Harvard, for example, had planned to bar military recruiters this year until the Pentagon warned the university that doing so would cost Harvard its funding from the departments of defense, education, labor, and health and human services; upon receipt of that warning, Harvard decided to allow military recruiters after all--and to keep the $386 million that would have been the price of a principled stand.
O what a lovely thing is Wealth Bondage. The trustees of these schools know a dollar bill when they see one.
Local Baronies deciding who will live and who will die based on their respective skill sets? Well, Gerry, you are somehwere down towards the middle of my list. It all depends on gas supplies. I will let you know this winter. Moma loves you, Sweetie, but there are other more pressing considerations I have to weigh, like my own needs.
I must say I was fond of the prior WB tagline, Serio Ludere, which being in Latin tended to give us a high-toned feel. The new tagline, "Doing People Good," is interesting too, since it glances at social venture philanthropy whose motto is, "Doing well by doing good." Also, doing people good suggests "doing" in an erotic sense, as in "Why don't we do it in the road?" Or in the alley out behind the Dumpster. Finally, of course, Doing People Good echoes many a marketing motto, terse, upbeat, and memorable. "Wealth Bondage Does a Body Good." So, on the whole, I give our new tagline my qualified approval. In my professional opinion, as a Consumer Hermeneutics Specialist Third Class, the new motto should serve as an excellent way to welcome venture givers, perverts, conmen, and corporate leaders to the Dumpster, so that we can do them good.
1. Let's say we emptied out a Dumpster, filled it with water plus piranna, and tossed in fresh meat daily, such as a politician, a pundit, a marketer, a social entrepreneur, a strategic philanthropist, or a think tank thinker?
2. Let's say that a satirical webside took its cue from Horace and Pope, and never mentioned a firm or real person in a way that might lead to repercussions, such as a cease and desist letter? The convention being, "Never savage a living person under your own name, unless they are a public figure." Instead praise them under the mask of Folly.
Such an institution would fulfill Pindar's ideal: "Praise what deservs praise and sow blame for wrongdoers," but would be hardy and resistant to gratuitious attack.
For example, Candidia has recently started a new subsdiary to provide Bondage Gear to disadvantaged persons, under the slogan, "WB is people helping people all over the world." Distributors will sell the Gear to those dedicated to Freedom; they in turn will provide the scourges, cuffs, and instruments of torture at no cost to those who need them most. "Freedom," as Robert Frost said, "is riding easy in harness." Thus will Freedom prevail even among those who are poor and beaten down. Plus it will be profitable, for the market rewards the social entrepreneur.
In no way has Candidia been offended by my remarks above. In fact, face facts: I wrote this post on Company Time at her behest.
Courtesy of Cato, a classic article by Bruce Yandel (five well written pages in pdf) on the Vanity of Human Wishes as embodied in regulatory regimes. All good intentions embodied in policy backfire; the only recourse are bad intentions embodied in markets. Those too backfire and redound to the greater good. The market for these articles, too, clears at a price. Some benefit, some lose, as public goods and public policies are discredited. The winners are.... Well, likely to fund Cato and a certain cadre of politicians.