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The Emotional Satisfactions Of Command

In the 1960s American companies discovered oil on the Norwegian continental shelf, and an oil boom began. One of the first Norwegian oil workers has recently described the spirit of those days on the platform. The Americans demanded continuous, visible work, whether or not any needed doing, so the Norwegians made them happy by carrying […]

Posted on March 11, 2010 at 23:35 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · One Comment
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Ricardo In The Bedroom

The situation whereby each man makes love to his own wife is grossly inefficient and irrational, a relic of primitive craft-based economies. Ricardo’s laws would dictate that production of sexual services be entrusted to those husbands who had a comparative advantage, and traded against other services in which the erotically less competent husbands had their […]

Posted on March 12, 2010 at 15:18 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · One Comment
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Managemental Odds And Ends

If there truly exists, as I suspect, an Institute For Really Bad Ideas supplying business schools as its chief customer, its award-winning product has to be the idea that “if you are a manager, you can manage anything”. This has allowed organisations with a specialised mission, such as railways and utilities, to be taken over […]

Posted on September 7, 2010 at 09:01 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Corporate Genesis

“And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that their asses were uncovered; and they sewed excuses together, and covered their asses. And then they heard the voice of the Chairman walking in the garden in the cool of the day; and Adam and his personal assistant hid themselves from the presence […]

Posted on September 30, 2010 at 11:12 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · One Comment
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How About Doing It Right Instead?

Forests have been felled for the sake of books on how to acquire self-confidence. I do not think, however, that any of these involve acquiring self-confidence by meriting it. “Be what you would like to seem”, said Socrates, whereupon humanity reversed the polarity and set out to seem as vigorously as ever it could. Self-help […]

Posted on November 22, 2017 at 20:06 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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