An Aristocracy of Talent, and the Triumph of Markets

This is possibly the single best business document I have ever read; and I mean that with no hyperbole. It is also the single most libertarian document I have ever seen applied to a large corporate environment.

You HAVE TO read this.

I am a cynically romantic optimistic pessimist. I am neither liberal, nor conservative. I am a (somewhat disgruntled) muscular minarchist… something like a constructive anarchist.

Basically what that means, is that I believe, all things being equal, responsible adults should be able to do whatever the hell they want to do, so long as nobody’s getting hurt, who isn’t paying extra

  • Brad Warbiany

    This is the kind of company I’d like to invest in, and the type of company (if my current company wasn’t already VERY similar in outlook) I’d want to work for.

    But always remember what the great Judge Smails said, “Well, the world needs ditch diggers, too.” Our society isn’t set up to populate a world full of these companies with independent thinkers driven to succeed — too many have been educated in government factories from K-12.

  • Sam

    This is indeed a nice business document (particularly in the analysis of failed strategies), but:

    “Do what is best for Netflix, not for yourself”

    “No brilliant jerks”

    These do not sound libertarian. :)

    Oh wait:

    “No vacation plan”

    Sorry, non-libertarian complaint withdrawn. :)


  • freewheeler

    Libertarianism (little “l”) as far as I’m concerned only applies to government – or the violation of one’s rights. To say “no brilliant jerks” is not libertarian would only be true if it was forced. Socialism is fine with me, so long as I can say ‘no thanks’.

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