In 1904 a Moroccan Berber brigand named Mulai Ahmed er Raisuli—along with a gang of bully boys—kidnapped an American businessman named Ion Hanford Perdicaris. Raisuli demanded $70,000 ransom—$1,842,105.26 in 2014 dollars. Theodore Roosevelt was president at the time, and, in the eyes of the world, he was carrying a "big stick."
One of the toughest challenges many CEOs face is dealing with unions. If workers go on strike, a company's finances are suddenly in shambles. Last month, we attended a concert at Carnegie Hall. What triggered this column was a story about the five people who move music stands and shove pianos at New York's Carnegie Hall—members of the Stagehands Union—make $400,000.00 a year. They are squarely in the "1 percent." Astonishingly, this is the same work for which Congress refuses to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
I didn't even want to write this headline or blog post, given the fault-filled linkages some people make between marketing and something completely different from marketing. But it never seems to fail: Whenever some big news event captures the media's attention, politicians' attention surely follows. And when it has to do with consumer privacy, the results for the private sector—and use of marketing information in particular—are rarely favorable
Exactly nine blocks from my house in Center City Philadelphia, the following exchange took place on ABC-TV the evening of April 16 at the National Constitution Center: MR. GIBSON: And Senator Obama, I want to do one more question, which goes to the basic issue of electability. And it is a question raised by a voter in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. A woman by the name of Nash McCabe. Take a look. NASH MCCABE (Latrobe, Pa.): (From videotape.) Senator Obama, I have a question, and I want to know if you believe in the American flag. I am not questioning your patriotism, but all our servicemen,
The record of human rights in China today is abysmal. From the Amnesty International Report 2007: An increased number of lawyers and journalists were harassed, detained, and jailed. Thousands of people who pursued their faith outside officially sanctioned churches were subjected to harassment and many to detention and imprisonment. Thousands of people were sentenced to death or executed. Migrants from rural areas were deprived of basic rights. Severe repression of Uighurs in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region continued, and freedom of expression and religion continued to be severely restricted in Tibet and among Tibetans elsewhere. Now various organizations and individuals with single-issue agendas are
This past Sunday on CNN, eight Democratic contenders debated the issues and each other. Tonight, the 10 declared Republicans are going to take on each other in the same venue before a national TV audience. In the words of the CNN press release: Due to the historical nature of presidential debates and the significance of these forums to the American public, CNN believes strongly that the debates should be accessible to the public. The candidates need to be held accountable for what they say throughout the election process. I watched the Sunday evening Democratic debate, growing more and more depressed for two reasons: