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Thursday 8 February 2007
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-1- The Dao of Capitalism, or, "Going with the (Cash)-Flow"
Laozi was the mythic "Old Sage" of ancient China. We’re not sure whether he actually existed but we do know that he founded Daoist philosophy. His legendary DAODEJING, the "Classic of the Way and its Power," is a subtle treatise that radically challenges our views of everything—including ourselves, nature and the world around us. I like to call it "The Anarchist Prince," for just as Machiavelli’s Prince is a manual for rulers who wish to master the art of ruling, Laozi’s classic is written for rulers who want to learn precisely how not to rule.
The Dao means literally the "way" or "path." It (...)

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Thursday 8 February 2007
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-2- The Means Justifies the End
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For Autry’s manager, "the acceptance of non-control is the only way to manage things." "Non-control" (a variation on wuwei) is a concept dear to Laozi, the enemy of all conventional ideas of ruling. His anarchic "ruling-without-ruling" means that we should influence the world through our way of living and our personal example, rather than through hierarchical authority and coercion. But such "non-control" is the antithesis of the role of today’s corporate manager, who is obviously an authority-figure in the corporate power structure, and whose job it is to make decisions for (...)

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Thursday 8 February 2007
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-3- Zen and the Art of Union-Busting
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We eagerly await Autry’s forthcoming work on this topic, but he has already given us some pointers. He optimistically informs his New Age managerial readers that "[u]nions form not primarily to increase pay and benefits; they arise in situations where employees feel denigrated." It’s an old story: "Workers of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but your wounded pride!" He suggests that horrifying disasters such as unionization can be avoided if employees such as "mail sorters" are not given the outrageously mistaken impression they are mere "little people" in the (...)

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