On Capitalism & Money & Punk Rock

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I can’t go three days without someone sending me an email message that says, “You’re not punk rock.”

Oh. My. God. Shut. The. Eff. Up.

Let’s clear the air.

  • Punk Rock HR captures the anti-establishment spirit of the girl I used to be… before I realized that I didn’t like poverty and debt.
  • My blog was named by my good friend, Kris Dunn. When I first started blogging, I kicked around the name in a few posts. He said, “If you don’t buy the URL, I will. Then I’ll sell it back to you, three months later, at a higher price.” He’s a capitalist.
  • I don’t like stupid companies who profit from greedy management tactics and unfair labor practices.
  • I believe in building personal, corporate, and national wealth.
  • Even the most anti-establishment artists and musicians loved things that cost money. Like food.

It doesn’t bother me when companies have record profits. I don’t mind when a CEO makes $50MM and flies around on a fancy jet to a private island off Nevis. Those CEOs are few and far between, anyway. It bothers me when CEOs are greedy, have a sense of entitlement, and value their personal status and wealth over the best interests of shareholders, workers, and consumers. Those leaders — from CEOs to operation supervisors — are irrelevant. They are the men and women who oversee failed business models and dying consumer brands.

I am interested in how wealth is generated and how money is spent. There is a right way and a wrong way, and it’s not enough to tell me that the government stands in the way of ‘free enterprise’ and ‘job creation’ through excessive taxation and regulation. It’s not true. The facts don’t support it.

So let’s just clarify, okay? I’m pro-business. I believe in competition. I like money because it helps me to buy food and necessities for my cats. Every once in awhile, I can take a vacation.

This might not be punk rock, but I’m not asking for your opinion.

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