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    Good capitalist/free trade books?

    I bought this:
    [url]http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1596985046/103-2509947-1134234[/url]

    And am looking at this

    [url]http://www.amazon.com/Freedomnomics-Market-Works-Half-Baked-Theories/dp/1596985062/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/103-2509947-1134234?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1182198201&sr=8-1[/url]

    Any others? Friedman, perhaps?

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    I got an even better read.

    Its called The Home Depot Salary Report. One of my former tenants (who was a HD manager and skipped on 10 grand in rent) left it in his old apartment. It is quite an interesting read. It has a printout of what all the HD employees at my local store make.

    Reading it did two things to me:

    1.) It made me puke a little in my mouth

    2.) It made me realize why HD is such a sh*thole.


    Take a guess as to what the average hourly wage, managers included, is...

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    [QUOTE=PlumberKhan]I got an even better read.

    Its called The Home Depot Salary Report. One of my former tenants (who was a HD manager and skipped on 10 grand in rent) left it in his old apartment. It is quite an interesting read. It has a printout of what all the HD employees at my local store make.

    Reading it did two things to me:

    1.) It made me puke a little in my mouth

    2.) It made me realize why HD is such a sh*thole.


    Take a guess as to what the average hourly wage, managers included, is...[/QUOTE]Home Depot is one of my dadís main competitors. Heíll lose new business to them initially, and then people realize that their plants are garbage.

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    [QUOTE=BrooklynBound]Home Depot is one of my dadís main competitors. Heíll lose new business to them initially, and then people realize that their plants are garbage.[/QUOTE]


    If you buy plants from HD, you might as well plant a twenty in the ground and see if a Rhododendron springs up...

    The average wage of an HD employee, department managers included, is...........................................


    $9.35


    Time for those poor saps to call Morgan Stanley so they can figure out how to manage their wealth... :rolleyes:

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    What do they do that is so valuable? Anyone who has serious managing skills should be able to find a job that pays better than that.

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    [QUOTE=BrooklynBound]What do they do that is so valuable?[/QUOTE]


    Not a god damned thing.

    That's why I spend my Friday afternoons spitting on them as they leave work and wiping my ass with a Benjamin and asking them if they want it to buy their diabetic elderly father medication.

    Its great fun...

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    Off the top of my head

    Friedman : Free to Choose and Capitalism and Freedom....Free to Choose is basically the updated version of C & F

    Hayek :The Raod to Serfdom

    Sowell also has a bunch of books dealing with the topic

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    [QUOTE=Lawyers, Guns and Money]Off the top of my head

    Friedman : Free to Choose and Capitalism and Freedom....Free to Choose is basically the updated version of C & F

    Hayek :The Raod to Serfdom

    Sowell also has a bunch of books dealing with the topic[/QUOTE]
    you catch easy tiger yet? very enjoyable

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    Ahhh, good books on capitalism and free trade....lets see..


    Oh, never mind...I don't need the hassles from you know who. :cool:

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    [QUOTE=CanadaSteve]Ahhh, good books on capitalism and free trade....lets see..


    Oh, never mind...I don't need the hassles from you know who. :cool:[/QUOTE]
    Why even make this post? Seriously..

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    [QUOTE=BrooklynBound]you catch easy tiger yet? very enjoyable[/QUOTE]


    I have the single of Two and some live versions of Two, Halloween Head (great song,) Goodnight Rose, Pearls on a String and I Taught Myself How To Grow Old

    I can email you those if you'd like. I'm heading up to Boston in a few weeks to see him at the Somersville Theatre

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    [QUOTE=PlumberKhan]If you buy plants from HD, you might as well plant a twenty in the ground and see if a Rhododendron springs up...

    The average wage of an HD employee, department managers included, is...........................................


    $9.35


    Time for those poor saps to call Morgan Stanley so they can figure out how to manage their wealth... :rolleyes:[/QUOTE]

    $9.35 is damn good money for wearing an apron
    in garish orange only previously seen at mets, knicks, su games,
    and nedicks
    semi-blocking aisles while restocking shelves in a
    dangerous fashion and milling around in groups ignoring people...

    now that the dmv and tax bureaus make
    their staff actually serve people these days
    its one of the last paying refuges for people allergic to work

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    [QUOTE=BrooklynBound]Why even make this post? Seriously..[/QUOTE]


    OOPS....sorry, forgot this was a very, very serious political forum...

