24 October 2005

29 and Holding (or should that be 29 and Investing?)

It's been said that there's no hosting like self-hosting. Actually, come to think about it, I don't think that's ever been said before. Nonetheless, the ever-mysterious Anonymous Blawg Review Editor pulls double duty this week, hosting both the twenty-ninth edition of Blawg Review and the 107th issue of Carnival of the Capitalists.

While this cross-over between capitalists (Supply-and-Demand) and lawyers (No supply? Demand!) may seem like a stretch to some, for the better part of two years over at Adam Smith, Esq., Bruce MacEwen has been brilliantly reporting on the common ground between practicing law and making vast amounts of cash.

Really, capitalism and the law are really just two aspects of human nature: Capitalism represents our collective desire to win and our natural instinct to celebrate winners, whereas the law represents our collective fear that we may not win and our jealous desire to destroy winners. Capitalism is our abiding optimism that man has the capacity to act rationally in furtherance of rational objectives, whereas the law is our relentless pessimism that people will behave irrationally much, if not most, of the time. The law provides a safe haven for those of us who write run-on sentences and use the word "whereas" ostentatiously, whereas capitalism produces people with the resources to buy and sell those of us who write run-on sentences and use the word "whereas" ostentatiously.

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