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July 01, 2011, 06:13:10 PM
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Quote me where myself or Smith said anything about inhereting money, then I'll conceed the point.

Perhaps I misunderstood. What is your thesis?
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July 01, 2011, 06:25:05 PM
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Quote me where myself or Smith said anything about inhereting money, then I'll conceed the point.

Perhaps I misunderstood. What is your thesis?

Productivity and/or hard work is generally inversely related to wealth.

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July 01, 2011, 06:42:54 PM
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Productivity and/or hard work is generally inversely related to wealth.

Hmmmm. So then does it hold that the harder I work, and more productive I am, the less wealth I will accumulate? Or does the inverse of that hold, so that the less I work, and the less productive I am, the greater my fortune will become?

Certainly you can't believe those things?
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July 01, 2011, 07:13:14 PM
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Productivity and/or hard work is generally inversely related to wealth.

Hmmmm. So then does it hold that the harder I work, and more productive I am, the less wealth I will accumulate? Or does the inverse of that hold, so that the less I work, and the less productive I am, the greater my fortune will become?

Certainly you can't believe those things?

Read the quote by Smith again until you understand what he's saying.  This isn't theoretical, this is how things actually arrange themselves without active intervention.


In a free market or anything close to a free market, the hardest working people are those on the lowest rung of the ladder.  The guy that works the hardest is the guy in the sweatshop that gets paid pennies per week.  The entire system depends on this guy, because it is his cheap labor and hard work that allows everyone else to reap the massive profits of his labor.  This man does more work than anyone, but paid less than 1/400 of even a minimum wage US worker.

On the flip side of the working world we have the corporate executives that are paid, on average, 300-500x more than the US workers (not international, sweatshop workers, which they are paid many hundreds of thousands of times more than).  Do they do 300-500x more work than the guy standing behind the cash register?  Absolutely not.

Then we move into the non-working world - the owners of the means of production, land, buildings, etc.  These people do literally next to nothing, but reap the most rewards of anyone... for doing absolutely nothing.  They don't need to lift a finger to do labor, but they still collect ungodly amounts of money simply because of what they own, many hundreds of millions of times more money than the guy busting his ass for 15+ hours per day, 7 days per week in the sweatshop.  These people are not at all vital to the system, only their assets are.




The bottom line here is that financial reward in a free market system is NOT tied to how hard one works.  That myth is just that, a myth.  Financial reward is based on power, and power is based on the control of the means of production.  Want it get rich?  Hard work is not how you do it.  You need to strive for control of the means of production and/or the power to control people.

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July 01, 2011, 07:29:12 PM
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The bottom line here is that financial reward in a free market system is NOT tied to how hard one works.

Beautiful isn't it? It's actually tied to how much value you produce for people.
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July 01, 2011, 07:50:40 PM
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The bottom line here is that financial reward in a free market system is NOT tied to how hard one works.

Beautiful isn't it? It's actually tied to how much value you produce for people.

BINGO
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July 01, 2011, 07:56:15 PM
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The bottom line here is that financial reward in a free market system is NOT tied to how hard one works.

Beautiful isn't it? It's actually tied to how much value you produce for people.

BINGO


You obviously didn't listen to a word I said, nor the quote from Smith.  The people that actually create value are the lowest level of workers.  The people that get paid the most don't create a damn thing, they merely control the means of production.

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July 01, 2011, 07:58:13 PM
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The bottom line here is that financial reward in a free market system is NOT tied to how hard one works.

Beautiful isn't it? It's actually tied to how much value you produce for people.

BINGO


You obviously didn't listen to a word I said, nor the quote from Smith.  The people that actually create value are the lowest level of workers.  The people that get paid the most don't create a damn thing, they merely control the means of production.

By what measure do they produce value? Anybody can be a low-class rock pusher. Hardly a valuable commodity by any measure.

Also, the people at the top are responsible for a lot. Sound delegation and strategy is very scarce. Restaurants fail due to poor ownership or management. Not bad labor.
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July 01, 2011, 08:19:37 PM
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The bottom line here is that financial reward in a free market system is NOT tied to how hard one works.

Beautiful isn't it? It's actually tied to how much value you produce for people.

BINGO


You obviously didn't listen to a word I said, nor the quote from Smith.  The people that actually create value are the lowest level of workers.  The people that get paid the most don't create a damn thing, they merely control the means of production.

By what measure do they produce value? Anybody can be a low-class rock pusher. Hardly a valuable commodity by any measure.

Also, the people at the top are responsible for a lot. Sound delegation and strategy is very scarce. Restaurants fail due to poor ownership or management. Not bad labor.


