Category Archives: Economics

Time Travel: Battling rhetorical nonsense…

My father forwarded me an email a while back from a crazy friend of his. Being the arrogant son I’ve always been, I sent back a marked up version that I thought represented a more level headed view.

----- Original Message -----
From: Scott Erwin
To: Erwin
Sent: 2006年4月18日 21:14
Subject: FW: (no subject)

A democracy is always EVERYTHING is temporary in nature; it simply cannot NO STRUCTURE can exist as a permanent form of government. THE DECLINE OF A DEMOCRACY WILL OFTEN BE SIGNALED BY THE POINT IN TIME WHERE THE A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, POTENTIALLY LEADING TO A PERIOD OF HIGHER INTEREST RATES AND A LOWER RATE OF ECONOMIC GROWTH. with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.”

Ever heard the phrase “the only constant is change”? It’s the only constant that I’ve ever found. Our live’s begin. Our live’s end. Life for mankind will go on. During the Roman empire, the Christians were slaves. Some 2000 years later, most of the world uses a calendar based on the birth of Christ. Examples of change are easy, examples of forever are not 🙂

“In aggregate, the map of the territory Bush won was mostly the land owned by the tax-paying citizens of this great country. Gore’s territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off government welfare…”

Additionally, I believe one of the more fundamental aspects of a Democracy is that each citizen has the right to vote. If only the people that you agree with get to vote, how is that a democracy and not tyranny?

Does the fact that you have more material wealth make you better than others? Or does it mean that God gifted you with birth in the right place, the right time, or with the right abilities? If God’s gift’s to you are more than the rest of us, did he give you those gifts to keep for yourself or did he give you those gifts to share with the rest of us?

Does the fact that the USA was the most powerful country in the world when you were born mean that it will (or should?) be the most powerful country in the world when you pass away? If power never changed hands, how would you explain the romans? The spanish? The french? The english?

We just do the best we can… Oh, and the devil, he’s usually hiding in the details 🙂

Erwin in the WSJ…

From Wall Street Journal, September 12, 2005; Page R6

Sunglasses maker Oakley Inc. also just started using Coremetrics’ first-party product because of higher rates of cookie blocking. They were “unable to track somewhere between 10% and 15% of our user population,” says Erwin, general manager of Oakley Direct, Oakley’s online arm. “It’s been steadily creeping up over the last year, and I’m sure it’s a trend that [would] continue.”

Since implementing the first-party product in late August, Oakley has found that it can analyze the Web surfing of all but about 0.5% of its users.

WSJ.com – When the Cookies Crumble2.pdf