free enterprise: Origin of the Christmas Parade - 12/11/19 04:04 AM
"Our goal is to be a retailer with the ability to see opportunity on the horizon and have a clear path for capitalizing on it.  To do so, we are moving faster than ever before, employing more technology and concentrating our resources on those elements most important to our core customers."
Macy's Department Stores Mission Statement
Rowland Hussey Macy (1822-1877)  R.H. Macy accomplished a lot in a short 54 year life.  Leaving home at 15 to join a whaler company and sail the Atlantic Ocean, he worked there for four years.  During that time he acquired a large red star tattoo … (16 comments)

free enterprise: Jay's Tuesday Free Enterprise Quote - 11 November 2014 - 11/10/14 08:36 PM
Free Enterprise Provides Stuff You Do Need, And Plenty Of It   “I wanta buy stuff.  Stuff I don't need.  Stuff settin' out there, you jus' feel like buyin' it whether you need it or not.  Uncle John.”
  John Steinbeck (1902-1968) - from The Grapes of Wrath   Does that quote not just comment on the human condition?  Is that not a great free enterprise quote?   Uncle John is just like the rest of us.  How many of us have stuff in our homes that we bought but don't need?  Buying it was a whim. It was an impulse … (19 comments)

free enterprise: Jay's Tuesday Free Enterprise Quote - 4 November 2014 - 11/03/14 05:30 PM
Free Enterprise Is Founded Upon And Created By Freedom  
Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.    Albert Einstein  (1879-1955)   Einstein was visiting the United States in 1933 when Hitler came into power.  At that time many of the people of Germany thought their new Chancellor was a clown and a joke who would not get very far or be around for very long.  They were wrong. Einstein read a different writing on the wall and was smart enough not to return to Germany, settled in the United States, … (11 comments)

free enterprise: Jay's Tuesday Free Enterprise Quote - 28 October 2014 - 10/27/14 11:41 PM
Free Enterprise Is Not A Scam Or A Big Can Of Spam  
Words mean things.
Concepts mean things.
Ideas mean things.
People try to spin word meanings, or make others think words mean things that they don't, but the words, concepts and ideas still mean what they mean.
And meanings can change over time!  That isn't spin - that's what language does.  When I was a young Boy Scout I liked spam!  It was a great, campfire breakfast food!  Now that I am an old curmudgeon I don't like spam so much.  The meaning has changed.
Now an application, or … (4 comments)

free enterprise: Jay's Tuesday Free Enterprise Quote - 21 October 2014 - 10/20/14 08:41 PM
Free Enterprise Is The Natural Course And Cannot Be Resisted   “We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.”
  Jules Verne (1828-1905)   If we humans are about nothing less we are about defining our behavior.   We love to create rules and laws.  We love to create standards and practices.  We love to have blueprints, and designs, and boundaries, and on and on and on.   And why not?  Things often work much better when organized and when expectations are set.   But sometimes human laws overwhelm us.  They can impose difficulties and create minutia and … (12 comments)

free enterprise: Jay's Tuesday Free Enterprise Quote - 7 October 2014 - 10/06/14 06:45 PM
Free Enterprise Extends The Sphere Of Individual Freedom    
“Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom, socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.”   Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)   Asked to come to America by the French Monarchy to study prisons and look at the change from an aristocratic order to a democratic one, he stayed less than … (13 comments)

free enterprise: Jay's Tuesday Free Enterprise Quote - 30 September 2014 - 09/29/14 09:33 PM
Free Enterprise Shines As A Bright Beacon On A Hill   "Each of us must become candles in the darkness of collectivist ideas.  The brighter we each shine through our understanding and ability to articulate the meaning of freedom, the more we will be beacons that can attract others."  
Richard M. Ebeling Foundation for Economic Education
Collectivist ideas.  What are collectivist ideas?
Basically collectivism has to do with private property.  It is that all property belongs to "the group," and nothing is owned by any one individual.
But it is more than that.  To be understood collectivism has to … (13 comments)