The system doesn't function without the people at the lowest rung.  The same cannot be said for those at the top rung.

The people at the top are responsible for nothing other than having their name on a deed.  The system functions the same whether the deed reads John Smith or Bill Roberts.  The only difference is who gets to pocket the huge sums of money.

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July 01, 2011, 08:24:00 PM
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The bottom line here is that financial reward in a free market system is NOT tied to how hard one works.

Beautiful isn't it? It's actually tied to how much value you produce for people.

BINGO


You obviously didn't listen to a word I said, nor the quote from Smith.  The people that actually create value are the lowest level of workers.  The people that get paid the most don't create a damn thing, they merely control the means of production.

By what measure do they produce value? Anybody can be a low-class rock pusher. Hardly a valuable commodity by any measure.

Also, the people at the top are responsible for a lot. Sound delegation and strategy is very scarce. Restaurants fail due to poor ownership or management. Not bad labor.


The system doesn't function without the people at the lowest rung.  The same cannot be said for those at the top rung.

The people at the top are responsible for nothing other than having their name on a deed.  The system functions the same whether the deed reads John Smith or Bill Roberts.  The only difference is who gets to pocket the huge sums of money.

I wish you luck running a company or property profitably by doing absolutely nothing. You know nothing about business.
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July 01, 2011, 08:27:34 PM
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The bottom line here is that financial reward in a free market system is NOT tied to how hard one works.

Beautiful isn't it? It's actually tied to how much value you produce for people.

BINGO


You obviously didn't listen to a word I said, nor the quote from Smith.  The people that actually create value are the lowest level of workers.  The people that get paid the most don't create a damn thing, they merely control the means of production.

By what measure do they produce value? Anybody can be a low-class rock pusher. Hardly a valuable commodity by any measure.

Also, the people at the top are responsible for a lot. Sound delegation and strategy is very scarce. Restaurants fail due to poor ownership or management. Not bad labor.


The system doesn't function without the people at the lowest rung.  The same cannot be said for those at the top rung.

The people at the top are responsible for nothing other than having their name on a deed.  The system functions the same whether the deed reads John Smith or Bill Roberts.  The only difference is who gets to pocket the huge sums of money.

I wish you luck running a company or property profitably by doing absolutely nothing. You know nothing about business.[/b[

Ironic statement of the year.

Enjoying the dose of reality or getting a laugh out of my posts? Feel free to toss me a penny or two, everyone else seems to be doing it! 1Kn8NqvbCC83zpvBsKMtu4sjso5PjrQEu1
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July 01, 2011, 08:30:15 PM
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The bottom line here is that financial reward in a free market system is NOT tied to how hard one works.

Beautiful isn't it? It's actually tied to how much value you produce for people.

BINGO


You obviously didn't listen to a word I said, nor the quote from Smith.  The people that actually create value are the lowest level of workers.  The people that get paid the most don't create a damn thing, they merely control the means of production.

By what measure do they produce value? Anybody can be a low-class rock pusher. Hardly a valuable commodity by any measure.

Also, the people at the top are responsible for a lot. Sound delegation and strategy is very scarce. Restaurants fail due to poor ownership or management. Not bad labor.


The system doesn't function without the people at the lowest rung.  The same cannot be said for those at the top rung.

The people at the top are responsible for nothing other than having their name on a deed.  The system functions the same whether the deed reads John Smith or Bill Roberts.  The only difference is who gets to pocket the huge sums of money.

I wish you luck running a company or property profitably by doing absolutely nothing. You know nothing about business.[/b[

Ironic statement of the year.

We're about to break even with BitTalk.tv and exit into profit. What have you created?
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July 01, 2011, 08:33:13 PM
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The bottom line here is that financial reward in a free market system is NOT tied to how hard one works.

Beautiful isn't it? It's actually tied to how much value you produce for people.

BINGO


You obviously didn't listen to a word I said, nor the quote from Smith.  The people that actually create value are the lowest level of workers.  The people that get paid the most don't create a damn thing, they merely control the means of production.

By what measure do they produce value? Anybody can be a low-class rock pusher. Hardly a valuable commodity by any measure.

Also, the people at the top are responsible for a lot. Sound delegation and strategy is very scarce. Restaurants fail due to poor ownership or management. Not bad labor.


The system doesn't function without the people at the lowest rung.  The same cannot be said for those at the top rung.

The people at the top are responsible for nothing other than having their name on a deed.  The system functions the same whether the deed reads John Smith or Bill Roberts.  The only difference is who gets to pocket the huge sums of money.

I wish you luck running a company or property profitably by doing absolutely nothing. You know nothing about business.[/b[

Ironic statement of the year.

