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Sunday, August 27, 2006

"GREED IS GOOD"



" The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed -- for lack of a better word -- is good.

Greed is right.

Greed works.

Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.

Greed, in all of its forms -- greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge -- has marked the upward surge of mankind.

And greed -- you mark my words -- will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA."

GORDON GEKKO


I still have a 100 shares of Teldar stock....I wall papered my bathroom with them.

Bad attitude but a good reason to look at Michael Douglas.

Greed is inevitable.

You can give your Gordon Gekkos an outlet for their greed that's reasonably useful to society, like we do: One of the easier ways to get rich in this country is to sell people goods and services that they want to buy, at a price they're willing to pay.

You can also choke off that outlet, and they won't vanish. They'll still get rich, but in ways that benefit you a lot less. Usually government corruption, if not outright armed banditry (or various combinations of the two). For examples, see Africa, Latin America, the former Eastern Bloc, the PRC, North Korea, etc.

Kinda like water running downhill: You can't wish it away. You can channel it usefully, or you can channel it into your basement and screw yourself. Is running water "good"? Is gravity "good"? It is if you use it wisely.

Greedheads are a precious resource. Personally, I can't be bothered founding Microsoft or IBM, but some lunatics did, and here I am with a computer on my desk and a cable modem. Score!


When somebody accuses you of "greed", that means he wants to take what you've earned, and he wants it for free. He's a crook.

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