Tag Archives: Christopher Leonard

Last Minute Gift? Give Knowledge

When I talk to young people I tell them if by the time they are forty years old when they look in the mirror if they don’t see their best teacher they did something wrong. I’m not going to sell math short and I agree with the emphasis put on STEM but reading is far and away the most important academic skill. Basically, if you can read you can teach yourself almost anything. Continue reading Last Minute Gift? Give Knowledge

Posteriors In Prison

There have been a few notable versions of the Two Americas speech in recent political history. Barack Obama’s 2004 keynote address to the Democratic National Convention in Boston arguably enabled his presidency.   It is a different “two Americas” that I want to write about today. Let’s explore. Continue reading Posteriors In Prison


I just added Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America by Christopher Leonard to the Recommended Reading List.

The book is not a hit job on Charles Koch (the controlling interest in the business).  While it outlines many of his and his father’s illegal activities it also will give you reason to respect the business.  Koch Industries takes a long, not short, term approach to its ventures.  One of my biggest criticisms of American big business is its obsession with the month, quarter or at best fiscal year.  It also was a pioneer in the gathering and correlation of information.

One the evil end, Charles Koch only cares about what helps his businesses make money and absolutely nothing else motivates him to the great determent of America and the planet.

This is worth reading as a business and/or political book.  It should be required reading in American colleges  for all business and political science majors.