[Paleopsych] Re: Frank

Premise Checker checker at panix.com
Sun Nov 13 19:28:21 UTC 2005

Thanks, Howard. I've download the book and hope to read it soon. I've 
got several other books I've promised to read first, though. My issue 
remains whether you should best be doing this sort of thing.


On 2005-11-12, HowlBloom at aol.com opined [message unchanged below]:

> Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2005 21:31:37 EST
> From: HowlBloom at aol.com
> To: checker at panix.com
> Cc: ldj at sisna.com, paleopsych at paleopsych.org
> Subject: Frank
> I respect your opinion, as you know.  I also value our  friendship.
> I'm enclosing a copy of the draft of Reinventing Capitalism--which is NOT
> about free market stuff.
> See if you think there are new tools of understanding in it.  And let  me
> know what you think.
> Howard
> Frank, I differ with your view of this. I teach a class for the
> university MBA program, and in my humble (ha!) opinion, my MBA students
> do need this. What I think Howard is going to offer is a key tool. A
> public seminar is one way of sharing that tool with people who might not
> otherwise learn about it.
> Howard's unique view is capitalism as  entertainment, and (down one
> level) entertainment as being secular  salvation, lifting people from
> their ordinary lives. Thus, the successful  capitalist increases the
> total amount of happiness in the world.
> When  I saw the movie, New York Doll, I learned that Arthur "Killer" Kane
> (bass  player for New York Dolls) had a very similar concept about the
> purpose of  his music; last night ABC had a piece on happiness and a
> successful  businessman was telling his class that complaints are gold,
> they are what  you use to improve your customer's lives. It is a
> significant reframe away  from the P/L statements that dominate and
> stultify  business.
> Lynn
> Premise Checker wrote:
>>  Howard,
>> Stop trying to save the world! Lots and lots of people  have been
>> beating a drum for capitalism and free trade, and it's richly  unclear
>> what new ideas you are going to add to the stew. Can you just  tell us
>> what is different about your approach?
>> Instead  of trying to save a world that will largely ignore you, you
>> should  confine your efforts to giving us new tools to think with. We,
>> or some  of us, will use these tools to save the world.
>> Go back to tool  making, please, Howard! We need tool makers far, far
>> more than we need  world saviors!
>> Frank

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