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“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”     C. S. Lewis

August 25, 2009

An Aristocracy of Talent, and the Triumph of Markets

by Chris

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.

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  1. 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.

    Comment by Brad Warbiany — August 26, 2009 @ 7:48 am
  2. 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    Sorry, non-libertarian complaint withdrawn. :)


    Comment by Sam — August 26, 2009 @ 9:02 am
  3. 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’.

    Comment by freewheeler — August 26, 2009 @ 11:05 am
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