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Monday, July 8, 2019

Getting the Show on the Road


First steps must be in addressing the huge external and internal costs of alcohol--a historical curse afflicting humanity in ways not even now fully appreciated.  In America we should look to initial steps taken to effect change in tobacco consumption--immediately limit advertising and other gratuitous forms of propaganda (placement in films, sports events, etc.) Limit product placement in stores--place behind counters in restricted areas--we adults have a huge responsibility to help children understand that alcohol is a vicious destroyer of cellular structure and processes and to be avoided--not as ads used to say--”Beer Belongs” Which has now been extended to pop-like chillers and TV ads selling liquor to attract youth and the eyes of children.

As to capitalism you by now understand I view it as essential for authentic earnest effort in production and creativity and the pursuit of truth--for example in sports, how are we to truly and earnestly know who is the fastest runner without comparing and contrasting performance?…cloak it as you will, sooner or later we must come to see the divine function of competition in motivating the search for and the finding of Truth even in the most practical sense. But as President Lincoln far too long ago made clear, the human resource as a partner with God in creativity is the organic soul, soil, and source of abundance.  Therefore, we must get to work and protect the most humble of employees with due respect and regard for due process and third-party review.  No society can claim to be just who excludes due respect and regard for human capital in the quintessential divine occupation of creativity.

As is obvious, our biggest challenge will be to find the tools necessary to handle obsolescence of certain types of product and services. An often used example--no society can afford to prop-up a buggy whip industry when there is virtually no demand for buggy whips. The small Mom and Pop enterprises present challenges of risk vulnerability regarding enterprises less subject to entry barriers. For example, car detailing (cleaning and polishing cars at the customer’s location) has a relatively small number of entry costs and competition can be fierce and demand weak when disposable income is low.  Often, a new business will hire friends and family members with a full understanding that the business will not be able to ensure consistency or longevity. As a society we must not allow such situations to divert us from the goal of eliminating cannon-fodder employment practices for the vast majority of businesses.  We simply must face the fact that unions have provided great assistance to many human resource challenges, but for many smaller businesses it is not clear to me that money is sufficiently available in-house for a union solution.  Yet, if there are structural designs incorporating unions that are plausibly doable, they should certainly be explored.   


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