Sunday, March 2, 2014

Just Say Yes, #2

The President of the Senior Class of Watertown High School, Class of 1932, was ahead of his time when he advised his former classmates to "Just say yes!"

Marash Girl recently came across a book by that very title, the hardcover which will go on sale in March of 2014.  (No, Marash Girl did not see the book before she wrote her blogpost, nor has she read it, but YOU can read it when you purchase the brand new paperback publisher's review copy at!)  The book is written by the industrialist Bernard L. Schwartz, who was, according to the publishers, "a boy raised in Depression-era Brooklyn who grew up to become a giant in the aerospace business . . . part memoir, part prescription for a better America in politics and business."  

Marash Girl has concluded that those boys growing up during the depression, Marashtsis included, were something else!  Would that we "collejagans" could do as well in today's economy . . . 


  1. the source of the difference is not to be found in the people of this american planet, but in the government. like sinclair lewis' leviathan, instead of the all pereasive standard oil, we have the all pervasive government, the new leviathan, and a much larger and ominous one. the government has the force of law and arms to back it up. and what is the government doing, what governments can only do, exercise power, and to grow that power. any growth of that power is always, always, at the expense of the people, notwithstanding the blandishments to the contrary. it is the hyper regulatory stance that acts as a barrier of entry to the entrepreneur that is crippling this economy. this is no different than the effect socialist legislation always has on the economy, on the people. it is said that because of the current regulatory environment, and because of the other high hurdles of entry into the marketplace erected by leviathan, steve jobs, the founder of Apple in his own garage, could not have accomplished today what he started 30 or so years ago. it is not the people that have changed, it is the government. whenever the philosophy shifts from encouraging productivity (creativity) to encouraging predatory action (consumption), the seed corn is eaten and the descent into poverty and freedom lost, i.e., to realize one's creative potential, is lost, and gone forever. as the plunge into the darkness of anti-creativity hurtles as a meteor from outer space, picking up speed, and self-destructing as it hits bottom. socialism turns everything on its head. it is not the distribution of income that is the issue of the day, but the distribution of power. it is only in that distribution of power that people will be left alone enough to realize their own creative potential and thereby have something to offer their neighbor, by their very act of creativity, aka steve jobs.

  2. what happened to the comment I posted?