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Capitalists vs Communists in Academe

January 9, 2006 | By | No Comments

A few years ago, Your Business Blogger was researching the on-line bio’s of university professors.

They were mostly Crooked Timber commies. But what surprised me was that they were not, well, circumspect.


One tenured professor even had the image of Karl Marx in the place for his picture. His hero. I guess.

So what’s a Red State kind of parent to do?

The Young America’s Foundation has some options.

The YAF published its annual list of the top ten conservative colleges. They are, in no order: Christendom College, College of the Ozarks, Franciscan University of Stubenville, Grove City College, Harding University, Hillsdale College, Indiana Wesleyan University, Liberty University, Patrick Henry College, and Thomas Aquinas College.

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that parents want their children to:

avoid going to a school that’s going to tell them Che Guevara is a human-rights icon.

The YAF also advises to avoid these courses and campuses where:

Amherst College in Massachusetts offers the class Taking Marx Seriously: “Should Marx be given another chance?”

Students in this course are asked to question if Marxism still has any “credibility” remaining, while also inquiring if societies can gain new insights by “returning to [Marx's] texts.” Coming to Marx’s rescue, this course also states that Lenin, Stalin, and Pol Pot misapplied the concepts of Marxism.


Harvard University’s Marxist Concepts of Racism examines “the role of capitalist development and expansion in creating racial inequality” (emphasis added).

Although Karl Marx didn’t say much on race, leftist professors in this course extrapolate information on “racial oppression” and “racial antagonism.”

And for those businessmen reading this (who didn’t inherit their money):

Duke University’s American Dreams/American Realities course supposedly unearths “such myths as ‘rags to riches,’ ‘beacon to the world,’ and the ‘frontier,’ in defining the American character” (emphasis added).

The wealth creation of American business is “myth” to most in the academy. Let us be very careful where we send our kids.


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Hat Tip to The Chronicle of Higher Education. Where the articles are as good as the pictures.


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Carnival of the Capitalists is Up

January 9, 2006 | By | No Comments

Christopher Carfi from Social Customer Manifesto is running the show. Be sure to visit Eideblog who has a compelling article on Wal*Mart.


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Follow Ben Franklin's Business/Personal Success Model

January 7, 2006 | By | 2 Comments


Ben Franklin’s Print ShopExcept for maybe that “whoring across Europe” part.

Anyway, Tom McMahon reminds us that this January is the 300th birthday anniversary of Benjamin Franklin. And they are celebrating in Philadelphia.

So I packed up wife and Penta Posse and headed to The City of Brotherly Love to check out the B F deal.


Philadelphia City Hall

Credit: Charmaine

And perhaps learn a lesson for business.

It happens that Franklin and Your Business Blogger have a couple of things in common: we both started businesses; we both served in government.

But Franklin was able to cash in, well beyond today’s politico-turn-lobbyist-turned-consultant.

Two dates on Ben’s lengthy resume stand out. 1729 — buys the Pennsylvania Gazette. 1737 — Appointed Postmaster of Philadelphia.

Then retires. Rich.

It appears that these two positions are connected with Franklin’s personal wealth generation. And the country profited as well.

Franklin’s printing press was dependent upon selling newspapers which were depended upon news from the distant colonies.

So Franklin set up a Postal Service to move mail. As the post workers traveled far and wide, they transmitted much more than letters:

Information. The Gazette got news. The colonies got mail. Franklin got Benjamin’s.


That funded Ben’s interest in kites and keys.

And the country was made a better place.

That’s a business model.


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Visit The Strategy of Bingo. The Excitement of Chess.

And, coincidentally, Justice Sunday III is being held this Sunday.

From First Things:

Franklin never forgot that people act through self-interest. In his multifarious-and quite invaluable-schemes for public improvement he always attempted to gear public progress to private interest. For him, a stable, free, and progressive society required contented, hard-working, and optimistic citizens, and necessary to both goals was widespread prosperity.

Bling has BF as first Blogger.

Philly Future has a thought.

Stories of Faith

and Courage from the

Revolutionary War.UPDATE: Jane Hampton Cook has a terrific new book. Her work was featured in a recent Newsbusters article. Fun read: Benjamin Franklin Would Have Made Smart Use of the Blogosphere.

Carnival of the Capitalists is Up at Multiple Mentality

December 29, 2005 | By | No Comments

Be sure to visit Josh Cohen’s Multiple Mentality and read some of the best business content in the business.

And he’s not afraid to unmask his sitemeter. (Re: Josh’s got traffic.)


Daily Dose of OptimismAnd while there check out his Editor’s Choice: Daily Dose of Optimism, How Business Journalists Could Make My Life Easier.

Where 100 words is better than 800 words.


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The Carnival of the Capitalists Is Up

December 19, 2005 | By | No Comments


Coyote BlogThe Coyote Blog is hosting this week. Be sure to check out the ACME ads.

You can always trust ACME. What branding can be.



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Coyote Blog is the work of Warren Meyer, a small business owner in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Carnival of the Capitalists Is Up

November 28, 2005 | By | No Comments

Tony from the Gill Blog is hosting this week. A review of the best in business for the past week. Go visit


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Carnival of the Capitalists.

Rob May at BusinessPundit has a great piece on Peter Drucker at the Carnival.

Carnival of the Capitalists

November 21, 2005 | By | No Comments

The Carnival of the Capitalists is up with a compelling new face at by Brian Gongol. A must see site visit. Learn what good web design looks like. Content and links are good too.