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Welcome to THE Carnival of the Capitalists.


When hosting traveling blog carnivals, it is customary for the host to rank, rate, profile, hide, categorize, and otherwise filter the entries. Sometimes the better posts are near the top or are given special treatment of some sort. Sometimes the poorer posts are "accidentally" forgotten or tucked away in the muddle and mash of posts.

I had planned to give ratings based on one, two, three, or four Marx-busters buttons. These:


Great posts would have gone here.


Good posts would have gone here.


Average posts would have gone here.


Poor posts would have gone here.


But because the feelings of a few bloggers were hurt the last time I rated posts in a Carnival, and because the zen guru master of the Carnival specifically asked me not to rate the posts, I hereby present every post submitted to the Carnival, in completely random order (no, seriously, it's completely random, but fortunately they are almost all very good or better):


David Foster at Photon Courier presents The Hologram Factory.

Ironman at Political Calculations blog presents Financial Markets in a Catastrophe.

Michael Cage at Local Small Business Marketing & Advertising presents presents Niche Marketing - growing your business w/small numbers.

Jonathan Wilde at Catallarchy presents Anti-Gouging Laws Must Be Expanded in Scope.

Henry Stern at InsureBlog presents Another CDHC Post...

Barry L. Ritholtz at The Big Picture presents Gas Futures -- but not retail prices -- Returns to Pre-Katrina Levels.

Joseph Weisenthal at The Stalwart presents Bill Gates and the Future of Computing.

mad anthony at mad anthony blog presents I just wanna fly..

Christopher Bailey at the Alchemy of Soulful Work presents Trickle-Down Organizational Behavior.

Steve Pavlina at Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog presents How to Go From Introvert to Extrovert.

Jim Glass at Scrivener.net presents Bad news for the IRS, and good news from it.

Joe Kristan at Roth & Company Tax Update presents IRS MOVES TO LIQUIFY ESTIMATED TAX RECEIPTS.

THC at The Happy Capitalist presents Widgets and free credit reports.

Jim at Bizinformer presents Would You Take Flight Lessons From An Instructor That Never Piloted A Plane?

David St Lawrence at Ripples: post-corporate adventures presents Promoting and selling your book in a changing world.

DeputyHeadmistress at The Common Room presents Reputation.

Tom O'Neill at Buyout Blog presents Beyond Spam and Telemarketing--Eliminating Vaguemail.

cehwiedel at Kicking Over My Traces presents DRM.

Big Picture Guy at Big Picture, Small Office presents The Price is Right.

Frank Scavo at The Enterprise System Spectator presents Big eyes, big stomach: Oracle buying Siebel.

John Dmohowski at Drakeview presents Presenting to VCs.

Barry Welford at The Other Bloke's Blog presents Listening To Customers May Not Be Customer-Centric.

Elisa Camahort at The Worker Bees Blog presents Note to Hollywood: What you can learn from The Daily Show.

N Kelly at SOHO Business Credit presents Which Business Entity Is Best For Building Credit?

Stephen Bainbridge of Professor Bainbridge presents Cost-Plus No-Bid Contracts.

Mark at SportsBiz presents First in Thirst, A Review.

Mike Pechar at Interested-Participant present Flight Attendant Fired for Blog Now Suing.

Abnu at Wordlab presents Lego: whose name is it, anyway?

Sandeep Srinivasa at DAtum presents Ebay + Skype = Semantic Web - Google ?

James Hamilton at Econbrowser presents Who cares about core inflation?

Don Surber at Don Surber presents Samuelson Goes Krugman.

Mark A. Rayner at The Skwib presents Stan Wrestles with Smart Software.

Dan Melson at Searchlight Crusade presents Lender Discrimination and Shopping for a Home Loan.

Clyde Smith at ProHipHop - Hip Hop Business News presents 50 Cent and the Violence of Money.

Rosa Say at Talking Story with Say Leadership Coaching presents No Room for Mediocrity.

J Random American at Ideas In Progress presents Fan Films Foreshadow Future.

Tony Gill at Gill Blog presents Connecting Real Estate Strategy to Business Continuity.

Jeff Cornwall at The Entrepreneurial Mind presents Good Intentions, But Wrong Plan.

Andrew Hughes at Anyletter presents Real Estate Boom in Baton Rouge.

Dan Meyer of Tick Marks presents Starting a Business on a Shoestring (well, maybe a fat shoestring).

Different River at Different River presents Do as the Union Says, Not as the Union Does.

Skip Angel at Random Thoughts from a CTO presents Can a company be great at both product and service?.

Neal Phenes at Et Tu Bloge presents Sacrifice Should Come From Government.

Keith Casey at CodeSnipers presents Open Source and Freeware Vs. Paying the Bills.

Grayson at recursive progress presents Musing about the future, looking at the past.

Yvonne DiVita at Lip-sticking presents A New Media Fit by Five from Jane.

Brian at Financial Reference presents Dividends.

Ezzie at SerandEz presents E-Bay & Skype to Revolutionize E-Commerce.

Barak Moore at IRIS Blog presents Bush's Breathtakingly Economically Literate Proposal to Alleviate World Poverty.

