June 30, 2013
Moral indignation is a technique used to endow the idiot with dignity.
The latest pathetic example is the entirely predictable Lick’s “fiasco”.
Please: give me a break. Like it hasn’t been happening for 30, 40 years with the full knowledge of the legal, banking and political communities. Take a look at WikiFranchise.org to hear those inconvenient life stories.
Sure when you lose big-time it hurts. but where were the tears for the thousands of others that went before you?
My experience is that the real reason many franchisees are upset about not being on the power end of the relationship. They got stuck with the shit end of the stick before they could stick the next guy.
And this may sound harsh, but they will double-cross anyone that offers help in good faith.
Drop the scales from your eyes and grow up.
I wouldn’t have seen it if I hadn’t believed it. Marshall McLuhan.
March 25, 2012
The most destructive untruth is how easy it is to make money.
They do not love each other because they do not love themselves.
— Kurt Vonnegut 1922 – 2007
November 8, 2011
Today, the term courtesan has become a euphemism to designate an escort or a prostitute, especially one who attracts wealthy clients.
Apart from their self-assurance, the most common characteristics of our elites are cynicism, rhetoric and the worship of both ambition and power. These were also the characteristics of eighteenth-century courtesans. The assumption is that the world-weary-cynicism demonstrates intellectual superiority. In reality it indicates neither intelligence, experience nor accuracy. If anything, it demonstrates mediocrity and an inability to profit from experience. To be world-weary is to be willing to go on repeating old mistakes. p.580
I am invariably struck when dealing with members of our elites by their profound pessimism. Above all, they are pessimistic about the human character. They consider it unlikely that the average individual will work hard enough or recognize beauty or vote for the best policies or even obey in a suitable manner. They take as a given that this individual cannot or will not understand the complexities of whatever responsibilities fate has thrust upon someone who has expertise and power. p. 582
– from the chapter, The Virtue of Doubt, Voltaire’s Bastards, John Ralston Saul
List of Prostitutes and Courtesans
[O]ur élite is primarily and increasingly managerial. A managerial élite manages. A crisis, unfortunately, requires thought. Thought is not a management function.
– Reflections of a Siamese Twin
November 2, 2011
Knights and other community stuff.
Doing a book outline.
April 15, 2011
From the back inside cover:
Mr. Brown chose to write this book rather than a treatise because he felt strongly that what is needed to be said about franchising should not be obscured in scholarly terms. He is an activist with extensive trial experience in Anti-trust, tax, equity, labor, corporate and administrative proceedings, minority stakeholder derivative suits, mortgages, conveyances, wills, and trusts. In this age of specialists, he prefers to be known as a general practitioner.
Harold Brown graduated from Yale in 1936, magna cum laude in economics and three years later received his LL.B. from Harvard with honors in administrative law. In Washington, he served on the National War Labor Board and today is senior partner of Brown and Legihton in Boston. He was principally responsible for the passage of the Massachusetts “long-arm” statute and, as a member of the Civil Procedure Committee of the Boston Bar Association, has been working on a revision of the procedural code to be based on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Mr. Brown participates regularly in legal workshops and is a frequent contributor to professional journals and periodicals.
Brown, Harold, Franchising: Trap for the Trusting, Little, Brown and Company, 1969.
January 23, 2011
The privileged have regularly invited their own destruction with their greed.
[JKG: tallest, farthest left]
The greater the wealth, the thicker will be the dirt.
The economic system operates effectively only within firm rules of behavior. The first is common honesty – truth must be conveyed as essential information to investors, the public at large and, as already specified, to consumers. In the field of finance, however, it is especially likely that, misconduct being remunerative and damaging, this will not occur. Regulation must, accordingly, prevent false or misleading reporting as to business performance and earnings as to investment prospects. And there are numerous other designs for bilking the minimally informed or mentally innocent. p. 79
— The Good Society, John Kenneth Galbraith, 1996
November 9, 2010
Franchising: a processed cheesy example of greater trends.
Franchising: A second-rate Horatio Alger myth. Buy your copy at an independent bookstore.
Room BA1160, 40 St. George Street, Toronto, Canada, 5-7 pm, November 4, 2010
Lecture recorded for TVO’s Big Ideas (click here). Was there, took the picture: Brilliant!! Fill your boots and head with Truthdig.