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Chains of a Different Master

Perhaps the most famous of all of Karl Marx’s writings was the clause “you have nothing to lose but your chains.” Many people still believe that human beings are chained to corporate masters. Writers like Seth Godin talk about an awakening in which workers refuse to remain cogs in someone else’s machine. These well-meaning people (some are well-meaning, anyway) have no problem, though with giving more power to a handful of slave-masters in Washington. Read more →

Apologies to Seth Godin and His Readers

I tried to manually trackback to Seth Godin’s post on TV from this post. Between WordPress’s false negatives on reporting success of links, my laptop’s touchy touchpad, and Typepad’s weird trackback URL system, I managed to: a. Link once to the wrong blog post b. Link twice to the right blog post I pride myself on being respectful of blogging etiquette. I hate trackback spam. I hate it even more when I’m the one creating it. Read more →

Not So Fast, Seth

I am a big fan of Seth Godin’s thinking. He clearly understands that people are rejecting steep hierarchies where an oligarchy makes all the decisions and the rest of us are expected to blindly follow instructions. He wrote a wonderful book on the subject. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?holds some wisdom (and some fallacy) that will empower you to take control of your life if you listen. As I said, I like Seth’s thinking. Read more →

Who Has the Fear?

For 100 years in America, government, business, and the education establishment built schools and laws about education. The purpose of these government schools and education laws was to produce compliant, unimaginative, order-taking automatons. Don’t believe me? Here’s Woodrow Wilson, educator and president, speaking on the American plan for education: We want one class of persons to have a liberal education, and we want another class of persons, a very much larger class of necessity in every society, to forgo the privilege of a liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks. Read more →

The Dip

Seth Godin is one of my favorite writers, thinkers, marketers, and presenters. Everything he writes is worth your time reading. Two of his books stand out for me. One is Tribes, because Tribes describes the whole Tea Party experience perfectly. And he wrote it a year before the Tea Party things started. The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) Read more →