Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 05/22/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I’m writing this from the King George Hotel in Athens, with the Acropolis standing on a mountain top across from our terrace like the sun in an historical orrery. The original buildings were constructed in the Fourth Century BC by Pericles. (Photos are on my blog: contrarianconsulting.com.) Like the Egyptians before them and the Italians after them, the Greeks built structures meant to last centuries. When destruction occurred, it was usually by force of nature which the technology couldn’t prevent …



Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 7: The Aggrieved

Why whatever you perceive your condition to be does not warrant a vote in Congress or a newscast. Transcript: Hi, I’m Alan Weiss, and this is The Uncomfortable Truth. We have a lot of aggrieved people today, don’t we? In 1861, the south seceded from the union because of slavery. It was a rebellious act. There’s no constitutional provision for secession. Let’s extrapolate the consequences of that. Suppose New Jersey seceded from the United States over pollution regulations, and then …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 05/15/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Mother’s Day was yesterday in the US, though the occasion is celebrated in scores of countries on various dates. It began here in 1908 when Anna Jarvis chose to celebrate the work her mother, Anna Reeves Jarvis, had done as a peace activist caring for the wounded in the Civil War. Her daughter was later upset that Hallmark Cards and others had begun to commercialize the holiday. I love delving into the reasons for things, whether it’s Labor Day, or …



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 05/08/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

The farther removed an event, the less its impact on most of us. We sympathize and send government help to Fukushima, for example, but Three Mile Island dominated our news and national attention. Volkswagen’s unethical actions with emissions was a regrettable problem in Germany unless, of course, you owned one of the vehicles, thus afflicted wherever you live. I admire people who refuse to allow distance to insulate them. My dentist, for example, goes to Haiti yearly to help out …



Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 6: Polarization

i The vast, ignorant error in believing people who disagree with you are stupid. Transcript: I’m Alan Weiss, and this is my podcast on Polarization. Let me start you with something unusual, a contrarian idea, but I think that polarization is basically the fear of another idea. It’s the fear of some other idea, which causes people to set up barricades and blockages and lower the shields. After all, if you’re really right, what’s to fear? We’ve become obsessed with …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 05/01/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

A little pride. Is that too much to ask? A couple walked into an upscale restaurant in my town. She had on a dress and heels. He had on a tee-shirt and old jeans. Such are the times that no one throws people out for slovenliness, but he struck me as a buffoon (though he may well not have been). And what kind of relationship is it where one partner doesn’t tell the other that there is lettuce in their …