    No fun allowed....gotcha

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    [QUOTE=CanadaSteve]OOPS....sorry, forgot this was a very, very serious political forum...

    No fun allowed....gotcha[/QUOTE]
    No, it's the fact that you said you were gonna say something, but then stopped. Either sh*t or get off the pot.

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    [QUOTE=flushingjet]$9.35 is damn good money for wearing an apron
    in garish orange only previously seen at mets, knicks, su games,
    and nedicks
    semi-blocking aisles while restocking shelves in a
    dangerous fashion and milling around in groups ignoring people...

    now that the dmv and tax bureaus make
    their staff actually serve people these days
    its one of the last paying refuges for people allergic to work[/QUOTE]


    LOL...

    People at the DMV still don't work. That will never change. It's an American institution.

    So....if rate of pay is inherently connected to the value of said job, I suppose our soldiers in Iraq are making 100 grand a year, eh?

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    LG&M is correct. Capitalism and Freedom by Friedman is excellent, as is The Road to Serfdom by Hayek.

    You could also try Basic Economics and Applied Economics by Thomas Sowell. They aren't explicitly about capitaliam per se, but ratherabout economics and how economic theory applies to more things than just money. Economics has NOTHING to do with money and Sowell does a very good job of explaining economics in a non-boring fashion. He doesn't use jargon or graphs or complex math to make his points (though in other works he does - he's a brilliant man who studied under Friedman) but rather explains things in such a way that people with no familiarity with economics can understand.

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    [QUOTE=PlumberKhan]LOL...

    People at the DMV still don't work. That will never change. It's an American institution.

    So....if rate of pay is inherently connected to the value of said job, I suppose our soldiers in Iraq are making 100 grand a year, eh?[/QUOTE]

    its a long way from home depot to iraq, ain't it?

    home depot factotums might get a little buff from lifting heavy
    objects (the 3% of the time that they do work)

    but they dont get a military pension, discipline,
    education/training that can be used down the line,
    the satisfaction of thinning the human gene pool of
    sociopaths/psychopaths,
    or the eternal respect and gratitude of america

    well maybe 66% of america

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    [QUOTE=flushingjet]its a long way from home depot to iraq, ain't it?

    home depot factotums might get a little buff from lifting heavy
    objects (the 3% of the time that they do work)

    but they dont get a military pension, discipline,
    education/training that can be used down the line,
    the satisfaction of thinning the human gene pool of
    sociopaths/psychopaths,
    or the eternal respect and gratitude of america

    well maybe 66% of america[/QUOTE]



    [IMG]http://www.ehponline.org/docs/2004/112-11/obeseman.jpg[/IMG]

    Toner is heavy.

    As far as thinning the pool of psychos...I gotta agree on that one. That has to be pretty fun...

    BTW...why 66%? Where does that figure come from?

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    [QUOTE=BrooklynBound]No, it's the fact that you said you were gonna say something, but then stopped. Either sh*t or get off the pot.[/QUOTE]


    okay BB, I'll take the sh*t....

    Its kind of a contradiction in terms, but I'll give you a great recommendation on the theories of capitalism:

    Small is Beautiful by E.F. Schumacher
    or I would suggest
    Less is More by Goldian Vandenbroeck

    Or a good social commentary on current economics can be found in Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, and a follow up Beyond Civilization.

    However, these books look at the opposite sides of capitalism, and the cracks that have led to many, many problems...also, suggestions on how to improve things. THey will undoubtedly be trashed by many who have commented in this forum, however, I suggest you read them for yourself, and see if you agree or disagree with the theories and suggestions...

    Happy reading....let me know what you think if you do find them.

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    [QUOTE=CanadaSteve]okay BB, I'll take the sh*t....

    Its kind of a contradiction in terms, but I'll give you a great recommendation on the theories of capitalism:

    Small is Beautiful by E.F. Schumacher
    or I would suggest
    Less is More by Goldian Vandenbroeck

    Or a good social commentary on current economics can be found in Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, and a follow up Beyond Civilization.

    However, these books look at the opposite sides of capitalism, and the cracks that have led to many, many problems...also, suggestions on how to improve things. THey will undoubtedly be trashed by many who have commented in this forum, however, I suggest you read them for yourself, and see if you agree or disagree with the theories and suggestions...

    Happy reading....let me know what you think if you do find them.[/QUOTE]


    Good idea...however, intead of paying for those books, perhaps BB should barter with the book store for them? ;)

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