Category Archives: Happy Days

Squirting Sideways

Too much effort to reduce the amount of inequality, both income and wealth, is resisting or attacking the other party. This is at best a zero sum game. Often the result is fighting over shares of a shrinking pie. Many … 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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Disintermediating Everybody

I’ve written occasionally about Disintermediating Wall Street, investing without going through the big Wall Street investment banks. Tim O’Reilly has a new blog post about how network based startups are disintermediating taxi companies and hotel chains. He also lays out … Continue reading

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The Changing Meaning of Money

Nice article on The changing meaning of money. It ties the meaning of money to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and how people’s relationship to money changes with more money and with maturity.

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Limiting CEO Pay

There is a referendum in Switzerland on Sunday to limit CEO pay to 12 times the lowest paid employee. This isn’t quite as radical as it sounds, 15 years ago in 1998, the average ratio for blue chip companies was … Continue reading

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Rolling Jubilee

Part of the practice of jubilee every 50 years in the Old Testament (the Hebrew scriptures or Torah) is the forgiving of debts. Occupy Wall Street may have fallen off the front page of the newspaper, but they haven’t gone … Continue reading

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Obamacare Effects

Obamacare as a brand has been trashed by its opponents.  The majority of Americans oppose Obamacare.  The majority of Americans approve of the provisions of Obamacare when the brand label is taken off.  James Surowiecki looks at the likely effects … Continue reading

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Syria

Some in the United States are proposing entering another civil war.  And spending taxpayer dollars to kill and destroy with very little likelihood of making the world a better place.  Following the money shows that most of those in Congress … Continue reading

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More on the WIR Alternative Currency

The WIR is an alternative currency pegged to the Swiss franc. It is only business to business credit lines, no physical currency exists. Rethinking Money over at Huffington Post by Jacqui Dunne, co-author of the book by the same name, … Continue reading

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