April 23 Carnival of the Capitalists

Welcome to this week’s Carnival of the Capitalists. It’s supposed to be about excellent quality, highly relevant posts. If I really kept only the very best, there would be under ten entries included. Perhaps Steven Silvers was onto something last week. Oh well; I’m a softy I guess.

Here’s one at Dispatches From Blogblivion musing about the sometimes conflicting pricing pressures of inflation, costs, competition and market expectations.

Gameproducer.net wonders should you burn the ships? That is, leave yourself no escape so you’ll try harder.

Green Rising thinks Coca-Cola’s new direction in charitable activity – which is really marketing activity in a somewhat communistic sounding form – marks a big improvement for Coke and the targets.

Sophispundit talks about diminishing returns and economic pressure.

Apparently League Tables are a big yet problematic thing in investment banking, as The Epicurean Dealmaker attempts to explain.

Ideas in Progress on illegal aliens, robot mowers, automation and productivity.

Anti-corporate forces using amateur video? Steven Silvers notes the latest platforms make it easy and inevitable.

The BFU Journal compares the startup approaches of entrepreneurs and MBAs.

Econbrowser examines a study of the macroeconomic effects of tax changes.

Wally Bock makes the case for firing, despite the lawsuit-happy climate.

Find the hidden talent you already have in your organization. Blog Business World says it’s well worth it.

Perhaps you should Break the Shackles and profit from China’s massive railroad expansion.

This one borders on Personal Financial Advice, which is off-topic, but starting a business with pocket change is an interesting concept.

Businesspundit has tongue in cheek advice for how to sound smarter than you are. He asks:

Do we care less about what people do and more about what people say? We want to reward people for performance, but do we sometimes build corporate cultures that encourage BS more than anything else?

Speaking of productivity and specialization, along the lines of another post above (and the one following this), Political Calculations talks about the division and diversification of labour, comparing it in part to portfolio diversification.

Greg Swann of BloodhoundBlog would have arguably my favorite submission of the week even without having mentioned the James P. Hogan classic Voyage From Yesteryear. He takes on the topic of Zillow.com, the age of abundance, and anti-consumer conspiracy by anti-capitalist “business” people.

Finally, Small Business Buzz compares men and women as entrepreneurs. I was thinking of ordering business cards from GreatFX, sponsor of Small Business Buzz, which is an excellent example of blogging as a promotional tie-in to a business, since I know them through CotC. It looks like I can’t readily get what I want, ironic because it’s simple, without going local. Perhaps next time…

That’s it for this week’s edition. Next week’s host will be The Integrative Stream.


  1. Chris Brunner

    Marshall, thank you for the link to Michelle Cramer’s article on Male/Female entrepreneurs.

    I’m very sorry I was not able to take on your print job. There are many ways to print a business card, and GreatFX focuses on a niche of selected printing methods. With features such as UV gloss coatings, laminates, and specific digital color and one color raised print available, many of these products come from different press houses across the U.S. and Canada and cannot be combined or otherwise enhanced.

    Thank you again for the mention and please keep my company in mind if you decide to change the style of your card in the future.

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