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Gene Simmons; Profile of a Rockin’ Capitalist

Gene Simmons is best known as the fire-breathing, blood spitting demonic bass player of the record breaking rock and roll band KISS.  With multiple millions of fans the world over and across no less than three generations, Gene Simmons and KISS have experienced success that far surpasses that of the majority of eccentric musical acts that sprung up throughout the 1970s. Though many rock and rollers have come and gone in the years that KISS has rocked the earth, Gene Simmons is richer and more popular now than he ever during his band’s classic era.

Rock stars are typically not the best examples of financial wisdom; in fact they are usually the worst.  The unrelated natures of musical talent and financial wisdom detract from the music business as a viable path to wealth as it is.  Couple that with the unlikelihood of success and the well known frivolous spending habits and legal antics of those in the field.  This is why I get certain skeptical looks and responses when I cite Gene Simmons as inspiration for financial strategy. (more)



What is Capitalism?

At the time of this writing I am working toward my master’s degree in anthropology in college.  Recently in a theory class we were discussing world systems theory, global economics and money.  At one point the professor made the point that there is profound difference between money and capital, and then posed the question “what is that difference?”  I was surprised to see that within a class of intelligent and well educated blooming social scientists, there was little clear understanding as to what exactly capitalism is.

In short; money is a symbolic mode of exchange.  In our society the simplest form of money comes in banknotes and coins.  People and governments agree that these particular bills and coins have a certain amount of value and can be exchanged for goods and services that are perceived to be of a certain value in relation to money.

Capital is not necessarily money, but it’s usually spoken of in that context.  Capital is (more)

Tribal Renaissance group

A discussion group for the Tribal Renaissance;

This list is intended for pragmatic and scholarly discussion about the creation and maintenance of self sufficient, cooperative communities and the implementation of Indigenous principles in perpetuating, protecting and providing for these communities.

Influences for this phenomenon are many from the sociological to the ecological; religious and political. This list is about those similarities and differences. The floor is open for discussion regarding Indigenous life and philosophy, tribalism, survivalism, sustainability, agriculture, hunting and spirituality. Politics must be reserved for other lists unless it is an issue directly pertaining to this subject. Campaigners and proselytizers must seek acceptance elsewhere. Discussing political functioning and political makeup of co-operative community is highly encouraged.

Every race and creed is welcomed. With this in mind it must be noticed that people of particular spiritual orientations will be attracted here more often than others. Those include those whose religious persuasion fits in roots oriented categories such as Native Traditionalist, Spiritualist, Heathen and Pagan.

Many cooperative communities and tribes are based around certain spiritual or ethnic heritage. Ethnic and spiritual pride is encouraged but racism and racist language will not be tolerated here.

To join visit; http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Tribal_Renaissance/

Treat Your Future Self Like a Real Person

There are a few differences between being an anthropologist studying wealth and poverty and an economist doing the same.  As an anthropologist I am more focused on the social, cultural and cognitive motivations that either bind a person to poverty or allow them to experience the freedom of wealth.  This is a significant aspect of what Capitalism Saves is about; contrasting the Culture of Poverty of which I was a product, and the Culture of Wealth to which I aspire.

I had a conversation with a young woman the other day about the importance of financial discipline.  She told me that she had heard it all before.  “I know,” she said.  “Save all your money while you’re young so you can have it all when you’re old.  She continued, “I don’t want to wait until I’m old to enjoy life.  I want to enjoy life now.”  The statement was a bit oversimplified and shortsighted, but I withheld my rebuttal.  I was less interested in correcting her misunderstandings of a financial plan than I was in learning about the cognitive themes of financial self-sabotage.

It took me several days of reflecting on this exchange before I realized what’s going on here. (more)