David Simon

If the devout capitalists in attendance at last night’s Harriet Beecher Stowe (above left) Lecture featuring David Simon (above right) left with sour tastes in their mouths, I certainly understand.   However, I would mention that from where I sat Simon’s point wasn’t that capitalism per se is evil, but rather that the market is not necessarily the best tool for solving every problem, and it is in fact a rather poor tool for solving a great number of the bigger problems our society faces.

As it turns out, though, the vast majority of last night’s attendees were not devout capitalists, but rather a rapt choir who turned out in record-setting droves to hear Simon preach.  If the standing ovation he received at the end of his talk was any indication, few of them left disappointed.

-Norm De Plume

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Published in: on June 8, 2010 at 12:12 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. Norm De Plume was the moniker of a classmate of mine at the University of Cincinnati. During those college years, we both worked at the downtown library and he used the name for writing submissions for the college writing awards. Could this be written by the same guy, Cedric Rose?

    Just wondering. I’m a big fan of The Mercantile Library. I attended the Denis Johnson reading and loved it.

    Tim Ruoff

  2. Why don’t you ask my fellow blogger Ed Scripsi.

  3. Never heard of him. What kind of a name is “Cedric Rose”, anyway?

  4. […] collect pictures of our HBS lecturers with our HBS portrait bust. This year we remembered at the last […]


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