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re: the Fried piece on how to make money I bit with you there. The parts about practicing being good for sales is good, but it's also written by someone who sounds to have been a natural salesman and a lot of it seems to naturally fit his experience but possibly is not applicable to all.

Some people, not me, seem to really know how to make money.

"How to make money"

Figure out what people with money value and then provide it to them.

I can't help but feel that Richard Freeman's take on unions is very American. Someone who had lived through the peak of union powers in England or Australia in the 1970s would be more cautious in their praise.

5. I haven't read the book, but I note that the 17th century New England Puritans eliminated primogeniture in favor of a much more equal inheritance scheme, and their descendants weren't economically or culturally stagnant.

add more pictures please

Any explanation of why you're 'not convinced' about the Fried article?

Seems like folksy, good advice - albeit somewhat simplistic.

I thought that "How to make money" link was going to be another profile of Ben Bernanke, but I guess not.

I just realized this post was from yesterday, but I still need to comment on #5 as well. If you want to know why the Arab world failed, check out the massive advantages "Dark Age" Europe was developing. "Dark Age" Europe is the first place we start seeing actual pluralism of ideas and identities that legitimately competed against one another. The Arabs of 12th Century Babylon would have seen the 14th Century Hundred Year's War as a complete farce as far as warfare was concerned. But then the major success of that war was the introduction of yeomen into English society and the development of distinctly English and French identities. Nationalism and the development of the middle class are 2 ideas that barely entered Arab thought, but have been central to the development of the Western world (democratic, capitalistic, etc, etc). I am quite confident all this came about because of the supposed "Dark Ages" when plurality of competing ideas was all of a sudden acceptable, even if only for a small subset of peoples (the ruler of each independent state/bishopric).

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