The Wednesday Curator – 7/30/14

July 29, 2014


When Neo-Liberalism Exploded by Michael Clune, first published in the L.A. Review of Books, discusses Masters of the Universe:  Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics by Daniel Stedman Jones. The review provides an excellent overview of recent economic history, and is definitely worth reading.

Here’s a fun little math problem/limerick:  This Math Problem … . Corny for sure, but fun!

Three weeks ago The Wednesday Curator mentioned the Republican push for impeachment of President Barack Obama. It’s back, all twisted and inverted. Here’s Steve Benen’s take, 2.1 Million Reasons Why Dems Love the GOP’s Anti-Obama Push, at Rachel Maddow’s blog on July 29. The quick version. Republicans:  “Charlie, did you use the “I” word? I didn’t, and I know Joe didn’t. It’s those damn Democrats again, stirring up trouble. Why would anyone think we’d ever consider impeaching THAT man? Or any Democrat who lives in the White … Oh. Oh! They think we’d do that AGAIN.”

Here’s James Surowiecki from the August 4, 2014 issue of the New Yorker, writing about Companies with Benefits, which are called B corporations. They are the best thing in the business organizations world to come along since limited liability companies. (No, for profit corporations with religious beliefs will never be a good thing. Never.)

The free market hits the restaurant reservations systems! Matt Duckor writes Alinea’s Reservation Revolution for Very interesting piece about how seats in a hot restaurant should be valued. The concept is called dynamic pricing, and it may be coming soon to your favorite place!

Just because my foodie pals won’t be satisfied with some piece about dynamic pricing in hotsy-totsy restaurants, here’s a review of Russ & Daughters Café by Pete Wells from the July 29 New York Times. The title:  Standing 100 Years? So You Should Sit (Already). (Don’t miss the “private stock” story! Too funny, truly!) And because I’m a generous guy, here’s one more:  Erin Jackson from offers San Diego Cheap Eats: 10 Great Dishes Under $10. None are fancy places, but I can personally recommend The Kebab Shop and several of the others are on my list. Contact me for additional downtown SD recs!

P.S. B corporations bridge the gap between the business and nonprofit sectors. Thursday marks what amounts to the six-month anniversary of my departure from “all in” in the nonprofit world. Treat my sharing as if I’ve found an open door, I’m not quite ready to walk through it, but I’m also not willing to let the door close. And look for Thursday’s post!

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