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Independence Day in America Circa 2019

In the early 1990s, Steve Rocco, a scrub freestyle skater from Hermosa Beach, delivered an epic haymaker to the corporate skateboard industry.  On a shoe string budget, financed with predator loans from a shark named Kirby, Rocco rapidly took down the big three skate companies that, in hindsight, had grown fat and stale.  In a classic case  of Joseph Schumpeter’s “gale of creative destruction,” he revolutionized the industry and subculture. Continue reading

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Celebrating this Land of Absurdity

“Myths and legends die hard in America,” remarked Hunter S. Thompson in The Great Shark Hunt, nearly 40-years ago.  Thompson didn’t likely have U.S. Treasury bonds in mind when he made this observation.  Though, if he were still alive, he … Continue reading

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Stars and Stripes

“There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America,” remarked President Bill Clinton in his inaugural address, shortly after reciting the oath of office in late January 1993. What he meant by this … Continue reading

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Independence Day Hootenanny

Uncompromising independence, rugged individualism, and unbounded personal freedom were once essential to the American character.  According to popular American folklore, they still are.  We have some reservations. In the year 2014, the ideas that roused America’s War of Independence are, … Continue reading

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