Stephen Karlson at Cold Spring Shops presents Reclaiming Principles.

FMF at Free Money Finance presents Best Financial Tips from FMF Readers, Part 1: Never Pay Retail

Sean Hackbarth at The American Mind presents eBay Buys Skype.

Brian Gongol at Gongol.com presents Solving Iowa's Budget Problem.

Mike Landfair at Mover Mike presents What's Wrong with Fiat Money?

Susan Getgood at Marketing Roadmaps presents Blogher takeaway: Blogs need a Code of Ethics.

Josh Cohen at Multiple Mentality presents What Can We Do About Gas Prices?



A great mish mash, indeed. Surely you'll find something fantastically awesome to read and ponder.

Just remember:


And don't you forget it.

Next week's Carnival, September 26, 2005, will be hosted by The CIO Weblog.

Submit your relevant posts for future Carnivals of the Capitalists here or here, or submit directly via the email address: cotcmail -at- gmail -dot- com. More information and guidelines regarding submitting and hosting and such located here.

Posted by Will Franklin · 19 September 2005 12:47 AM


So far the blogs I have visited in this Carnival are mostly **** 4 stars!... "Mostly".

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at September 19, 2005 09:04 AM

I still think the idea of rating the entries has merit - perhaps this wasn't the right vehicle for it.

It surprises me how thin-skinned people were over this, but I guess people have a lot invested in what they write.

Posted by: Am I A Pundit Now? at September 19, 2005 12:53 PM

Will, I really don't know where to start. And neither does the average reader. Therefore, I am clicking no links (unless some are pointed out here in the comments) out of protest to some kind of a ranking system.

There's got to be 50-60 entries there. You read them all?

Posted by: Hoodlumman at September 19, 2005 02:51 PM

Aw...I woulda liked it if you rated us. Maybe I wouldn't have been in the top row...maybe I woulda rated 'average'...but, at least I'd of rated! (surely not a 'poor!')

Nice, clean job. Worth the visit. I can only admire Carnival hosts. To be able to add something, such as the ratings, seems an excellent approach. But, hurt feelings will dominate.

I don't write to make myself happy. If I'm failing in what I write, I'd like to know. Can't you rate posts with the disclaimer: this is only my opinion?

Whatever. Nice job. Thanks!

Posted by: Yvonne DiVita at September 19, 2005 02:52 PM

Poor carnival, I'm glad you won't be hosting again for a long time. Way too many articles to read through, no time or thought put into this.

Posted by: Nick at September 19, 2005 03:01 PM

So basically the consensus, ONCE AGAIN, is that rating the posts is better than not.

I rest my case.

Posted by: Will Franklin at September 19, 2005 04:19 PM

And actually, just as much time was put into this as would have otherwise. Oh well.

Posted by: Will Franklin at September 19, 2005 04:20 PM

Will, if you really want to prove your point, it would be fabulous if you'd now hide ranked posts "below the fold" in continuations under each of the Marx-buster buttons. Those that can't take criticism don't hafta look.

Talk about creating a new rush of traffic for this CotC!

Posted by: Editor of Blawg Review at September 19, 2005 04:39 PM

I would. but I made a promise not to, and I am a man of my word.

Posted by: Will Franklin at September 19, 2005 04:41 PM

Actually, this has been one of the best Carnival Posts you have had!... I would have given a few of them stars!...You know Will. You can please some of the people some of the time!...BUT you can't please all of the people all of the time! Think about how the President feels???

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at September 19, 2005 04:42 PM

I meant to say 5 Stars! Sorry...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at September 19, 2005 05:01 PM

I think it is accepted that CotC hosts often give special recognition to "great" posts, and take special note of good posts, in commentary or by positioning.

Such editorial overview is generally considered for the benefit of the readers, if they value the host's opinion. Otherwise, the CotC host is just providing bandwidth.

Without breaking any so-called promises, you should be able to list your favorites this week under a "great" heading, and even showcase other noteworthy posts with other especially "good" posts.

As long as you don't stigmatize any post as "poor," any bloggers not included under "great" or "good" headings might take some comfort in their own minds that their submissions were surely not poor, but at least average, and probably even the best of those not chosen by the host for special recognition.

Posted by: Editor of Blawg Review at September 19, 2005 05:52 PM

If you had a pecker, you'd start your own Blogodrome (or Something) of the Capitalists. As Zen Guru Master going forward, you could then demand some rating system, maybe a blurb forthrightly declaring one's perspective/bias, and perhaps some method of voting by readers as a sort of Court of Appeals.

Then we see how popular this new format is, and how quickly the accidentally verbose jump on your bandwagon.

The competition in the marketplace would be almost like capitalism. In fact, almost like a Blogodrome of the Capitalist: Two enter, one comes out! Bwuahahaha!

Posted by: Foolsih Mortal at September 20, 2005 12:36 PM

Such great snark, build up and delivery - then you mispell your name, "Foolsih" Mortal.

So close... yet os fra.

Posted by: Hoodlumman at September 20, 2005 01:10 PM

Your mother smells of elderberries.

Posted by: Foolsih Motral at September 20, 2005 02:23 PM