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Nick Kristof: Getting beyond political parties...

More Open Letters Over the Years

8 August 2011: Andy Kessler's Five Ideas to Create Jobs!

4 August 2011:  Economists are clueless!?!  But, you're not!

August 2011:  We all must participate (Barack Obama)

July 2011:  Economic Development Project for the 30/90

February 2011:  Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Education

September 2010: Stephen Hawking and Len Mlodinow's
Grand Design: It is not as grand as they think.

March 2009:  60/60:  A Beginning for GPS-based Cities
Referred to as Priceless-Cheap Real Estate, this letter might be considered the simple beginning of a billion-dollar idea.

January 2009: President Barack H. Obama
Encourage the unemployed to start a business

October 2008: Hugh McColl, Jr., a Chairman, Bank of America on "60 Minutes" says"There is nothing good about being small."

May 2007:  New York Times Launches Small Business Video
based entirely on the Small Business School episodes

Index of a few letters by topic and author


Focus / Author Episode
Critics Internet / Gloria Internet Basics
  Mo's / Joseph Mo's
Education College / Thomson Favorites #1 & #2
  HS / Coyman Related episode
  HS / Bonetti Chocolate Crickets
  Learn from All  
Help! Internet / Bernadette Staying Power
Indexes Index of Learning Companies  
Industries Type of Business:  Restaurants  
Key Ideas Cash Flow / Gardiner Many
  Compensation Many
  Financials / Stickney Related episode
  GPS-based Cities   $0-to-$1B
  Incubators / Shamiso  
  Podcasts / Gardiner  
  Retirement / Anderson  
  Services (Professsional) Many
  SWOT Analysis / Anderson  
Paths & Steps An Idea / Jason  
  Start Up / Cope
Producers We are all Producers  
Thanks Cliff Prescott, Fat Towels  

Editor's Note:  This note was first sent in July 2011 and it was updated on March 22, 2012 and sent again through Nick's NYT portal linked from the header below.

An open letter to Nick Kristof, New York Times (NYT)

Subject:  Op-Ed, Bonuses for Billionaires, July 25, 2011

For such a bold person (thinking especially of your work in Darfur) with such an extraordinary mind, with a huge vision for life and a passion for love,  that was one cheeky, simplistic op-ed, especially for a Rhodes Scholar with two Pulitzer awards and a law degree.

You know that both political parties are loaded with hacks and compromised souls.  Neither has an upper hand.

So why not use your bully pulpit to teach?  Ask a few questions. Stimulate new insights.

Given your roots inside John Harvard's book collection and Henry Dunster's creative and spirited leadership, I ask you these simple questions:

1. Legal structure:   What are the roots of the corporation? Why hasn't every school child in the USA learned this simple history?   Reference:

2. Physical structure:  What is the most simple three-dimensional structure in the physical universe?   Why don't we all have a quick answer?

3.  Interior structure:  What is perfectly enclosed within that structure? ...and within those structures therein?  Why is this important?  Is there continuity from the small-scale to the human-scale to the large scale? 

4.  Qualitative-quantitative structureWhat is the quantitative-qualitative divide?
How are values and ethics created and/or imputed?  


5.  Geological structureCan we reconnect the open lands?
Could we start a new, small-but-significant  economic revolution as a result?

This entire economic mess we are in is because of the profound lack of values within both parties.  If these people would spend as much time thinking of ways to stimulate the economy without spending a dollar, they just might get substantially creative.

With your bully pulpit, you can do the same.




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