We're about to break even with BitTalk.tv and exit into profit. What have you created?

I trust that's including the tax withholdings for your legitimate business.

Enjoying the dose of reality or getting a laugh out of my posts? Feel free to toss me a penny or two, everyone else seems to be doing it! 1Kn8NqvbCC83zpvBsKMtu4sjso5PjrQEu1
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July 01, 2011, 08:35:03 PM
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The bottom line here is that financial reward in a free market system is NOT tied to how hard one works.

Beautiful isn't it? It's actually tied to how much value you produce for people.

BINGO


You obviously didn't listen to a word I said, nor the quote from Smith.  The people that actually create value are the lowest level of workers.  The people that get paid the most don't create a damn thing, they merely control the means of production.

By what measure do they produce value? Anybody can be a low-class rock pusher. Hardly a valuable commodity by any measure.

Also, the people at the top are responsible for a lot. Sound delegation and strategy is very scarce. Restaurants fail due to poor ownership or management. Not bad labor.


The system doesn't function without the people at the lowest rung.  The same cannot be said for those at the top rung.

The people at the top are responsible for nothing other than having their name on a deed.  The system functions the same whether the deed reads John Smith or Bill Roberts.  The only difference is who gets to pocket the huge sums of money.

I wish you luck running a company or property profitably by doing absolutely nothing. You know nothing about business.[/b[

Ironic statement of the year.

We're about to break even with BitTalk.tv and exit into profit. What have you created?

I trust that's including the tax withholdings for your legitimate business.

We are not based in the United States.
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July 01, 2011, 08:38:18 PM
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The bottom line here is that financial reward in a free market system is NOT tied to how hard one works.

Beautiful isn't it? It's actually tied to how much value you produce for people.

BINGO


You obviously didn't listen to a word I said, nor the quote from Smith.  The people that actually create value are the lowest level of workers.  The people that get paid the most don't create a damn thing, they merely control the means of production.

By what measure do they produce value? Anybody can be a low-class rock pusher. Hardly a valuable commodity by any measure.

Also, the people at the top are responsible for a lot. Sound delegation and strategy is very scarce. Restaurants fail due to poor ownership or management. Not bad labor.


The system doesn't function without the people at the lowest rung.  The same cannot be said for those at the top rung.

The people at the top are responsible for nothing other than having their name on a deed.  The system functions the same whether the deed reads John Smith or Bill Roberts.  The only difference is who gets to pocket the huge sums of money.

I wish you luck running a company or property profitably by doing absolutely nothing. You know nothing about business.[/b[

Ironic statement of the year.

We're about to break even with BitTalk.tv and exit into profit. What have you created?

I trust that's including the tax withholdings for your legitimate business.

Whatever the government could have possibly provided for our business has already been paid back in full. We owe them nothing.


That doesn't even make sense.  I'm just asking whether you file a tax return with the IRS.

Enjoying the dose of reality or getting a laugh out of my posts? Feel free to toss me a penny or two, everyone else seems to be doing it! 1Kn8NqvbCC83zpvBsKMtu4sjso5PjrQEu1
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July 01, 2011, 08:39:25 PM
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The bottom line here is that financial reward in a free market system is NOT tied to how hard one works.

Beautiful isn't it? It's actually tied to how much value you produce for people.

BINGO


You obviously didn't listen to a word I said, nor the quote from Smith.  The people that actually create value are the lowest level of workers.  The people that get paid the most don't create a damn thing, they merely control the means of production.

By what measure do they produce value? Anybody can be a low-class rock pusher. Hardly a valuable commodity by any measure.

Also, the people at the top are responsible for a lot. Sound delegation and strategy is very scarce. Restaurants fail due to poor ownership or management. Not bad labor.


The system doesn't function without the people at the lowest rung.  The same cannot be said for those at the top rung.

The people at the top are responsible for nothing other than having their name on a deed.  The system functions the same whether the deed reads John Smith or Bill Roberts.  The only difference is who gets to pocket the huge sums of money.

I wish you luck running a company or property profitably by doing absolutely nothing. You know nothing about business.[/b[

Ironic statement of the year.

We're about to break even with BitTalk.tv and exit into profit. What have you created?

I trust that's including the tax withholdings for your legitimate business.

Whatever the government could have possibly provided for our business has already been paid back in full. We owe them nothing.


That doesn't even make sense.  I'm just asking whether you file a tax return with the IRS.

We don't need to. Again, we're not based within the United States.
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July 01, 2011, 08:45:05 PM
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We don't need to. Again, we're not based within the United States.

Atlas gets +1 for being correct, +1 for reaching profitability, and +1 for figuring out how not to pay US government extortion money. Nice!
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