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Ned Ludd
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Re: we live in dickensian times
Ned Ludd   11/6/2012 11:17:33 AM
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Thanks for the literary reference. A less well-known than Dickens, but comparably entertaining, fictional account of the early days of "shareholding" is David Liss' novel "A Conspiracy of Paper." Liss' feel for an era that's actually pre-Dickensian is both accurate and evocative. I recommend it.

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Re: we live in dickensian times
nimantha.d   11/6/2012 10:01:13 AM
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Nice work cramer: I feel share holders still rule the business process. Without having or knowing the process you simply cannot run a business and that is where you need experianced guys to invest on shares.

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we live in dickensian times
KCramer   11/5/2012 5:47:49 PM
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Excellent piece, David.

If I may quote another pretty fair writer on the subject of shareholders:

The mature young gentleman is a gentleman of property. He invests his property. He goes, in a condescending amateurish way, into the City, attends meetings of Directors, and has to do with traffic in Shares. As is well known to the wise in their generation, traffic in Shares is the one thing to have to do with in this world. Have no antecedents, no established character, no cultivation, no ideas, no manners; have Shares. Have Shares enough to be on Boards of Direction in capital letters, oscillate on mysterious business between London and Paris, and be great. Where does he come from? Shares. Where is he going to? Shares. What are his tastes? Shares. Has he any principles? Shares. What squeezes him into Parliament? Shares. Perhaps he never of himself achieved success in anything, never originated anything, never produced anything! Sufficient answer to all; Shares. O mighty Shares! To set those blaring images so high, and to cause us smaller vermin, as under the influence of henbane or opium, to cry out night and day, 'Relieve us of our money, scatter it for us, buy us and sell us, ruin us, only we beseech ye take rank among the powers of the earth, and fatten on us!'

 
- Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend



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