Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Do not adjust your set

Next Tuesday there's going to be a break from the usual program here. I'm going to be hosting next week's edition of Carnival of the Capitalists.

What's that?

It's a regular weekly blogging event with articles about business, management, marketing, accounting, finance, economics, sales and of course capitalism. The Carnival is hosted by a different site each week and anyone who has posted a blog entry on one of those topics is invited to submit it to the host for that week to include a link to it in their carnival presentation.

To see what I mean take a look at this week's Carnival hosted at Social Twister. You can also take a look at these past Carnivals where I submitted some of my postings at Blog Business World, The Outsourcing Weblog and Crossroads Dispatches.

It would be great if there were any readers of my blog who could make their Carnival debut here. It's a guaranteed way to bring more people to your blog. To do so you need to have written a blog posting on one of those topics, and send a link to it along with a short summary to capitalists - at - You can find out more at the Carnival's home page.

Some philosophical musings

Although I'm hosting the Carnival of the Capitalists this week I have to admit to having some reservations about the Capitalists part of the name. These last few months I've really learnt to make do with less and I'm just as happy if not more so than when I was earning a reasonably large income.

But while I've been finding that less really is more I do wonder if it's a sustainable position. As a single guy with no financial commitments it's quite easy to live on a modest income but could I say the same thing in five years time if I had a family to support.

Unfortunately it seems that capitalism with all it's faults is the best system we've been able to come up with to date. I'd love to be able to suggest an alternative but to the best of my knowledge every other alternative has pretty much failed. Until someone comes up with a radical new economic and social structure that's sustainable, I guess we'll all have to make do with the devil we know. Those romantic "less is more" types like your's truly might have to be satisfied with tweaking capitalism around the edges to make it a bit more "human".

A fellow reluctant capitalist

Peter Caputa also showed his left leanings when he blazed a trail while hosting the carnival a few months back. He received quite a bit of negative feedback my favourite being, "I can see why the French like you so much."

I doubt I'll be as provocative as Pete was but it would be nice if there were a few submissions that showed some examples of capitalism benefiting people other than just those at the top of the pyramid.


At 10:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That looks cool, but could you please look into your blog's feed before this comes up? I subscribe through Bloglines, so I don't know if it is this way for everyone but your feed constantly shows the last post as being new, and randomly pulls the old Feature Driven Development post up every few days. I enjoy following your project, but it gets really annoying when the same posts show up every time I check my reader. Thanks.

At 10:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I should also maybe mention that I've posted this in a comment a few months ago and a few times thought to email you about it but I could never find any contact info on your blog.

At 11:04 AM, Blogger Lachlan said...

I've just had a look at Bloglines and I see what you mean. That post expired from the feed long ago (take a look at the source feed address in IE to confirm that for yourself) so it appears to be a Bloglines issue. I'll try emailing them and see if they can rectify the situation. You can email me at my gmail account lgemmell@...

At 12:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see what you mean - odd. Thanks for taking a look into it.

At 2:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh, I hate to state the obvious, but you benefit from capitalism every time you buy something or sell something.

At 9:29 AM, Blogger Lachlan said...

Agreed, but buying and selling isn't restricted just to capitalism.

What I really meant was I'd like to hear more about stories of capitalism benefiting society in ways other than just making people money. Yes I know society receives flow on benefits all the time but hearing some creative ways this has occurred would be good.


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