Category Archives: Fundamentals

Capitalism 4.1

The more capitalism makes the news, the less appealing it looks. If I look at other systems, I see similar problems. It’s not the structure per se, it’s the degree to which greed is tolerated and/or celebrated. Greed is destroying … Continue reading

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Building in public forces true competitive advantage

Jason Cohen is a local (Austin, TX) entrepreneur. He’s on his second successful startup, though it’s a late to be calling it a startup. It’s over 100 employees and several million in annual revenue. I’ve heard him speak several times … Continue reading

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Good Governance and Healthy Economies

The Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to Angus Deaton for his work analyzing poverty, consumption, and economic health. His conclusion was that strong governments are needed to create the conditions under which people can have a predictable enough economic … Continue reading

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A Dozen Things I’ve Learned from Charlie Munger

A Dozen Things I’ve Learned from Charlie Munger About The Berkshire System lays out the “secrets” behind the Berkshire Hathaway success story. They are secrets that hide in the open. Warren Buffet and Charlie Munger are very open about the … Continue reading

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System Science applied to the Financial System

MONEYBALL: Reinventing the Game of Capitalism Using a New Scientific Model talks about applying Systems Science to the current financial system. A number of thought leaders and entrepreneurs are seeking to reinvent capitalism because it isn’t working for large segments of … Continue reading

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Capitalism – Where Did It Go Wrong?

Free markets (or even better, fair markets where no one can manipulate them), investments, and entrepreneurship have a lot of potential for the common good. But modern corporations seem to have stopped serving the social good that was their original … Continue reading

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Outgrowing Ideology

Having a strong belief system can be comforting (chose carefully) and may be a necessary stage of development, but it is limiting.  If you are going to keep growing, you have to at least let go of the strong identification … Continue reading

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We Can’t Starve Our Way to a Healthy Economy

In What the market doom-and-gloomers fail to grasp about anemic growth, Nouriel Robini nails the current economic problem.  The problem is too much supply and too little demand.  And he digs a layer deeper.  The 1% saves most of their money … Continue reading

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California Drought, Coming to a Market Near You

I live it Austin, TX and vacation in California. I also was born there and did most of my growing up there. And I’m married to a native Texan. So I’m tuned to the rivalry between the two states. And their … Continue reading

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The Capitalist Cure for Terrorism

I have been working on a project exploring the similarities between rebuilding a crime infested community and counter-insurgency. Both are about strengthening the good guys as well as discouraging the bad guys. The good and the bad guys look the … Continue reading

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