A "Muskian" Moment (Elon Musk)
Zuck Pluck (Mark Zuckerberg)
A Cook Rook (We're talking about Tim Cook, here)
A Bezos Bozo No-No (Jeff Bezos and sexual impropriety)
Eventually, someone will broach politics and, especially this year, start babbling about inequality and social justice and equity and other buzzword-compliant complaints. This kind of talk makes my head spin. I often come back with free-market stuff, but it always gets shut down with: “Free markets led to a financial crisis, right?” Wrong, but tough to argue.
So instead, I casually slip in references to Kuznets curves. It stops conversations cold. Economist Simon Kuznets in the 1950s figured out that a growing economy first increases inequality and producers profit, until inequality decreases as greater social mobility drives up wages, allowing workers to buy more and cheaper Giffen goods. Talk up Kuznets curves at enough barbecues and cocktail parties and you’ll Baader-Meinhof the whole thing and move the Overton window.