Carnival of the Capitalists

Welcome to the Carnival of the Capitalists. I hosted the COTC back in December 2003 and a lot has changed in the world of blogging. There are so many more people writing great stuff on business and economics.

My weekly reading of the COTC had waned in recent months, but after reading through all of the entries submitted this week, I am all charged up again about the great stuff people have submitted. To show my support for the COTC, I will start including a link to the traveling COTC in my BizLinkBlog (RSS). This will give you an easy way to keep track of where it is each week.

My format this week will be in the form of a FAQ. I took the entries and created questions. The questions will direct you to the associated entries. My thought behind this is that everyone is always struggling with problems and opportunities in their own work and business. These linked entries are clearly not the definitive answers to the question, but they may give you another viewpoint you hadn’t considered.

Which is bigger: Ad Dollars Spent on Outdoor Advertising or Online?

Should I Be Worried About Energy Prices in the Long Term?

Can Hedge Funds Manipulate A Merger?
Can Earnings Growth Forecast the Market?
Is There a Better Way to Measure GDP Growth?

Human Resources
Will The Use of Robots in the Workplace Be Possible in The Next Ten Years?
What Keeps Us Where We Work?
Why Don’t Traders and Ranchers Respect One Another?

Can laws inhibit my ability to do business, even charity work in the community?
Could Private Certification Work Better For Drugs?

What Leadership Lessons Can We Learn From Alexander The Great?
What Do Herb Gardens Have To Do With Organizational Structure?
How Can Five Minutes Each Day Change Your Organization?
Are Teams Best Led By One Person or All the People?
Why Is Corporate Change Hard And Failure Almost Inevitable?
Is Employee Training Worth The Money You Spend?

What should I name my new company?
Is Blogging Reached Saturation? How Can I Stay Unique?
Does Your Website Work?
Are Blogs A Part of Your Marketing Plan?
What does a shoeshop owner do when two of his competitor’s open shop next to his?
How Do You Make a Woman Smile?
Is Business Blogging All It Is Cracked Up to Be?

Personal Development

Does Acceptance of Failure End Creativity?

Personal Finance
Are You Afraid To Sell Your Home?
How Cheap Are Stock Right Now?
What Would Social Security Personal Accounts Look Like?

Project Management
How Can A Company’s Board of Directors Affect the Outcome of Your Consulting Project?

How Important Is Sales to Entrepreneurship?

What Can Yoga Studios Teach Us About Marketplace Dynamics?
Are You Detail Oriented?
What Does Centralization Do To Innovation?

Why Do Companies Like Open Source Software?
Why Doesn’t Bill Gates Get Mobile?

There were some entries I couldn’t work into my cute little format. I simply listed them below with their titles:
Wal-Mart Bows to Unions, Copies GM Success Formula
Linkin Park protests Warner Music’s upcoming IPO
Criticism of the Peace Tax Fund Bill
The Basics of Press Releases
Canada Wooing Mexicans
Taxes good, market bad
Grading, game theory, and group evaluations..
Morningstar’s Auction IPO
Solutions to Bad Taxes
Mobile Blogging
Viva Immigration

I am going to end with breaking news this morning from the guys at Wordlab on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Name Change.

COTC #10

Welcome one and all to this week’s Carnival of the Capitalists. We have the Tilt-a-Whirl set-up in the back corner. The carnies are waiting to take your money in those silly games that you could never possibly win and if you did, the only thing you would get is a KISS mirror. So grab your cotton candy and funnel cake, its time to enter the big top…

My trouble reading COTC each week is I never get all the way through it. I get caught up in the first couple of entries and run out of time to read the rest.

I chose to go with a simple format this week. I tried to write a simple headline for each entry. The entries are classified by the common definition for nouns – people, places, things, ideas, government programs, and taxes.




Was Marth Stewart’s Denial Material? asks Professor Bainbridge

Beware Headhunters at The Window Manager (I liked this one and feel a little smarter about the recruiting process).

Businesspundit is surrounded suckups.


Corruption in Indonesia Not So Bad? at Peak Talk


Voice over IP and Voice over IP 2 at Sama Blog

CurryBlog sings Gold on a Stairway to Heaven?

The Customer Focus Calculator at CRM Mastery

Index Funds – The Good and The Bad at The Calico Cat

The Benefits of Competition at


The Power of Combining Ideas at A Penny For…

Being an entrepreneur is cool or Everyone is going to quite their job and start a business? Yeah right. This post is at The Entrepreneurial Mind.

Open Source Pitfalls to Avoid at Ensight

Open trade does not mean all living standards must fall at Cold Springs Shops

The investing philosophy of Peter Lynch misundertood at The Big Picture

Capitalism Gangsta Style from Wordlab

Government Programs

Medicare Expansion at Dean’s World

This had a lot to say, but let’s go with – Passing regulations is another way to spend money. This is at Deinonychus Antirrhopus.

A Way to Privatize a Part of Social Security at Insults Unpunished

A Letter to President Bush about returning to the Moon at The Talking Wolf


Sales Tax and Online Shopping and the Follow-up at Les Jones Blog

Tax Incentives for Economic Development May Be Unconstiutional at Hobbs Online AM

Getting your money’s worth at Michael Williams (As a Wisconsin taxpayer, I was not happy to see America’s Dairyland ranked 43rd and only collect 83 cents of every dollar paid.)

P.S. Here are a few others I think you should check out:

Chris Shipley on the Molecular Corporation

An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth by Bruce Mau Design

The December issue of Springwise