free enterprise: Jay's Tuesday Free Enterprise Quote - 16 September 2014 - 09/15/14 09:59 PM
Free Enterprise Is The Rough Road To Easy Street   "It is a rough road that leads to the path of greatness."
Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4BC - 65AD)   Obviously this kind of a quote can be used in many contexts, and it is perfect for the concept of free enterprise.   Doing something for yourself, being your "own boss," creating an entity from nothing and struggling to develop it - and all of the other things it takes to make it in a free-enterprise environment is nothing if it is not a "rough road."   But is it worth it? … (14 comments)

free enterprise: Jay's Tuesday Free Enterprise Quote - 9 September 2014 - 09/08/14 08:50 PM
A Free Enterprise Parable And A Historical Struggle A parable is a story, or poem, which is used to illustrate a moral or spiritual point, and reveal a hiddenmeaning.  It comes from the Latin word, parabola, which means comparison, discourse, or placing side-by-side
When parables are employed, different people understand them on different levels and arrive at different interpretations.  One reason for this is background, but another is feeling.  Sometimes we simply feel the spirit of something and it touches us.   This is the MacGregor escutcheon, or coat of arms.  It features a tree and a crowned sword.   The … (7 comments)

free enterprise: Jay's Tuesday Free Enterprise Quote - 19 August 2014 - 08/18/14 07:34 PM
Free Enterprise Multiplies Opportunities That Are Created And Seized  
  "Opportunities multiply when they are seized."
Sun Tzu (544BC - 496BC)
Short and sweet.  From the Chinese war strategist and tactician whose wisdom and brilliance is so often demonstrated in his brevity.
If free enterprise is anything, it is about seizing opportunity.
The battle cry of free enterprise could be Carpe Commodum!
That would mean Seize the Opportunity!
Free enterprise is about finding out what you like to do and do well.  Or developing a technique or product that can be marketed or advanced in its own niche.  And … (15 comments)

free enterprise: Jay's Tuesday Free Enterprise Quote - 12 August 2014 - 08/12/14 08:21 PM
Free Enterprise Is A Spirit That Should Be Seen And Pursued   "A people who are possessed of the spirit of commerce, who see and who will pursue their advantages, may achieve almost anything."
George Washington (1732-1799)
This was a president concerned with "the people" in his country.  And he never forgot that concern.  Forgetting himself he spent his life founding a country "the people" could enjoy.
The key words I see here:  spirit, commerce, pursue, advantages, and achieve.
Put together they indicate a positive people who are free to engage in enterprise.  They would be free to engage in … (12 comments)

free enterprise: Jay's Tuesday Free Enterprise Quote - 5 August 2014 - 08/04/14 09:41 PM
Free Enterprise Is An Endowment That Eschews Statism And Tyranny    "I believe that without free enterprise there can be no democracy."
Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969)
While free enterprise and democracy are very different, with one being an economic system and the other political, they are not exactly oil and vinegar.
Both are based solidly in the camp of individual freedom and individual responsibility.  Both eschew tyranny, soft and hard tyranny.
This was no accident.  The Founding Fathers knew what they were doing.  How could they devise a political system, with the exceptional ideas of individual rights and limited gubment, and … (13 comments)

free enterprise: Jay's Tuesday Free Enterprise Quote - 29 July 2014 - 07/28/14 10:24 PM
Free Enterprise Encourages Everyone To Set And Achieve High Goals!   "The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving it."
Michelangelo (1475-1564)
This defines the human experience. 
Some of us want to strive, and achieve, and learn, and grow, and progress, and provide, and earn, and experience, and fail, and fail again, and then succeed.
Some of us want none of that.  Some want life to happen to them, to unfold for them, to bring riches, to provide their wishes, to have the very … (84 comments)

free enterprise: Jay's Tuesday Free Enterprise Quote - 22 July 2014 - 07/21/14 06:46 PM
Free Enterprise Never Happens By Force    "The government can supply no substitute for enterprise."
Calvin Coolidge (1872 - 1933)
And why should it?  Gubment cannot provide all it takes for people to dream, desire, create, self motivate, risk, strive, or work.
Work you say?  Free enterprise requires work?  Free enterprise requires self discipline, self motivation, and personal leadership?
Some definitions follow, gleaned from my old-fashioned Oxford Dictionary on the shelf over my desk.  I refer to it daily, often times many times a day.
Enterprise noun  1 a project or undertaking, especially a bold one.  2 bold resourcefulness.  3 a … (11 comments)

