is the source of our current pro-American Trump revolution. Michael
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2018 on How we got here at Pro Commerce
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The question I am answering is: ‘How did we get to a stage where one-third of Americans believe in more government, more even distribution of income and wealth; and every large city in the U.S. run by unions?’ I am able to trace the change back to the mid-1960’s when mainstream religions (Catholic, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Methodist and Episcopal) became Leftwing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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It is clear to me that I am no longer a Republican. I have been a Republican since I was president of the San Francisco Young Republicans in 1964. I have worked in one presidential campaign, one gubernatorial campaign and one assembly campaign; all for Republicans. I was a campaign management trainer for the Party. Trump has been a disrupter... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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This blog was hard to write. The subject makes me mad. When I talk to the swarm of San Francisco Lefties around me, I find that they refuse to look at an abundance of national data (1)(2)(3) collected regularly for 50 years that explains clearly the effect of a rising minimum wage. For a retailer, doing business in America, the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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Glide is in the news these days and I have a unique vantage point. Glide is Glide Memorial United Methodist Church of San Francisco with its most famous minister, Cecil Williams and his wife Jan Mirikitani. Cecil and Jan are in a head butting fight with the Bishop of the United Methodist California-Nevada Annual Conference, Minerva Carcaño. The history: Three... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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The Darwinian model of random variation with selective application of survival, works fairly well in commerce. If we look at a shopping street with large buildings that have offices in them, we will see a steady change over time as the foot traffic changes, as the demographics change and as tastes replace one type of business with another. Technological change... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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When I look around me at the triumphal world, I don’t see ‘capitalism’. It is not just the wrong word, it is the wrong imagery for the world I see. I’m not a Marxist. The world I see is not shaped by Marx’s ideas of class warfare and proletarian rebellion. Marx and his followers see a world where the owners... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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In 1896 Adolph Ochs bought The New York Times for $75,000 of borrowed money. Circulation was below 25,000. In 1935 Ochs died and his daughter, Iphigene’s, husband Arthur Sulzberger became the publisher. It is well known that both Ochs and Sulzberger, both Jews, considered themselves the elite of New York City. They ardently sought to be included in ‘respectable’ New... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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I’ve taken an unusual tack. I assume that all the Lefties that surround me and promote white privilege are people of good will with a tired 170 year old ideology that hates commerce and lives in a zero sum world of class hatred. They don't have anything better. No ideas. What they need is a clear path to a pro... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Pro Commerce
Josh, I used several census tables. None of them actually make sense when I've gone back and checked them. Somewhere between 100K and 300k women report rape or sexual assault to the police. There are 80 million women in the U.S. over 14. That is about 1, one, per 100k. pretty small number.
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2018 on Women and rape #metoo at Pro Commerce
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The overwhelming qualities that dominate the categories of conservative and progressive are ones I don’t adhere to or frankly detest. I am a pure pro-commerce person which is incompatible with both. Commerce, has its conservative component. The category of trade is very conservative. It thrives in a stable world with stable horizons, but is capable of doing well in anarchic... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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There is a reason the judicial system doesn't pay attention to women who have been raped. We are in the clutches of an hysteria about women and sex called the #metoo movement. It is in some ways connected to rape but the connection is tenuous. In most public cases, of which there have been nearly 50, as I write this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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I have found smell to be the most powerful sense that registers in my memory. When I walked to middle school in San Francisco, in the Richmond District, more than half a century ago, I passed a wall of shrubs. On mornings when the fog was heavy, about ten days a year during school, the wall of shrubs had a... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at Pro Commerce