free enterprise: Jay's Tuesday Free Enterprise Quote - 15 July 2014 - 07/14/14 08:18 PM
Free Enterpise Is Not Unrestrained Intervention And Regulation   "Fortunately, political freedom and economic progress are natural partners.  Despite capitalism's lingering reputation as the source of all the world's evils, the fact remains that every single democracy is a capitalist country.  Half a century of economic experimentation proved beyond doubt that tyranny cannot yield prosperity. ... Socialism collapsed because it is a policy of unrestrained intervention.  It tries to fix what is 'wrong' with the spontaneous, self-organizing phenomenon called capitalism.  But, of course, a natural process cannot be 'fixed.' ... Socialism is an ideology. Capitalism is a natural phenomenon."
  Michael Rothschild … (11 comments)

free enterprise: Jay's Tuesday Free Enterprise Quote - 8 July 2014 - 07/07/14 08:03 PM
The World Is Sick. Free Enterprise Is The Cure.   "The answer is free enterprise. Our economic system is what keeps Americans employed, clothed, housed, and nourished. That system makes it possible for every American to attain his or her dream of material or spiritual wealth. It truly makes ours the land of opportunity."   Thomas Boone Pickens, Jr. That first sentence, "The answer is free enterprise," could be THE answer to so many questions!
Pickens, a free-enterprise entrepreneur if there ever was one, states a few of the unasked questions in the quote.   What's the best way to employ … (10 comments)

free enterprise: Jay's Tuesday Free Enterprise Quote - 1 July 2014 - 06/30/14 08:37 PM
  “It's true that the early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.”   Charlemagne (742? - 814)    Is this not the way of free enterprise?   Innovation is one of its hallmarks!  An entrepreneur with a great idea has the wherewithal to introduce it into the product market.  It takes off.  He changes it, improves it, and and sometimes continually creates new from old.   But so do others!  The original idea or product might be common for some time.  Then someone comes along with a transforming change.  That is changed again, and again, and … (8 comments)

free enterprise: Jay's Tuesday Free Enterprise Quote - 24 June 2014 - 06/23/14 08:38 PM
Free Enterprise Has The Power To Create Joy  
  "Knowing is not enough; we must apply.  Willing is not enough; we must do.  I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element.  It is my personal approach that creates the climate.  It is my daily mood that makes the weather.  I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832) What free enterprise words are these:  "I am the decisive element."
That says it all!
That defines what freedom, and individual liberty, and endowed rights, and economic self interest, … (16 comments)

free enterprise: Jay's Tuesday Free Enterprise Quote - 17 June 2014 - 06/16/14 05:48 PM
Free Enterprise Suggests The Pursuit Of Happiness  
“Create all the happiness you are able to create; remove all the misery you are able to remove. Every day will allow you, will invite you, to add something to the pleasure of others, or to diminish something of their pains.” 
                                    Jeremy Bentham (1748 - 1832)
This is a person of optimism!
This is the optimism that comes with free enterprise!
In a free enterprise setting one is pursuing what one does best, what one wants to do, what makes one happiest.
Yes, there is risk involved. 
Yes, there is hard work involved.
Yes, there … (5 comments)

free enterprise: Jay's Tuesday Free Enterprise Quote - 10 June 2014 - 06/09/14 10:08 PM
Free Enterprise Demands Liberty   "Indeed liberty is the divine source of all human happiness.  To possess, in security, the effects of our industry, is the most powerful and reasonable incitement to be industrious: And to be able to provide for our children, and to leave them all that we have, is the best motive to beget them.  But where property is precarious, labor will languish.  The privileges of thinking, saying and doing what we please, and of growing rich as we can, without any other restriction, than that by all this we hurt not the public, nor one another, are … (9 comments)

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